Random Fact: Pied Wagtails

Pied Wagtails are almost exclusively British birds. Some, however, reside in France and Holland. On the Continent, the resident wagtail is a White Wagtail, which sometimes nests in southern Britain. Despite being British, they don’t like the cold and in very bad winters will join together in large numbers to roost communally in towns. Buckingham Palace supports a wagtail roost, and the biggest roosts may hold as many as 4,000 individual birds.

Wagtails are the most widespread breeding birds in Europe, from Iceland to Andalucia. They can also nest right across Asia as far east as the Bering Sea, where they occasionally wander into Alaska; a rare sight for American bird-watchers.

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