Date: 10/23/19 5:43 pm From: <clearwater...> Subject: [obol] Re: "Siberian" American Pipit records
Hi Alan, Trent, and all,
I just looked at Russ's photos. I agree with Alan that pipits are remarkably variable. However the degree of contrast on Russ's bird surpasses anything I've seen, in looking at thousands if not tens of thousands of pipits in the Willamette Valley.
I wonder if we might be setting the bar too high, in the interests of avoiding "Type I" errors.
I think Russ’s bird is one of the “not quite” birds that I have seen from time to time. The legs are paler but not bright, the underparts are at least half buffy, not much happening on the back. Pipits are remarkably variable.
Alan Contreras acontrer56@xxxxxxxxx
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