Tuesday, October 08, 2013
With thanks to David Crawshaw for this great photo of the two species together taken in Suffolk recently. Really good to see them together for comparison
I don't know about anyone else but I find identification of Tree Pipit (without call or song) very difficult especially with Meadow Pipit plumage so variable towards the autumn. Spring and summer song of both birds is quite different so with practise they are quite easy to tell apart. Also the contact/flight call of each is quite different.
However, identification (I find) can be tricky, especially in autumn, on their own when they perch in a tree or small bush as M P's occasionally do !
There are a couple at least, of good pointers here (though not always easy to see in the field). Meadow Pipit has a very long hind claw and lower mandible colour is different in each species.
There are other differences with the bill, flank streaks and white,rather than buff belly on the Tree Pipit but again in the field these are not always easy to see.
Does anyone else struggle with these two???
Posted by David Sutcliffe at 9:26 pm