The Display of the Pied Wagtail
The other evening I sat in the sunshine after shutting up the workshop, gazing, thinking about nothing at all really – mellowing. Suddenly I was aware of a loud, musical twittering and just yards from my feet were a pair of high-spirited Pied Wagtails.
They commenced the most spectacular display, something I’ve never seen before, distinctively intense and dramatic.
After it was over I tried to replay the sequence of it in my mind – wondering if it was usual Wagtail behaviour. In British Birds, Henry Boase writes perfectly about seeing the same eye-catching event:
‘The courtship of the Pied Wagtail is rather more elaborate than seems usual among the smaller birds. There is also a grace about its performance which makes it outsanding …..’
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