Colder, But Still Above Average At The PPL Wetlands And Riverlands..
After another week of above average weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania the temperatures finally dropped before freezing on Friday and we got about an inch of snow in my backyard. I decided to drive to the PPL wetlands and riverlands in Salem township on Saturday. Located about 15 miles from my house the wetlands and riverlands are about 1000 feet lower in elevation.
But there were areas of open water and I again found pairs of Canada geese already paired up and setting up their nesting territory. They will be disappointed should, as often happens, a late season arctic air mass causes the waters to freeze solid. The geese will have to move to the river or fly south.
There were still some Canada geese on the lake but much less than there were the week before. they were noisy. The males were fighting over the females. There was also a large flock of common mergansers swimming on the lake.
And I encountered a flock of these winter residents of our are, dark-eyed juncos. The mild winter is nice but I have a feeling we will pay fro it in March and April. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands February 8 2020.
February is the uncertain month, neither black nor white but all shades between by turns. Nothing is sure. Gladys Hasty Carroll