Saturday, 18 June 2011

Golden form from Ely!

May ended with massive changes to the tables, Ely taking a suprise and substantial lead. Rumours from the end of April suggested that Yellowcraig was running away with it but this proved to be nothing moire than idle gossip. Bird of the month was probably Golden Oriole found by the Elyian. My excuse for falling to 4th is that I only had about 3 days in the UK during May, squashed between 9 days in Norway and almost 5 weeks in the Falklands Islands (more on this later).

Latest results:

1) Ely 126 pts
2) Aberlady 119 pts
3) Yellowcraig 115 pts
4) Hopton 113 pts
5) Girdleness 100 pts (ish)

Having just got back into the UK earlier this week I was keen to get out on the patch but first I managed to see a few decent birds outside of the patch. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling near to Gapton Hall estate, Bradwell and a male Black Redstart was singing near to my work. In the evening a Little Owl was out hunting near to Lound. After a couple of aborted attempts to get onto patch (Kingfisher at Lound Lakes the highlight) I finally got to Corton today and added Reed Warbler to the patch list. The Cuckoo was still hanging around the south side of the sewage works, where a Lesser Whitethroat was also present.

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