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14 Jul
2:52pm, 14 Jul 2024
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Are white and alba wagtails the same @KinkyS ?
14 Jul
3:31pm, 14 Jul 2024
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The Latin species name is Motacilla alba and the white subspecies is Motacilla alba alba so I suspect so, although I've never heard of alba wagtail as a common/English name.
14 Jul
5:20pm, 14 Jul 2024
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KinkyS wrote:but is passage migratory and so visits us in early Spring and late Summer/Autumn

Well, I never knew that! Didn't know you got them here at all. Only ever seen them abroad (where, of course, they take the place of pied wagtails).
15 Jul
7:13am, 15 Jul 2024
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Yeah, that was me. First time I'd seen one before. While I was on holiday in the hebrides. I actually only knew they existed a few weeks ago.

Interesting that they are so closely related.

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