Another Hike In The State Game Lands: There Really Is a Cuckoo Bird. I Saw My First One Today!
It was a chilly and windy start today, temperatures in the mid 40’s here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But we had some sun, which is always a good thing, but even more so in May. I decided to hike out in the State Game lands, 119 out in Dennison Township.
I always enjoyed hiking in the woods. I would spend hours hiking the woods near my house as a child and young adult. Although I had no camera, nor was there any internet, I still loved to share stories of what I found with my dad, my family and my friends.
So the tradition continues, with a larger audience on my blog and Facebook page. . Today, after leaving my jeep, the first thing I saw was a bald eagle. He swooped down over the hill before I could get a photograph. Shortly afterward I saw a much smaller, yet still beautiful bird, high in the treetops, a scarlet tanager. I have seen quite a few this year.
I made my way to the D & L trail where I found a nice bunch of oyster mushrooms growing on a fallen tree. I didn’t bring a knife or bag but stuffed a few in my pockets. I love these mushrooms. They have an anise flavor. I just had them for dinner and they were delicious.
It clouded up now, and got very windy. The wind created a tick problem. The narrow trail through the thick brush and overhanging trees caused many of them to be blown on me. I pulled of 18 of them today.
I didn’t know what it was when I saw it but I have learned it is a yellow billed cuckoo. It was a beautiful bird and was the first time I ever heard of or saw one. Here is a link to some more photographs of this beautiful bird. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/birds-of-pennsylvania/nggallery/birds-of-pennsylvania/yellow-billed-cuckoo
I saw a lot more birds on the way back, orioles, robins, sparrows, American redstarts and even a few black-capped chickadees. Some I was able to photograph, others flew away before I could. But I enjoyed seeing everyone of them. Here is a link to some more of the birds I was able to photograph on my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/State-game-lands-119-May-21-2017–1
I returned to my jeep and did a thorough tick check before I entered my jeep. Even with the frustration from the many ticks, it was still a great day to be outdoors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/State-Game-lands-119-May-21-2017-
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