Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

Birdwatching in & around Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, County Durham.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Scandinavian Water Pipit ?

Im none the wiser despite reading up....

But have now developed a new policy of assigning all birds i cannot imediately identify into an all encompassing hybrid catagory...... ;-)

This last week or so has seen me add 3 megas to this new list :-
i) Hybrid intersex half-bred Pheasant / Black Grouse
ii) Hybrid swarm Icelandic Kulmins Gull
ii) Hybrid Scandinavian Water Pipit

Three ticks, as EASY as that !

I have a few more "Pipit" pics i took, and have to say the image Mr Johnson has chosen to put out into the public domain ( on the Bird Forum, Durham Turding Photo gallery) , isn't a very good representation of what he, myself & Gary saw at very close range, regardless of "what it is"- a nice sharp full frame image, but none of the colours we could clearly see in the field.
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Note to self -  Next time take more and better photos, instead of spending time getting news out to all  "the
daft, out of breath and sweat stained twitchers".
Insomniacs read on:-

Manchester birding Scandinavian Rock Pipits / Water Pipits

NTBC Water & Rock pipits

8 comments:

  1. I'd have this as a Scandinavian Rock Pipit on the basis of these photos Steve, the streaking on teh flanks and breast sides looks too heavy to me for Water Pipit. Having said that I have had fun in the recent past with this pairing (see blog Dec 2009).

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    1. many thanks for that Alan
      i have had some more messages and info, im now very happy to stand corrected.

      as one of 3 initial observers, we seemed sure in the field of Water, Daveys picture on BirdForum didnt seem to do the bird much justice, and certainly didnt fully represent what we saw as it was pretty much a disapointing & colourless image.

      A bit of a result in the end realy, cos i havnt seen Scandinavian Rock Pipit previously.... or have i ??? ;-)

      with Hen Harrier, Wheatear, Goshawk, Kittiwake, Kumliens Gull & now Scandinavian Rock Pipit all at Rainton over the past week or so i'm a very happy local patcher !

      ive had a look at your blog( Dec 2010. )cheers.

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  2. Stevie thats a deffo littoralis. Water pipits are more 'defined' than that. Littoralis are an easy find in March on the Northumberland coast. Any patch of washed up weed on a headland like Newbiggin, Boulmer or Newton will have them.

    One tip. If you cant be sure that its a Water Pipit, its a littoralis!

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    1. Thanks for further clarification Stewart... 'more defined' seems a good overall pointer to bare in mind.

      I like the sound of that 'easy find'...... i think i'll have a search for one on the coast nr S'land tomorrow.

      Hopefully get the next one right first time !

      Cheers.

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  3. 'Deffo littoralis' is that a new race then? Wish I'd stuck in at Latin at school..

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  4. Stevie a fiver says, if you find Rock Pipits, there will be a littoralis there especially with this weather.

    Alan - I like to think I'm 'reem'...

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    1. wasnt gonna bother, but now ive got an added incentive !
      a fiver it is then :-)
      maybe i'll keep an eye open for Black Redstart too.....

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  5. Yep, defo littoralis, a nice bright un too !!

    See quite a few of em up here !!

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