I popped by the morning after, on the day 15 years after the first Buff-bellied record in Norway (see end of post), and the bird was still present. It fed on the fields along with two White Wagtails, and gave acceptable views in the dull light. We did also hear it call. It was rather distinct, Meadow Pipit in frequency, but sharper and more explosive. A sharp and thin seep-seep-seep was uttered when flushed, reminding a bit about a (Grey) Wagtail.
There are three previous records of Buff-bellied Pipits in Norway:
- Nesseby, Finnmark 10 October 1997 (American Pipit, A. r. rubescens) - link (PDF, page 21)
- Karmøy, Rogaland January to April 2008 (Siberian Pipit, A. r. japonicus) - link
- Farsund, Vest-Agder December 2009 (Siberian Pipit, A. r. japonicus) - link
- Øygarden, Hordaland 9 to 14 October 2012 (American Pipit, A. r. rubescens)
The pipit stayed until the 14th of october, giving Norwegian twitchers a fair possibility to add this subspecies to their lists. The first record of American Pipit was only seen by a single observer. Who knows, some time in the future they might be separate species.