A Kingfisher, An Eagle and Wood Duck, Oh My! Another Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands
It is hard to believe, for me anyway , that Summer arrived last week. Spring passed so quickly. But , it was a perfect summer morning when I awoke Saturday. There was hazy sunshine, a light breeze and pleasant temperatures in the low 60’s. Of course, I decided to take the half hour drive to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County to see what wildlife I might find. There was, what I thought was good omen, as I dr9ve on the access road to the wetlands. I saw this silhouette of a great blue heron perched on a tree in the early morning sun. And it was a good omen, since it was a good day for observing wildlife at the wetlands.
There were other birds, sparrows, warblers and flycatchers adding their song to the chorus. I am not sure if you could call it singing but the red-winged blackbirds, and the gray catbirds added their voices to the chorus.
I think the bald eagle planned to have one for it’s breakfast. I watched the wood ducks swim on the river until the swam under the shelter of the overhanging trees. It was a remarkable experience of being at the right place at the right time. Wood ducks, bald eagles and kingfishers are my favorite critters to photograph, and some of the the most elusive, on my visits to the wetlands. It was another magical moment in this magical place for me. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the kingfishers and bald eagle. Susquehanna Wetlands bald eagle /kingfishers. June 25 2022.
Just before the river lands, along the canal I always see some birds activity. In the winter this is were there are a lot of poison ivy berries and winter resident birds. In the Spring and Summer I see a lot of birds here too, and did on Saturday, including this Baltimore oriole,
It was so nice our I decided to continue my hike. I usually start back at the end of the lake and hike miles miles in the wetlands. On Saturday I continued on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail for another mile.
I was out about 3 1/2 miles when I realized it was getting hot. The temperature was in the mid 80’s. So, reluctantly I decided to head back. It was a long walk, and I probably should have taken some water. On the way I saw and heard a lot more birds but I was more interested of getting back then taking photographs, so I continued walking. I did stop to take a few photos of this great blue heron perched on a log. It may have been the same one that was a good omen at the start of my hike.
These birds are usually elusive and never stand still. This little fellow seemed like it wanted me to take photos, so I obliged. It was a good way to end a good day for seeing and photographing the many birds in the wetlands. Here is a link to some more of the birds I saw in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands birds. June 25 2022.
Although I enjoyed this wonderful summer hike, and all the critters I saw I was glad to see my Jeep in the parking lot of the wetlands. I had hiked 7 miles and was thirsty and probably even more hungry. However, I enjoyed every minute of my walk in the wetlands on this first weekend of summer. I was again treated to many cool critters, beautiful wildflowers and scenery . I know i will be back soon. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos from my hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands. June 25 2022.
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” ~ Charles Darwin