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Pipit

Observed: 27th March 2012 By: EsklingEskling’s reputation in BirdsEskling’s reputation in BirdsEskling’s reputation in BirdsEskling’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Was tempted to say 'Tree Pipit' but I do recall seeing a flash of white in the tail as it bounded from tree to tree.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) interacts

Comments

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Pipit

Gut feeling is Meadow. Tree Pipit also has white in the outer tail, so that does not help. I would expect Tree Pipit to have more colour on the breast, and the blotch of spots in the middle is often a sign of Meadow.

There is also the fact that Tree Pipits are summer migrants and are less common at the moment, though some will be returning already.

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Summer Visitors

I read somewhere that the Meadow Pipit showed white in the tail feathers when in flight and wrongly assumed that it only applied to this species! To be honest, the fact that Tree Pipits are summer visitors was the real reason I opted for Meadow Pipit.

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Second photo added

Not sure if it is the same bird - there were several in the area - but is that a long hind claw (meaning definitely Meadow Pipit)?

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Yes

Yes...the hind claw is to long for Tree Pipit and correct for Meadow. The flank streaking on both birds (same bird?) is very fine and does look like a Tree Pipit feature, though. They can be difficult to tell apart...of course, if you hear them call, it suddenly becomes easy!

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