Monday 13th January

There's not been a lot to report over the last week or so. The huge flood waters are still with us though they have finally started to recede a little. The usual ducks are still bobbing about in the middle though they are very distant. There are plenty of gulls about taking advantage of the floods up at the very north end by Wolvercote. The gull roost in the evenings is rather hard to view and to be honest I have more or less given up trying for now - once the waters start to recede again it will be a lot easier to check out. If we should get a sudden freeze whilst the waters are like this then we can often get displaced diving ducks such as Tufted Duck and Pochard, coming onto the Meadow - this is often the best way to get these normally scarce Meadow birds on the year list.

In the absence of the evening gull roost I've been checking out the Trap Grounds and Burgess Field a little more, especially at this time of year when I'm chasing around trying to get stuff on the year list. The list is ticking over with Mistle Thrush, Jay and Greater Spotted Woodpecker all added in the last few days and Liam Langley also reported a LITTLE GREBE on the Castle Mill stream. There are lots of Redwings about at the moment, often to be heard murmuring away in trees, sounding a bit like Goldfinches.

The floods looking north from the Burgess Field gate towards Wolvercote

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