Birds And Otters: An Autumn Walk in The Susquehanna Wetlands
Autumn, cooler weather and shorter days, have returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have spent the last month traveling ( I was in London’s for the Queen’s funeral. I am still trying to finish my blog posts) and searching for wild mushrooms. ( they were late but I found a lot of mushrooms this past two weeks. This is a photo of one of my many successful days).
It has been over a month since I hiked in the Susquehanna Wetlands near my home in Luzerne County. I missed them. I decided to take a break from my mushroom foraging and return to the wetlands on Sunday. It was a cool and sunny morning when I left my home in Hazle Township. However, when I arrived at the wetlands in Salem Township there was a quick blanket of fog along the Susquehanna River. I was able to see that the river was much higher than my last visit. The same rains that brought out the mushrooms filled the river.
There was now more bird song then my visit over a month ago. The familiar raspy cries of the red-winged blackbirds echoed in the wetlands. A large flock was in the tree tops. They were migrating south. It seemed there were a lot more female birds than males.
While watching the wood ducks fly away, I saw something moving in the water on the far side of the pond. I couldn’t make out what is was with my naked eye, but, zooming in with my camera, I discovered it was a family of river otters. They were to far away to get any good photos, even with my 600 mm zoom lens.
I wouldn’t see any other species of birds on my five mile walk, only the red-winged blackbirds and a lot more yellow rumped warblers. This is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the birds I saw on my Autumn hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds October 8 2022.
As usual I walked to the far end of the lake. I often see great blue heron, green herons and belted kingfisher here but there were know on my Sunday hike. I was surprised there were no Canada geese on the lake either.
I finished my hike in the now colorful wetlands. I had hoped to see an eagle or hawk but I wasn’t disappointed. I love watching the river otters, hearing the migrating birds and seeing the Autumn wildflowers. It was another wonderful walk in the wetlands. And again I am glad to share it here. This is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands October 8 2022.
A brooding calm in all the air,
A dreamy quiet everywhere…
A golden glow to light the day
That fades in purple mists away—
This soothing calm, this presence bright,
October’s sweet and mellow light.
~Phebe A. Holder