Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Thames in flood at Wallingford

Cloudy, rain, 10º, light SW.

Back from Surrey to a rather water logged Oxfordshire, in fact the journey back was noticeable for all the flooding along the route, not the roads but the surrounding farm lands.

We have not had it too bad compared with some parts of the UK and the Thames is already up on a level with last winter.

The farm land over Cholsey hill at South Moreton is already looking lake like and with more rain expected it looks liable to flood extensively again.

A trip to Wallingford this afternoon we decided to take a look at the Thames by Wallingford Bridge.

Not a lot bird wise present although a Mistle Thrush was in full song near the bridge and a few flocks of Black-headed Gull and a single Cormorant flew over and the usual Red Kites overhead, also a Buzzard being mobbed by some corvids.

A flock of c50 Canada Geese flew over the garden and settled briefly in the flooded fields nearby.

Mistle Thrush in song
 Thames path
 From the bridge looking upstream
 Upstream view towards Benson
 Welcome to the riverside meadow
 Upstream view
 Downstream view towards Winterbrook
 Car park and recreation area

 Riverside meadows

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