A Few More December Birds

Yes, yes I know it’s 2022, happy new wotsit everyone, but I’ve yet to get out in the field (apart from a long walk on the 1st) so far (well it is only the 5th!).  Although we have had plenty of lovely sun and record breaking new year temperatures it’s been a bit blowy, that has now swung north and got a tad nippy.  I’m no great fan of windy days or cold.

Here is a mixture of birds photographed last month (or year to be precise).

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) in the winter sun at Titchwell. The beautiful plumes on the breast led to this bird being hunted to extinction in the UK in the 19th century. The feathers were used in the hat trade. It re-colonised in the 1950’s and bred in 1996 in Dorset
A small flock of Pink-footed Geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) on the Horsey Marshes. Over 100,000 winter in Norfolk often feeding on sugar beet tops left after the harvest
Drake Pintail (Anas acuta). A very smart duck, this one has been ‘upending’ and has water droplets on the head
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) and not a Pear Tree in sight! We also call this ‘The Frenchman’. Bred and released for hunting several escape the guns and breed in the wild
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) on the beach.  Sadly due to mans over-fishing of the seas they have moved to inland waters and cause untold damage to freshwater fish stocks
Winter plumage Linnets (Carduelis cannabina) drop in for a drink. In spring the males will acquire a smart pink breast

Let’s hope we can get back out there soon.  Have a great ’22 everyone!

30 thoughts on “A Few More December Birds

  1. So many beautiful bird photos, I thought the geese were ducks! It’s great that the Egrets have come back and sad that the Cormorants are having to leave their native feeding areas to survive. Have a great 2022! 🇬🇧

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  2. Happy 2022 Brian! We have quite a few Little Egrets around our estuary, though I’ve not seen any recently (i.e. the last week or so). There was a cormorant too a month or so back, but I’ve not seen that since then. And today, my Mrs H though she spotted a Pink-footed goose, but we can’t be certain as we were driving along at the time. It certainly wasn’t one of the very many Canada geese that seem to be winter residents.

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      1. We plan to get a scope of some kind to zoom in and get a closer look at the birds – especially the small ones which are damn difficult to identify with just a pair of binoculars. We’ve tried walking down to and even across the estuary, but they always seem to be the same 50 yards plus away. I would estimate that we have seen up to 10 different Little Egrets in the area. Though as I mentioned, I’ve not seen that many recently. I’ll have to have a look around the corner where it’s more sheltered.

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  3. What a wonderful variety of birds you saw at the end of last year. I love the partridge, and the pink footed ones. Those would be new to me.

    I hope you get some good days to go birding again soon with your new lens!

    Happy New Year to you and the Mrs.

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      1. Thanks B! I have already seen common crow, I think and common wanderer so the year so far is going pretty well but who knows?

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  4. Nice.
    The Egret especially. Had one touch down by our pond one afternoon last September, I think it was? It was literally a touch down take off, like a Harrier Jump Jet aborting a landing. Over in a flash and I had to blink to make sure I had actually seen it!
    I noted the recolonisation in Dorset because Dorset was the answer to a crossword clue we did over dinner a couple of nights ago.
    4 downCounty in South West England. (6)!

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      1. We are right by the Observatory golf course that runs east -west through the suburb, and I’m told they, like the Heron, occasionally hang out there.
        There are several places between Johannesburg and Pretoria where they can be seen.
        I have a suspicion that for this one it was an Oops moment after taking a wrong turn somewhere!

        We’re doing fine, Mister B, not wishing to tempt fate and all that.

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  5. Nice collection of birds you got there B! You even have Ron’s favorite bird the pintail which I am sure he will be happy to see. We (along with Ron) are currently birding the Texas Gulf Coast to kick off the new year (and new annual bird count) off right. Birding sunup to sundown isn’t leaving a lot of time for my own posts, but hoping to get back in the swing of things before too long. With all the birds Ron is tinning I fully expect his blog to see some action (well, at least I’ll be pushing him as much as possible ha). Take care.

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    1. Ron blogging again? He had better oil his site before opening it on the computer, there will be a lot of rust falling out!
      Envious of you all out on a birding holiday and the Texas Gulf Coast sounds almost tropical! Hope you kick off the year in style and don’t leave all the shots in cyberspace for the next decade!

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  6. Thank you for sharing some great photographs of winter birds! We certainly hope your weather will give you more opportunities to get out soon.

    The Pintail is a very handsome duck! We have some spend the winter here but the large numbers remain on the Atlantic side of the state. We hope to visit there soon.

    Stay warm!

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