ROCK PIPIT

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Rock Pip­its are widely dis­trib­uted birds, mainly found around the rocky coasts of Eng­land. In Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber birds turn up in­land. Most, if not all, of these are of the Scan­di­na­vian sub­species lit­toralis, rather than lo­cal Bri­tish birds from the coast. Rock Pip­its are larger and darker than Meadow Pip­its, with stronger darker bills and usually dark legs. The breast streaks are much heav­ier than Meadow Pip­its’ and smudge to­gether to form dark lines, giv­ing the bird an al­most ‘dirty’ look. In­land pas­sage birds can be found near water bod­ies, of­ten on rocky or con­crete shores. Un­like the closely re­lated Water Pipit, Rock Pip­its are rel­a­tively bold birds, of­ten al­low­ing rea­son­ably close ap­proach.

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