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Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta (L 16-17cm) is a winter visitor to Britain and Ireland and invariably found near freshwater. During the winter months it has streaked dark buffish brown upperparts and pale underparts, streaked and flushed buffish brown on the breast and flanks; the throat is white and unmarked and the whitish supercilium contrasts with the dark eyestripe. Before birds depart in April, they usually acquire breeding plumage where the underparts become unmarked and flushed pinkish on the breast; the back is brown and the head and neck are grey. Look for Water Pipits at watercress beds and sewage works in SE England in winter.