Q Can you help with identification of this pipit I saw on holiday in Mallorca in September. It could be Olive-backed, Tawny, Richards or Meadow.
A. We think the location of the sighting is enough to make Olive-backed Pipit unlikely, and the rarity of Richard’s Pipit in Western Europe would tend to count that species out too. Besides this, the bird’s wings don’t look ‘buffy’ enough for Olive-backed, and its breast is far too streaky for Richard’s. Tawny and Meadow Pipit are far more likely to be spotted in Mallorca, but this doesn’t seem to match exactly to either of those species. Taking into consideration the fineness of this bird’s flank streaks when compared to the breast streaks, that whitish belly and yellowish-buff breast and the strong looking beak, we think that this is in fact a Tree Pipit.