Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Rock Pipit
Photograph © Suzanne Harris
Callanish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
16th September, 2008
"About 8 of these dark little Rock Pipits at the shore today, they were all together, usually I see them in just one or two at a time. They were very well camoflaged against the wrack and the rocks"
Our Pipit photographs
- Rock Pipit
- Anthus petrosus
- Gaelic: gabhagan
- WI: Common resident breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)
- Small dark, darting bird often found on near seaweed covered rocks. Very dark legs. A dark pointed bill. Plumage generally dark greyish-brown. Below streaked markings on greyish breast. (Meadow pipit has pinkish legs & is usually more brightly coloured with contrasting streaked markings.
- Similar birds: Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit
Rock Pipit records in the Western Isles
Anthus petrosus littoralis is a common resident breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)
The Scandinavian race Anthus petrosus littoralis is a rare visitor (less than 30 records)
The Hebridean form Anthus petrosus meineetzhageni is not considered a separate subspecies (BOURC)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Rock Pipit is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
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