lb28's picture

ID help please? Poss Dipper?

I saw this bird today on rocks near Falmouth beaches at low tide. It looks to me a lot like a Dipper, but I thought Dippers were river birds. Do they come to the coast? If not, any ideas what else it might be? I know the picture quality isn't great but the bird had a brown back with white breast. Any help would be much appreciated.



Alison Davies's picture

Yes, looks like a dipper.

Yes, looks like a dipper. The juvenile is browner, like this one, but surely it wouldn't be a juvenile in early April. This was a beach, but is there a river nearby, flowing into the sea?

Alison Davies's picture

Query Dipper

Yesterday I noticed a post from carobird1, about a bird she had seen that seemed to be a pipit. Other posters identified it as most probably a rock pipit. I looked it up on the RSPB website and its looks and areas in which it operates seem to tally with your query dipper.

shrike07's picture

Probably Grey Wagtail

This bird looks like a Wheatear but in this habitat it is more likely to be a Grey Wagtail with a unusaly short tail.

wolvobirder's picture


I've posted a comment on the observation page as to why this is not a Grey Wagtail. Just because it is next to water does not make it a Grey Wagtail.

WelshRedKite's picture

Agree 100%, this is a male

Agree 100%, this is a male Wheatear.