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Winter Returns to Oxfordshire – Some photographs taken on Christmas Day 2010

Christmas Day 2010 was the day the sun shone. The snow, which fell the previous weekend, was still there. Not exactly a proper White Christmas, since no snow fell, but much more like what people dream of: deep snow sparkling in cold winter sunshine making for some spectacular scenery, and generally very pleasant to be out and about in

 
Thrupp Lake was mostly completely frozen over and looking alluringly pristine except for a smattering of bird and small animal tracks. The birds were all still there, crowded around the far edge of a patch of unfrozen water adjacent to Sandles, but looking more animated and less unhappy than a few days earlier.
 
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Thrupp Lake, mostly covered with ice and snow, as seen from the SE corner. Note the new shelter just right of centre.
 
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The lake, a sheet of snow and ice, quite pristine except for a few animal and bird footprints.
 
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The SE corner where patterns on the ice are indicative of varying thickness.
 

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A group of mute swans in a patch of unfrozen water by the shelter.
 

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Part of a flock of several hundred tufted duck flying over the lake.

 

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Just some of the many wildfowl packed into the small area of unfrozen water by Sandles.

 

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Wildfowl on Thrupp Lake: coot, ducks, gulls and geese all sharing the same patch of ice and water.

 

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Wildfowl on Thrupp Lake. The gulls present at about this time included some rarities, though not necessarily present in this photograph, such as Caspian and Yellow-Legged Gulls.

 

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Thrupp Lake, looking towards the northern shore.

 

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A prominent track winding across the ice from the SE corner to where all the birds were gathered.

 

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Making tracks for home: The byway alongside the lake.

 

Related Links

 

Snow clearance advice from Oxfordshire County Council

Oxford Times 24 December 2010

BBC In Pictures: Stories of the Oxfordshire Snow, December 2010

Oxford Mail 18 December 2010

Oxford Mail 01 December 2010

Fire Net 01 December 2010

Oxford Times 30 November 2010

Herald 30 November 2010

BBC News 29 November 2010

Practical information on local services etc

Severe weather advice from the Met Office

Weather Page

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