Meadow Pipit Nest
Mike Raine (June)
One of the commonest birds flying around on the grassy uplands at this time
of year is the Meadow Pipit. It does appear to be just another LBJ (little
brown job!) but you should see a flash of white as it flies around its
territory. It's swooping short flight and tseep tseep call as it leads you
away from its nest is very distinctive. If you are lucky and catch a glimpse
of where it flew from you may be able to find it's nest. It will be well
hidden and sheltered deep in the grass. I got lucky last week and spotted
this nest, complete with five eggs, in the Llanberis Pass.
The Meadow Pipit nest is a favorite place for cuckoo's to lay their eggs, so
if you are lucky enough to find one take a close look at nest contents, they
may not all be Meadow Pipit eggs!