Yellow Wag

Subject: Yellow Wag
From: "Niven McCrie" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 16:52:34 +0000
A Yellow Wag was present at Darwin Sewage Works on 21/2/98. If 
accepted by BARC it will be an Australian first. The bird is clearly 
separable from its close relative the Yellow Wagtail by its almost 
complete lack of a tail, a feature clearly noted.

Of interest at the sewage works also was a 'normal' Yellow Wagtail 
which had a clear broad yellow-buff edge to at least one of the outer 
primaries. From some angles the feather(s) appeared as bright as the 
bird's underparts (yellow from upperbreast down; throat greyish-white 
with a few yellow patches).

Whilst the Grey Wagtails haven't been positively sighted in recent 
weeks, a bird seen in flight outside the sewage works showed the 
elongated silhouette and bouncing flight suggestive of Grey.

Niven McCrie
P.O. Box 41382
Casuarina 0811 NT
08 89451130

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