Pied and White Wagtails

Motacilla alba yarelli – SIGLEN FRAITH – Breeding resident and passage migrant

Masked Wagtail – 2016 first for Wales

Motacilla alba personata – 2016 2016 – Masked Wagtail M. a. personata, a well watched bird at Camrose between 29th November and 26th December 2016 (J. Hudson et al) was accepted by the BBRC as the first record of this race in the UK. More about Pied/White Wagtails in Pembrokeshire

Pied Wagtail – 2003-07 breeding

Motacilla alba yarelli – SIGLEN FRAITH – Breeding resident and passage migrant Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 159 192 Breeding probable 38 105 Breeding possible 90 72 No of tetrads occupied 287 (of 478) 369 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 60% 75.3% The Pied Wagtail, sub- species yarrelli, breeds throughout Pembrokeshire. In Pembrokeshire, […]

White Wagtail – 1994

White Wagtails subspecies alba pass through Pembrokeshire in both spring (from March to May) and autumn (late August to October), sometimes in considerable numbers, such as 200 at Skokholm on 15 September 1988. Many of these originate in Iceland, judging by ringing recoveries, but it is likely that others are Scandinavian, as their passage coincides with the […]

Pied Wagtail – 1994

Motacilla alba yarelli – SIGLEN FRAITH – Breeding resident and passage migrant 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 159 Breeding probable 38 Breeding possible 90 No of tetrads occupied 287 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 60% A common resident in Mathew’s (1894) day and a numerous breeder to Lockley et al. (1949). Today the Pied Wagtail subspecies yarrelli breeds throughout the county, […]

Pied Wagtail – 1980s winter

Motacilla alba yarelli – SIGLEN FRAITH – Breeding resident and passage migrant The BTO winter atlas showed that Pied Wagtails were present in most 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents over 19 birds seen in […]

Pied Wagtail – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

White Wagtail – 1894

Motacilla alba A summer visitor, no doubt often overlooked and confounded with the Pied Wagtail. Writing as long ago as 1850, Mr. Tracy says: “I am convinced that a few young birds of the Continental White Wagtail appear on our coasts in the months of September and October.” But the birds pass south again before either of those dates. […]

Pied Wagtail – 1894

Motacilla lugubris – A common resident. Mr Dix writes: “I believe we have more during the winter than in the summer. In September I noticed two or three parties of from fifteen to twenty, which, I believe, were migrating; they appeared to consist of two or three families. I have, invariably, during the winter, seen this bird in pairs, male […]