New year, new sightings to enjoy

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Red-backed mannikin are a new ‘tick’ in the Howick garden. PHOTO: SALLY JOHNSON
Red-backed mannikin are a new ‘tick’ in the Howick garden. PHOTO: SALLY JOHNSON

My new year got off to a wonderful start with the appearance of a pair of dear little red-backed mannikins. A new “tick” for our Howick garden list and only the second time they have been seen in the Ambers since we have lived here.

This is a common species in the coastal areas and I wonder if global warming is encouraging them to explore opportunities further inland. I really hope that they decide to settle here.

I really miss my carpet of red-billed queleas — they have obviously gone somewhere with trees suitable for their breeding regime, thorny acacia species being a favourite.

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