Pipping Pipits

Meadow Pipits are very common birds of farmland. It’s the most common songbird in upland Britain. They thrive in Orkney. They fly and call and hunt for insects all day long. Here’s one on Orkney Mainland, hovering over the thistles:

Meadow Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Even though there are 2,000,000 territories Meadow Pipits are still an ‘amber’ listed bird of conservation concern.

Meadow Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They eat insects such as flies, beetles and moths as well as spiders. It’s probably partly the decline in these essential food sources which is putting Meadow Pipits under such pressure.

Meadow Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

That’s something we should all be shouting about.

Meadow Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Not just Meadow Pipits.

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