Explored Mar 14, 2011 #222
Latin Name: Anthus pratensis
I was walking back to the holiday cottage after seeing the horses in the field down the lane and photographing the Little Owl in a tree in the field opposite, when I spotted this little Meadow Pipit sat on a fenc post near the end of the cottage garden.
A small, brown, streaky bird, it is the commonest songbird in upland areas and its high, piping call is a familiar sound. In flight it shows white outer tail feathers and in the breeding season it has a fluttering 'parachute' display flight. In winter they are quite gregarious and gather in small flocks, often invisible among the vegetation, suddenly flying up with typical jerky flight.