A Little Stint had been reported this morning at the KGV Reservoir in Chingford. Although only a few miles from home, I was unable to make the trip until this afternoon.
The Stint had been reported on the South basin along the edge of the causeway towards the Western edge. Upon arrival, we headed up the ramp and walked the reverse of our normal route scanning as we went. Along the Southern edge, we found 2 Common Sandpiper but little else. At the causeway, I scanned the edges several times but failed to find the Little Stint. Common Sandpipers were dotted all the way along this edge. Amongst the Common Sandpipers, I could hear a Green Sandpiper calling, but couldn't find it among the Common.
We decided to head back round to the sailing club hut and scan for the Stint from there. Several more Common Sandpipers were found along the edges and on the tyres of the platforms.
Having almost given up on finding the Stint we began the walk back towards the ramp and watched three birds drop in, in front of us. And we're surprised to find the Little Stint feeding with two Common Sandpipers!
A trip just a few miles from home had produced the target bird and also 15-20 Common Sandpipers. I couldn't find the Black Tern that had also been reported but did finally manage to find the Green Sandpiper that I heard calling earlier.