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The Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) is a small passerine bird which breeds in much of the northern half of Europe and also northwestern Asia, from southeastern Greenland and Iceland east to just east of the Ural Mountains in Russia, and south to central France and Romania; there is also an isolated population in the Caucasus Mountains. It is migratory over most of its range, wintering in southern Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia.


Cuckoo egg in meadow pipit nest

Back up onto the Great Orme, Llandudno this morning but sadly no sign of yesterdays Barred Warbler, so far, it was hard to see so could still be lurking in the brambles. Walking out to the limestone pavements a pair of Chough showed well, lovely to hear their calls and watch them swooping throgh the air. Stonechats, Linnets and Meadow Pipits were all showing off in the sunshine but migrant birds...

Parque de Avioso: Petinha-dos-prados / Meadow Pipit / Anthus pratensis

Meadow pipit: Anthus pratensis Family: Pipits and wagtails (Motacillidae) Found across the UK but commonest in the west and north. In winter it moves south, to more lowland areas and becomes much commoner in the southern half of the UK. Found in open country - upland moors to saltmarshes in summer, more agricultural land and marshes in winter. Will even come to suburban parks and playing fields.

Meadow Pipit, Biggleswade, 30th April 2015 | von Steve Blain


Meadow Pipit, Biggleswade, 17th May 2015 | von Steve Blain