September 7th   Leave a comment

There was a big passage of meadow pipits this morning along the coast and over Crail heading west (although eventually south). The wind is back in the west so it is British migrants only. Meadow pipits are one of the commonest breeding birds in Britain with perhaps three million birds moving south each autumn. The main breeding range is the mirror of the main wintering range. The Scottish Highlands and Islands empty of them and the southern and eastern counties of England fill with them. They call continuously as they go, a thin “tsip-tsip”, so you always know it is a flock of meadow pipits. It’s hard to know just how many are migrating – the flocks moving directly along the shore at treetop height are always very noticeable, but if you look out to sea there are many, much less conspicuous, following the coast too, but low over the waves.

A September meadow pipit – a lot stop to refuel on the rocky shore as they head south to England, or even further afield to southern Europe (John Anderson)

Posted September 7, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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