Wagtails in the Garden

Less shy than some, always busy

Greay Wagtail
Female Grey Wagtail (the male has a full yellow under belly © Down the Lane

Due to Wagtails often diminishing in numbers due to bad winters and, once again, vanishing Countryside, they are now on the RSPB Amber List, so every effort has to be made to ensure these beautiful little birds are kept going.

The three main varieties of Wagtails are The Grey, the Pied and the Yellow.

Grey would suggest just that, but it has a surprising amount of yellow in it's feather display and can from afar be quite easily mistaken for the Yellow.
Grey Wagtails have the longest tails.

Pied Wagtail
The Pied Wagtail

Their nests are built often near water and can be found in small crevices. These are manufactured using small twigs and grass.

Their diet mainly consists of Insects but can often be seen in shallow water looking around for tadpoles, possibly even snails.
For that reason they're harder to spot, it is quite rare they will be found on a Feeder or Bird Tray.

They breed in April and will lay between three and eight eggs.



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