A Carolina Wren, A Phoebe And A Red-Tailed Hawk: A Cool September Morning Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands
It was a cool September morning when I awoke early Saturday at my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County. The temperature dropped into the 40’s overnight for the first time since May. The skies were mostly clear when the sun rose at 6:41 a.m. After I took my usual two mile walk through my neighborhood I headed down to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township with my camera. I had decided to take a break from my wild mushroom hunting since I was very successful this week.
I found over a bushel of the birch scaber stalk bolete mushrooms which my family dries and uses to make a traditional Polish mushroom soup at our Holy Supper on Christmas Eve. This is my brother Mike helping me peel, cut arrange the mushrooms for drying.
It has been two weeks since I was last at the wetlands and I hoped to see some of the waterfowl and other birds before they migrated south for the Winter. Upon arriving I walked down to the Susquehanna River which was still high as a result of the torrential rains we had last week.
It was eerily quite when I walked into the wetlands. Since the chorus of the spring peepers song filled the wetlands in April there was always some sounds produced by the critters living in the wetlands. Whether it was the singing of the migratory birds, especially the noisy red-winged blackbirds, the frogs, crickets, or cicadas, it was never quiet in the wetlands. Not on Saturday. I walked under the canopy of trees in silence.
There was no birds singing when I began my walk on the trails along the ponds and canals in the wetlands. Despite the silence of the song birds, I did see some other birds shortly after I started my walk. These wood ducks were on the far side of the waterfowl pond,
this interesting fungus, it is the first time I have seen one, a stinky squid, a variety of stinkhorn fungus.
Also scattered on the ground under the oak trees were this years first acorns. The oak trees appear to be loaded with them and I think it will be a very good crop. The resident wildlife will be happy.
Back in the wetlands, the September sun was still warm and, as temperatures rose into the 60’s a few cicada began to sing and some turtles emerged from the waters in the ponds and canals in the wetlands.
I saw one more great blue heron wading in the duckweed covered waters of the wetland near the end of my hike. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photographs of the birds I saw on my September morning hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds. September 11 2021.
It was near noon when I finished my five mile hike in the wetlands and river lands. Once again I enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of these woodlands.
So much diversity here, both in the plant and animal kingdoms. A hike here never disappoints and I love sharing my experiences here on my blog. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my September morning hike. Susquehanna Wetlands September 11 2021.
We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. Henry Rollins