Scientific name: Motacilla cinerea
How to identify: The grey wagtail is more colourful than its name suggests with slate grey upper parts and distinctive lemon yellow under-tail. Its tail is noticeably longer than those of pied and yellow wagtails.
Where: Likes fast flowing rivers in summer; in winter they can be seen around farmyards and lowland streams.
Best time to see: All year round.
Did you know? Grey wagtails are a very versatile predator, catching small dragonflies on the wing, a variety of insects off the ground, and even fishing tadpoles out of shallow water.
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