Water Pipit

The Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta), is a passerine bird which is found in the mountains of southern Europe and southern temperate Asia across to China. It migrates to wet open lowlands, such as marshes and flooded fields in the winter. Some birds migrate north to Britain, taking advantage of the warm ocean climate.

The Water Pipit is mainly brown above and dark streaked yellow/tan below. It has dark legs, white outer tail feathers and a longish dark bill. The summer bird has unique plumage, with a pinkish breast, gray head, and pale eyebrow patch. The call is a booming “fit”. The song is similar, but consisting of maybe 5 blocks of a half dozen notes each.

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