Another June Hike At The PPL Wetlands.
After a rainy Saturday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I decided to take another late June hike in the PPL Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township Luzerne County on Sunday. It was partly sunny when I arrived at the wetlands and began my walk under the now thick green canopy of the trees along the trail.
Everything is so green now as all of the flora in the wetlands has reached maturity. Some plants, like the skunk cabbage, so green and alive a few weeks ago, will now start to wilt and soon disappear.
like the wild sarsaparilla are already producing berries. This lowly plant has many uses, including making root beer. Native Americans also used it for food and medicine.
The milkweed plants, have also flowered. These flowers will soon attract butterflies,moths and other insects. The pretty monarch butterfly will be one of the, it feeds exclusively on the milkweed plant.
I saw and heard the many sparrow, and warblers that also call the wetlands home but are now able to hide in the thick foliage. I was able to get a photo of this bird, I believe a red-eyed vireo, capturing a caterpillar for breakfast.
I could see it actually trembling as I took these photos. I am sure it thought it was going to be dinner. It remained still, hoping to jump and escape if I were a predator and made a move toward it. When I did it leaped into the brush escaping a perceived threat. Little did it know I wouldn’t harm a hair on it’s little head.
I also saw this bird, I think is a young phoebe. I didn’t see as much wildlife on this hike but I still enjoyed seeing a few critters and the beautiful scenery and peace and quite of the wetlands and rivers. The only thing I didn’t like were the gnats and insects. It’s Tuesday as I type this and I am still scratching the many bites I took home with me on my hike. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my June hike in the PPL Wetlands June 28 2020
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”