Another Mild January Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands
The mild January continued here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was 8 degrees above average for the month. It was mostly sunny and 32 degrees on Saturday morning. I decided, as usual, to hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township in Luzerne County.
but there was a thin layer of ice on the waters in the wetlands. It did drop below freezing overnight. There was just enough ice to keep the Canada geese and mallard ducks I saw last week out of the wetlands.
The wetlands were quiet at first, I did not see or hear any birds. Then, as the sun rose, I came upon a group of the usual Winter residents, feeding, as usual, on some poison ivy berries. there were some tufted titmice,
There were no Canada geese on the lake this week, the thin layer of ice kept them on the nearby river. I knew this from hearing their loud honking. There were a few northern cardinals, this is a male, in the shrubs along the lake.
There still wasn’t a lot of bird activity, which surprised me. I didn’t not see any woodpeckers on my five mile hike. I usually see at least four species on my hikes , downy, hairy, red-bellied, northern flickers, and sometimes even a beautiful pileated woodpecker. Not a one on this hike. I did see a small flock of golden-crowned kinglets. They are very active birds and not easy to photograph.
I also saw this white-breasted nuthatch scampering down a tree trunk. But that was it. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw on my mild January hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands birds January 28 2023.
Once again I was a little disappointed not to see a bald eagle, a hawk , an otter or some other exotic critter on my hike. But, enjoyed seeing some of our resident Winter bird friends and the mild January temperatures and bright sunshine. It was my kind of Winter hike. Well, Winter is almost half over and I hope the warm weather stays. Here is a link to a gallery of some more photos form my five mile hike. Susquehanna Wetlands January 28 2023.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” ~John Muir