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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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01 June, 2016

Tree Pipit: in free fall

Pipits in trees are usually tree pipits (Anthus trivialis), just like this one. They are very similar in appearance to the meadow pipit so their different calls and their preferred habitats are important in identifying them.  
A summer visitor to our heathland, you can certainty see tree pipits in Wareham Forest at various locations and at Arne on Coombe Heath. They like open heath with a scattering of trees and bushes with a generous helping of bracken as they like to nest under bracken.
Pipits have a lovely display where they fly up in to the air in circles and then parachute down, wings open, 'pipiting' as they descend. With the tree pipit this is often back to the same tree perch they took off from. 
Tree Pipit: in free fall