A Walk In The PPL Wetlands, A Lot More Birds Are Back Including A New Bald Eagle.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a little cool, but plenty of sunshine. I headed to the PPL Wetlands early since I wanted to get back early to watch my favorite hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers, who were in the playoffs. On our way down, I was taking my nephew Mike fishing, we stopped to check out the bald eagle nest and found mommy proudly caring for a new member of her family. I wish to see this little fellow soaring in our skies for many years.
And a lot of our feathered friends either returned to their summer homes at the wetlands or were passing through on their migration further north. I spotted a few yellow rumped warblers including this one darting through the trees and brush. This is a link to some more photographs of the yellow rumped warbler. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/yellow-rumped-warbler-1
I think this tiny bird, hopping from limb to limb was a gray blue gnat catcher and here is a link to some more photographs of this small bird. Please correct me if i made a wrong identification.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/blue-gray-gnat-catcher
It was getting near game time so i headed back to my car at the riverlands and saw this pair of flickers fluttering from tree to tree. Never realized how complex and beautiful they are before this encounter. Here is a link to some more photographs of these birds.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/common-flicker
It was short hike but any time I can spend in the woods this time of year is well spent. And it is only going to get better. I got home in time for the game but, although they played well, the Flyers lost and so ended their season. But that means more time in the woods for me. Here is a link to some more photographs from my visit to the wetlands. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-april-24-2016
“There is an unreasonable joy to be had from the observation of small birds going about their bright, oblivious business”
― Grant Hutchison,