yellow wagtail race ID non-breeding plumage

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Subject: yellow wagtail race ID non-breeding plumage
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 18:15:38 +1030
Is there any way of telling which race in non-breeding plumage?  I
certainly can't from Pizzey.   The description for my bird is:

Strong white eyebrow, dark ear coverts, white line borderd by black
under dark ear coverts. this not as strong as eyebrow, but clear
through scope.  No yellow underneath-appeared white, dark/black tail
with white edges.  Called in flight, high pitched, rocked pretty
constantly when on ground. When viewed from behind had white lines
down primaries.  Also a netting pattern on wings from side similar in
some ways to female white winged triller.  No white wingbar in flight.
Some black markings on chest, fairly indistinct.

I have bird journal which gives me eastern yellow wagtail and green
headed yellow wagtail.  I put it under eastern as I had to put it
somewhere but I have no basis for  doing this.


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