Small bird found injured.
No interactions present.
I should know better than to doubt Ian's judgement by now - but this little brown job looks like a young Dunnock to me!
Wouldn't Meadow Pipit be streakier?
Alan Brampton (Benson)
Please do doubt my judgement...photo ID is never easy and debate is good!
However, this is definitely a Pipit. Dunnock would be more grey, where this bird is quite rich brown colour. Dunnock would have a slightly shorter bill, too. Meadow Pipit is very variable in terms of streaking, and this bird is certainly streaky enough. My slight uncertainty was only in relation to the species of Pipit.
My Flickr photos...
It was badly injured. I think it had flown into overhead wire in the wind and rain. I didn't want to handle it more than I needed.
I put in in 'shelter spot' on moor to survive or not...
I'm sure this is a Grasshopper Warbler. The head is too big relatively for a pipit and the bill is slightly decurved. The ground colour is too dark (although damp) and the darker patches are right for gropper. No sign of wing bars, pale feather edges to tertials/coverts etc.
I thought about a Gropper, but persuaded myself otherwise because the tail feathers did not appear to give a rounded tip to the tail(outer feathers seem as long as central); the tertials looked quite long and definitely have pale edges unlike a Gropper; there is a very pale median covert visible in first picture, completely unlike a Gropper. I think the way it is so wet and has the scapulars splayed out covering the wings makes it hard to judge.
I have learned something- next time get wing shots etc!
I didn't want to distress it any more than it was when I found it.
It was surprising that my cats hadn't spotted it...
Ok - the lores arent dark and the supercilium is restricted to infront of the eye. There is no streaking on the mantle and the rump appears to be marked in a similar manner to the mantle, not plain as a Meadow Pipit. Also there is little evidence of white outer tail feathers which I concede would be hard to see. I am inclined to think the tail is rounded but again the wet plumage makes this hard to assess.
Lat/Lng: 58.4734, -6.2221
OS grid ref: NB539616