Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava

Startops Reservoir - 13th April 2007
Photos copyright Mike Collard

This is thought to be a male "Channel Wagtail" (though to be an intermediate from the small hybrid zone between flava and flavissima in northern France).  It has been added here as a comparison to the other "Blue-headed" photos below.

Compared to the April 2004 bird below, the head is paler & blue more washed out, and there is more white in the supercilium, sub-moustachial stripe and throat (per Ben Miller who saw both birds).

Calvert - 4th May 2006

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Photos copyright Tim Watts

This is thought to be a female Blue-headed Wagtail, possibly a 1st year bird.

Spade Oak Meadows, Little Marlow - 14th April 2006

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Photos copyright Adrian Parker

This individual did not hang around and was seen to fly off north soon after being photographed.

Startops Reservoir - 22nd April 2004

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Photo copyright Ben Miller

This Blue-headed Wagtail was present close to Startops Reservoir for a few days, in a field which was just inside the Buckinghamshire boarder.  The Blue-headed form of Yellow Wagtail is a scarce visitor to the county but is seen most years.  To see charts of the species occurance in the county click here.

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