It is known to have a cheerful call “tsweep” which is most common and its song is a simple repetition of this call.
They are a bird with very slender legs and they spend a lot of the time walking and running along the ground near riverbanks, marshland and meadows and they can often be seen near fields of horses or cattle, feeding on invertebrates, such as beetles and flies.
Prosecto Insectivorous contains invertebrates and is a year round soft-food that’s perfect for insect eating birds as it’s packed with protein. Also, it is blended with oils and real Baker’s honey. It can be fed from the ground, bird table or a soft-food feeder.
Over the last few decades, the numbers have declined and the yellow wagtail is on the red list for birds of conservation concern. According to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) a change in agriculture could be to blame, but as it is a migrant, problem overseas cannot be ruled out.
So this summertime, keep a watchful eye out for one of these delightful birds - if you spot one it will be a rare and wonderful treat as they are so very scarce.