Grey Wagtail

Over the years of keeping a garden species list I have only recorded 3 Grey Wagtails, most times not being able to take a photo as by the time I’d managed to get the camera the bird had gone. But the other day one remained long enough for me to briefly take a picture of it, but as usual it did not stay long enough for more photos to be taken! Something is better than nothing, and now I always keep the camera by the kitchen window just in case of what might be seen out there in the garden. At this time of year anything could turn up so keep a look-out in your garden and in the sky as well. Can you see the Grey Wagtail? [click on picture]


Also you might see one of these – in daylight.





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  1. Sara

     /  October 14, 2014

    Hi – I saw a grey wagtail at Bateman’s National Trust garden this September (2014), feeding by the mill stream in the large wildlife conservation area, near the old mill, and deeply fragrant weeping lime trees (their nectar loved by bees, but makes bees a bit too sleepy sometimes). Sitting very still on the grass bank, I watched the wagtail for about 7 to10 minutes, moving and working its way along the fairly fast-flowing bubbling stream. No camera with me unfortunately. Thought it might have been a continental yellow wagtail at one point, but think it was actually a grey wagtail. I know its Burwarsh and not Westfield, but it was a joy to see.
    On the beech at Pett Level, (3rd week in Sept ’14), between 6 – 7pm, many swallows flew over my head (I would say 100 swallows at least probably), feeding on the wing. It was an amazing sight and wildlife encounter.
    Pett Level wading birds: In early October (2014), I also saw about 7 curlews and about 8 white egrets there, and many oyster catchers, as the tide went out.
    Have a green woodpecker in my Westfield garden (fairly regular bird visitor), pair of mistle thrushes, wren, robin, greenfinch and other small birds.
    I found a 3 inch long thick furry moth caterpillar in my compost heap, and a slow worm, and a young toad. I have also found signs of a hedgehog; ~ very occasionally now and then some hedgehog droppings, and what looks like a regular small hedgehog pathway made in the grass, and going under the wire netting fence into my neighbour’s garden (July/August 2014).


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