Seems to have a slight crown and white belly
No interactions present.
I can't see a crest, so think it would be worth considering meadow pipit as well (though normally the stripes/spots would come further down the body then).
Were there any other features or behaviours that fit with skylark?
Noticed it flying,did a very steep and rapid decent, Meadow pipit does not have a white belly, more spotted
Possibly a Water Pipit but a bit large for one, slightly bigger then a Blackbird
This is a Skylark, and fits perfectly with the original ID in all respects.
Skylarks do usually show a fairly obvious crest, but this can be held flat so is not always visible.
Size of birds can be very difficult to judge unless they are alongside each other and can be directly compared - this would have to be a huge skylark for it to be larger than a Blackbird! Skylarks do often look quite bulky though.
Agreed, crest is not always apparant
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Too big for a Water Pipit, Skylark it is then
Lat/Lng: 51.0, -4.2
OS grid ref: SS4932