Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava

[Western and Eastern Yellow Wagtail] (pp.168–170)

Selected new records

 

Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest in spring 22 Mar 2007 (one; the earliest ever recorded on the island), Latest in spring 13 Jun 2010 (one); Earliest in autumn 23 Aug 2011 (one); Latest in autumn 17 Oct 2009 (one).

2008

Blue-headed Wagtail

27 Apr – A male of the nominate race, 'Blue-headed Wagtail' M. f. flava, was seen in St Helen's Field during the annual day-trip by members of Devon Birds (R. Doble et al.). Details accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2010

Intermediate-race bird

10 to 12 Jun – A singing male, showing characteristics intermediate between Blue-headed Wagtail M. f. flava and Yellow Wagtail M. f. flavissima was seen around the Village, mainly in St Helen’s Field.

Notable autumn-passage count

8 Sep – Five; remains the joint highest autumn-passage count since publication of The Birds of Lundy (see also Oct 2011).

2011

Notable autumn-passage count

2 Oct– Five; remains the joint highest spring-passage count since publication of The Birds of Lundy (see also Sep 2010).

2012

Possible eastern-race bird

7 Oct – The call of a single bird in flight was considered to be typical of one of the eastern races, rather than Yellow (M. f. flavissima) or Blue-headed Wagtail (M. f. flava) (Ivan Lakin & Kevin Rylands).

2013

Blue-headed Wagtail

19 & 21 May – One of two birds seen on both dates (in South West Field on 21st) showed characteristics of the nominate race Blue-headed Wagtail M. f. flava (Mark Dyer).

2014

Grey-headed Wagtail

31 May – A male in St Helen's Field showed characteristics of the race Blue-headed Wagtail M. f. thunbergi 'Grey-headed Wagtail' (Chris Townend, Pete Clabburn, Philip Lymbery). Record accepted by DBRC; the fifth Lundy occurrence of Grey-headed Wagtail, the last being in Jun 1997.

2015

Grey-headed Wagtail

14 & 15 Sep – An adult male feeding around sheep in the Lighthouse Field showed the characteristics of Grey-headed Wagtail M. f. thunbergi, which breeds in Scandinavia and western Russia (Tim Davis & Tim Jones). Record accepted by DBRC; the sixth for Lundy.

2017

Notable spring-passage count

5 May – Seven (including two Blue-headed Wagtails) remains the highest spring-passage count since publication of The Birds of Lundy.

Blue-headed Wagtails

5 & 6 May – Two female Blue-headed Wagtails M. f. flava, keeping company with Yellow Wagtails and feeding around the ponies, were in Barton, St Helen’s and Tillage Fields (Tim Davis, Tim Jones, Joanne Wilby et al.). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

 

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