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.
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.