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March 2019
Wed 6highlightGrey Wagtail
Mullumbimby, New South Wales
We are reporting a Grey Wagtail, observed in a small creek at the back of Mullumbimby NSW. Three of us were travelling in a car and while crossing a small culvert, with running water and small waterfall two of us identified a wagtail in the creek. It was sitting on the pebbled edges of the small running creek flicking its tail up and down and moved onto rocks and logs in the creek then flew off as we drove past. It was behaving as a typical Motacilla wagtail. We parked and walked back and caught a quick glimpse of it again, as it flew off down the creek. We waited but it did not return and it was not there half an hour later. So the sighting was quick and unfocused but definetly a wagtail, it had a grey appearance, long tail, yellow rump and front with white edges to the tail in flight. Basically a grey, yellow and white appearance. From the habitat, behaviour and general gizz we decided it was a Grey Wagtail. One passenger knew the Grey Wagtail from many sightings in Norway. We prefer not to give the exact location as the roads in the area are narrow, potholed and basically dangerous. There is nowhere to safely park to observe the bird so lots of people driving along the narrow road would only increase the dangers and would not be appreciated by the local residents. My phone no is available from one of the moderators if you wish to contact me. (Moderator's Note: UPDATE 2:15pm, the moderators have now seen a photo of the bird and can confirm it is a Grey Wagtail. There are no previously accepted records of Grey Wagtails in NSW, though there is an unconfirmed report of a bird at Brunswick Heads Saltmarsh from 20/01/2013. The report will be assessed by the NSW ORAC. MR).
Jeanette Olley 7/3 #236952
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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