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Yellow Wagtail

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Common Name Yellow Wagtail
Scientific Name Motacilla flava
Status Local
Interest Level
Related Species Pipits and Wagtails
Flower Visible
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Look for A flock of wagtails near cattle
Habitat Reference

An autumn passage migrant often seen feeding on flies near cows.


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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Yellow Wagtail on a Gorse bush #LytchettFields
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23/08/2017 - 16:56
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01/09/2017 - 20:25
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07/09/2017 - 20:32
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09/09/2017 - 20:07
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
28/09/2017 - 11:11 Ian Ballam

2 Yellow Wagtails in with Mipits around Approach Pool #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

27/09/2017 - 17:02 Debby Saunders

Two very different Yellow Wagtails at Reap Lane

26/09/2017 - 11:53 Debby Saunders

Reap Lane barn Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaff

25/09/2017 - 12:05 Luke Phillips

Really nice morning at Clouds Hill. Gropper, Redstart, loads of chiffs. 3 Yellowhammer over plus mipits, grey & yellow wags, 350+ Swallow.

25/09/2017 - 08:57 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge up to 0900 125 D-b, Brent,1 P-b Brent & Teal west, 6 Barwit, Sanderling, Y-l Gull, Grey Wag, 2 Yel Wag, 2 Wheatear, Kingfisher

23/09/2017 - 15:09 Nick Urch

Rosy Starling still at Lodmoor - tricky to see, best when in flight. Also Little Stint, GWE, White & Yellow Wagtail.

18/09/2017 - 15:42 Lulworth Rangers

Peacock,C Yel and Comma. 3 Firecrest, 14 Yellow Wag, Gdn Warb, Blackcap, Spot Fly, 400 Swallow/H Martin…

14/09/2017 - 09:10 Olly Frampton

Least & Stilt Sandpiper both still showing at Lodmoor as of 9am. Also 1 Great White Egret, 3 White Wagtail, & 2 Yellow Wag

10/09/2017 - 08:15 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge this morning 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 33 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail over, Eider in the harbour

09/09/2017 - 20:07 Ian Ballam

Yellow Wagtail #LytchettFields

09/09/2017 - 17:47 Steve Groves

1 Grey Phalarope still late afternoon but couldn't find 2nd after 2.30ish. Also Hobby, 4 Greenshanks, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 1 White Wagtail.

07/09/2017 - 20:32 Ian Ballam

Yellow Wagtail #LytchettFields

02/09/2017 - 19:20 Richard Charmouth

Late visit to Stonebarrow slopes showed 1 Wheatear and 5 Yellow Wagtails with the Pieds in the Cattle field #CharmouthBirding

02/09/2017 - 10:22 Debby Saunders

Reap Lane 16 Wheatear and 4 Yellow Wagtail in the horse paddocks

02/09/2017 - 07:40 Debby Saunders

Still nothing new at Ferrybridge with 15 Turnstone, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail

01/09/2017 - 20:25 Ian Ballam

Yellow Wagtail #LytchettFields

01/09/2017 - 17:57 Birds Poole Harbour

8 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 3 Spot Fly, 10 Yell Wag, 5 W'throat, 2 Woodlark, 4 Wheatear, 2 B'cap at Greenlands Farm @DorsetBirdClub

01/09/2017 - 15:19 Steve Groves

2 Cattle Egrets eventually showed up on adjacent Chesters Hill but apart from Yellow Wagtails & 9 Blackwits, struggling to find much else.

01/09/2017 - 14:15 Mike Morse

This am: 17 Yellow Wags, 39 Wheatears, 8 Whinchats, 3 Spot Fly, 1 Redstart, 35 Common Scoter..

31/08/2017 - 19:10 Steve Groves

Just an evening visit today & at least 2 Cattle Egrets in cattle field to east of Swannery. Also lots of Yellow Wagtails but not a lot else.

31/08/2017 - 18:26 Richard Charmouth

Selection from Lambert's Hill, 30th Aug: Yellow Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellowhammer

31/08/2017 - 10:20 Jol Mitchell

Hard work at Sunnyside this am - Yellow Wags, Spotfly & Bullfinch the highlights @harbourbirds

31/08/2017 - 08:14 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge quiet again this morning 2 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit

30/08/2017 - 16:59 Ian Ballam

20+ Yellow Wagtails around #LytchettFields this morning

30/08/2017 - 16:23 Richard Charmouth

Back from a few days away. Thought I would have missed all the yellow wag action but found a nice little flock of c25 with cows at Lambert's

30/08/2017 - 11:40 Lulworth Rangers

RT @LulworthRangers: Y'day 50+Yellow wag, Hobby, 4 Firecrest, Redstart, Swift, 5 Spotted Flycatcher all in E & W Lulworth @DorsetBirdClub #…

30/08/2017 - 09:38 Lulworth Rangers

Y'day 50+Yellow wag, Hobby, 4 Firecrest, Redstart, Swift, 5 Spotted Flycatcher all in E & W Lulworth @DorsetBirdClub #birdsofbestival17

29/08/2017 - 17:53 Ian Ballam

#LytchettFields this pm, 1 Wood Sand, 2 Ruff, 25+ Ringo, 180+ Dunlin, 60+ Blackwit, 80+ Rshank, 8 Gshank, 10+YWags @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh

29/08/2017 - 13:04 RSPB Arne

Round up of the AM out at Middlebere. 3+ Osprey, 29 Spoonbill & Yellow Wags the highlights. Ta @dougaldog & @SimonKidner for sightings.

29/08/2017 - 12:45 Freddy Alway

On the fleet. Little stint west . 2 sanderling. Turnstone. Grey plover. 100+ Dunlin. 20 rp. Ywags tree pip wheatears a few warblers

29/08/2017 - 11:18 Birds Poole Harbour Ballard Down 1 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 3 Whitethroat, c15 Yel Wag, c10 Chiff, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Yellowhammer, 1 Hooded crow @DorsetBirdClub
29/08/2017 - 10:49 Barbara Bisset RT @dougaldog: 1040 flock of yellow wagtail with cattle across from Middlebere Lake @RSPBArne @harbourbirds
29/08/2017 - 09:30 Jol Mitchell Quieter at Sunnyside this am but still a few Spotflys, Wheatears and Yellow Wags plus Hobby for 2nd day running @harbourbirds
29/08/2017 - 07:38 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge quiet this morning with 3 Mute Swan, Wheatear, Sandwich Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eider (harbour) and just 4 Yellow Wagtail over
28/08/2017 - 21:39 Retweet RT @billsbirding: Yellow Wagtail! They're everywhere! Queing up this evening at Kimmeridge, ready to leave... @DorsetBirdClub…
28/08/2017 - 16:44 Mike Morse All a bit samey with the 50+ Yellow Wags and handful of Whinchats & Wheatears today typical of what we have been ge…
28/08/2017 - 14:48 James Lowther Many yellow wag between abbotsbury & cogden incl ~100 in one field east bexington. Other migrants wheatear,willow warbler,clouded yellow
28/08/2017 - 11:19 Portland Bird Observatory RT @lookin4spoonies: A little bit quiet this AM at the Bill but many Yellow wags (400+) on the move and Tree pipits thru in reasonable numb…
28/08/2017 - 10:09 Jol Mitchell 00's of hirundines inc Sand Martins at Sunnyside, 4+ Spotflys, Yellow Wags, Hobby, Tree Pip @harbourbirds
28/08/2017 - 08:26 Debby Saunders F/B this am 37 Turnstone, S'derling, Barwit, 5 Redshank, 2 Wheatear, 2 Hobby & 57 Yellow Wag, Grey Wag, 5 Grey Heron, 300+ Linnet all south
27/08/2017 - 09:15 Debby Saunders Quick visit to Reap Lane, 22 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher
27/08/2017 - 09:14 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this am 92 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, Barwit, Redshank, Sanderling, 16 Wheatear, 17 Yellow Wag, Grey Wag, 3 Grey Heron, Y-l Gull
26/08/2017 - 21:12 Debby Saunders Beautiful morning at Ferrybridge with Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails, Linnets, Little Egrets and the resident Herring G…
26/08/2017 - 11:30 Nick Urch Good morning @TropicalDorset SpotFly, 9 Firecrests, Tree Pipit over, 80+ Yellow Wags in field to the south
26/08/2017 - 09:53 Paul Harris Also from Rodden Hive: Green and Common Sand, sum plum Grey Plover, 80+ Dunlin. Good numbers of Yellow Wag going N.
26/08/2017 - 09:12 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 23 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 3 Sandwich Tern, Common Sandpiper, Eider in the harbour
26/08/2017 - 09:08 Tom Brereton West Bay 06.30-08 30 Visible Migration. Yellow Wagtail 204W 7E, Tree Pipit 2, Grey Wagtail 3, Swallow 58, House Mar…
25/08/2017 - 21:18 Steve Groves 250+ Yellow Wagtails at Abbotsbury Swannery tonight attracted this juv male Sparrowhawk. What a stunner!…
25/08/2017 - 14:19 Debby Saunders Reap Lane this Morning Redstart, Whitethroat, Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail
25/08/2017 - 13:33 Mike Morse A busy morning here with 38 Yellow Wags, G Wag, 4 Whinchats, 6 Wheatears, 2 Groppers, juv Marsh Harrier and juv Cor…