Thursday, September 17, 2009

Early American Pipit

I decided to stop by East Fork State Park Wednesday morning before going to the store to get everything I need for the upcoming Midwest Birding Symposium. Since there was only one fisherman on the beach, I thought I might have a chance of seeing some shorebirds. There wasn't much going on bird wise, despite the lack of people and dogs. I did manage to see one Pectoral Sandpiper looking for bugs in the grass with the Killdeer - it even puffed up and threatened the Killdeer - pretty cool. There was also an Osprey flying around.

Went to the other side of the beach by the fisherman, I wasn't expecting to see anything. From a considerable distance, a small bird briefly caught my eye in the grass. I was hoping it was another wondering Northern Wheatear, but I know that would be unlikely. I went over to investigate and found this American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) (dang, but still good bird) chasing bugs in the grass with a Killdeer.

If everything goes right with my laptop, my next post should be from the south shore of Lake Erie from the Midwest Birding Symposium.


  1. Anonymous10:28 AM

    So that would be what we, over here in Britain, would call a Buff bellied pipit,Anthus rubescens ?

  2. Anthus rubescens it is, don't/didn't know what it is commonly called outside of NA.

  3. This pitpit is very closely related to the Grassland pipit in Africa.