Monday 29th April: Little Stint

The weather still has the nasty chilly wind but despite this somehow a decent bird has managed to get through in the form of a LITTLE STINT. It was found by Steve Lavington in the morning and stayed around all day so that a number of people could come and see it. It was hanging out with a few LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS, initially just one though their count grew to four by the end of the day. Apart from that the single BLACK-TAILED GODWIT was still about as were the two SHELDUCK. Burgess Field is still proving rather unrewarding in the wind though I'm hoping that once it abates we should see a return of the good warbler action.

A rather blurry digiscoped  shot, though the wind and strong sun made conditions rather difficult.

Later on Alex Martin managed this great footage using his iPhone (c) Alex Martin

Little Stints are pretty much annual on the Meadow though normally its only one or two sightings per year. This particular birds was in an interesting transitional plumage. You can see nice rufous tones to the flight feathers though the head and scapulars are still very grey. Let's hope that it's a prelude to a lot more top wader action over the coming weeks on the Patch.

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