Blue Skies And Sunshine On The Lehigh River At The Lehigh Gap
The last few weekends were either snowy or cloudy here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And so were most of the week days. We had cold temperatures too. It was still cold on Saturday, but we had clear skies, and that meant, finally, sunshine! I decided to get away from the snow we still have up here on the mountain and hike along the Lehigh River near the Lehigh Gap.
I hiked this section of the D & L trail a few weeks ago and started at the nature center near Slatington, This time I parked along the D & L trail near Bowmanstown.
Soon after leaving the parking lot I followed the 3 Ponds trail hoping to see some ducks or other birds on the ponds and wetlands. The ponds still had some ice and I didn’t see anything. I haven’t been here in the Spring but I would think this area will be alive with the sound of the spring peepers in a few days.
The March sun quickly warmed it up, making for a pleasant walk. I was disappointed I didn’t see more ducks on the Lehigh River. I did see a number of robins including a small flock feeding on the berries of a staghorn sumac tree.
I never tried it, but I understand the berries make a refreshing lemonade type beverage. The robins sure enjoyed the berries. Here is a link to some more photographs of the robins feasting on the sumac berries. Lehigh Gap robins March 17 2018.
I again saw a number of common mergansers on the river but no other ducks and few geese. I am thinking the migratory birds have already moved on to their breeding areas. Here is a link to some more of the birds I saw on my hike. Lehigh Gap birds March 17 2018.
The days of cold and snow are ending. Each day will bring exciting new sightings of birds, animals and flowers and buds as the earth continues to awaken from it long Winter sleep. I will be outdoors, with my eyes peeled, watching it happen. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Lehigh Gap hike March 17 2018.
“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” –Roman Payne