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fsphil



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Location: Cookstown, N.Ireland

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:43 pm    Post subject: Nocternal wagtails Reply with quote

Hi all!

I was doing some late night Christmas shopping a few nights ago, and when I was in the town I spotted some birds flying around just above the street lights. Turns out they where wagtails - a fair number of them too. They where flying about the street and between buildings.

I've never seen this before - is it normal in an urban area? I'm used to Robins singing at night but I've never seen birds being properly active.

-Phil

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JohnD



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Location: Brierfield, Nelson, Lancashire

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I undertand it is not unknown for pied wagtails to mass together in the vicinity of buildings where they are known to roost together in a confined and sheltered space to benefit from mutual warming and possibly heat from the buildings. I have seen them once at dusk on the Motorway service area at Stafford on the M6 and once on the Chester service area.....in both cases they seemed to be still at the stage of gathering together.....no idea in either caase where the ultimate roost was.
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