Blue Skies, Brilliant April Sunshine But Some Cold Canadian Air At The Susquehanna Wetlands.
The skies were a deep blue and there was brilliant April sunshine when I returned to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County on Friday afternoon. However, it was cold, the temperatures were in the mid 40’s with a strong northwesterly wind. The wind made it feel much colder. It felt more like a day in late February and early March.
Despite the unseasonable cold, I saw a lot of birds that had migrated back to our area. This eastern phoebe has built a nest near the trailhead into the wetlands,
And I saw a few more pretty blue-gray gnatcatchers scurrying in the branches of the trees along the trail.
I also saw my first green heron of the season. It was good to see these birds again.
And, because of the brilliant April sunshine there were many turtles in the wetlands defying the cold and windy conditions. As I headed toward the river lands section of this small nature preserve I saw this belted kingfisher perched om a tree above a canal.
There were also a few yellow warblers and
yellow-rumped warblers in the singing in the trees as I walked past.
As I left the shelter of the thick trees in the wetlands, I was exposed to the strong northwesterly wind as I walked along Lake Took-A-While. It was cold. The temperature was in the mid 40’s but the wind chill may have been in the 20’s. I saw a few folks walking on the trail and they were dressed in Winter gear. I was in shorts and a tee shirt. It wasn’t a smart move on my part.
I quickly walked to the far end of the lake and began my hike back to the wetlands, on the way I saw a few red-winged blackbirds singing in the trees along the trail,
As I was finishing up my five mile hike I decided to check out the bald eagles nest. I don’t reveal it’s location but I can see a path where some folks are getting to close to the nest. I try to leave it alone, especially when their are eggs in the nest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines require you stay 330 feet away from an active nest. I was further than this when I took this photo of one of the bald eagles tending their nest. They are beautiful birds. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the birds I saw on my hike in the wetlands in the brilliant April sun. Susquehanna Wetlands birds April 29 2022.
Seeing the bald eagle was a nice way to end another great hike in the Susquehanna wetlands and river lands. It was cold, but I enjoyed the brilliant April sunshine, and the weather doesn’t matter in Spring, with so much new life and birds and other critters to observe. I love it here and I love Spring. Here is link to another gallery on my website with more photo from my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands April 29 2022.
“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
– Joyce Kilmer, Spring