Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Coastal East Anglia - December 2016

Long time leader of the Coastal East Anglia Comparative Minileague Rob Hall holds on to the top spot as he added a further 5% in December with a Short-eared Owl the highlight of his December. Well done Rob, it will take some matching in 2017!

Ryan Irvine stayed in second place, holding off the towering presence of James Brown's patch with a few excellent birds such as Iceland Gull, Purple Sandpiper, Bewick's Swan and Slavonian Grebe, all less than annual at Hemsby. James's astonishing year ended slowly as he failed to add any species in December. With 209 species and 327 points I'm sure he isn't complaining too much. Craig Fulcher was the only mover in the league as moved into the top 5, just failing to reach the magical 100% mark.

Bewick's Swans
Congratulations to James Brown as he holds on to the top spot he's occupied for most (all?) of the year in the points minileague. A truly mammoth score of 327 points will take some beating next year. Ryan Irvine and Nige Lound make up the rest of the podium positions while Justin Zantboer managed to pick up a few winter birds, Hen Harrier and Tundra Bean Goose the highlights, to sneak past Paul Eele into 4th place. Other movers were Craig Fulcher and Luke Nash, the latter having a great month by adding Black Brant and Iceland Gull to pass Tommy Corcoran near the end of #PWC2016.

Tundra Bean Goose

Coastal East Anglia had a great year. While sites further to the north may have grabbed the headlines with the Siberian Accentor invasion may having passed by the region by but when you read the list of year highlights its very impressive. Great Knot , Black-browed Albatross, Blue-winged Teal, Little Bittern, Alpine Accentor, Black-winged Stilt in addition to a whole host of excellent scarcites. Here's hoping 2017 is equally impressive. Well done to everyone involved in #PWC2016.

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