Tuesday, 3 January 2012

2012 North Wales Rarity Prediction League

It's back by popular demand - the North Wales Rarity Prediction League.
The last Champion was Mike Duckham in 2006 who took the crown by expertly (or spookily) predicting a Stilt Sandpiper to appear in North Wales. Why not have a go this year.
Rules are:-
- competitors choose 10 birds they predict will occur in North Wales in 2012.
- the bird must be found between January 1st and December 31st, 2012.
- the bird must be found in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire or Wrexham.
- the bird must be a Welsh or British Rarity.
- the bird must be photographed, seen by many or accepted by the relevant authorities; BBRC or WRP to count.
- scoring is calculated using the WRP rarities database.
- Prediction lists can be accepted at any time throughout the year, however birds do not score if the prediction list arrives after a bird is found.
- Prize is only small but the bragging rights are huge!

Scoring will work like this:-
- 25 points for a first for Wales
- 15 points for a BBRC rarity seen five times or less in Wales.
- 10 points for a bird seen between 6-10 times in Wales
- 5 points for a bird seen between 16-30 times in Wales
- 2 points for a bird seen between 30-100 times in Wales
- 1 point for a Welshh rarity seen over 100 times in Wales

For a list of birds that are on the BBRC list and WRP list please check out the following links:-

Please e-mail your 10 predicted rarities in North Wales for 2012 to:-
marcbuzzard@aol.com or robinsandham@hotmail.co.uk

1 comment:

  1. Before I get a formal submission sent in, a few ideas.

    Another Fea's Petrel must be overdue - (probably off Enlli again) while Red-flanked Bluetail must be likely (ditto) - indeed they're probably going to be breeding before long.

    Keep dreaming of Black-throated Thrush in Porth Meudwy but reckon I must be satisfied with more lovely Bullfinches... and, er, surely you should amend the rules to include "birds seen by Ken alone"?

    Good Birding to all in 2012!