Pipit or Spotted Flycatcher?
QAttached is a photo taken in February at Pulborough RSPB. We think it is a Meadow Pipit, but would like it to be a Spotted Flycatcher – your advice, please! Liz Burgess
AIt is a Meadow Pipit, as you suspected – a Spotted Flycatcher would be unheard of in February, as they are summer visitors that arrive in May and depart again by mid-september. The streaking, buffy underside, and typical long, thin, pipit bill are also good indicators. In spring and summer, Tree Pipit would be another possibility, whether breeding locally or passing through on migration, but the face pattern is wrong, anyhow.