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Wagtail - Motacilla alba/yarrellii | by smith_nick89
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Wagtail - Motacilla alba/yarrellii

I've just spent over half an hour trying to decide if it is white or pied wagtail.

 

Help please

 

Reading this website -

www.digimages.info/bergri/Wagtails_MotacillaAlba&Yarr...

 

just when I think I have got it sorted out I wrongly identify the next photo! The colour of the back and mantle, the level of grey on the flanks etc.

Melvyn posted a possible White wagtail recently which has lots of grey on the flank (indicative of Pied)

www.flickr.com/photos/melsbirding/26182941266/in/photostr...

but nothing like as much as the bird on his next post which is pretty certainly a Pied.

 

So for me the jury is out, can anyone shed any light on it please.

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Taken on April 2, 2016