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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Little Stint

Hebrides bird sightings - Little Stint
Juvenile Little Stint

Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Gaelic: Luatharan beag

 

Photography © Frank Stark
Barvas - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
7th October, 2007

 

  • Little Stint
  • Calidris minuta
  • Gaelic: Luatharan beag
  • UK: Passage, winter visitor
  • UK: 770 annual records BTO
  • WI: Scarce, sometimes uncommon autumn passage visitor (very small numbers each year). Rare (less than 30 records) spring/summer vistor
  • Breeds: Arctic Europe, Asia,
  • Winters: India, Africa
  • Habitat: Tundra (migration mudflats)
  • Diet: Invertebrates at mud surface, crustaceans, molluscs
  • Tiny wading bird. Bill black, short, straight, fine. Legs black, medium-length. Above parts brownish-grey (grey - winter). Below very white. Grey outer tail feathers. Autumn birds have two pale stripes down backs. Quick movements. Often feeds with Dunlin
  • Max recorded age 12yrs
  • Listen to a Little Stint (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Temminck's Stint (very rare), Dunlin

 

Little Stint records in the Western Isles

Scarce, sometimes uncommon autumn passage visitor (very small numbers each year). Rare (less than 30 records) spring/summer vistor
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Little Stint is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Frank's web site of his nature photography
www.frankstark.com

Other local bird photographs

Sources of information for the bird sightings section


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