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.