2 days ago
Remarkable! Met Mark Pearson at Flamborough y’day. Despite already scoring heavily at Filey this spring, he had one more up his sleeve. Cheeky! Sent these pics for comment though I hardly gave him ‘news’ I think. Read Northern Rustic’s Word here:
Also he wrote:
“here’s the only shots I got at a pipit which landed on Carr Naze yesterday evening (30th April) – very briefly, and right in the sun – which I’d like to hear your thoughts on. The bird called twice, and if I had to put money on it, I’d say it ‘squeaked’ more like an OBP”
Of course assessing bird ID from photos is not the same as field birding and this one is somewhat hampered by strong back lighting. However I see: plain upperparts, lacking streaking of Tree Pipit, very white super, lovely buffy/ orange fore-supercilium, strong black lateral crown strip (above supercilium) gorgeous inky black BIG breast blobs, and obvious dark mark below pale ear coverts spot. Well looks to me, given the light, as if it’s a straightforward Olive-backed Pipit. Any disagree?