Bird #529 — White Wagtail

motacilla (wagtail) alba (dull white)

Friday, April 19, 2019 — 1:30 pm

Thun, Switzerland — Schadau Castle on Lake Thun

This one surprised me. In North America, White Wagtails are generally vagrants down from Alaska. I assumed they were arctic birds. So when I spotted one walking on the lawn in front of Schadau Castle, I got excited. Turns out that in the rest of the world, they can be found anywhere from Iceland to southern India.

It was a striking black and white bird that lived up to its name as it walked across the lawn.

I saw it, or another one, along the Aare River a few minutes later and one along the Langer See in Böblingen, Germany.

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