A Walk in Weardale - I'm not sure about these LBBs

I had a wonderful week based in Weardale which is something of a hidden gem of the UK, in 7 days walking we barely met a soul but were surrounded by birdlife on rarely walked footpaths.

The highlight was being surrounded by curlews (including a flock of about a dozen at one point), oyster catchers 10 a penny and lapwings buzzing around. But as usual have a collection of LBBs, some of which I am not sure about. So here we go.

Meadow Pipit, streaks down the side.

Meadow pipit or tree Pipit, I think the former as was near the first bird.

Looks like a finch but don't recognise the colouring. We have chaffinch families so doesn't seem to be the right colour from what I've seen in the garden.

Thinking Meadow Pipit again

Wondered if this one might be a Tree Pipit due to less marking on the front.

Not a Pipit because of the broader beak and long legs, I thought.

Common Sandpiper

Yet another Meadow Pipit with added slug.

Not sure - fledgling Pipit?

  • Nice photos Ian.

    Your finch in photos 5 & 6 look more like pipits, but I’m extremely unfamiliar with them, so don’t quote me, but definitely not a finch, the beak looks to pointed. Photo 10 could be a sandpiper, again, only a guess.

    I'm sure someone will put me right.


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  • Mipit
    Tripit- juvvy?
    Common Sand.
    Wheatear juvenile


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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Ah, Linnet. Makes sense. Going back to my original RAW there is a hint of red on head and chest, not just an artifact of messing about.

  • The wing pattern also says Linnet.

    Agree with Seymour - the Tree Pipit still has some gape visible making it a Juvenile.

    And agree with Juvenile Wheatear.