A Good Day For Wildlife In Northeastern Pa.
On my weekly hikes, I am always looking for wildlife to photograph and share. A bear, snake, bald eagle or some other spectacular critter are on my wish list on every hike. But some days you can hike for miles and not see any wildlife at all. Of course, there will still be so much of nature’s beauty to discover. Wildflowers., rock formation, trees and landscapes to name a few. But seeing wildlife and sharing their photographs is always more fun. And on Sunday I was lucky to see a lot of wildlife. Nothing spectacular but a lot of wildlife, nonetheless.
I hiked in the gamelands in Dennison Township again. I parked on the access road and followed the old railroad right of way down to the D & L trail. It was sunny and warm. The morning sunlight filtered through the trees as I followed the trail to the lake I visited for the first time last week.
In a tree in a swamp opposite the lake I spotted this kingfisher perched atop a dead tree. I have always been intrigued by these birds and their superb fishing abilities. This one flew off without diving for a morning meal.
There were quite a few of the caterpillars on the milkweed which is a good thing. I didn’t see many butterflies this year. Finding a few cocoons on the milkweed mean that it won’t be long until there are more monarch butterflies in our skies, heading south for the winter.
In the distance I heard the chatter of a pairs of kingfishers and saw a few wood ducks on the lake. The quickly scattered as I approached. As I watched the wood ducks fly away I saw this great blue heron fly onto a wet land where I saw the kingfisher earlier.
I walked back up the old railroad right of way encountering a number of birds in the woods including this black-capped chickadee. It seems that the birds are gathering together to begin their long journey south as the summer comes to an end. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Dennison Township hike birds August 18 2019.
As I finished my walk I looked down and saw this milker mushroom, reminding me that the next few weeks will be the peak of mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. So I was glad to have been able to see such a wide variety of wildlife on this hike. The next few weeks my eyes will be peeled but I will be looking on the ground for mushrooms and not wildlife. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Dennison Township hike August 18 2019.
“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”