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Birdland!

04 May 2006 / 0 Comments / in natural world, Oxfordshire

Last night Rupert and I went for a walk along the river Thames. We particularly love the section from Swinford toll bridge to Pinkhill Lock which is not part of the Thames Path. It was so beautiful: the bridge glowed buttery yellow, the river was deep, dark and bright blue, the meadow was alive with insects and swallows and we saw this lot:

  • three hares
  • seven mute swans
  • four great crested grebes
  • three wheatears
  • lots of skylarks
  • some pretty bramblings
  • one massive cormorant
  • plus the usual mallards, coots and moorhens

But the strangest thing of all was a pair of Carolina wood ducks! This is what the drake looked like:

How exotic! They are not a native British species so I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Indulge me a moment while I show you some photos I took of the swans as they flew around us. It was so dramatic.

Wow!


I feel another river Thames painting coming on…

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