I can’t find this bird in any of the guide books – help!

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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.

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