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Flick ([personal profile] flick) wrote2016-11-28 01:51 pm

Pied Wagtails

As well as the robins, we've also got plenty of pied wagtails around the place: every year, some lucky pair (possibly the same one each year) manages to lay claim to our stableyard, after which they have no trouble raising a brood or two of chicks by the simple process of hanging around our muck heap all day.

Now that it's getting colder, there aren't so many tasty bugs to be found in there and they've mostly moved out to the field, where there's still food to be found.

Having been raised in our stableyard, they're not quite as afraid of people as they might otherwise be, so you can get fairly close to them before they fly away. This morning, though, I got to within a couple of meters of a pair of them while they were having an energetic, on-the-wing scrap at the top of the field: if I'd not been wearing rubber gloves covered in horse poo, I'd have grabbed my phone and tried to get a video. It was really quite lovely to see!