Pied / White Wagtail

Motacilla alba

[White Wagtail] (pp.170–171)

Selected new records

 

Breeding summary

Successful breeding has been confirmed in nearly every year since 2006 (the last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy), through the observation of adults carrying food and/or feeding fledglings, but it has proved difficult to pin down the number of territories and broods in most seasons.

2010

Breeding season

Early Jun – Up to six territories were identified during a survey of breeding landbirds in early Jun, though it is unknown how many pairs bred successfully.

2013

Notable spring-passage count of White Wagtails

20 Apr – Twelve White Wagtails remains the highest spring-passage count since publication of The Birds of Lundy

2015

Notable spring-passage count of White Wagtails

14 Apr – Twelve White Wagtails equalled the highest count since publication of The Birds of Lundy.

Exceptional autumn-passage count of White Wagtails

16 Sep – An early-morning fall of White Wagtails numbered at least 100, concentrated mainly at the southern ends of the Tent Field and South West Field. Most had left the island by 10.00 hrs (Tim Davis & Tim Jones). This was one of the higher counts of White or Pied Wagtails ever recorded on the island and remains by far the highest count since publication of The Birds of Lundy.

2016

Breeding season

Three pairs bred successfully.

Notable spring-passage count of Pied Wagtails

8 Apr – A count of 20 is the highest spring-passage total for 'Pied Wagtail' since publication of The Birds of Lundy (though it is not known what proportion were definitively assigned to race).

2017

Breeding season

5 Jul – Two recently fledged young were in Millcombe (Mike Archer).

2018

Breeding season

A pair of Pied Wagtails were carrying food to a nest near the stonecrusher on 5 Jun, whilst a second pair, also carrying food, were perched on Quarry Cottages and active around Brick Field on 6 Jun (Tim Davis & Tim Jones). A third pair bred successfully in Millcombe walled gardens (Dean Jones).

2019

Breeding season

A pair of Pied Wagtails were gathering food for chicks in the farmyard on 3 Jul, while a second pair were feeding two young in Millcombe on 26 Jul.

 

Ringing

Ringing recovery (on-island): A Pied Wagtail ringed as an adult female on Lundy on 24 Apr 2005 was found freshly dead on Lundy on 27 Jul 2009 – some 1,555 days later.

 

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