Pego Marsh – Peter Alden

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I called into Pego Marsh today and walked the first kilometre of the “usual” track, the one opposite the 5 km marker on the CV 678. All the fields are flooded, and the rice about 40cm high.

As I got out of the car a Squacco Heron flew closely by, and several Zitting Cisticola were around the “carpark”. Cetti’s and Reed Warblers called but did not show. On the opposite side of the road several Mallard and Black Winged Stilt were in the rice beds, and a lone Audouin’s Gull perched.

Along the track quite a few Whiskered Tern and Purple Heron were flying around, and Barn Swallows were everywhere. Most of the field margins had been cleared, and Little Ringed Plover, Yellow and White Wagtail and Moorhen were seen. A few Little and Cattle Egrets were around, and a single Osprey, perched on the usual post, was the only raptor.