Scandinavian Rock Pipits

littoralis coming into colour at Flamborough

It’s that time of year. Especially at certain locations on Britain’s east and south coasts, on migration flyways inland- those Rock Pipits from further north and east prepare to head off. But before the do some ‘colour-up’. Specifically they flush beautiful tones of peachiness on the underparts and blues on the head, grey on the uppers and lose some of the streaking below. A stronger whitish supercilium appears. Flamborough probably as some figure well into double figures between a North and South Landing flocks. At least 6+ at South landing are showing colours:

Some of ’em are going to get even more colourful before they go.

litoralis srp10 march s (1 of 1) litoralis srp10 march t (1 of 1) litoralis srp10 march v (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march b (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march c (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march g (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march i (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march j (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march k (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march m (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march n (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march o (1 of 1) littoralis 10 march p (1 of 1) littoralis srp10 march  b (1 of 1) littoralis srp10 march  c (1 of 1)

 

 

2 thoughts on “Scandinavian Rock Pipits

  1. davey

    Hi Martin, yes they are colouring up right now, you have a better scope on littoralis on the east coast of england as i presume you dont have many petrous, here on the west of ireland looking at rock pipits over the last 2 weeks, i have found 4 , which have started to ( Pink Up) but thats out of 70 plus birds, the over all feel for me is That littoralis, has not allways a strong super, also the upperparts are not always greyish, as these are shown on our on petrous at this time of year, but i always stand corrected, look at the birds on kerybirding blog and irishbirding to see the subtle pinking of the kerrybirds,..

    Regards

    Davey Farrar

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    1. Martin Garner Post author

      Hi Davey- yes I was fortunate to find a few in consecutive springs in N Ireland when we lived there- but not easy. and as you indicate variable. My comments were just a rough guide in the blog post to how I was picking some out. I suspect I am overlooking others that are closer to petrosus-like etc. The eye goes for the prettiest ones!

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