The Wagtails of the roof

The summer gives way to autumn and the roof visitors take a complete change too. The warmer months bring swathes of Swallows, resting on the roof between seemingly taking relays to encircle the house catching flying insects. Straight after mowing the grass it becomes a free for all as I have disturbed everything to the air. Alas, Autumn has arrived and the Swallows have given way to the Pied Wagtails. On a nice day like this it is a joy to sit outside and watch them gather and saunter along the tiles with their distinctive black and white colour and the almost comical great tail wagging as they perch. Well not so much sitting still either, always on the go they are πŸ™‚

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This one showed me exactly what he thought πŸ˜€

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I suppose it is perfect territory for them. The open farmlands and grassland of the Eden Valley, with the great River Eden not too far one way and the steams and becks flowing through woods etc all around. They are often also found in well lit built up areas. The sounds of the birds with the wagging tails. Grouping on roofs far and wide, ready to roost. Or of course wagging its tail along the lawn enjoying a feast of little beasts.

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Today was one of those rare calm blue sky days so took the opportunity to spend five minutes snapping a few of them. Thanks so much for looking πŸ™‚

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Written by Paul Steele

Founder of and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele


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