Tuesday 24 February 2009

Rocks and Water compared

This Water Pipit has been present in the Marazion area of Mount's Bay area for most of the winter. This bird is not a text book Water Pipit. Although it shows some characteristics of a Scandinavian Rock Pipit, there are several key features pointing directly to Water Pipit. The white underparts with narrowly marked streaking, white belly and warm brown colouring on the mantle and yellow in the base of the bill eliminate littoralis. A Rock Pipit is also shown for comparison. (Thanks to Mush Ahmad for comments on this bird).

Rock Pipits below:

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