I can’t find this bird in any of the guide books – help!
QPlease can you help identify a small warbler I photographed while walking on the cycle track from Land’s End to Sennen Cove? I have looked in my Collins BTO Guide to British Birds and Collins BTO Guide to Rare British Birds but cannot find a bird that matches the markings displayed by this bird. To put it into scale, the bird is sitting on a four-foot fence post. Martin Webb
AAlthough this bird’s pose is reminiscent of a warbler, it is in fact a fairly textbook example of a Meadow Pipit – a short, diffuse supercilium, a streaked breast and flanks [in other photos], and streaking on the back, plus pink legs and feet, with long hind-claws on the latter. Birds often have an annoying habit of not sitting neatly in the poses they assume for guidebooks, and this can cause ID problems for beginners and experts alike.