A Weekly Wildlife Report From Community Park In Hazle Township
I continued my afternoon visits to the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County this past week. On Monday it was sunny and mild with temperatures in the low 60’s when I arrived. I wasn’t the only one enjoying this beautiful afternoon in the park. The shores of the lake in the park were crowded with fishermen and fisherwomen.
and robins on my three mile walk but that was it as far as any critters on Monday afternoon. There is never a guarantee you will see anything when you hike in the woods. You can only look, which is more than half of the fun.
It is always peaceful walking in the quiet of the woods. And although the trees were still drab and leafless the many yellow coltsfoot flowers now in bloom provided me with a glimpse of the colors about to unfold in the next few weeks here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
On Tuesday, returned to the park in Hazle Township for another 3 mile hike. It was a little bit warmer and there were a few high clouds in the mostly blue skies. There were also a lot of fishermen along the shores of the lake.
Once again I walked the trail along the lake and, in the woods where the stream enters the lake, I heard a chorus of bird song coming from a stand of tall pine trees. Walking under the trees I found a number of different birds including this pine warbler,
Leaving the pines I again walked into the surrounding woodlands. I saw some more robins, dark-eyed juncos, and black-capped chickadees but didn’t take any more photographs. I also saw this gray squirrel with a peanut scampering in the park grounds.
I left the park and returned on Thursday afternoon. It was a perfect Spring day. Temperatures neared 70 degrees and the lake reflected the clear blue skies. However, there was almost no wildlife in the park, well I didn’t see any anyway. No ducks, geese or other birds on this three mile hike.
and this, I believe, chipping sparrow. It was still a nice hike on this sunny afternoon. Here is a link to some more photographs of the ducks and birds I saw on my hikes in the Community park in Hazle Township last week. . Community Park hike birds April 4 to April 9 2021.
It rained on Friday so it I didn’t make it to the park. I hope to spend a lot more time in Community Park , and to share the critters I may see on my hikes. However, even if I don’t see anything it is still a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. Here is a link to some more photographs of the lake and scenery from my hikes in the Community Park in Hazle Township. Community Park April 4 to 9 2021.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. —Laura Ingalls Wilder