Bohlen (1978) lists it as an irregular and uncommon migrant and notes that in spring there is often an early and a late population. Pink buff breast, white belly and vent. Shame the Water Pipits never perform so well, although I … The Rock Pipit's subspecies littoralis in summer plumage is very close in outward appearance to the Water Pipit however. It breeds in the Alps and other mountains of central and southern Europe. Sample also above in MP3 format. The Meadow Pipit froze under the bank on Crossens Outer as two Merlins scorched by in rapid succession, scattering the Pied Wagtail flock that had at least one Water Pipit in tow this afternoon. Brown wings with two white wing bars. This individual of Caucasian Water Pipit has not typical sonogram of flight call. It does not breed in the UK, but is a winter visitor, mainly to southern and eastern England. Sonogram of This individual is close to ssp spinoletta. It has a pale stripe over its eye, a slender bill and dark legs. Grey head with white eyebrow, black lores, and white throat. 8 records Breeds in mountainous regions of central and southern Europe, often at considerable elevations above or at the edge of the tree line. He lists approximate dates of occurrence in Illinois as late March - early May and mid- September - mid-November *01*. Water Pipit Water Pipit at Samphire Hoe (Geoff Burton) Anthus spinoletta Category A Very rare vagrant. Caucasian Pipit has been flagged up as a potential vagrant to UK so worth keeping any eye and ear out. Water Pipit: Small, sparrow-sized bird. What they eat: Insects and larvae. Summer plumage Water Pipit (above and below) - very little streaking on underparts, in fact the concolorous buffy-pink underparts is unusual for Western Water Pipit and the lack of a pale belly is generally a feature associated with Eastern Water Pipit. The water pipit is a large and stocky pipit. The water pipit is known as a migrant only in Illinois *10*. In summer it has a distinctive breeding plumage, with a pinkish breast, grey head and pale supercilium. Dark grey tail with white sides and faintly streaked brown back. ssp spinoletta tend to have more ascending call than Caucasian. Faint, grey streaks on flanks and sides of breast. It is greyish-brown above and pale below with streaks on its breast. It has dark legs, white outer tail feathers and a longish dark bill. The call sonogram signature of Caucasian Pipit is pretty distinctive with an 'M' shape as opposed to the more lightning strike shape of Water Pipit. Typically western birds spinoletta) have pinkish restricted to the breast with a contrasting white belly. Caucasian Water Pipits tend to have M-shape peak In sonogram.