At the end of the year, the Challenge is headed by Ronnie Hazell with 458 birds and 525 points; in second place are Lester and Cheryl van Groeningen with 362 birds and 430 points, whilst in third place Ed Meyer has 339 birds and 418 points. Watch out Ronnie, this looks like a hare and tortoise affair, where too much haste at the beginning can often turn into being dropped at the end. No doubt the participants who took it easy in December will come charging through as they still have lots of birds to see, whereas the leaders will find it more difficult to find new species.
One thing is for sure – the people taking part are being stimulated to go birding and they are coming up with some really interesting results and some very rare species! Lifers will be amongst the birds seen – I have had one already with the White Wagtail at Rooisand!
It is good to see that newcomers to the club, Lester and Cheryl, are certainly making their presence felt.