Photo of the Day – December 10, 2017

American Pipit

When I encountered my first American Pipit along the shore of a local pond I was confused. Although similar to a sparrow in appearance, its behavior with its constant tail-bobbing reminded me of a sandpiper. This small songbird can most often be found near water, in marshes, mudflats, fields or along rivers, looking for insects or seeds from vegetation. I found several of them, including the one pictured, this past September along the Lamar River in Lamar Valley during its autumn migration through Yellowstone National Park.

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