Water Pipit – Keyhaven, Hampshire

After spending the early morning at Acres Down I headed to Keyhavan. A Red-throated Diver had been present over the last few high tides and had been coming very close, often down to 15 yards in the small harbour. I arrived a few hours before high tide but unfortunately there was no sign and so I decided to walk out to Illy Point. 

I picked out some Pipits on some freshwater pools and realised they were Water Pipits. The key features are the relatively white underpart base colouration, the strong white supercilium and white wing bars.

I spent the rest of the afternoon searching for the Diver without success although I did find 4 Spoonbills, 2 Peregrines and 2 Marsh Harriers. Four year ticks for the day (Firecrest, Brambling, Spoonbill and Skylark) so I ended up on 134 for the year.

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