Wednesday, July 21, 2021

American Pipit

American Pipits look a bit like sparrows, being brown-backed and streaky-breasted. Their bills, however, are narrow, adapted for consuming insects and other invertebrates rather than seeds. How pipits are related to other songbirds is unclear. Pipits often feed on snow-fields and in grassy areas. This image clearly show this pipit’s toes, especially the long hind claw typical of many ground-feeding birds. We saw two pipits during our hike in Mount Rainier National Park on 19 July 2021. We were disappointed to list, during our visit to the park, only eight bird species.

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