Relatively short, curved rear claw Yet another thin-billed small bird, which immediately makes you think of warblers or pipits. The dangly legs with long claws and very long tertial feathers (the wing feathers at the trailing edge, close to the body) plus the streaked breast, should all point to this being a singing pipit. We have three breeding pipits in the UK, all of which perform ‘similar-looking’ song flights. Rock Pipit is the darkest, with heavy, smudgy breast- and flank- streaking (and dark legs). The Meadow and Tree Pipits are more similar. However, Meadow Pipit can be ruled out here by the much finer flank streaking than breast streaking, the ‘short’, curved rear claws and the face pattern, including a dark line through the eye, and a pale cheek spot. This is a Tree Pipit.
KEY FEATURES Streaked breast gives pipit appearance Larger breast streaks, finer flank streaks Dark eyestripe, bold pale half-ring above eye Dangling feet showing relatively short curved rear claw