Reality Birding League


Position Name     Score        Species

1)                     Pete Marsh                   754                   176

2)                     Pete Fletcher                749                   176

3)                     Mark Prestwood           709                   174

4)                     Howard Elliot                704                   170

5)                     Ray Hobbs                    670                   166

6}                     Tom Wilmer                  668                   162

7)                     Jean Roberts                 655                   163

8)                     Tom Walkington            634                   160

9)                     Pete Crooks                  617                   152

10)                   Mike Robinson              568                   147

11)                   Bill Cross                      551                   145

12)                   John Mason                  551                   143

13)                   Jon Carter                     489                   131

14)                   Andrew McCafferty      441                   124

It is very close at the top of the table, with both Pete Marsh and Pete Fletcher being on 176 species.

Mark Prestwood, although only two species behind, has some catching up to do due to their greater number of finds.

Also Pete Marsh at the end of the month hadn't yet seen Gannet, Pied Flycatcher, Ruff or any of the Skuas. Ray Hobbs scores arrived on a postcard from Norfolk, where he had just had a totally washed out day. Along with most of the reality birders, including Jean Roberts and myself, his best bird of the month was the calling Wryneck at Natland, along with American Wigeon at Leighton Moss.

Pete Crooks efforts were rewarded with eight Dotterel on Wards Stone, also picking up one of the more elusive local species in Black Redstart at Heysham. His one regret was not having his binoculars with him when a Buzzard Sp. flew above him as he walked along Coulston Road.

Tom Wilmer had good finds in Ring Ouzel and Corn Bunting, both at Cockersands and five Dotterel on Wards Stone. The summer plumaged Red Throated Diver showing well on the Lune, was a bonus for many including Andrew McCafferty, myself, and Jon Carter.  Jon also had good results from his favourite patch, finding two Yellow Wagtails at the Aldcliffe flooded field, and Little-ringed Plover at the same site. Again on the flood, he saw excellent numbers of White Wagtails, with a maximum count of 11, this spring. His finds have also included Water Pipit, Barnacle Goose, and Green Sandpiper. 

Tom Walkington, still managed to pick up good birds including Manx Shearwaters, Common Cranes, and Sandwich Terns etc. At the same time managing to concentrate on his other main hobby, rock climbing.

Howard Elliot, as well as having a good score in the league also saw, as others in the league, quality birds outside the area, Fan-tailed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Tawny Pipit, Black-faced Bunting and Blackpoll Warbler etc.

Could those in the league who see birds that are not common, such as Wood Sandpiper, please ensure that the information gets out as quickly and as widely as possible. The Leighton Moss bird could be the only record this year and was missed by many.

I've finally got a basic web site up and running and will keep the scores up to date on a regular monthly basis. The address is and just click on the scores link. Also if people have information they would like to pass on to others, such as good sites for specific species or current local birds (not everyone has a pager!), I am looking to add pages for this as well with regular updates.                        (John Mason)

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