And so we finish with a single bird, standing on what looks like the muddy shore of some pool or puddle. It is in a perfect side-on profile, hiding nothing and is obviously a passerine. The fine, longish bill, longish legs and that long tail suggest we are looking at a pipit or a wagtail (which are closely related birds). Our pipits are streakier than this bird, though, so we are looking at a wagtail. There are three British wagtails: Pied, Yellow and Grey. The latter has a super-long tail, pale (not blackish) legs and would not show that double transvese wing-bar. The relatively short tail, yellowish belly and undertail coverts and cheeks all point to this being a Yellow Wagtail; the black facial and throat markings show it is a juvenile Yellow Wagtail.
KEY FEATURES Typical wagtail shape Relatively short tail for a wagtail Yellow tones in belly and undertail Face pattern denotes juvenile plumage
Classic wagtail shape Two transverse wing-bars Medium-long tail Distinctive face and breast of juvenile