Possible wagtail in Adelaide

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Subject: Possible wagtail in Adelaide
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 14:32:47 +1000
Peter Fuller wrote:
>> I suggested to Joel the possibility of Leaden Flycatcher and Willie Wagtail, but he assures me that it had a black 'bib', and that the general jizz of the bird was like that of a wagtail.
I think it far more likely that a White/Black-backed Wagtail would be found on the tarmac of the Adelaide Airport than a Leaden Flycatcher! The only way the latter would be seen in such environs would be one that had been struck by a boeing. They are themselves rare vagrants to South Australia anyway.
Conversely a Black-backed Wagtail was twitched by many observers in the car park of the Glendale shopping complex in Newcastle in April 1998, usually right outside the Lone Star Tavern. It is a bird comfortable in human environments.
Given the evident experience of the observer with wagtails the observation deserves a little more credence than it appears to be receiving.
Cheers, AS
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