I been waiting to see that

The slightly misnamed Grey Wagtail - it's most striking feature is the blaze of yellow on its bottom and back

The slightly misnamed Grey Wagtail - it's most striking feature is the blaze of yellow on its bottom and back (I can't claim the pic - this is simply culled from the web)

I mentioned before that Grey Wagtails – a bird that really needs streams and rivers – often fly over the garden, and from time to time make brief stopovers on the roofs around us.

The reason we see them is the stream at the end of the road, about 250 m from the garden.

So I’ve been hoping for some time to twitch one in the garden – and today, I got my wish as one tripped its way around the new pond for a minute or two before chink-chinking its way back to the rooftops (check out the characteristic call here – the sound captured on this Italian website is the closest I could find to the real thing amongst the free sites, although the calls recorded by Andreas Schulze on the 17 CDs of Die Vogelstimmen Europas are better, but more expensive to access).

What’s a bit more interesting about this than just an unusual garden tick is that here we have a way to get seeds, spores, eggs, bits of plant and live animals from the margins of the nearby stream straight to our pond – and back – on the feet of a Grey Wagtail.

So next time I need to get it to wipe its feet on the welcome mat to see what its bringing along.

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