Saturday, January 10, 2015

WHITE WAGTAIL



Last summer we visited the Norwegian Cultural History Museum in Oslo.



As we sat admiring the fountain this little White Wagtail landed on the rim.









It wasn't long before he flew off to find a more easily accessible drink.



(I mistakenly identified this as a Pied Wagtail earlier but by doing a little more research I think it is a White Wagtail.  Scientific name Motacilla alba.  It breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of North Africa.  You can learn more if you go here.  In the British Isles the darker sub-species is the pied wagtail.)


I am linking Anni's Bird D'Pot, Michelle's Nature Notes,  and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesdaywith thanks to each for hosting these very enjoyable memes.  Their logos can be found on my side bar.

48 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

adorable little guy. pretty fountain!

Stephanie said...

Nice images!

Elephant's Child said...

What a charmer. And I love the determined stride in the last shot.

Ginny said...

Oh my gosh, he is so cute!! He looks like a chickadee! And does he really walk, and not hop?

William Kendall said...

Quite an inquisitive little one, and a beautiful fountain!

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, isn't he cute! I've never seen one before. Love his short haircut and long black beard! haha.

Marie said...

He's just darling! And what a beautiful fountain!

Bethany Carson said...

Nice shots of the wagtail!

Karen Schurr said...

Sweet little guy. So close, yet so far away. The plaza looks like a very inviting place to sit and spend awhile, too.

Linda said...

Lovely fountain, Denise, and such a darling little bird!

Linda said...

I'm not familiar with the wagtail but he is cute!

Kay said...

The coloring on that bird is really striking. I'm always amazed at your bird captures, Denise.

diane b said...

Lovely fountain and a cute little bird. Love the last shot.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI yes I think you are right that it is a White Wagtail and I found another site that was extremely helpful in IDing these birds Love the fountain.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, the fountain is pretty and I like the lovely White Wagtail. Great shots, have a happy day!

Terri B said...

Cute little thing..I imagine that drink would have entailed a bath if he had tried it. Have a lovely Sunday!

Sandra said...

what a beautiful courtyard to land in, he looks like he is happy there and so were you

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Not being much of a traveler, what fun to see foreign places and birds!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Debbie said...

oh he's so cute....he looks a little like our nuthatch!! how kind of him to land so close and allow you to capture him up close and personal!!!

that's a beautiful fountain and a great spot to sit and rest, or catch a quick drink!!!!

Karen S. said...

Hello sweet tweety bird!

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the wagtails! It's so much fun watching them running around wagging their tails.

SeagullSuzie said...

Love the image with the beads of water either side, very pretty little bird too, glad you told me it wasn't a pied wagtail as that's what I thought it was.

Jeanne said...

Well... that's a pretty little birdie I haven't seen before!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Does he wag his little tail? Thanks for the information.

Anni said...

That fountain is stunning!!! Very pretty. And the added plus of such a handsome fellow....lucky you.

Thanks for sharing the link this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'

NatureFootstep said...

my favourite bird :) Nice shots!

Adam said...

such a tiny little bird

Mike said...

Just saw my first wagtails this summer in the Baltics and Scandinavia. Lovely photos of the bird, and of the fountain!

Carletta said...

He's a cute little fellow!
Love that first shot of the fountain. Nicely framed with the sky. Looks like a lovely place.

Indrani said...

Lovely captures!

gigihawaii said...

Cute bird and lovely fountain. I would love to see Oslo someday.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't he sweet! Good job with the ID -- I have enough trouble with birds on one continent let alone a second or third one ;>!

bailey-road.com said...

I love your capture of the beautiful fountain and the tiny, sweet visitor.

maryaustria said...

Wonderful series but I love the last shot! Such a pretty little bird!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I had never heard of this bird before reading your post, Denise, so you had me doing some online checking as well.

Rose said...

Such a cute little bird, while at the same time it reminds of an old man. Not sure how to explain it, just know that it does.

ladyfi said...

What charming shots! We get lots of wagtails here in Sweden too.

Valerie said...

Lovely. Wagtails are one of my favourites... unfortunately the only place they are seen where I live are in car parks. That's not saying much for nature, is it?

Pam said...

What a cutie!

Karen said...

What a sweet little bird.

Neil said...

Beautiful Wagtail.

Rambling Woods said...

What a cute bird enjoying a nice day. Thank you Denise... Michelle

bettyl-NZ said...

Isn't he just adorable! Love the coloring of his feathers and the fountain, too.

fredamans said...

Pretty little bird!

EG CameraGirl said...

I especially like the photo of the wagtail walking!! It made me smile.

NC Sue said...

Your wagtail reminds me of a chickadee.
I hope you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-walk-on-beach.html

Rambling Woods said...

What an adorable little bird Denise and I would love to visit as you have.. Michelle

Florence said...

What a darling little bird! I've never seen a wagtail.