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    Tawny or Blyth's at Yas Links

    Being a relative newcomer to this fantastic hobby I'm not sure of my pipits - Tawny vs Blyth's. So would appreciate someone's expert guidance please. Lone example observed late this afternoon at Yas Links Golf Club - colouring therefore does reflect late afternoon sun.

    Many thanks,

    Oliver

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    Hi Oliver
    I'm not an expert, and I find pipit IDs pretty hard. Saying that, here's my two cents anyway.

    Looking at my bird books I see that tawny pipits have fairly plain mantles/upperparts and it seems to be the case here. Also streaking on the breast seems quite weak which I guess could be another pointer. So I'd go tawny.
    Tim Lloyd

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    Yes, Tawny. The yellowy ear coverts and generally plain, sandy upperparts are good features.
    Mark

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    Blyth's also lacks a loral stripe, I think.
    Andrew Bailey

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