Near to the recent Eastern Black Redstart, this Blue-headed Wagtail was found yesterday. I did get a call and I guess as the bird’s finder Gary did, thought surely the odds would favour an eastern bird. Blue-headed Wagtails are pretty darn rare anywhere on the east coast from October onwards. Furthermore eastern birds are not always just grey and white, indeed some in autumn can look similar to a male Blue-headed Wagtail. However this bird looks VERY like a Blue-headed Wagtail (northwestern/ nominate flava), and although call types seem to vary in eastern bird (including both raspy and sweet calls), this sees to have been heard only giving more western-like ‘sweet calls’. Not seen today AFAIK. I have some musings on aging but welcome any thoughts on that one! Quick post having received these wonderful images taken by Alan Curry.
Have a look:
Blue-headed Wagtail, Low Newton, Northumberland, 27 Nov. 2011 © Alan Curry