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American Pipit at Bear River Migratory Bird RefugeAmerican Pipit at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I dug up these two American Pipit images taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge while working on my new photo galleries. I realized I hadn’t posted images of this species here so I thought I would share them. American Pipits were known for a long time as Water Pipits because they feed at the edge of tundra puddles and wet alpine meadows. American Pipits breed in arctic and alpine tundra.

An American Pipit on MigrationAn American Pipit on Migration – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

American Pipits migrate through northern Utah in both spring and fall migration, this pipit was photographed in March of 2014 as it headed north to its breeding grounds and as it was undergoing a molt into breeding plumage. This is a species I normally hear before I see them but in this instance I saw the pipit and it was silent. I have already heard pipits this fall but so far I haven’t been able to photograph them.

Life is good.


2016-12-07T12:07:15+00:00September 27th, 2015|Categories: American Pipits, Birds|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. Elephant's Child September 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Such a tiny bird to survive, and hopefully thrive, in extreme conditions…

  2. April Olson September 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I saw these at Antelope Island this past March and was not ever able to definitely identified them. Thank you for adding the sound, that is what I heard in March. They would stand on rocks and vocalize.

  3. Patty Chadwick September 27, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Interesting little birds. Like both images for different reasons. Second image looks like the bird is thinking about jumping off a high cliff into the water below…and may ir may not do it…..

  4. [email protected] September 27, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Beautiful images, Mia. also good info.

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