Common WaxbillThis month you actually need a pullover on some days! There should be some rainfall to start to top up the aquifers. Depending on how cold the weather is getting up north, there may still be a fair number of birds on late passage.
Mixed flocks of Larks - Crested, Calandra, and Skylark- can have a few hundred individuals. Equally the mixed Sparrow flocks - predominantly Spanish Sparrow - can be large. Resident Tree Sparrow is common too. Winter flocks of Spotless Starling may also have some of the more familiar Common Starling with them. The population of Marsh Harrier has shown strong growth over recent years, and roosts can pull in up to 30 or more birds. Red Kite numbers grow - in early 2012 one roost had over 60.
Common Waxbill and Red Avadavat are now in their full breeding plumage. They are small but spectacular when a decent view can be obtained of these restless and energetic birds. Red-crested Pochard form small groups. On the plains the Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse form flocks, as do the Great and Little Bustard. This means an outing can produce feast or famine - you either get a spectacular view, or none!