A Mink, A Muskrat And A Lot Of Mosquitoes: A Hike In The PPL Wetlands.
It was Saturday, so, of course, we started the day off with a heavy rainfall. it seems it has been raining every Saturday this Spring here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But like last Saturday the rain ended early, and by mid-morning the sun was shining at the PPl Wetlands, were I again decided to hike.
I walked along the familiar trails of the wetlands searching for birds, bugs, frogs, mammals or any other critter I could find. The first one I saw was the ever present red winged-blackbird which appear to be everywhere in the wetlands now.
And the cool rain overnight, and the cool nights we’ve been having brought a lot more turtles out on the logs, rocks and shores of the canals and ponds to baste in the sunshine this week. I also saw a snapping turtle, or maybe two snapping turtles in the water . Here is a link to a video.https://youtu.be/UFb4yOGpW7c
A little further on my hike I found this Baltimore oriole nest hanging right above one of the trails. I waited for around 15 minutes hoping mom of dad bird would re-emerge from the nest but I think they knew it and were not coming out.
I was frustrated that I missed so many birds, many I could not identify and others, such as a red-bellied woodpecker and kingfisher I could. I know I had the experience of seeing them, which is satisfying, but I so much enjoy sharing them with my friends. I was able to photograph this blue heron standing along the trail.
I enjoyed the warmth of the June sun as I continued my walk in the open areas of the trails, and also the way it filtered through the leaves under the ancient trees in the more wooded sections of the trail.
There is one inhabitant of the wetlands I do not like to encounter, the mosquito. That wish was sure not granted. There were hoards of them, breeding in the many pools of water created by the wet Spring. I have many bites to attest to our meetings yesterday, but you got to take the good with the bad.
As I was nearing my car, and the end of my hike, I saw this critter in the distance. At first I thought it was a squirrel that scampered into the woods along one of the canals. However, as I approached I realized it was a mink, who gave me, what seemed like a wink, before he or she disappeared under the duck weed covered waters. Here is a link to some more photographs of the wildlife I saw on my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-wildlife-June-3-2017-
I have loved hiking in the woods near my house since I was a child. Each time you leave your house you never know what you will see, whether it is a new plant, flower, mushroom, tree, or bird, mammal, reptile or bee. I am so glad i can now share this adventures with you folks here on my blog. And, the sun is shining this morning as I type so time to fine another place to hike. Here is a link to some more photographs of my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-June-3-2017
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir