The Little Stint is a tiny wader that is smaller than a House Sparrow.
The bird breeds in the Arctic where it nests on the ground in late June. The female can lay one clutch of eggs and leave their care to the male while she will incubate a second clutch. The young hatch quite quickly, after only 20 days and the young can fly at 17 days old.
It is a long distance migrant, leaving the Arctic in August. It moves on a broad front across land as far as possible and starts to moult on arrival at the Mediterranean. It will then fly to Africa where it overwinters. The bird is commonly seen in Britain, especially the juveniles (one of which is shown in the above photo`s) during the Autumn migration where it visits the edge of lakes and reservoirs and sheltered estuaries and brackish pools near the coast. It feeds by picking food from the surface or from water, rarely probing in mud. Its food consists of insects, small worms, tiny shellfish, shrimps and some plant material.