Ducks, Geese And Mergansers, The Water Fowl Return to the PPL Wetlands.
It is the weekend and I again hiked in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. It seems these wetlands always reward me with some wildlife sightings. They have become my favorite hiking trails in the area. Although it was cloudy and a freezing 19 degrees Saturday morning, we had warmer temperatures and heavy rain this past week. I hoped to find some open waters in the wetlands, and also hoped to see some Canada geese, ducks and other water birds on these waters.
And I also found geese, ducks and mergansers. First I saw this pair of Canada geese huddled on the cold waters of one of the ponds. I have seen them there for almost a month now. The had fled when the waters froze about two weeks ago but are back and are preparing to nest here.
On another pond I found a number of species of ducks swimming on the far shore including what I believe was a scaup and female bufflehead duck. They photographs are not the best because of the distance and poor lighting, And I am now a duck expert and once again had help from brother and his son Mike Jr. in identifying them.
The lake was also ice-free and I found a dozen or so Canada geese on the lake and also a large flock of common mergansers.
I walked past the lake and into the woodlands beyond. Here I finally saw some mammals. This chipmunks was sitting on a log cautiously observing its surroundings, and looking for any hawks or eagles that may flying overhead..
Unfortunately the cloudy skies didn’t make the best conditions for photography, and I didn’t see and hawks or bald eagles, but it was still another enjoyable hike in the PPl Wetlands. And once again I was able to see so many cool critters on my hike. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands February 29 2020.
“A goose represents the rebel in all of us and because they’re wild and free, they have a certain quality that shines out and makes us wish that we were not bound to labor in life, but rather that we could drift as they do with the seasons.” – Paul S. Bernsen