Flooding problems have luckily subsided locally with all roads in the local area re-opened but it has left quite a few interesting wetland areas particularly near the bridges along the River Thame. Elsewhere in Oxfordshire, Whooper Swans, waders, waterfowl and even a Kittiwake has been found on flooded fields. Oxford Birding Blog HERE
I've been keeping an eye out locally near Shabbington and Ickford (on Oxon/Bucks border) and checking the Mute Swan flocks for Whoopers. Today along the River Thame I had 7 Little Egrets, 2 Curlew, 8 Lapwing and a few flocks of Greylags, a few Mute Swans and large numbers of gulls, many of the large gulls are Lesser Black-backs (presumably migrating back). Also a few small flocks of Redwings and a few Yellowhammers. Both the twin bridges at Ickford and Shabbington (near the FIsherman's) look good for attracting something- I've had Curlew, Redshank, Stonechat and Barn Owl near the Ickford bridges in the past.