A tale of a grey day

Grey Wagtails are almost absent in Norfolk; not common at all. To find one you stand the best chance on a fast flowing river or a mill race… or a sewage farm. This male was nesting under a bridge in North Norfolk. Completely oblivious to the hullabaloo and commotion going on above.

Grey Wagtail


6 Responses to “A tale of a grey day”

  1. June 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    You stand a good chance of seeing them in Norwich, where there are at least three pairs. I used to see one daily on the stretch of river near Bishopgate, and they can also regularly be seen near Riverside and Fye Bridge.

  2. 3 Yahoo Mail
    June 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    We enjoy reading your daily posts. We enjoy watching all wildlife but are not hardened birders with a lot of knowledge. Today we saw what appeared to be three crows in the tree tops near us but noticed that one had white or buff wing tips with the darker “hand” of feathers protruding beyond the lighter colour action. The wings matched each other so did not appear to be a colour variation (aberration). We do get a pair of crows nesting in a tree top nearby but did not notice these wing colours before. The nearest I can find online is the ” white winged chough but it seems unlikely to be one of those.

    Brian & Freda Attwood, Glemsford, South-West Suffolk


    • June 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Brian and Freda,
      So pleased you enjoy the posts.
      I used to live very close to you, just over the hill in Stansfield so I know your part of Suffolk quite well.
      I think your Crow will be suffering from a lack of Melanin pigment in some of its feathers resulting in a white patch. This is quite common in crows and invariable it appears symmetrically in both wings. We have one or two individuals that roam the cliffs up here on the coast that exhibit the same plumage feature. Quite often the feathers that lack melanin wear quicker than the birds other plumage and if these feathers are within the wing the bird often has to flap quicker!
      I will send you some notes I made while living at Stansfield regarding the birds I saw locally – you may find it interesting.

  3. 5 John Norria
    June 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    There are a pair at the ford close to Cley spy every year Carl

    Sent from my iPhone


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