The morning was cooler than recently, it was grey, and light was poor. I arrived at the muck heap at about 0610 and searched the standing water and heaps of muck. After waiting for about five minutes the Yellow Wagtail popped up on top of a heap and then flew above me to another heap where views were better.
I watched this stunning male Yellow Wagtail as it searched for and found small invertebrates to eat, the gorgeous yellows of this bird very conspicuous against the muck.
This particular Yellow Wagtail is a passage bird which has stopped off to feed before continuing its journey to its breeding grounds, either a damp meadow such as those in the Norfolk Broads or the North Norfolk Coast, or perhaps it has a further location to make for.
|Yellow Wagtail at Deopham Green 18th May (A bird on passage)|
I was born and brought up in Beccles, Suffolk, and I spent my early years of birding on Beccles Common and the marshes. It was in the 1960's when I found my first Yellow Wagtail nest with young on land adjacent to Common Lane. This land has now been developed for recreational purposes.