As Usual, I Found Some Wildlife At The Susquehanna Wetlands
I returned to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County last Sunday. I enjoyed hiking in Ricketts Glenn State Park on Saturday but I was disappointed not seeing a lot of wildlife. I lke sharing the critters I see on my weekly hikes here in my blog and on social media. . So I decide to return to the Susquehanna Wetlands and Riverlands on Sunday. I usually always see some wildlife on my hikes here in this small private nature preserve. I think it is because I am so familiar with the habits of the wildlife that live here throughout the year.
It was quiet as I began my walk through the wetlands. There were no song birds singing in the tree tops, no frogs, or cicadas added to the wonderful chorus the wildlife provide in the Spring and Summer.
and downy woodpecker also appeared and were searching for grubs and insects. These photos show the larger beak on the hairy woodpecker. I think the warming rays of the sound stirred the insects and thus brought the birds out.
I had already seen much more wildlife than on my hike in Ricketts Glen, and it was in for a wonderful surprise. After I left the Water Fowl Pond and was walking toward the river lands I heard a splash in the water, and this whiskered face popped out of the water and stared at me. It was a river otter!
I think mom was telling them to follow her since they dived into the water and disappeared under the green duck weed. I stood around and waited and heard splashes. The juvenile otters were playing in the waters right in front of me. I couldn’t adjust my camera quick enough to get photos but it was a wonderful experience to see them frolicking in the waters so close to me. They were making grunting and snorting noises as they played. Mom popped up again, looked at me and whistled
finally decided it was time to leave the canal. She whistled and she watched as her family crawled up the bank and into a large pond on the other side of the bank. This happened under thick woods and brush so I couldn’t get good photos but it was a delightful way to spend a late Summer morning. I saw the otter around the same time the last two years. I believe they nest here in the wetlands and return to the river in the Winter.
However, i heard a warbling vireo, and as I tried to get a photo, the great blue heron flew off and I missed some beautiful photos. It would be the last new species of bird I’d see on my hike. This is a link to a gallery on my blog webpage with more photos of the river otters and other critters I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands wildlife. September 17 2023.
I continued along the lake hoping to see a bald eagle or belted kingfisher but I only saw a few more American robins, gray catbirds and eastern phoebes. I did see a few more wildflowers including a common evening primrose,
I usually walk back on the trail along the lake but this week I walked on the other side of the canal, along the picnic area in the river lands. I hoped to see some migrating song birds here but I didn’t.
It was an uneventful hike back, no eagles,, hawks or kingfishers. And the river otters were gone too, but I was very happy I had the opportunity to see this playful critters and share some of their photos here on my blog. This is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands September 17 2023.
“There is a time in late September when the leaves are still green, and the days are still warm, but somehow you know that it is all about to end, as if summer was holding its breath, and when it let it out again, it would be autumn.” -Sharyn McCrumb