An interesting pipit, identified by the finders as Tawny, and later as Blyth┤s, was seen in Galicia, NW Spain, this weekend.
I went to see the bird myself today, and studied it for several hours in company of other experienced birders. In the field, the bird looked quite small (I┤ve seen several hundred Richard┤s Pipits, and this pipit is noticeably smaller, appearing just a little bit bigger than nearby Meadows, and shorter tailed than most of the Richard┤s I┤ve seen). Crown is darker and more streaked than usual, as well as the back. Behaviour is also interesting, as the bird walks more "horizontally" than what┤s usual in most Richard┤s.
However, the bird called at least 7 times, giving an absolutely Richard┤s type call. I┤ve heard Richard┤s Pipit calling many, many times, as well as Blyth┤s a couple of times, and I couldn┤t detect any difference in this call from the typical richardii sound. One of the moulted median covs of the left wing (the third one from the left, easily seen in one of the photos I attach, named "pipit") has also typical Richard┤s pattern, with the dark centre being triangular shaped, absolutely wrong for Blyth┤s. Tail pattern is also good for Richard┤s, as well as the apparently long hind claw. Belly is whitish, contrasting with the brownish upper breast. For all those reasons mentioned, I would identify the bird as a 1║w Richard┤s, perhaps of the dauricus/sinensis race, but would be interested in hearing others┤opinions on the bird.
I attach a couple of shots, taken by Marco Garcia, and you can see some great pics here:
Daniel L. Velasco