I've hardly been out with the camera over the last few months but had a couple of chances over the last two days. This coincided with an obliging white-rumped sandpiper, a bird I'd never heard of until yesterday. This chose to settle on a flooded field by the river Parrett near Steart and it has been keeping company with curlew sandpiper (another bird new to me), a spotted redshank and some dunlin and wagtails. A lot of these have been disappearing as the tide in the estuary drops and then returning as the level rises but the white-rumped sandpiper stays put. I understand that this may be the second ever record in the county. (Correction thanks to Ash Warne, at least the 6th WRS in the county.)
At a glance, it resembles a dunlin but it can be distinguished by longer wings that protrude well beyond its rump, a white rump most visible during flight and by buff colouration near the base of the bill. I was pleased to get some reasonable although distant pics over the last couple of overcast days and some lousy pics that serve to show the rump in flight.
A very pleasant addition to the day today were half a dozen wheatear feeding near one of the piles of soil that has been dug out to make a channel in preparation to making new salt marsh at this site.