Sunday, 6 March 2011

Early White Wagtail

After a short seawatch this morning that produced little other than a rush of Gannets north I followed suit and headed north. A few obvious Pied Wagtails in the horse field south of Lynemouth led me to stop to see if anything else was amongst them, perhaps the first migrant Meadow Pipits I thought (there weren't!).
About 20 Pied Wagtails present including several dapper males I was quite surprised to see one individual that looked like a White Wagtail. Whilst not the earliest recorded in Northumberland it is certainly ahead of most county records of White Wagtail with 3rd week in March generally seeing the first arrivals. Big crops but enough to show it's credentials as a 1st-summer or 2nd calendar year depending on your ageing preference.

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