American pipit (Anthus rubescens)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5.5 inches
White eye ring and supercilium
White throat with dark malar streak
Brownish-olive upperparts with fine black streaks on back
Wings blackish with broad buffy edges
Buffy underparts with dark streaking across breast and onto flanks
Black tail with white outer tail feathers
In spring and summer, less heavily streaked below and upperparts grayer
Wags its tail
Often found in flocks on the ground in sparsely vegetated areas (plow- ed fields, shores, tundra
The American pipit is similar to the Sprague's pipit but the Sprague's
pipit has much less streaking on the underparts, more streaking on the
back, a paler face, and pink legs. The rare red-throated pipit (breeds in
Alaska and rare migrant in California) has a different call and pink legs.
Sparrows and longspurs can be found in similar habitats but have thick,
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-6
Length of Incubation: 13-15 days
Days to Fledge: 13-15
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Primarily insects; lesser quantities of seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley