Measured from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail, the little stint is smaller than the common garden bird, the great tit. With its 12 centimeters, it is the smallest sandpiper that nests in Europe. You see little stints in the Netherlands mostly during migration season. They nest in northern Lapland and spend the winter in southern Africa. Quite a long-distance traveler! No wonder they make a stop in between in muddy regions to rest. Little stints have no preference between salt or freshwater areas as long as there is something fleshy to eat.