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What to look for, NOW!

Here, we highlight what to look for when you're out birding.

This week it is: Rock Pipit

Mid-October is the classic time to search for inland Rock Pipits. Though Rock Pipits are resident birds around our rocky coasts, they rarely wander inland. However, birds of the Scandinavian subspecies do find their way over here, especially, at this time of year. They naturally favour rocky shores, but concrete or similar boulders will do in their absence. Or you may encounter them flying over on a visible migration (‘vis mig’) watch. In which case, listen for the ‘feest’ call, as well as noting the larger size, longer wings and more robust bill, as well as the overall darker plumage. Birds on the deck are relatively plain backed with smudgy streaking compared to that of Meadow Pipits. They also have darker legs and (though this is subtle) less pure white outer tail feathers.

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit

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message from the editor...

Welcome to Bird Watching, the UK’s best-selling bird magazine. Every issue is packed with ideas, tips, advice, news and reviews, including binoculars and scopes, for anyone with an interest in wild birds, whether they simply enjoy watching their garden birds, or prefer to travel the country and world in search of more unusual species. Our mission is to inspire you to enjoy the world of wildlife that starts right outside your back door. Find out more and sign up to our annual birding challenge #My200BirdYear here.
Matt Merritt