It has taken a while, but the River Thame is now in flood, at least between Chiselhampton and Cuddesdon Mill:
And raising my binoculars for the first time in 2016 to check out some distant shapes right down by the river reveals a new species for Cuddesdon. How often does that happen? The glory (or should that be gory?) of a flock of 7 Egyptian Geese.
Whilst this species has a certain numeric interest for me (I haven't come across it here before in the last 8 years) there is none of the usual celebrations associated with adding a new species to the Cuddesdon list. It joins other plastic delights such as Snow Goose, Greylag Goose and Mandarin Duck which I have found along the River Thame. Oh for a real duck, a spring Garganey say, just one!
Above, an artificially introduced bird in chemically soaked, intensively farmed, winter wheat. British birding at its best! Happy New Year!