A Lot Of Birds, Some Turtles And A Snake At The Susquehanna Wetlands And River Lands
I returned to the Susquehanna Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township Luzerne County on Friday. This Friday however, I arrived early, around 8:15 a.m. and met a photographer friend. It was mostly sunny but a chilly 40 degrees when we began our hike.
We first walked down to the Susquehanna River hoping to see the bald eagles that are nesting along the river. We didn’t see any eagle or any other water fowl so we headed to the trails in the wetlands area of this small nature preserve.
It was quiet in the wetlands. The wood frogs and spring peepers were not active because of the cold temperatures. We did hear the cries of the many red-winged blackbirds that have returned to the wetlands. The males are very territorial and loudly defend their breeding areas and females that nest there.
There were also this American robins singing in a treetop,
a couple of Canada geese nesting near the reeds ,
and a few much welcomed yellow-rumped warblers, you can see from this photo where they got their name, in the wetlands.
I was disappointed we didn’t see any wood ducks. I have been seeing a lot of them om my previous hikes. I believe the car we saw in the parking lot, and it’s occupant(s) could be the reason. They probably scared the wood ducks who often fly to the river when disturbed. It was still nice walking through the wetlands in the early morning sun.
We walked back down to the river again and saw this pair of double-crested cormorants perched on a log.
I also saw this belted kingfisher perched on a tree branch along the river but it quickly flew away as we approached.
As we walked into the river lands section of the nature preserve, the strong April sun warmed up the chilly morning air and the many painted turtles that live in the waters of the wetlands began to emerge. The spring peeper frogs also became active and started to fill the wetlands with their spring song.
There were no ducks or geese on the lake, just s few double-crested cormorants and this water bird which we later identified as a horned grebe.
There were a lot more birds active in the woodlands along the lake, including a few northern cardinals,
a tree swallow, which was perched on a tree branch, and,
As we walked back a turkey vulture flew overhead
After seeing the snake and frog , we continued walking along the trail in the wetlands and saw a small flock of blue-winged teals swimming near some Canada geese. These would be the last critters I would see on this hike. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw in the wetlands and river lands. Susquehanna Wetlands April 15 2022.
It had warmed up nicely and turned out to be a beautiful Spring day. I could have hiked until sunset. However, I still had to finish my Federal income taxes and then dye Easter eggs with my great-nephews so I had to end my hike. It was a great day for a great hike with a great friend. We got some cool photographs. (She is a much better photographer than me). Here is a link to some more photographs of the snake, turtles and scenery on our hike in the wetlands and river lands. Susquehanna Wetlands April 15 2022.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright