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Hi Robert, do you have any other images of this bird that you could upload please.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
My Flickr site - www.flickr.com/photos/ceb1298
... thinking mpit chris?
Along those lines Ray.
Agreed - more pictures would be helfpul. This doesn't have the jizz of a Redwing
Hard to be specific about Pipit species but this is not a Redwing – lack of distinct supercilium and then there are the wing bars.
The tail length is too long for a Redwing, the base colour of the breast and belly is fawn rather than whiter (as found in Redwing) and there is no trace of the red underwing on the flank and Redwings do not have wingbars as shown in this bird.
All the best
Hi Ray, I think it must be a Meadow Pipit but agree it's difficult to be sure. Regards Chris
...meadow pipit as well.
I was thinking about Meadow Pipit but the pale head bars made me think of Redwing more. I don't have any more photographs that would ease identification; only at side view that adds nothing. Mainly I thought of Pipit because they were so busy foraging about in the grass.
I see where you are coming from with the head bar (a stripe above the eye is called a supercilium) however when you see a Redwing about the first thing you notice is the bright supercilium, it really does stand out (see www.ispot.org.uk/node/307055 as an example). Although this bird does have a supercilium it is relatively slight, also note the two wing bars which are absent in a Redwing.
I reckon that you are correct. It was very difficult to get near enough to get a better photograph and the wind was horrific off the water.
Lat/Lng: 50.7245, -1.99257
OS grid ref: SZ006916