Family:Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
12cm to 14cm
34cm to 37cm
20g to 40g
The little stint is a very small wading bird with medium-length black legs and a straight and short black beak. In winter it is grey-ish brown on the upper parts and white underneath. In autumn these birds have two pale stripes or 'braces' running down their backs.
Little Stints don't breed here in the UK and are instead a passage migrant - in autumn most of the birds seen here are juveniles, whereas in spring you'll see more adults - but in small numbers. In winter most birds migrate to Africa leaving very few birds here.
These birds are often seen alongside feeding dunlin.
Their diets mainly consist of insects, but also will eat molluscs and crustaceans.
The Dunlin is a small wading bird from the sandpiper family Scolopacidae. Dunlins breed across North America and northern Europe, and Asia and are one of the most widely distributed wading birds, with ten subspecies.
Identified as being from a group of birds known as Waders, within North America they are generally referred to as Shorebirds. This monotypic species, a long distance migrant, is considered to have an Amber Conservation Status otherwise known as Near Threatened.
The largest European wading bird, the Eurasian curlew is easy to identify with its elongated bow-shaped bill and spindly legs. In winter groups of curlews known as ‘curfews’ forage together in coastal wetlands, and up to 66,000 pairs breed in the UK and are resident all year round.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.
An impressive, proud looking wader with particularly fine summer plumage which migrates south from its northern breeding grounds from July to October, returning for the summer from late February through April.
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