Posts Tagged ‘Meadow Pipit

29
Jun
19

Nesters

We held the ‘Photographing Orchids Workshop’ at the beginning of the month. Not only did we come across birds nest orchids; we also came across the nest of a Meadow Pipit secreted into a tussock of grass.

06
Dec
16

On the lookout

On tour last week this Meadow Pipit was tightrope walking on a gate at BuckenhamFen. I couldn’t help thinking he was looking over my shoulder all the time … at the perched Peregrine!

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28
Mar
15

You Mipit

I was having a day off. A busman’s holiday. Standing on the east bank at Cley I was photographing whatever flew by. A Meadow Pipit called, landed and sang a little. I glanced down at the field and what I saw took me back a little.

Not the usual olive green and dull white pipit but an orange breasted creature. The first thing that went through my mind was Red throated Pipit, but this was quickly excluded when it called again and  had a good look at other plumage features. Water Pipit had been reported here the day previously and indeed several people passing asked if that’s what it was; some were sure it was! Despite the peachy colouration and supressed breast streaking the bird had pale legs and a lack of supercillium and it called like a Meadow Pipit. It was a Meadow Pipit … just an odd one.

Trevor Williams has kindly commented that it may be the race ‘whistleri’ from Western Scotland and Ireland. He points to a good article on this race in Birding World. (ref Porter, R ‘Orange Breasted Meadow Pipits – an identification pitfall’ Birding World 18 (4) 169-172). However, I’ve been to Ireland and Western Scotland … lots of times, and I’ve never seen birds like this one. Maybe they are from further north and further east? … or maybe it’s just an oddly marked Mipit! #lotstolearn

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15
Jun
14

Streaking in front

Several of my guests have sent in photos of pipits lately asking me to confirm the identity. Invariably they have been Meadow Pipits. Tree Pipit appears to be a confusion species. A check of ‘Collins’ bird guide will give a summary of the main difference in features but the following photograph I took of a Tree Pipit on a birding tour recently gives a good illustration of the main difference. Take a look at the streaking on the breast compared with the flank. The streaking on the breast is ‘drawn’ with a B6 pencil whereas the flank streaking is more like what a H6 pencil would produce. The streaking on Meadow Pipit is of a uniform thickness throughout.

Tree Pipit




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