|Wheatear perched on a fence post. I know, I'm original.|
Grimley veteran Mike Bourne turned up, and we went looking for the pair of Garganey found yesterday on a small reservoir nearby. After a bit of searching, both birds (including a drake) showed distantly as they slept on the distant bank- Grimley seems to be the prime location for this species in Worcestershire, so with any luck there will be a few more chances for better views before the end of spring.
Back at the Camp Lane Pits, a rather stunning male White Wagtail- the first of the season- was feeding with its commoner British relatives on the north-east scrape, providing a nice opportunity to compare plumage features between the two subspecies.
|White Wagtail (ssp. alba) on the Pits this morning.|
|Wagtail rump montage- left and centre show the pale rump on today's White Wagtail. Compare that with the dark rump of the right hand Pied Wagtail (and very convincing White Wagtail look-alike) from the same place last Wednesday.|
It was a productive morning, migrants or no migrants, with 6 species of wader noted. Bar the usual Gadwall
, a few Teal
and a solitary Shoveler
, duck numbers have taken the expected plunge though.
|Sand Martins are still whizzing about in numbers, often appearing in large groups to feed over the Pits before disappearing again. This group stopped for a rare breather on the busy, dog-walker infested causeway.|
|I hadn't come across Hare in Grimley until this morning- several were chasing each other about in a field opposite Camp Lane. |
Excellent images to show how to tell pied and white wagtails apart, a really useful ID feature.
There's always next year Bill for 'Wheatear' glory. Cracking little patch you've got there!
I've just had a wagtail that looked very like your pied wagtail. Your id tips were very useful for eliminating white wagtail.
Glad I could help :)
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