Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Grey Wagtails set up home!

In 2014, a pair of Grey Wagtails nested over the River Bulbourne, by the canal, Station Moor. They fledged at least 2 young (details, including video, here). This year, a pair has again chosen to nest by the River Bulbourne, on Trust land, and were spotted by the Trust's longest serving Volunteer, Roland Howard. For obvious reason, I won't publish the location and nest details but it's wonderful that this colourful, river-loving creature chooses the Box Moor Trust as its home and the place where it'll raise its young.

Interestingly, there are 3 adult Grey Wagtails around the nest site. I'm not sure what is the role of the 3rd bird? Perhaps it’s a young adult from last year’s brood, helping with this year’s rearing? I know some species have that type of familial relationship but I’ve no idea if it happens in Wagtails? Anyway, I was able to film the male last week, probably the mate of the pair. He sat in the sunshine and preened for nearly 2 minutes.

[The video is best viewed in 4K: press play then click on the cog, bottom right, and select 2160p4K quality]

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