Grey Wagtail

The grey wagtail is a year round resident here at Wellington. Particularly seen in Prince’s Quad and by Swan Lake, it is characterised by its wagging tail and grey and yellow plumage. They have a distinctive bobbing flight pattern.

Their diet is mainly insects gathered from the lawns in the quads or emerging from the lakes. They nest near the weir by Swan lake and in the creeper on the wall by the library.

Grey Wagtail collecting food on lily pads on Swan lake -03.05.20- Mark Dodd

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