Adult Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) at Trevose Head, Cornwall - June 2010
OTHER NAMES: Rock Pipit, Dusky Lark, Tangle Sparrow, Sea Mouse
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Rock pipits are a mainly coastal bird - as the name suggests they can most often be found on rocky areas, be it cliffs or rocky beaches. They are found along most of the coastline excepting the South East and the gap between Wales and Scotland, but are otherwise pretty much omnipresent. I had best luck with them around Trevose head, including this individual who let me within a few feet.
Subspecies: none - monotypic (formerly considered lumped with Water and Buff-Bellied Pipits)
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UNITED KINGDOM - Locally common breeding species (36,000 pairs)