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Young birds? Is it possible in March?

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Had a nice little 25-bird bag yesterday on a huge block of rape. Included were 2 very small and skinny birds with no white neck ring. Could they be 2019ers already? I know I saw half an eggshell on my driveway about a month ago but at home they are semi-domesticated urban birds not the wild stock I normally encounter out in the sticks.

As we all know, these two types of bird behave almost as a different species.

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I had a few Woodie's at the weekend and one of them was definitely this year's it was considerably smaller with immature colouring, 

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So mild at christmas, we had pigeons displaying around the house, have seen an egg shell at base of cypress trees as well.


Pigeons will nest all year round if mild enough.

 

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Don't see why they wouldn't have hatched some off. This afternoon I saw a few young Egyptian geese swimming about with their parents.

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11 minutes ago, motty said:

Don't see why they wouldn't have hatched some off. This afternoon I saw a few young Egyptian geese swimming about with their parents.

Egyptian geese are quite happy nesting in the height of the Winter , well before most species of wildfowl in the U K.

A few years ago we were game shooting in January and one of the woods we went in the dogs were picking up fairly well grown Egyptian goslings 

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1 minute ago, marsh man said:

Egyptian geese are quite happy nesting in the height of the Winter , well before most species of wildfowl in the U K.

A few years ago we were game shooting in January and one of the woods we went in the dogs were picking up fairly well grown Egyptian goslings 

Very interesting. I must admit, I haven't been looking for young ducks/geese about, but I was going through Bircham (near Burnham Market) and happened to notice them. There is normally a lot of greylags on the pond, but I saw none today.

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