Another Late Afternoon Hike in The Susquehanna Wetlands
After my enjoyable late afternoon hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands last week, I decided to return for another late afternoon hike on Friday. It was partly cloudy and a seasonable 65 degrees when I arrived at the wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. It was about 3;30 p.m. The trees were now even more lush and green. It is, as I said in my last blog, a magical time of the year. I have learned a late afternoon and evening hike in the wetlands s a great time to enjoy the Spring.
Although there aren’t as many birds active in the afternoon as on my morning hikes, there are more cold blooded critters crawling around and I hoped to see some . And, as soon as I began my hike this wood frog jumped across the path. These common frog are found throughout North America and a far north as the Arctic tundra.
The sun appeared as I walked to the Water Fowl Pond. Here I did see a couple of green herons and a great blue heron. However, they flew away before I could photograph them. This is often the case, and I am unable to photograph many of the birds and animals I see on my hikes. And I sometimes take a hundred photos to capture that one photo I share,
One was almost finished with digging the hole it would lay it’s eggs and a second one was just starting. On my return walk, about an 1 1/2 later, the second turtle was finished digging it’s nest and laying it’s eggs. It was already covering them up. The first one I saw had finished and did a great job hiding the nest. I had a hard time finding it.
Like last week there were no people around Lake Took-A-While. I did not see a person on my five mile hike. And there were no geese or ducks on the lake. I did see a couple of great blue herons and green herons but they all quickly flew away.
as did Baltimore orioles but I wasn’t able to photograph any. There were a lot of American robins and this blue gray gnatcatcher . These tiny birds rarely sit still, and they are difficult to photograph.
As I was watching these birds I finally saw a bald eagle. Actually, two of them, but they were soaring high above, mere specks in the evening sky. . This heavily cropped photo was the best I could do. Although I didn’t get great photos of the eagles it was still nice to see these magnificent birds flying in our skies again.
The last bird I would photograph was this yellow warbler, hidden in the trees and looking pretty in the early evening sunlight. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds May 19 2023.
It was great hike in the wetlands enjoying the late afternoon and early evening beauty of Spring. I am sure it will not be my last. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands May 18 2023.
“Spring is magic~ sweet to the senses & easy to celebrate.”