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Friday, 2 September 2011

Eastern 'type' Yellow Wagtail at the Garrison

But which one?

  On the way to work I stopped off at Porthloo where it was high tide and feeding with 4 Dunlin, 40+Sanderling, 20+Turnstone, 8 Curlew and a single Whimbrel, was a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. There were also the 3 juv/1st winter, adult and 2nd winter Mediterranean Gulls and a mix of Pied and White wagtail.

Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Porthloo

The adult and 2nd winter Mediterranean Gulls losing their heads!

Just before 08.00, I was driving a worker to the vines at Holy Vale and we passed Maypole, there was the BEE-EATER on the wires. It flew overhead, calling and headed off towards Longstones

There was a SW breeze and at mid-afternoon, I had a good walk around the Garrison in the baking hot sun. Along the dead pine walk there were singles of Whinchat, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap and 2 Reed Warbler. Elsewhere there was a Redstart at the campsite, but looking in the sheep field, I clocked on to what I first thought was I Citrine Wagtail. It didn't take long to relise that it was an Eastern Yellow Wagtail, but which one? It was feeding with 2 Yellow Wagtail and at times all 3 showed well following the same 2 sheep. I had to move on and called the guys to let them know that there was an Eastern 'type' Yellow Wagtail. All together totals on the Garrison included, 4 Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Goldcrest, Reed Warbler and Blackcap, 1 Whinchat and Redstart and 3 Yellow Wagtail, including the Eastern type.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail
When it called it sounded like the 2 Yellow Wagtail it was feeding with. Any comments would be welcome.

From the top, Whinchat, Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher and Reed Warbler, all on the Garrison

Up to 3 Tree Pipit were at Lower Moors


Eastern 'type' Yellow Wagtail
5 Yellow Wagtail
20+White Wagtail
10+Pied wagtail
5 Tree Pipit
7 Goldcrest
2 Redstart
10+Reed Warbler
3 Whinchat
7 Spotted Flycatcher
8 Pied Flycatcher
10+Willow Warbler
4 Chiffchaff

Porthloo'typ Duck Pond looking a little dry!

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