"There was a peculiar report of a Common Whitethroat from near Cuddesdon (Oxon) on 21st, and the Lesser Whitethroat continued on at Berry Hill Fields (Staffs)." http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3095
A peculiar report? A peculiar record maybe, but not a peculiar report. The OOS database master Jon Uren has got back to me about previous winter records of Whitethroat in Oxfordshire - there are none. Well, at least since 1995 when the database began. Please God may this NOT be the most noteworthy bird I find in Cuddesdon... but it's a start.
But the Cuddesdon Whitethroat was not the only Whitethroat in Western Europe this winter. The bird below was photographed in Utrecht on 19th December 2011, from Dutch Birding No 1 2012, Vol 34, p72: