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Pipit ID quiz
THE edge of an east coast field in October is a good place to look for passerine migrants, and working your way along a hedgerow in prevailing easterly breezes produces a small pipit, which flies to a barbed wire fence along the perimeter and perches prominently.
You’re aware that both the habitat and location could be good for any of the three likely species, so you’ll have to be careful. Is it the common Meadow Pipit with its somewhat variable plumage in autumn, the scarcer Tree Pipit or the semi-rarity Olive-backed Pipit, which would be the true prize? Carefully, you begin to take notes.
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