‘Iberian Wagtail’ in Yorkshire: new to Britain

Published on 02 November 2018 in Main articles

By Mark Pearson

Abstract A Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava of the subspecies M. f. iberiae found at East Lea, Filey, Yorkshire, on 22nd April 2015 has been accepted as the first record of this taxon for Britain. This account describes the observations, vocalisations and photographic evidence that contributed to the identification of this widely anticipated southern European overshoot, along with the circumstances of the record and an analysis of the occurrence in a wider context.

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‘Iberian Wagtail’, Filey, Yorkshire, April 2015, Mark Pearson