July 13th   Leave a comment

There was a bit more yellow wagtail activity at Oldbarns this morning. I have been hearing occasional birds calling for the last week, but it has been relatively quiet. I had thought that the adults had moved on to renest somewhere else. They tend to move a kilometer or so between broods. Today though, there was a pair in the newly cut potatoes, calling loudly and staying closely together. Then a second male appeared and the first chased it vigorously into the next field. It felt like a late April scene, when they are getting ready to breed just after arriving from West Africa. Perhaps they are going to renest in the same area as the first broods. One other, less happy, explanation might be that they were nesting in the potato field, and the nests were destroyed when the tops were cut off the potatoes this week.

The male yellow wagtail that was chased away from the cut potato field at Oldbarns. It is perched in the winter wheat where the first pair nested this year (and where they have bred first for the last five years). I later saw it feeding on the road closer to the farmhouse.

Posted July 13, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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