In Brittany, France
by Martin and Philippe Dubois
We can get juvenile/ 1st winter Citrine Wagtails pretty much anytime now. Philippe Dubois sent these photos of a 1st winter Citrine Wagtail taken in Brittany, NW France. It was present, 7-10 September, 2011. All photos by Matthieu Canevet.
Notice anything odd?
The lores are really dark looking. Phillipe, Nils van Duivendijk and I chatted about it and we all thought it looked OK still for Citrine, but an odd one. Others thought it wasn’t quite right. Here’s what I wrote:
“Interesting bird for sure- and I do love these autumn wagtails!
I think this look like Citrine. All the patterns look fine apart from the dark lores (the whole head seem little dark) I do see some warmth in keeping with Citrine at the bill base and tail length- well the last one I saw in Shetland in this plumage was surprisingly short-tailed looking
Also with tricky bird nowadays, an ideal extra factor is to also record the call. The sonograms of Citrine and eastern are (usually) distinguishable as I remember.
This bird as an example
is more hybrid like and the sonogram was more ‘eastern flava’ than Citrine.“
1st winter Citrine Wagtail, NW France, Sept. 2011 all photos by Matthieu Canevet.
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