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They come every year without fail and every year people ask me "have you seen the Yellow Wagtails" and undoubtedly the answer is no. Then I go looking for them, and after two or three days I find them. All the photographs below are taken on a cricket pitch. Usually they turn up during the second or third week in April, to our locality anyway.

The species which visits and breeds in the United Kingdom is one of the yellowest of all yellow wagtails. In fact there is only one other subspecies more yellow than this one. The species that visit us is the Western Yellow Wagtail. There are many many subspecies all over the world.
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If you see a Yellow Wagtail and walk towards it, the bird will undoubtedly fly away, but if you watch carefully you will notice that it will only fly 20 meters or so.

Nearly all Wagtails have this trate so it's worth noting.
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Above and below photographs showing the markings on the Western Yellow Wagtail, unmissable, unmistakable and beautiful, this is one of the brightest visitors and breeders we have.
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Pied Wagtails below: these birds were in the very next field to theYellow Wagtails. The Pied Wagtail have been around for months. In fact we have a pair that visit us every Christmas and have done for five years. On this occasion I managed to observe a behaviour that I have not noticed before.

I observed one of the birds articulating it swings above it body backwards. Some bird species do this in order to fake injury and lead you away from its nest especially if they have young. This was something quite different this was a pair bonding and displaying and both birds were doing it.
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