Another Spring Walk Close To Home.
The weather has warmed up and it’s finally starting to feel like Spring here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And it was another nice day to take a walk this afternoon. I,again, walked out to the mining reclamation area and railroad tracks near my house.
On the way I saw a lot more insect activity as the wild flowers continued to bloom. Bees and wasps were buzzing about.
And there were now quite a few moths and butterflies fluttering about, with one occasionally landing on the ground.
I walked through the wetlands that have formed in parts of the reclamation area and once again saw no ducks or geese. The duck egg I found the other day was gone. Sadly, I believe, not because it hatched, but because it was eaten by a predator.
There were many red-winged blackbirds in the wetlands including a lot of males fighting for their territories,
and the females, such as this one.
High overhead I spotted , I believe, was a red tailed hawk.
I walked to the railroad tracks
and to some more ponds on the other side. I was disappointed since there are usually frogs and snakes near these ponds, but not today, although there was evidence that there will be a lot of frogs in the coming weeks and months, based on the thousands of tadpoles or pollywogs in the water. We would spend hours looking for and catching them, and frogs and salamanders as kids.
The duck flowers continue there short blooming season,
as are these pretty flowers, I believe blue-eyed grass flowers blooming profusely in the wetlands near the ponds.
As along one of the paths in the reclamation area I looked down at a small pond and was surprised to see ,a sandpiper, looking for a meal. I didn’t think anything would live in the ponds that it could eat, but I guess I was wrong. I am not sure what type of sandpiper it is, after looking through my field guides for 15 minutes my guess is an upland or solitary sandpiper.
And I spotted this birds fluttering in the brush, again I think it may be a palm warbler but not sure.
Unfortunately I had to head back home. I could spend the entire day out here in Spring, my favorite season. Well Summer is pretty good too, and looks like some Summer weather headed our way the next few days. I hope I can sneak out of the office early since a lot going on in the great outdoors of Northeastern Pennsylvania this time of year. Here is a link to some more photographs fro my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/Railroad-hike-May-18-2017-
“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” ― Andy Warhol