Pipit or Spot­ted Fly­catcher?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

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.

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