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Pied Wagtail

Observed: 2nd February 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
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Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba subsp. yarrellii) interacts

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White/Pied?

I'm not sure that this one can be definitely claimed as Pied rather than White. The rump is barely visible, so that can't come into the ID (and Whites can have quite dark lower rump anyway). The mantle is quite pale for a Pied and the presence of some dark feathers does not rule out White. Also, the flanks are not that ashy and the throat pattern is variable. A lot of White Wagtails pass through and they can be tricky to separate.
Have a look at some of the photos on this site

http://www.the-soc.org.uk/docs/white-wagtail-id.pdf

Ian
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