I'd not long got back from a job up in Somerset when Mike phoned with news of an Olive-backed Pipit in Phear Park! Phear Park is only a few hundred yards from my front door and apparently John Walters, the finder, was still there looking at it! I stopped washing Maisie's car (she's back from university on Thursday) and was there with John in seconds, soon watching only my second ever OBP - the last being the Brixham bird on 14/2/97! To watch this Siberian vagrant creeping around in the leaf litter, beneath an Oak, as dog-walkers raked around the place was strange but exciting in equal measure. Many thanks to John for a fabulous find and truly beautiful bird. It makes you wonder just what else is lurking in gardens and parks around the country.
It was fascinating to watch the behaviour of this bird - pushing through the longer grass and leaf litter and occasionally flying up into the Oak where it pumped its tail non-stop. It would then drop down in stages and sometimes creep along the tree branch, as in the photo above.