Pego Marsh – Peter Alden

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I had a walk down the track by the 5km post at Pego Marsh today.

The fields are flooded so waders were largely absent, but there were plenty of other birds. Just from the parking bit I saw on or around the path Goldfinch, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Fan-Tailed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bluethroat, Meadow Pipit and White Wagtail. Off to the right an Osprey was on its usual pylon perch. Around 200-300 Glossy Ibis were feeding, but there was no sign of the Sacred Ibis. The eight White Stork were still there, and it was interesting to see how much bigger they were than the many Grey Heron they shared the field with, despite guide books only indicating that they are 10% bigger.

Cattle Egret and Little Egret were plentiful, and the usual Marsh Harriers were hunting. Amongst the Crag Martins a late Barn Swallow was seen.