The Red-throated Pipit still lingers in Ventura Co. along Casper Road -
showing well and quite vocal this morning.
Possibly the most interesting bird amongst this pipit flock, however, is a
japonicus Buff-bellied Pipit (Siberian Pipit). This bird was found earlier in
the week by Don DesJardin, Ornk Arian and Nick Lethaby and still continues.
It can easily be picked out in a binocular sweep of the flock by its whiter
wingbars, whiter underparts and browner back. Closer inspection will reveal
heavily black streaked underparts, a thick dark malar that flares below the
cheeks (quite obvious at a distance). Indeed, face-on you may think you are
looking at a Red-throated Pipit. It also has rather bright pinkish legs
(although there are some Americans there with bright legs too).
Because of the browner upperparts, its whitish eyering also stands out more
than on the Americans.
If you want to brush up on the salient features before going to see it, there
is an ID summary along with lots of photos and a plate all online at the