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American Pipit

Years ago I saw an American Pipit in Northern California.  I think it was in San Mateo.  I’m really surprised that I didn’t post about it because I think the shots were pretty decent.  But good pictures with that old lens aren’t as good as the 500mm lens pictures I took in the Uintas earlier this month.



It was hard to get an unobstructed view of the pipit.  He spent the whole time nibbling a little in one spot and dashing off to another spot to nibble some more.





The Utah bird list has them marked as being common in the summer so it’s surprising that I haven’t seem them before now.  I thought for awhile that I was looking at a Spotted Sandpiper, but I realize now that there was also a Spotted Sandpiper in the same area.  It’s subtle, right?  The biggest giveaway is that the sandpiper’s beak in longer.



I took this picture of a Spotted Sandpiper last year.  I really like the juxtaposition of the sandpiper and the Mallard.

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