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Grey-headed Wagtail, Norfolk

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Old Saturday 16th May 2009, 11:25   #1
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Grey-headed Wagtail, Norfolk

Hi all,

this Grey-headed Wagtail/intergrade was found at West Runton, Norfolk yesterday evening by a couple of friends and myself. As can be seen from the attached image their is some white flecking/marks behind the eye, similar although seemingly to a lesser extent (particularly in front of the eye) than on the recent Kelling bird http://www.surfbirds.com/cgi-bin/gal...ery12&start=25

So, is either the Kelling bird or the attached bird within the variation for thunbergi and how far does the variation in this ssp. extend? If it is a hybrid/intergrade, what is it likely to be with (perhaps flava)?

I know nothing is clear-cut with Wagtails but any suggestions/pictures of similar birds greatly appreciated.
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Old Saturday 16th May 2009, 11:51   #2
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The olive green necklace, the yellow throat, the white stripe between yellow throat and darker head. Would make it I think a thunbergi.

http://waarneming.nl/soort/info/1026

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Old Saturday 16th May 2009, 12:07   #3
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I would also say thunbergi.
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Old Saturday 16th May 2009, 12:10   #4
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I agree teunissen both with the identity of the bird and Bird Boredomness

Variation inside a subspecies is enough IMHO to explain many so-called hybrids or intergrades (true intergrades do exist of course)
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haha, thanks!
(It is actually time for me to write something new on that blog. In the meanwhile so many new interesting things happened.. )
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