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Old Monday 18th June 2018, 08:57   #1
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Please help with bird ID in London

Dear All,

A friend of mine on Facebook has seen some small birds in a park behind her estate on Wandsworth Road, in a small park called Heathbrook. It has a longish neck, and a rather thin, fragile physique. She would like to know what kind of bird it is, but she doesn't have a camera or phone. She made a sketch of it. I've gone through the RSPB bird ID guide with her and we can't figure out what it is. A summer migrant perhaps? Can anyone help?

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Old Monday 18th June 2018, 09:04   #2
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Hi and welcome to BF.
Just throwing it out there but Pied Wagtails?
https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Pied_Wagtail

Some sort of size comparison to birds your friend is familiar with would be handy.
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EC6zCxNsrZs

check out pied wagtail

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Thanks Andy and Deb, I tried pied wagtail and other kinds of wagtail including juvenile wagtails. She said they were really thin, and hop and wag.

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Old Monday 18th June 2018, 20:22   #5
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Without pictures or very detailed illustrations this is hard. The closest thing I could come up with is a Nuthatch.

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Old Monday 18th June 2018, 21:03   #6
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Thanks very much! It looks like it's a pied wagtail juvenile or a white wagtail juvenile.
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Old Monday 18th June 2018, 21:10   #7
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Thanks very much! It looks like it's a pied wagtail juvenile or a white wagtail juvenile.
They are the same species Ivy. The Pied wagtail we get here are a subspecies of the White Wagtail seen on the continent (occassionally here). Your friend actually provided pretty good fieldnotes, description of the walk etc and the drawing does have the gizz of a wagtail!
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