American Pipit

American Pipit

American Pipits breed in far northern Canada and winter in the Southern United States and as a result, only spend a very brief time in Vermont during spring and fall migration. They seem to be more conspicuous in the fall, in our area being very regular at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison about the same time the Snow Geese are visiting, where they are often seen flying around from field to field in diffuse groups giving their “pipit” call. In spring they tend to be harder to find as they take advantage of a very specific man-made habitat; wet plowed cornfields. You can spend time in April and May looking for wet patches in these fields in the hopes of finding a flock of these birds, but the more common experience is to be passing by a field like that and suddenly have a flock burst from between the furrows. Twice this spring Ian Worley and I came across flocks just like that, but a more satisfying experience was when we found a group near the Station Bridge in Salisbury in early May picking through the mud for seeds and invertebrates just a few feet away from us.

– Ron Payne

Reflected in the water of a Cornfield

Reflected in the water of a Cornfield

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