Sunday, 24 April 2011

Yellow Beauty

Sunday April 24
The North Norfolk Coast is normally a no- go area on Bank Holiday weekends. News of a spring male Citrine Wagtail at East Runton changed our minds.
The bird was in a pasture beside the A149, shortly after driving past Cromer cliffs parking site. It couldn't have been more convenient and was our first UK almost adult plumaged, spring Citrine Wagtail.  The previous birds have all been autumn juveniles. It had a few brown feathers showing at the top of its head but, the rest of him was pristine.
We watched it for about 20 minutes in a swirling sea mist, dashing about the field, feeding actively and avidly. It was joined by four Yellow Wagtails and a male Wheatear. As we left to get warm in the lovely sunshine at home, it flew into the next field.

Chasing Insects

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