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Old Sunday 11th February 2007, 16:45   #1
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Pipit with grey nape seen in Norfolk 11-2-07

I found a pipit this afternoon with a striking grey nape. I have posted some photos of it here http://worldbirders.com/pipit-spp-Wi...-?r=1171213605 suggestions and comments would be welcome.Thanks
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Old Sunday 11th February 2007, 17:28   #2
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I reckon its a Water Pipit edging towards Summer plumage. Although the grey nape seems to dissapear in the last two pictures, so it may be something to do with light, or the photo.
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Old Sunday 11th February 2007, 17:31   #3
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I think a Meadow Pipit. Seems fairly normal in terms of streaking and general look. Some are a bit greyer than others.
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My best guess is Meadow Pipit. They are very variable plumage-wise. The strength and sharpness of the flank stripes and head structure (weedy bill) are the key features for me. Also the mantle pattern and face pattern.
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Old Sunday 11th February 2007, 17:38   #5
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Agree with others. Have seen many variable Meadows, and this bird fits within that variation. Recent discussions about a bird in Cambs, claimed and photographed as a Water Pipit, was later confirmed as a Meadow with a grey nape.
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I think I probably agree. The 'warmth' in the feathers (except the nape) is what I normally see as the best Meadow Pipit feature, and its present here. Was just the eyebrow and, obviously, the grey nape that had me.
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Has anyone considered Buff-bellied Pipit? or am I just being too hopeful?
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Buff-bellied and japonicus! Yes I considered them. Still looks perfectly ok for the rather more likely Mipit though!
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I agree with Meadow Pipit. Take away the grey nape - there´s your Meadow.

Consider the the upperpart pattern on Water and Buff-bellied Pipt just to mentoin one character.

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