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Breeding the meadow pipit

Alan Lythe describes an enjoyable 2010 breeding season with these little beauties

Growing in popularity: meadow pipits are winning awards at specialist UK shows

Once I read a book by a respected naturalist, who described the meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis) as “a little brown job and a non-descript species”. I totally disagree with this, as the pair I used for breeding in 2010, in my eyes, are absolutely gorgeous.

The cock bird of my pair is a real character and a cracking specimen, with dark chocolate-coloured markings on his back contrasting with a lovely buffy-brownish colour on his chest, which shows off his dark streakings quite nicely. His primaries have grass-green edgings to them, which to me makes him very attractive indeed.

My hen is also a great character and is not too far behind the cock in beauty. However, that is, of course, simply my opinion and other fanciers have a right to disagree.

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