Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Meadow Pipit. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on March 26th 2017.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on March 26th 2017.
(1/200th sec af f10. Click image for larger version)
Juvenile Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis). Taken at Leighton Moss, Lancs, on August 1st 2014.
Juvenile. Taken at Leighton Moss, Lancs, on August 1st 2014.
(1/250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version)

© David Hastings


L: 14 - 15.5 cm
The Meadow Pipit is a small, brown, streaky bird. In flight it shows white outer tail feathers. It has pink legs and feet.
It is found across the UK but is commonest in the west and north.
In winter birds moves south, to more lowland areas and becomes much commoner in the southern half of the UK. It can be found in open country in summer, and on agricultural land and marshes in winter.
In the breeding season the Meadow Pipit has a fluttering 'parachute' display flight. In winter, birds are quite gregarious and gather in small flocks.
The Meadow Pipit has Amber status in the UK due to moderate population decline. There are around 1.6 million breeding territories here.


19-Sep-2017:Portland Bill, Dorset(2)
18-Jul-2017:Greenham Common, Berks(2+)
02-Jul-2017:Silchester Common, Hants(1)
28-May-2017:Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts(1)
04-Apr-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(3)
26-Mar-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)

07-Nov-2016:El Bujeo, Spain(1)
06-Nov-2016:La Janda, Spain(1)
04-Nov-2016:Huerta Grande, Spain(1)
03-Nov-2016:Los Riscos, Spain(1)
02-Nov-2016:Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain(1)
22-Oct-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(30+)
02-Oct-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(5)
21-Aug-2016:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(2)
21-Aug-2016:Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts(1)
06-Aug-2016:Greenham Common, Berks(4)
02-Jul-2016:Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria(1)
02-Jun-2016:Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants(1)
29-May-2016:Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts(3)

23-Oct-2015:Cley Marshes, Norfolk(10+)
16-Aug-2015:Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts(3)
19-Jun-2015:Dunkery Hill, Somerset(4+)
18-Jun-2015:Haddon Hill, Somerset(2)
16-Jun-2015:Heddon Valley, Devon(2)
25-Mar-2015:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(4+)

20-Nov-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(2)
09-Nov-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
01-Aug-2014:Leighton Moss, Lancashire(1)
07-May-2014:Mwnt, Ceredigion(1)
06-May-2014:Skomer, Pembrokeshire(1)
05-May-2014:LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion(2)
05-May-2014:Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion(1)
04-May-2014:Mwnt, Ceredigion(2)
16-Feb-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(6)
05-Jan-2014:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(c16)

12-Oct-2013:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(1)
24-Jun-2013:Salthouse, Norfolk(4)
09-Jun-2013:Cotley Hill, Wilts(1)
07-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
29-Mar-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(6)
24-Mar-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(3+)