Wordless Wednesday: Fledgling Pied Wagtail

Fledgling Pied Wagtail

Wordless Wednesday: Fledgling Pied Wagtail

20 comments on “Wordless Wednesday: Fledgling Pied Wagtail

  1. We have a bird called a ‘Willy Wagtail’ because it’s tail wiggles from side to side almost continually. So cute. Is that a similar behaviour to your Pied Wagtail?

    • Thanks Ardys πŸ™‚ I had to look that up and recognised the bird immediately! It’s not a “true” wagtail but a member of the fantail family which are also related to crows. I’ve been intrigued by them before because much of their behaviour is very similar to our wagtails! It’s probably why they were originally given the moniker. True wagtails wag their tails up and down and have a slight bounce to the pose a bit like dippers. The tail movement can be so fast it’s like a blur to the eye!! They may be different species but they’re both birds that are feisty and full of character πŸ˜€ Have a look at the RSPB page on Wagtails!

    • Thanks Marga πŸ™‚ They’re already pretty good fliers at this point! I photographed this one at RHS Wisley Gardens but I have also been watching a family of them in my village πŸ™‚ It’s been rather lovely! They nested on a ledge above a beauticians which is opposite my favourite coffee shop. Such fun watching them! They’re quite chatty too πŸ˜€

      • Their chatting must be a cheerful sound. Some years we have a pair of great tits raising their little ones in our neighbour’s garden that also visited ours. Lately a couple of cats joined the neighbours, so no nests this year. Hm, the Wisley Gardens are still on our list. Have a nice weekend.

      • Ah, the one problem with having cats around!! We have two girl cats but only one actually goes out. The other one’s a princess πŸ˜‰ I have all my bird feeders up high and away from any branches that cats could actually climb on. The birds around here seem to have worked out the various neighbourhood cats’ routines so we still get quite a lot of activity πŸ™‚ Yes, I love the wagtails call, it’s an uplifting one like the goldfinches. I’m lucky to live just up the road from Wisley πŸ™‚ It’s been a sanctuary and a joy for me!! Well worth visiting any time of the year but good to see what events they have on when you’re planning a visit. They have some excellent shows there πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend too.

    • Thanks Adrian πŸ™‚ Such a delight to see one still with a fuzz of downy feathers on it! It was really shouting at its poor parents to keep bringing food. The feeds were so quick and frantic though that I couldn’t quite get a decent shot. It’s been such a delightful year for watching the birds πŸ˜€

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