We focus on the five songbird species that comprised ~98% of the total number of songbird nests (n = 332) and for which at least 20 nests were found (Hensler and Nichols 1981): Spragues Pipits
(Anthus spragueii, n = 21), Vesper Sparrows (Pooecetes gramineus; n = 53), Savannah Sparrows (n = 190), Bairds Sparrows (Ammodramus bairdii; n = 35), and Western Meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta; n = 26).
A few Tree Pipits
and a Dotterel were the best that the Great Orme could provide, although good numbers of Wheatears and Whinchats were scattered along the coast.
It streams into Britain after spending the winter in Spain and one day a friend I was with suddenly said: "A couple more pipits
have just gone over.
The eagles would seek out the nest sites by watching the parent pipits
bringing in food before swooping down to pluck the wee fledglings out.
It also provides excellent habitat for other bird species, the meadow pipits
and dunnocks, both of which become unsuspecting foster parents to cuckoo eggs.
localhero01: A spectacular morning on Conwy Mountain, lots of pipits
about & a majestic red kite above.
My own experience is that on the moors there are plenty of meadow pipits
(and of course young grouse), but almost no hen harriers.
Thrushes and pipits
move through the site and breeding birds such as lapwing and skylark patrol their territories in the dunes.
Control of predators also doubled the numbers of meadow pipits
which fledged and trebled the breeding success of red grouse, the Journal of Applied Ecology said.
Turtle doves have fallen in number by 88%, yellow wagtails by 70%, spotted flycatchers by 87% and tree pipits
It also shows that numbers of swifts and meadow pipits
in Yorkshire have fallen.
Ancient tracks and pathways criss-cross the plateau, and visitors can listen out for the skylarks, pipits
and red grouse which breed up there and watch the sky for buzzards and ravens.