Pego Marsh – Peter Alden

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Glossy Ibis by Nigel Bentley©

This morning Nigel Bentley, Len Williamson and myself had a couple of hours at Pego Marsh, as the hunting season is now finished. All the fields were well covered with water, so as expected there were not the usual waders on show.

In the field, across the road from the usual carpark, there were good numbers of Glossy Ibis mixing with Little Egret, Grey Heron and Black-Headed Gulls. These were then joined by around 15 Lapwings.
As we made our way down the main track there were plenty of Booted Eagles, Buzzards, Marsh Harriers and Kestrels, despite the fairly high winds. Several Chiffchaff, White Wagtails and Zitting Cisticola flitted among the grasses, and Bluethroats were easily seen. Pairs of Stonechats and Whinchats perched nicely on the rice stalks to help our identification skills, while flocks of Chaffinch and Goldfinches moved around, and Crag Martins flew over.
Across the CV 678 two Great White Egrets were seen, as was a Kingfisher. Otherwise there was nothing of note, but it provided an interesting walk.