Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Birdlife Galore–Wednesday 2nd July

This morning whilst taking Jimmy on his early morning walk we came across a couple of Hares, two Partridge, four Oyster Catchers and 70/80 of Greylag and Canadian Geese in a corn field. As we were having breakfast another Barn Owl appeared.

Leaving our mooring spot at Newbridge where there was no internet connection, we spotted a Kingfisher and later several Cormorants, Grebe, Reed Warblers, Red Kites, and more Kingfishers amongst many other birds. It is a real haven for them in this twisty and winding stretch of river. When I say winding, I mean it, as at one point we were going in the opposite direction to Autumn Years travelling behind us.IMG_4521

There are few bridges to negotiate on the river and this one is on a blind bend and is called Tenfoot Bridge which is actually 12ft 2in high.


At Rushey Lock I could not resist taking this picture of the Lock Keepers garden with this delightful Topiary Frog.


At Radcot Lock is a Canoe Pass so that the paddlers don’t have to go through the lock or haul the canoes out of the water and carry them around the lock.IMG_4522

We only met a few boats coming from Lechlade and all those seemed to be on bends. As we were traveling upstream we have to give way to those travelling downstream as they have little control with the flow of the current so it was just as well we did not meet too many.


We moored up near to Radcot Bridge. The 13th century triple arched bridge on the left is the oldest surviving bridge on the Thames and spans the river whilst the narrow single arched bridge on the right spans the navigation channel, an artificial cut, built later in 1787. Next to the new bridge is the Swan Hotel with lovely gardens down to the river. 


This is the meadow where we moored for the night and were later joined by Nb Indulgence on its way back down river.IMG_4525

Its owners Helen and Case, hale from the Netherlands, and joined us for a glass of wine and chat before dinner.


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