After A Mild Beginning To Fall, An Early Snow At The PPL Wetlands.
We were experiencing a mild and rainy Fall here in Northeastern Pennsylvania until cold air arrived two weeks ago. And last Thursday we were surprised when an early storm dumped almost a foot of snow on our area.
I decided to drive to the PPL Wetlands to see how the early snow affected the wildlife in the preserve. Once again I found the gate to the wetlands and river lands locked. The parking lot adjacent to lake Took-A-While was still open.
I walked along the canals and ponds, some now frozen from the cold spell. I was surprised this week to encounter many birds of a variety of different species throughout the wetlands and riverlands. There were numerous flocks of white-throated sparrows fluttering throughout the woodlands.
I continued to see the white-throated sparrows, woodpeckers, titmice, northern Juncos, red-breasted nuthatches, on my return walk and also encountered a flock of another common Winter resident in our area, the black-capped chickadees.
On the way I was treated with another surprise, some oyster mushrooms growing in the snow. They were on my table for dinner that evening. It was another enjoyable walk, even in the early snow, in the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands November 18 2018.
“Are ye the ghosts of fallen leaves, O flakes of snow, For which, through naked trees, the winds A-mourning go?”