Autumnlike Cloud and Leafless Trees But Unseasonably Mild Mid-November Temperatures At The Susquehanna Wetlands.
It’s mid-November, and here in Northeastern Pennsylvania we have had freezing temperatures and snow on ground in many years . Not this year. It has been a mild month. It was cloudy and an unseasonably 60 degrees when I awoke at my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County early Saturday. As I often do, I decided to hike in the nearby Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township.
It has been two weeks since my last visit. As usual, I walked down to the Susquehanna River before I began my hike in the wetlands. We had some heavy rain Friday and the river was much higher than on my last visit.
Most of the tree along the river and in the wetlands had lost their leaves. The wetlands look so different. There were no more Fall colors in the woods. Just leafless tress. The bare trees evoked a feeling of sadness. And the quiet in the wetlands added to this feeling. There were no song birds singing when I first arrived. It looked a lot like a typical November morning except for the mild temperature.
As I continued my hike on the mild morning I heard the beautiful song of the Carolina wren. There were a few of them near the Water Fowl pond.
I waited and was able to capture some photos of this small but loud bird. It has a wonderful song that echoes even more in the leafless woodlands. These birds don’t migrate and remain in our region throughout the Winter.
There were also a few white-throated sparrows and
These berries provide food for the many birds that remain in our area in the cold Winters. I saw some of these birds, the woodpeckers on my five mile hike. In fact I saw five of the seven species that are found in Pennsylvania. I saw this northern flicker near the Water Fowl pond.
Nearby, next to these late oyster mushrooms, was a downy woodpecker.
I also saw one of it’s closest, and larger cousins, a hairy woodpecker. It is not only larger in size but has a much longer bill.
There were also a few of the noisy red-bellied woodpeckers in the wetlands.
Finally, as I was finishing my five mile hike I saw this beautiful pileated woodpecker. They are the largest of our woodpeckers and my favorite. The two Pennsylvania woodpeckers I didn’t see were the red-headed woodpecker and yellow-bellied sapsucker.
As I got closely I saw it was truing to move an acorn and was having trouble trying to do so. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw on my mid-November hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands birds November 12 2022.
I finished my five mile hike under the canopy of bare branches. I once again enjoyed the peace and quiet of the wetlands. And I was glad I was able to walk on such a warm November day. I know there may not be many more of them. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my mid-November hike in wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands November 12 2022.
“In November, some birds move away and some birds stay. The air is full of good-byes and well-wishes. The birds who are leaving look very serious. No silly spring chirping now. They have long journeys and must watch where they are going. The staying birds are serious, too, for cold times lie ahead. Hard times. All berries will be treasures.”