Above: the top two placings in February’s online Points Cup. Entries increased from nine in January 2020 (physical meeting) to a record 44 in December 2020 (online show)


THE 2021 POINTS Cup kicked off for Norfolk FBA members last month, after officials decided to keep the foreign bird competition online for now.

February’s Points Cup attracted 17 entries and was judged by Colin Rowe. A purple glossy starling took the highest points, placing Andy Morton top in the competition’s league table.

The Points Cup was introduced last year to run at monthly NFBA meetings, but due to Covid the competition moved to Facebook last April and witnessed record membership involvement. This January, officials debated whether to take the Points Cup competition back to the meeting room, when Covid regulations allow, or to continue online (see News, January 6).

Darren Day, who recently took over from Steve Downes as club vice chairman and organiser of the Points Cup, said: “Until meetings can resume, we can’t plan otherwise. Lots of the members can’t always attend physical meetings, so we may look to continue the competition online after Covid anyway.”

The closing date for the new Points Cup is March 6 and entries will be judged by Andy Calvesbert on March 9. To get involved, NFBA members are asked to submit a photo of one of their favourite birds. This year, the rules have changed slightly so that points will be awarded as follows: first, five points; second, four points; third, three points; fourth, two point; fifth, one point.

The rules for this year’s Points Cup are:

Only paid-up members will be allowed to enter.

The bird must belong to the entrant at the time it is entered. 

NFBA will accept three pictures of the bird. 

Each bird can only be entered once. 

Entries must be made no later than the Saturday preceding the judging.

Only one entry per member.  

For forthcoming competitions, entries from Norfolk FBA members can be emailed to Darren Day: dazza_at_home@hotmail.co.uk or sent on WhatsApp to 07977 191 070.

The monthly Points Cup league results will be reported in a future Club News.

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