My First Plus My Most Recent American Pipit Photos

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American Pipit in nonbreeding plumage, Farmington Bay WMA, Davis County, UtahAmerican Pipit in nonbreeding plumage 2008 – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It was November 3, 2008 when I photographed my lifer American Pipits at Farmington Bay WMA while I was on a bird photography trip to Utah. I was living in Florida at the time and I enjoyed making trips out west because many of the birds I saw where new to me as a bird photographer. I was excited to get photos of the pipits and add them to my portfolio and to observe their behaviors while I learned more about them.

Then in July of 2009 I moved to Utah and started focusing more on the birds I found here and in surrounding western states.

American Pipit in nonbreeding plumage at Farmington Bay WMA, Davis County, UtahAmerican Pipit in nonbreeding plumage at Farmington Bay WMA 2018 – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/5000, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It was November 12, 2018 when I took my most recent American Pipit photos at Farmington Bay WMA, just a little over ten years since i took my first photos of this species. I enjoy these tail-bobbing American Pipits every bit as much today as I did the morning I first saw them near Goose Egg Island at Farmington Bay but since I moved to Utah I can see and photograph them more often.

It is a little hard for me to believe that these two photos were taken almost ten years apart, time has flown by so swiftly.

Life is good.


American Pipit facts and information:

Anthus rubescens

  • American Pipits are medium sized songbirds that have brown backs, brown stripes on their chests, white outer feathers on their tails, thin beaks and a pale line over their eyes. They bounce their tails up and down quite often.
  • American Pipits are migratory.
  • American Pipits during the breeding season can be found in alpine and arctic tundra and during migration they prefer mudflats, plowed fields, marshes, coastal beaches and rivers.
  • American Pipits eat insects and seeds.
  • American Pipits lay 3 to 7 eggs which hatch in 13 to 15 days. The female incubates and raises the young, they are monogamous.
  • American Pipits have also been called “Water Pipits” and “Buff-bellied Pipits”.


  1. GRACE COHEN November 15, 2018 at 8:44 am

    “Learn something new every day and you’ll sleep well every night” was the advice of a college friend’s mother. Mia – I learn something new about birds nearly every day from your beautiful photographs and information-packed blogs. Each posting shares a new way for me to appreciate birds, wildlife in general, photography, and our precious environment. You are a gifted photographer with a true passion for what you do. Thank you so much for your dedication to sharing with others!

  2. Liz Cormack November 15, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I have yet to see my first American Pipit. Hopefully, one day!

  3. Tim Traver November 15, 2018 at 5:58 am

    One of nicest gifts of your regular work posting birds like American Pipets is we get to see them across time and be reminded from time to time why we like them and what are the distinctive and distinguishing traits of them, so when we see them outside we recognize them. Thank you Pipets and Pipet photographer.

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