Yellow Wagtails on Ash Island

To: "'Stuart, Alan AD'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Yellow Wagtails on Ash Island
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 15:29:11 +1100

Though probably all 6 may be the usual race simillima (the race that is mostly recorded in Australia, it would be interesting if anyone records the race taivana again (with olive-green crown and back and yellow supercillium). I had one of the later race in breeding plumage amongst 5 others a few years ago on Ash Island, Newcastle and have heard that this race may possibly be split from the simillima race one day!




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From: [ On Behalf Of Stuart, Alan AD
Sent: Tuesday, 7 February 2006 9:34 AM
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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Yellow Wagtails on Ash Island


Late yesterday afternoon I was out on Ash Island Newcastle, and saw six Yellow Wagtails there.  I had all of them in my telescope view simultaneously.  Two birds were very yellow, the others ranging from paler to very much paler.  They were feeding along Wagtail Way.  I noted that they all were very wary (perhaps this reflects the number of people who’ve gone out there to look for them?) and were maintaining an exclusion zone of 20m or more – every time I took a step, so did they.


Alan Stuart


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