Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Tree Pipit

Mick P caught a Tree Pipit at Bestwood the other day - a young bird with a good long wing of 91mm and a good short hind claw of 7mm. (Meadow Pipits are shorter-winged and longer clawed, being shorter distance migrants that spend more time in long grass).

Other features to note in the pics are the strong, pink-based bill, the pointed wing, pink legs, nice contrast between the buff-washed flank and white belly and perhaps the best feature (good in field for silent birds) is the contrast in the shape of the streaking on breast and flank - much finer on flank, more rounded on the breast.

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