A Very Wintery Last Day Of Winter At The Wetlands
Winter wasn’t giving up without a fight this year. A howling northwesterly wind was blowing and it was a frigid 17 degrees when I awoke last Sunday morning. It was the last day of Winter. After freezing on my morning walk near my home, I drove to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County for my usual weekend nature hike. As I have stated often in my blogs, this is my favorite place to hike here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and to enjoy nature and look for wildlife.
It was 20 degree with clear skies and sunshine when I arrived at the wetlands. The wind was gusting over 30 miles an hour. It was cold. The access road to the parking lot was still gated for the Winter and I had to walk about a 1/4 mile to the trail.
As I walked along the canals in the wetlands, I heard the honking of Canada geese and quacking of mallard ducks. As I approached the mallard ducks and Canada geese, I saw a few wood ducks, but as usual they saw me and quickly flew away. However, I was able to get a not so good photo of at least one of these colorful ducks.
There wasn’t a lot of bird activity because of the cold temperatures and wind. ( and it was too cold for me to stand and wait to get a photo of thr few birds I did see). I only saw a few song sparrows,
I didn’t see or hear any more birds on rest of my walk through the wetlands, but I didn’t stop and look and listen for them either, it was cold and I kept moving. I should have dressed warmer but I didn’t anticipate it being this cold in late March. It was the gusting wind that was making it feel so much colder than the temperature.
When I walked into the riverlands area of the nature preserve the wind was even stronger . There were no trees to break the wind as it blew across Lake Took-A-While. It was the third coldest hike I took all Winter.
After seeing the bald eagle I was glad to get back into the wetlands, where the trees provided some shelter from the strong winds. It was a cold five mile hike and felt more like January then the last day of Winter. But that is to be expected here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. There will be more cold days, and probably some snow, but it will be Spring. And the wetlands will awaken. Soon, the Spring peepers will be peeping, the returning song birds singing and the tress and flowers blooming. And I will be enjoying every minute of my hike here in the wetlands and riverlands. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my five mile hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands March 19 2023.