Ducks, Birds And Some Beautiful Scenery Along The Lehigh Canal.
We had our first frost here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last Sunday. I awoke to clear calm skies and a 34 degree temperature. After my usual morning walk through my neighborhood I decided to drive to Weissport and hike along the remains of the Lehigh Canal. I was hoping to see some migrating ducks and other water fowl along the canal or Lehigh River. .
The sun had warmed it up by the time I arrived and I soon found some ducks, but not the ones I was looking for. There are a number of mallard ducks, domestic ducks and geese living in the canal near the town.
However, it didn’t take long to find some of the wild variety. I soon found this group of common merganser ducks swimming and diving in the Lehigh River.
I watched these beautiful birds for a little while before I continued my hike along the old tow path between the remains of the canal and Lehigh River. Here is a link to some more photographs I took of the common mergansers.
I heard and saw a number of migrating song birds high in the tree tops but it was hard to get a photograph as the fluttered and sang high over my head. I was able to get a photograph of this catbird who was no where near elusive as the song birds.
I continued on the path and enjoyed the rushing waters of the Lehigh River, although, because of the lack of rain, the river was very low for this time of year. The path continued to narrow and I was now walking under a canopy of leaves allowing only scattered rays of sunshine to filter through.
As I began my return along the trail I again saw a flock of migrating song birds fluttering in the tree tops. This time, after a number of attempts, I was able to capture one of the many birds in the flock. I think it is some type of warbler.
And a few more wild mallard ducks swimming in the canal. Here is a link to some more of the birds I saw on my walk. Lehigh Canal birds
And as I approached the parking lot I noticed this critter on a fence railing. Always something interesting in nature if you keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Lehigh Canal Photographs,
“But just as the river is always at the door, so is the world always outside. And it is in the world that we have to live.”
― Lian Hearn