Pego Marsh – Len Williamson

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Pete and I visited Pego this morning.  He impressively carried his scope for our 9.5km walk!  It was overcast and still.  We saw 21 different species.  The highlight for me was our really close up view of two Little Bitterns that flew by us no more than 20 feet away.  We saw Great Reed Warblers in full song at the top of a reed also within 20 feet and a great view in a similar situation of a Zitting Cisticola.  The Squacco Herons were in beautiful plumage with marked stripes on their heads.  We also discovered and saw the two young Osprey being reared for release at Pego.  As ever Pete was great company and generous with his knowledge.
Species list –

Species list – Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus, Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Grey Heron (Ardea cinereal), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis), Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii), Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus).