Wednesday 28 February 2024

Local Floods and Egrets

The Thame flooded again while we were in Madeira and the water levels are just going down now. The flood plain is alive with birds. Over the last couple of days I've checked out lower Cuttlebrook, the Ickford Bridges, Shabbington Fields and Ickford fields, just a few viewpoints in a pretty extensive area which is mainly inaccessible.  Highlights have included Curlew (back on the breeding ground already), Cattle Egret, Great Egret and waterfowl in the flooded fields including Gadwall, Wigeon and Teal. Also good numbers of Fieldfares. 

Cattle Egret with Little Egret (above and two pics below) at Ickford Bridges

Great Egret at Shabbington Fields 
Curlews at Ickford
Treecreeper at Cuttlebrook- also had two local patch ticks- Gadwall and Reed Bunting (the Reed Bunting is in the estate SUDS) 
Floods at Ickford Bridges (above and below) 

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