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In Onchan today I saw a bird like a pied wagtail, but bright yellow underneath. Looking on the internet I think it was a grey wagtail, on the red list as endangered. Any expert say if we have them here, or have I most likely mistaken something else? No time to get a picture, unfortunately.

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4 minutes ago, manxman34 said:

In Onchan today I saw a bird like a pied wagtail, but bright yellow underneath. Looking on the internet I think it was a grey wagtail, on the red list as endangered. Any expert say if we have them here, or have I most likely mistaken something else? No time to get a picture, unfortunately.

If by the coast then a grey, if inland then yellow. Most probably a grey if in Onchan, not as rare as you may think.

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1 hour ago, manxman34 said:

In Onchan today I saw a bird like a pied wagtail, but bright yellow underneath. Looking on the internet I think it was a grey wagtail, on the red list as endangered. Any expert say if we have them here, or have I most likely mistaken something else? No time to get a picture, unfortunately.

They are here; I’ve seen grey wagtails at, for example, Scarlett and Port Grenagh and a yellow wagtail when walking a footpath in the Grenaby/Ballabeg area.

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All through last winter up until about a fortnight ago there’s been one or two in Port Jack Glen. Haven’t been there for a while as I’m not going out so much :(

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5 hours ago, GD4ELI said:

If by the coast then a grey, if inland then yellow. Most probably a grey if in Onchan, not as rare as you may think.

Can I try those binoculars you use?

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5 hours ago, GD4ELI said:

If by the coast then a grey, if inland then yellow. Most probably a grey if in Onchan, not as rare as you may think.

Most things in Onchan are grey...it would only be the yellow bit that stood out...

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Yes, prob a Grey, if you see it in flight, then a vivid flash of yellow would make you wonder which?

'less someones Budgy escaped?

No matter what the rarity, still a wonderfully  different sight up and down the East coast!

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9 minutes ago, display name said:

Can I try those binoculars you use?

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We have them down here in the Helford passage, not a very shy bird. If you really want binoculars, go for these.

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2 minutes ago, Kopek said:

Yes, prob a Grey, if you see it in flight, then a vivid flash of yellow would make you wonder which?

'less someones Budgy escaped?

No matter what the rarity, still a wonderfully  different sight up and down the East coast!

That's it - the grey is a coastal bird, the yellow lives inland in the fields.

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I got the monocular, I'm saving up for the other half!!!

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Just now, Kopek said:

I got the monocular, I'm saving up for the other half!!!

I don't have these but borrow a pair from time to time, absolutely amazing, especially as the light is fading which is a great test of optics.

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Posted (edited)

I have a pair of £10 pocket size, 5x,  from the gadget shop. Not brilliant but better than my eyesight!

( I used a silver marker to write 'ROLLEI' on them, improved them 10 fold! ).

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Just now, Kopek said:

I have a pair of £10 pocket size, 5x,  from the gadget shop. Not brilliant but better than my eyesight!

( I used a silver marker to write 'ROLLEI' on them, improved them 10 fold! ).

There are great bins in the £100 range, I need to buy some to keep in my rucksack. I'm waiting for the Canon 7D Mk III before I buy anything new.

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Obviously taxes are too low in Cornwall! but you'll need good night vision binos for the 'Wrecking' business!!!

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Lots (not the binoc's) very friendly in the Laxey Wheel valley each summer. A real treat to observe.

 

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