A Water Pipit on the beach this morning. I spent several hours studying this bird. It is not a particularly obvious individual and I considered littoralis, mainly because of the legs appearing consistently dark in the field (despite photos suggesting otherwise) and the rather short and indistinct supercilium compared with typical Water. However, the very pale underparts (and sparse steaking below breast), colouration of uppers, gleaming white outer tail feathers and call, won the day. Latter was occasional short harsh note amongst Rock-like calls. 

Interesting that Dave has reported a littoralis-type today and Water Pipits are about at Averton Gifford too, so various possibilities. Not always an easy group though!


Posted November 26th, 2012 at 9:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News