A Lovely First Day Of May At Leaser Lake In Lehigh County.
I returned to scenic Leaser Lake, nestled below the Blue Mountain in Lehigh County last Sunday. It was just my second visit. It was a beautiful start to the month of May. It was a bit chilly with temperatures in the mid 40’s. The skies were mostly clear and the strong May sun soon warmed it up.
I started my five mile hike around the lake at the South Ramp parking lot at 8:30 a.m. . The view of the lake was spectacular from here. There were already a few people fishing along the shores of the lake. I walked past the monument commemorating Frederick Lesser, for which the lake was named. As I noted in my previous blog he helped bring the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown to escape destruction by the British during the Revolutionary War. The Leaser homestead , built in 1750, is located a few miles from the lake. In addition to the beautiful scenery there is a lot of history in this area.
I started walking south on the five mile trail that circles the lake and found that there weren’t only people enjoying this May morning , but a lot of wildlife too. I saw a few deer in the woodlands as I began my hike.
There were many birds in the trees and their songs filled the morning air. There were a few red-winged blackbirds along the shores of the lake,
a large number of yellow-rumped warblers in the trees,
and this Carolina wren perched on a tree branch along the trail. It didn’t seem to mind me as I approached for a photo and continued it’s melodic song.
where I saw this osprey soaring overhead, looking for fish in the lake below.
There were a few common grackles in the trees too, their iridescent feathers reflecting the morning sun,
and dozens of tree swallows flying over the waters of the lake looking for insects. There were many swallow nest boxes along the lake,
The trail took me to a walkway over the dam and spillway that created the lake in the 1970’s. Here I found the alien looking purple martin nests I saw on my first hike here. This next photo was from my last hike at Leaser Lake. I didn’t take one last Sunday.
After watching the purple martins I continued my hike around the scenic lake. There were now a lot of folks hiking, running, fishing and picnicking along the lake. Many small boats and kayaks also were on the lake.
Here I saw a lot of birds including a few yellow warblers,
There were a few mourning doves,
The trail took me back to the lake and here I saw a pretty brown thrasher ,
and this green heron perched in a tree.
There were a few spotted sandpipers wading along the shore of the lake.
This was a totally different environment than the fields along the lake. I couldn’t photograph them but I saw , and heard many birds, including red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers, Carolina wrens, yellow-rumped warbles, and a Louisiana waterthrush .
There were some goldfinches in the trees near the parking area
There was a Louisiana waterthrush singing high in a treetop above the trail.
I walked down to the lake a couple of time hoping to see some wood ducks or other water fowl but all I saw was this family of Canada geese. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Leaser Lake Hike birds May 1 2022.
Some high clouds had developed as I finished my five mile hike but it was still a perfect day to begin the month of May here at Leaser Lake. I enjoyed the mountain scenery, the birds and the wildflowers and I am glad I can share them here on my blog. Here is a link to a galley with more photos from my hike on Leaser Lake. Leaser Lake May 1 2022.
Sweet May hath come to love us, / Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; / And through the blue heavens above us / The very clomove on. Heinrich Heine