Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
A. pratensis is a common but declining resident and very common passage migrant and winter visitor to Sussex. It is a bird of open, extensive rough and grassy habitats, from sand dunes and salt marshes to wet grassland, heaths and unimproved chalk grassland, where it feeds on insects and other tiny invertebrates collected from the ground. Flocks of migrant Meadow Pipits are always worthy of closer inspection since they can often be good carriers for wagtails and rarer pipit species.
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Scott-Ham, M., 2014. Meadow Pipit. The Birds of Sussex. Thetford: British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Books on behalf of the Sussex Ornithological Society, pp. 542-543.
Scott-Ham, M., 1996. Meadow Pipit. Birds of Sussex. Sussex Ornithological Society, pp. 398-399.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Anthus pratensis. Downloaded from www.birdlife.org on 30th April 2014.