From the Rarities Committee’s files: The Bardsey pipit

Published on 06 July 2020 in Main articles

Andy Stoddart

Abstract A large pipit on Bardsey, Caernarfonshire, on 11th May 2016 was identified as a Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii and accepted as such by BBRC. However, following correspondence from outside the Committee, which challenged the identification, the record was revisited and the bird reidentified as a Richard’s Pipit A. richardi. This article describes the bird and addresses the identification issues raised.

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Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi, Bardsey, Caernarfonshire, May 2016. In this fully side-on image, the bird’s proportions, notably the tail length, indicate Richard’s Pipit rather than Blyth’s Pipit A. godlewskii. Note also the sandy and weakly marked upperparts and underparts, which almost suggest Tawny Pipit A. campestris. Steve Stansfield