January 06, 2014

Strutting his stuff

Strutting his stuff by ricmcarthur
Strutting his stuff, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This American pipit was making his way across the compost pile.
He was in with a large number of snow buntings and a few lapland longspurs.
I haven't been able to get a clear photo of the longspur yet, but I'll keep trying.
The pipit is similar to sparrows and is a small slender bird that bobs its tail and walks rather than hopping.

Scientific stuff
Anthus rubescens

In an alpine population in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming, a snow storm buried 17 American Pipit nests for 24 hours. All of the nestlings that were 11 days or older survived, but only a few of the younger ones did.

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