Back To The PPL Wetlands, And Back To March,
It was a different world here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday. A cold front came through Saturday evening lowering the temperatures and making for a cold, windy and rainy morning. My nephew Mike wanted to do some fishing at Lake Took-A-While so I was headed back to the PPL Wetlands. I love it down there.
One of the first critters I encountered was this green heron. It was feeding on a pond and, as I approached, flew up onto this tree branch, where it remained for awhile allowing me to take some photographs.
I also saw a new species for first time, and identified it, with the help of some of my new birding friends, as a common yellow throated warbler. I enjoyed it’s wonderful song, but wasn’t sure what it was until I got home.
I also heard the calls of the pileated woodpecker deep in the woods. I followed it’s cries but it kept flying off into the distance as I approached. I will catch up to it someday but on Sunday I was only able to capture a photograph of it’s cousin, this downy woodpecker.
.We were lucky to return home when we did. As I got into my house we got a heavy hail storm. This is very unusual for us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but it does occur every so often, the last time being almost 40 years ago. Well I hope it doesn’t get this cold in May for another 40 years, but even if it does, it sure hasn’t affected the beauty to be found outdoors, if you just keep your eyes peeled and look for it. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike on Sunday.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-may-15-2016
“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
― Wendell Berry,