Every winter the White Wagtails come here from the fields behind and beside us to spend the winter in our garden and stealing scraps from the Corvids in the school yard.
When we see flashes of white (tails) in the garden we automatically think of Chaffinches, males, females alike. In our case it can very well be Waggers too, and this can be quite confusing sometimes when you are used to it being a Chaff more likely over the spring and summer time. Apart from me, the birds do have to change their mindset again too. It will get quite bossy now with 5 Great Tits, 2 or 3 Robins, a number of House Sparrows and 2 Dunnocks, one of which is turning out to be quite a match for any one of the latter! Never knew the shy Hedge Sparrow could be a fierce opponent to the bigger ones of the small garden birds.
The Grey Wagtails from the river, about 100-180 metres behind us in the valley, used to disturb me with their shrill call. These would visit the wall behind the birdtable and visit the birdtable sometimes also. It is a real shame that they stopped this habit in 2006, because I would have loved to get one or two piccies of them. Only got photos of a Grey Wagtail chick out at the mouth of the river at the shingle strand where it sat for 30 minutes waiting for mum or dad to bring food.
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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