The 2003 Great KOS Sand Martin Challenge!!!

For the Birdwatcher each Season has its own particular attractions but few can deny that the arrival of the first migrants of the Summer during March is the most exciting..

For us here in the North-west of England the first Sand Martintrue migrant to return is the Sand Martin (riparia riparia), a member of the Swallow family that winters in Africa and can be found hawking for insects over the Cheshire meres from early March. There is much rivalry amongst local birders out to claim the first bird for their local patch, Tatton is normally among the most favoured locations and a list of first dates for the past few years is shown below.

All you have to do is to use your skill and judgement to predict what date the first Sand Martin will return to Tatton this year!!

The closing date is 28th. February 2003 - but remember a bird was once reported from nearby Rostherne Mere on 23rd. February - so it might be an idea to enter ASAP. The actual time of day will be used in the event of a tie!

Only one entry per person please - anyone cheating will be hung upside down over a picture of Margaret Thatcher!

A prize will be awarded to the winner, nothing special - but remember it's the taking part that counts!

First Records since 1989
1989 8th. March
1990 13th. March
1991 13th. March
1992 14th. March
1993 13th. March
1994 12th. March
1995 11th. March
1996 20th. March
1997 11th. March
1998 19th. March
1999 13th. March
2000 10th. March
2001 9th March
2002 11th March

So those are the records for the past 14 years, but what will it be in 2003? Fill out the form below and make a name for yourself!

I think the first Sand Martin will be seen on (eg 27 Feb)

time of day (eg. 10.30am or 7.30pm or 24hr format)

My Name

My e-mail address

My Postal address - for sending the prize! (not compulsory - if you win you can send it me then! - but please indicate your location)

Click on submit when you have completed the form - an acknowledgment will be returned.

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