Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Tjeldstø 09 October 2012 - Frustrating pipit

Calm with sunny intervals.

Only got out for a short stroll around the reserve. Decent sightings included a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett, a Goshawk hønsehauk and a couple of late White wagtails linerle.

Eight Wigeon brunnakke, a couple of Sparrowhawk spurvehauk and around 15 Tree Sparrow pilfink also about.

A rather frustrating pipit with a odd "jizz" warranted further inspection. It was relatively tame and bobbed its tail a lot giving a rather wagtail like feel to it. Plumage wise it was a mess with characters pointing all over the place...Initially I thought it could just be a freaky Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke but I'm glad I didn't give up on it.

Buff-bellied Pipit myrpiplerke

After consulting some books and after feedback from others this bird has been identified as an American Buff-bellied Pipit myrpiplerke. Not only the first for Øygarden, but also for Hordaland "county".

1 comment:

rixy said...

Hi Julian,
I've just commented your picture on ArtsObs. I don't think this is just a freaky Rock Pipit - looks like you have found a Buff-bellied Pipit. Congratulations!