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Meadow pipit

Observed: 24th March 2012 By: pen-y-bont_mikepen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Birdspen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Birdspen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Birds
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Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) interacts

Comments

Simon Walker's picture

Meadow Pipit

Hi Mike.
If you watch Skylarks, they start singing as they leave the ground, and ascend to quite a height; then they descend again, still singing. As soon as they reach the ground, they stop again. As this fellow's singing on the ground, it's unlikely to be a skylark. In addition, I can see no sign of a crest.

pirayaguara's picture

Meadow pipits have a peep

Meadow pipits have a peep peep peep call
Skylarks have a long shweep call
Skylarks have white outer tail feathers that show well in flight.

pen-y-bont_mike's picture

Meadow pipits

Thanks for both comments.

I struggle with song and music in general.I don't hear very well and am tone deaf. I have been known to identify a bird song by actually watching one singing and 30 mins later completly fail to recognise the species from song alone! I didn't even hear that this one was singing despite being only 8-10m away!

I see quite a lot of both these species and Skylark is one of only a handful of birds I can instantly id from song. I have also heard them singing from a perched position on or near the ground once or twice. I have also seen positively id'd Skylarks showing no sign of the crest.

I was also aware of the white outer tail details but interestingly someone has used a clear indication of this feature on the other possible lark/pipit observation I posted today as a pointer to Meadow pipit. http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/253407?nav=users_observations