Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wagtail confusions

A typical spring male WHITE WAGTAIL. Note the very pale shade of grey on the upperparts, the lack of dark grey on the flanks and the GREY rump and uppertail coverts.

A first-summer 'alba' wagtail photographed on Startop's today lacked several of these key characters and was therefore considered to be a Pied Wagtail - see Lucy Flowers images above for useful comparison

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