A Little Stint had been reported on the reserve and I was pleased to re-locate it on the north scrape viewable from the Pumfrett Hide.
They really are a tiny bird scurrying around the feet of the other waders. Most Little Stints in the UK are autumn birds usually juveniles, it is much scarcer in spring when small numbers of adults are seen. This adult was on its way north from Africa to its breeding grounds in the Arctic.
They’re particularly difficult to sketch as they never stay still. The lovely chestnut tones and obvious white V on the mantle make them very attractive birds.