September 19th   Leave a comment

A little stint was found at Fife Ness yesterday afternoon and then later on Balcomie Beach. I got back to Crail too late to chase it but went out to the beach at lunchtime today. There were very few waders on the beach – a handful of dunlin and ringed plover, but roosting among them, a little stint. It was a warm afternoon and clearly none of the waders were hungry, barely feeding the half an hour I was there, despite it being low tide. Because it was roosting right next to the dunlins and plovers I could really appreciate just how small little stints are. It is fine thinking about bar-tailed godwits migrating thousands of kilometres on a single fuel tank of fat, and the same then for much smaller knot, but when you realise that little stints do the same – when they are the same size as a sparrow – you realise that birds, and particularly shorebirds, can do almost anything. It was a nice bird to see again on the Crail patch – they are once every two year birds, usually on Balcomie Beach. The rest of the patch remains resolutely quiet with barely anything passing Fife Ness of note while I was there except a few sandwich terns and some wigeon. I did encounter a weasel dashing across the road into a bramble bush as I arrived though, which is always a pleasure to see. I squeaked for a few minutes like a demented mouse but couldn’t tempt it out for a photo – only my dog was interested.

The little stint this afternoon on Balcomie Beach (WC)
Dwarfed by ringed plovers, that aren’t exactly huge themselves (WC)

Posted September 19, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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