Scandinavian Rock Pipits

The annual staging

Once again a gathering of Rock Pipits is feeding near North Landing at Flamborough on the cliff-top facing due northeast. Here they feed often in the teeth of the icy blasts. It feels like a specific pre-migratio  gathering. Sometime in the next few days/weeks back to Scandinavia, in some case all the way up tothe Arctic?

I have seen at least 2 birds. However some or all of 10-15 could be littoralis. They don’t all flush an identifiable spring plumage, but hopefully more fine moments to come.

Two Rock Pipits- both may be littoralis but the left hand bird is recognisably so.

Two Rock Pipits- both may be littoralis but the left hand bird is recognisably so.

littoralis Rock Pipit

littoralis Rock Pipit

Rock Pipits of both nominate petrosus and littoralis are supposed to normally have grey on outer tail father tips versus white in Water Pipit. However littoralis do seem to quite regularly show more obviously white here...

Rock Pipits of both nominate petrosus and littoralis are supposed to normally have grey on outer tail father tips versus white in Water Pipit. However littoralis do seem to quite regularly show more obviously white here…

 

and this is a littoralis in Varanger in mid- April, on its breeding grounds

and this is a littoralis in Varanger in mid- April, on its breeding grounds

 

Meanwhile the Big Birds bring daily highlights too…

Greenland w front 23 feb 2015

Peregrine mg

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