Little Stint – records

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June

Earlier records are summarised in Little Stint 1994 and Little Stint 2012

2013 – The only record involved a single juvenile on Skokholm on 21st Sept.

2014 – An adult in summer plumage at The Gann on 30 May was noteworthy, as the species is rarely seen on spring passage in the county. Return passage was light, with two birds at Broad Haven on 21st July, one at Marloes Mere on 31st Aug and at Newport one on 12 and two on 27 Sept.

2015 – Juveniles in August on Skokholm on 23 & 24 and at Newport 29 – 30th.

2016 – All records were: on Skomer 15 – 21 Aug, 17th Sept, with two there 19 – 24 Sept, a single at Angle Bay 3 Sept, two there 19 & 27 August, singles Teifi Est 8 Sept, 18 Aug until 10th Sept (probably involving at two birds), Gann 18 Aug & 11 Sept.

2017 – The only records relate to up to two different birds at Poppit 17 – 25 Sept and a single juv. on Skokholm on 27 Sept – 2 Oct.

2018 – Two Nevern 14 Sept, one remaining until 1 Oct

2019 – The only record was of one on the unusual date of 14 Jan at Cosheston.

2020 – All records were of singles unless stated at: Angle Bay 15 Sept, Nevern Est 18 Sept, Gann 19 Sept, Little Milford 21 Sept + 6 Oct and Teifi Est 9 – 10 Oct.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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Little Stint – 2012

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June

Little Stints breed on the tundra from northern Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. Those in the western sector migrate on a broad front to winter in southern Europe and Africa and it is birds from this population which occur on passage in the UK. The number involved varies. In summers when the Lemming population on the tundra is high wader productivity tends to be high as predators like Arctic Foxes concentrate on the easily obtained rodents, to the benefit of the birds. However weather with predominantly easterly winds that drifts migrant Little Stints west of their normal course is required to displace them as far as the UK in any number. The infrequency of the combination of these factors occurring at the appropriate time results in high totals being erratically recorded in Pembrokeshire.

Both Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949) described the Little Stint as an occasional autumn visitor to Pembrokeshire. Donovan and Rees (1994) assessed it as principally a scarce autumn visitor the majority seen in September but also as infrequently recorded in the spring and rare in winter.

A total of 40 birds were recorded in Pembrokeshire between 1911 and 1982 being noted in 16 of those years. This was likely to have been an under representation due to the paucity of observers over that period. This is perhaps emphasized by only 5 being recorded in 1960 when at least 3,000 were noted in the UK, over 300 of them in Wales. However, observer cover was sufficiently widespread in the county to present representative autumn returns for the years 1983 – 2012:

Mostly autumn totals lay between one and 14 but there were notable influxes in 1993 when 220 were recorded in Wales, 36 of them in Pembrokeshire, and in 1996 at least 172 were noted in the county, over 600 being accounted for in Wales as a whole. They have been noted in autumn from the 14th July to the 21st November but the bulk of occurrences have been in September, when juveniles have predominated.

Small numbers of Little Stints over winter in southern Britain as may have singles at Milford on the 20th January 1963, at the Gann from the 11th November to the 13th December 1969 and Lawrenny on the 30th January 1993, 2 at the Gann on the 6th February 1977 and 10 at Fishguard Harbour on the 14th January 1929.

Single Little Stints have been recorded in spring in nine years, between the 27th April and the 27th May, with two together at the Nevern Estuary on the 5th June 2005.

Little Stints have been seen in most coastal districts including the main offshore islands, with just one inland record at Llys y fran Reservoir on the 20th August 1996. The largest concentrations have been on the estuaries of the Teifi, Nevern and Cleddau, the maximum at one site being 34 at Angle Bay on the 22nd September 1996. They have also been seen on pools on the islands, by puddles at Dale airfield and on beaches at Newgale, Broad Haven (N) and Broad Haven (S).

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

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Little Stint – 1994

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June

Both Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949) described the Little Stint as an occasional autumn visitor to Pembrokeshire. It remains principally an autumn visitor, being seen at coastal localities including Skokholm, Skomer, the Gann and Nevern Estuary between 22 July and 11 November, the majority in September. Normally single birds occur but groups of up to four are not unusual and six together were at the Teifi Estuary on 26 September 1983. Most records have concerned juvenile birds.

Single Little Stints are infrequently recorded in the spring, from 27 April to 17 May. Rare in winter, with just four records to date: a flock of ten at Fishguard Harbour on 14 January 1929, singles at Milford Haven on 20 January 1963 and at the Gann on 13 December 1969, with two birds at the latter location on 6 February 1977.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Little Stint – 1894

Tringa minuta – An occasional autumn visitor; rare.

This tiny Sandpiper is sometimes met with on the sands in company with the flocks of Dunlin. It has occurred on Goodwick Sands to Sir Hugh Owen, and Mr. Jefferys, of Tenby, informs us that a specimen was shot on the south sands there in September, 1893. In Mr. Mathias’ list.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Little Stint

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June

Little Stint – 2012

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June Little Stints breed on the tundra from northern Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. Those in the western sector migrate on a broad front to winter in southern Europe and Africa and it is birds from this population […]

Little Stint – 1994

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June Both Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949) described the Little Stint as an occasional autumn visitor to Pembrokeshire. It remains principally an autumn visitor, being seen at coastal localities including Skokholm, Skomer, the Gann and Nevern Estuary […]

Little Stint – 1949

Calidris minuta “Occasional autumn visitor, rare” according to Mathew.  This is true to-day.  It has been recorded 1899, 1903, 1911, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1933 (Skokholm 11 Sept), and 13 Jan 1939 (Goodwick, nine birds seen by Bertram Lloyd); all autumn and winter records. R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society More […]

Little Stint – 1894

Tringa minuta – An occasional autumn visitor; rare. This tiny Sandpiper is sometimes met with on the sands in company with the flocks of Dunlin. It has occurred on Goodwick Sands to Sir Hugh Owen, and Mr. Jefferys, of Tenby, informs us that a specimen was shot on the south sands there in September, 1893. In Mr. Mathias’ list. Mathew […]