White Wagtail at Augusta WA?

Subject: White Wagtail at Augusta WA?
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 19:07:53 +0800

I just received a report of a probable White Wagtail seen at the end of Challis Road at Augusta in the far south west of WA on 10th January 2003. The observer was Bill Barker from Jersey in the UK.

Not many details, but he knows White Wagtail very well from Jersey. The few details that I am aware of were black head, white face, white underbelly, white chin, grey back, black tail with white edges.

Is this sufficient to confirm ID as a White Wagtail, or could it still have been a Black-backed Wagtail? I haven't seen either species, and I didn't have a field guide handy when I was talking to him. He made no mention of any black on the breast, but he didn't volunteer much of the information, but rather expanded on the information as I asked him questions.

Frank O'Connor     Birding WA
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