Bald Eagle At The PPl Wetlands. Always A Magical Momment.
It is always exciting to see our national symbol, the bald eagle here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Almost extinct in our Nation a few decades ago, they were reintroduced into Pennylvania and are now thriving along our rivers, lakes and streams of our Commonwealth.
I usually see these majestic birds from afar, perched high atop a tree limb or soaring high above me. And I am sure they have an eye on me long before I see them. Not last Sunday. I was hiking along the Susquehanna River at the PPl Wetlands in Salem Township when I saw this bird perched on a tree limb.
I was sure he /she didn’t see me as I approached and proud of having been able to surprise him/her. It didn’t take long for him/her to hear me and take off into the skies over the Susquehanna River.
I probably interupted his/her breakfast plans, a fish in the river perhaps , but I am sure it found another spot to wait for lunch. Here is a link to some more photographs of my bald eagle sighting. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-bald-eagle-July-23-2017-
I only planned a short walk throught the PPL wetlands, it is now wild mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and I am usually out searching for them in my secret locations which I won’t share here on my blog.Sorry but mushrooms hunters have always been a secretive bunch.
As always, my walk through the wetlands and along the Susquenanna River didn’t disappoint. I was thrilled seeing the bald eagle but I saw a few other birds on my walk including this green heron,
quite a few flycatchers ,enjoying the abundance of insects now flying throughout the wetlands,
and this elusive wood duck. Here is a limk to some more photogrpahs of the birds I saw at the wetlands. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-birds-July-23-2017-
I continued my walk along the river and, as I always do, imagined the many generations of Native Americans who had walked along this same river, and maybe even under the same tress.
The recent rains created a lot of mud and I came very close to talking a nasty fall sliding in one of the muddy areas of the trail.
And I saw a lot of these creatures, slugs, enjoying the wet conditions.
I was saddened to see a large stand of turk cap lilies, which had always attracted butterflies and insects, was prety much gone, taken over by the invaive alien and ugly japanese knotweed. This was the only lily left.
The trail left the river and passed through some corn fields, which are now laden with rapidly filling ears of corn.
There is something so soothing walking amid the stalks of corn is a corn field, for me anyway.
As I made my way backe to the parking lot, signs summer was moving on were everywhere including the soon to be ripe blackberries
and an abundant crop of elderberries.
I saw one last critter before I left, this rabbit who looks like it may have been having some issues with the many insects in the wetlands. I left the wetlands and sought out my mushroom hunting territories but those areas will remain secret. Here is a link to some more photogrpahs from my hike in the wetlands. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-July-23-2017-
We are eagles of one nest…the nest is in our soul.” – Led Zeppelin