Inspired by Stephen Moss, the broadcaster, author and ornithologist who gave  a talk in our village on ‘Mrs Moreau’s Warbler – How Birds Got their Names’, Terry Gifford and I drove an hour North to visit the 1290 hectare Bird Sanctuary at Pego. This has a remarkable list of specialities including 3 types of Heron, Stilts, Booted eagle, Little Bittern, Nightjar and occasionally Osprey – indeed there is a plan afoot to persuade Ospreys to nest there permanently. The best sight of the day for me was three or four wheeling marsh harriers and schools of saintly white Egrets. We did see a bird on a distant elevated nest  that may have been osprey, but was more likely one of the Harriers taking a break.

Stephen Moss’s Book: (