Birds And A Bobcat, Yep, A Bobcat, At The Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County
I always thought I had seen a bobcat or two on my many miles of hiking in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania over the years. However, I was never quite 100% sure. The critters I suspected of being a bobcat always ran quickly into the woods leaving me with some doubt. It looked like a bobcat, I thought , but I could never be absolutely positive. Well on Saturday I saw a bobcat. No doubt. This is a bobcat . And I saw it at my favorite hiking trail. The Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township in Luzerne County. More about the exciting sighting of the bobcat later in my blog.
And, I came so close to changing my routine and not hiking there on Saturday. I was was thinking the folks reading my blog wanted to see someplace new. And I also considered going on a mushroom hike ( I found three beautiful chicken of the woods mushrooms on Friday). However, after I took my daily early morning hike through my neighborhood, I decided to head to the wetlands. It was partly sunny mild when I arrived.
As usual I walked down to the Susquehanna River and found it even lower then on my last visit. Rocks were visible in the middle of the river. It looks like you can walk across it now. We need rain here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
There wasn’t a lot of song bird activity as I began my hike. It was quiet in the wetlands. I did see the first of many green herons that are now roaming in the wetlands. I enjoy hearing their frog-like cries.
I walked over to the waterfowl pond, now that the water level is so low in the wetlands, they did some maintenance on the trails and they cleared another path to the pond. There was no waterfowl on the pond but I saw this eastern phoebe perched on a branch in the pond.
The waters in the canals and ponds in the wetlands were now covered in duck weed. This nutritious plant is certainly not a weed, but a valuable food source for ducks, turtles frogs, birds, birds and muskrats and many other animals that live in out wetlands.
and the common buttonbush, with it’s unusual flowers.
I walked down to the river again and there were no birds perched on the branch protruding over the river. This is where I saw the bald eagle, the belted kingfisher and the wood ducks on my previous hike.
What an amazing experience. As I said at the start of my blog, I thought I saw a couple of these beautiful and graceful creatures before, but I wasn’t sure. This time I was sure, and, after it disappeared back into the woods, I was delighted to check the photos I took of this elusive critter. I am so pleased to be able to share them with my blog and social media followers. I don’t want to reveal the exact location of the bobcat in case in was nesting in the river lands or wetlands, although it could be many miles away by now. I am just glad I was once again in the right place at the right time and I kept my eyes peeled. This is a link to a gallery in my blog website with some more photos of the bobcat. Susquehanna Wetlands bobcat. July 16 2022.
Although I couldn’t wait to finish my hike and return home to edit the photos I took, I still took some photos as I completed my hike and returned to the wetlands. I saw a few dragonflies along the shores of the lake including this pretty Halloween pennant and
and this common male yellowthroat. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos of the critters I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds July 16 2022.
It was near noon when I finished my five mile hike under the shade of the large old oak trees in the wetlands. The first cicadas were now singing in the treetops. I was so glad I decided to hike here on Saturday.
I have seen so much beauty in these wetlands and river lands during the last ten years, including a cinnamon bear, river otters, a weasel many bald eagles, song birds, red foxes and so much more. And now I can add an elusive bobcat to the list. As I often say you don’t have to travel to distant countries to see the beauty of nature, it is here, in our own back yards, if you get outdoors, walk, and keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands July 16 2022.
The life of the wood, meadow, and lake go on without us. Flowers bloom, set seed and die back; squirrels hide nuts in the fall and scold all year long; bobcats track the snowy lake in winter; deer browse the willow shoots in spring. Humans are but intruders who have presumed the right to be observers, and who, out of observation, find understanding. Ann Zwinger