A Cold Spring Walk Along The Lehigh River At Weissport.
My hike in the PPL Wetlands Saturday let me know me that the water bird migration through our area was near its peak. I usually see a lot of ducks on the Lehigh River near Weissport in Carbon County during the migration. That is where I headed for my Sunday hike.
I arrived around 9 a.m. under clear blue skies. The sun was warm but the air still cold. The temperature was around 28 degrees. It didn’t take long for a flock of geese to fly overhead. There are mallard ducks and Canada geese that have become somewhat domesticated near the parking lot.
I was looking for the wild ones I continued my hike on the old Lehigh canal towpath trail. (I have posted a number of blogs on earlier hikes on the canal. Some include local history. You could locate them using the search tool on the home page of my blog website.)
One of the first birds I saw was a red-winged blackbird. They are one of the first species of birds to return in the Spring. They arrive in large flocks. It is very impressive to watch them arrive. I missed their arrival this year.
I usually see common, and sometimes hooded mergansers on the Lehigh River. There were none this time on my entire 6 1/2 mile hike. The river was flowing very rapidly. I think it was too rough for the mergansers and other ducks.I did see a few Canada geese brave its turbulent waters. They swam, or were carried, by the rapid current.
I also didn’t see any wood ducks on the waters of the canal. I usually spot a few each Spring. I did get to watch a trio of mallard ducks on the canal. The three ducks landed on the canal together. These two were a couple.
The pair swam to the shore. The female starting feeding on some underwater vegetation. The male stayed nearby and made sure the other male didn’t come anyone near the female. I enjoy watching any species of wildlife interact in the woodlands.
I was disappointed not finding any ducks on the river but it was still a great day to out hiking under the bright March sunshine. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Weissport hike March 26 2019.
Water is in peril; defend rivers with all your might. Atul Chandra Sarka.