ROCK PIPIT

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

The large, dark pipit which gets ig­nored around the rocky coasts of the UK, has a Scan­di­na­vian sub­species which reg­u­larly passes through the coun­try in the spring and au­tumn. At least, that is the the­ory, as out of the spring plumage th­ese lit­toralis birds can be dif­fi­cult to sep­a­rate from our res­i­dent pet­ro­sus birds. They can turn up at gravel pits and reser­voirs or lakes with rocky or grav­elly shores, in the spring. Larger and darker than Meadow Pip­its, they have dark smudgy streak­ing on the breast and flanks, rather un­streaked backs, dark legs, dark bills and a harsher ‘feest’ call.

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