Pied/White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Species
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarellii). Pied Wagtail. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on December 28th 2015.
Pied Wagtail. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on December 28th 2015.
(1/800th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba). White Wagtail. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on April 14th 2012.
White Wagtail. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on April 14th 2012.
(1/125th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 16.5 - 19 cm

A small, long-tailed and rather sprightly black and white bird. When not standing and frantically wagging its tail up and down it can be seen dashing about over lawns or car parks in search of food. There is a form called the White Wagtail (M. alba alba), which has a grey rather than a black back.

It is found throughout the British Isles, although not in much of Scotland in the winter.

It can be found in most habitats, even town centres, although nearly always near water.

Pied Wagtails gather together in large roosts, sometimes in towns, often assembling on roofs beforehand.

Green status. There are between 272,000 and 352,000 territories in the UK.

Sightings

16-Dec-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
09-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
22-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5+)
17-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
16-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
14-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
11-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (14)
16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (21)
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (9)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (14)
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
31-Jul-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
21-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (3)
25-Jun-2018 : Eskdale, Cumbria (6+)
24-Jun-2018 : Ravenglass, Cumbria (4)
24-Jun-2018 : Wasdale, Cumbria (2)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8+)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (14+)
15-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (10+)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)

26-Dec-2017 : Eynsham, Oxon (1)
22-Dec-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (1)
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Starigrad, Croatia
05-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
21-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
16-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
11-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon (4)
12-Jan-2017 : Oxford, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
14-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (1)
05-Nov-2016 : Trafico, Spain (2)
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (2)
04-Nov-2016 : Huerta Grande, Spain (2)
02-Nov-2016 : Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain (2)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
15-Oct-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (2)
07-May-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12)
17-Mar-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
04-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (6)
16-Jan-2016 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4+)
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
01-Oct-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (14+)
23-Jul-2015 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (1)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8+)
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (4)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (6+)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (9)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
17-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
06-Dec-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
20-Nov-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
17-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
24-Jun-2014 : Dospat, Bulgaria
23-Jun-2014 : Dospat, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014 : Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c6)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
08-May-2014 : Fishguard, Pembrokeshire (1)
07-May-2014 : Mwnt, Ceredigion (2)
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion (2)
04-May-2014 : Y Clywd, Ceredigion (1)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
03-Apr-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
24-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (6)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
20-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)