Tuesday, October 29, 2019

American Pipit

We saw several American Pipits in a wet, plowed field at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge on 24 October 2019. They used to be named Water Pipits, which, as you can see in these photos, seems like a good name. At the time, Water Pipits ranged from North America across much of the Old World. Recent studies, however, indicate that the North American birds, along with the most eastern Asian subspecies, are actually a distinct species, Anthus rubescens. Perhaps the bird might be better named Reddish Pipit, a translation of its Latin species name. In any event, in North America, American Pipits breed across the Arctic south through alpine regions to El Salvador.

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