03
Nov
13

Flighty

I was already ‘togged up’ and locking the front door when I received Andy’s text. He’d found a Richard’s Pipit on the cliff top.

Richard’s Pipits are a vagrant from the Middle East not known for their showy nature. They are flighty and when they do ‘sit down’ they prefer long grass. Indeed their preference for thicker vegetation is often quoted as an identification feature over the similar Tawny and Blyth’s Pipits.

Andy phoned to say he had to leave but gave me some directions to where he had last seen the bird. The directions were spot on; it wasn’t long before I heard the distinctive flight call. I picked up the bird flying towards me among the smaller less wagtail like Meadow Pipits. It landed in the edge of the winter wheat and promptly ran into the long grass bordering the field.

It was a further hour or more before the bird sought fit to give good views; but it did … eventually.

I last saw it as I left trying its best to avoid being listed on a Kestrel’s lunchtime menu.

Richards Pipit

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