Bird of the week

Shooting Times & Country Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - By Gra­ham Ap­ple­ton

The tree pipit might be a fairly bor­ing brown bird but it has a lovely song, de­liv­ered in a para­chute dis­play flight, which might well start at the top of a small tree. Un­like the more com­mon meadow pipit, which is very much a bird of moor and heath in the UK, the tree pipit is as­so­ci­ated with open, scrubby wood­land, as found on the slop­ing fringes of the up­lands or in early ro­ta­tion forestry. The species is found in Scot­land and Wales, but there are high-den­sity patches in Eng­land as well — for in­stance, in Thet­ford For­est, East Anglia. Tree pipit par­ents are busy at the mo­ment, be­cause it is the mid­dle of the short breed­ing sea­son, so the males have less time for singing than a month ago. The first tree pip­its will be leav­ing the coun­try soon, head­ing for Spain, Por­tu­gal and North Africa. SHOOT­ING TIMES & COUN­TRY MAG­A­ZINE • 51

Tree pip­its are sim­i­lar to meadow pip­its but have a dif­fer­ent call

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