A Wintry Walk In The Nescopeck State Park
The snowstorm that was predicted for my area on Saturday never materialized. Only two inches of snow fell. I decided to return to the Nescopeck State Park in Luzerne County for a hike in the snow early Sunday morning.
The forecast for Sunday was sunshine, but it was overcast when I awoke. It was my hope that the morning clouds would dissipate sometime during my hike. Instead a steady snow started to fall when I arrived at the park and began my hike.
However, the blustery northwesterly winds that I was experiencing, and dropping temperatures, told me this may change soon. Arctic air has plunged into the Commonwealth and it won’t be long until the entire lake is frozen over.
There was silence on the trail, I heard no birds at all. However, once I was under the large hemlock trees near the creek a large bird, I am not sure if it were a hawk or an owl, swooped over my head. I tried to follow it bu it had flown off before I could identify it or get a photograph.
On my return hike I encountered a small flock of golden-crowned kinglets. These small birds are common residents in the winter here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. They are hard to see fluttering high in the tree tops, especially on an overcast and snowy day. However, I stood awhile as the chattered high overhead and a few left the tree tops and flew in some smaller trees near me.
I am hopping the robin sighting is the sign of an early Spring. However the forecast is calling for some single digit temperatures the next few days here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Not my kind of weather, but it’s almost Groundhog’s Day. And he can predict an early Spring! This is a link to some more photographs from my wintry hike in the Nescopeck State park. Hike Sunday October 19 2020.