We went for a short walk last weekend to Spade Oak Lake which is near the River Thames at Bourne End.  The last time we went there, people were having barbecues on the grass and there were lots of dogs running around the fields. I was amazed to find that several of the large fields were still completely underwater from the recent heavy rain and many of the footpaths were both waterlogged and iced over in places.  The flooding seems to be taking a long time to subside.  All the floods are full of gulls and geese, as well as the odd duck.

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

Floods by the Thames

The next two photos show some of the footpaths and in the second one you can’t even see where the footpath should be…

Flooded footpath

Flooded footpath

The lake itself blended in with the surroundings.  There were lots of Herons, Cormorants, Gulls, Geese and also Snipe among the reeds at the edge.  Lots of small birds in the trees but I used all my energy trying to negotiate a way round so didn’t get many photos!

Island, Spade Oak Lake

Spade Oak Lake

Spade Oak Lake

Swan in the floods

Spade Oak Lake

Spade Oak Lake

and a very useful sign, half submerged in the lake.

Sign at Spade Oak Lake

I also had a brief look near the River Thames in Reading at Kings Meadow.  The flooding is still widespread there with many of the fields full of gulls taking advantage of all the extra water.

Kings Meadow floods

Kings Meadow floods

Kings Meadow floods

Kings Meadow floods

Kings Meadow floods

Gull in the floods at Kings Meadow

Gull in the floods at Kings Meadow

Gulls in the floods at Kings Meadow

I couldn’t believe these two Mallard were actually mating in the freezing cold water.

Mallard mating

and, finally, a carved tree stump that made me smile.

Carved tree stump