Most people have avoided the rain sodden outdoors this past few days, as it's been miserable with non-stop rain. My childhood wildlife patch gets flooded every year, but this time it was really spectacular. The area is quite unique to begin with, Newry Canal and the Clanrye river run close beside each other for a good stretch, and this is all accessible via the restores towpath. My old haunt runs from Jerrettspass to Poyntzpass, and has a wealth of wildlife to explore. It is fascinating that you get to see a lot more wildlife when the water levels rise like they have done.
Both the canal and the river have broken their banks and are now flowing as one large body of water:
The bird life of both rivers is easily spotted in this environment, with 3 separate kingfishers flying around confused, and clearly looking for somewhere to feed that was shallow and clear. One actually landed in a flooded field as it was flat calm, but I doubt it found any small fish there.
A large buzzard kept watch from the skies, as in the dry fields, lots of rodents and small mammals would be forced above ground due to flooded burrows and warrens. And I chased and was chased in turn by a cheeky flock of long tailed tits as they made their way up the path via the trees that lined it:
It was also a great place to see meadow pipits as they scavenged along the edge of the flood waters for insects and bugs. Smaller than a thrush, but similarly marked, the meadow pipit is a fine little bird, and you can see them in wetland meadows and marshes in good number throughout winter:
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