Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Grey is the New Yellow

There is no doubt that the bird of the morning was a singing Grey Wagtail. This is a thinly distributed bird in East Yorkshire, but does become more numerous in the Driffield area. This bird reacted to a rogue male in its territory by drooping its wings & then performing an unusual flight in which it looked more like a parachuting Meadow Pipit with a really long tail.

Despite searching diligently I was unable to relocate this bird for the afternoon group. The pm highlight was probably the 30 minutes trying to ensure everyone could see the Little Owl. The weather was very grey all day, so most of the birds sighted were observed in extremely grey conditions.

Other birds seen included: Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Red Kite, Buzzard, Long-tailed Tit, Heron, Green Woodpecker & Great Spotted Woodpecker

Grey Wagtail (c) (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart - in "full song" - in a tree!
Grey Wagtail (c) 2012 Tony Robinson - almost as yellow as a Yellow Wagtail!
Grey Wagtail (c) 2012 Tony Robinson - a more usual pose
Marsh Tit (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart
Kestrel (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart

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