Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus)
Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus). Taken at Broadford, Skye, on May 21st 2019.
Taken at Broadford, Skye, on May 21st 2019.
(1/500th sec at f13. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 15.5 - 17 cm

The Rock Pipit is a large stocky pipit, rather larger than a Meadow Pipit. It is streaky olive-brown above and dirty white underneath with dark streaking.

It is found around the British coast, but is absent from the less rocky parts of north-west, east and south England coastlines.

It breeds on rocky coasts and islands.

Most northern European birds migrate to western European coasts in winter.

The Rock Pipit has green status in the UK. There are around 35000 breeding pairs here.


21-May-2019 : Broadford, Skye (2)

24-Jun-2018 : Wasdale, Cumbria (1)
24-Jun-2018 : Irton Fell, Cumbria (1)

19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (2)