Eagles, Herons And A Muskrat: Another Walk In The Susquehanna Wetlands
It was Sunday, and, of course, I decided to take another walk in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. As the Spring progresses I know there is a good chance to see some wildlife here. And the wetlands and river lands are a great place to observe the trees, plants and flowers come back to life in Spring.
I decided to visit the bald eagle nest first and found one of the eagles sitting in the nest. It won’t be long until the leaves obscure the nest. I won’t approach the nest, this photos was taken with my 600 mm zoom lens, since this stresses the nesting eagles.
On the trails in the wetlands I found the trout lilies were in full bloom.
Hiding behind a skunk cabbage was this Canada goose sitting on her nest. I believe it was a her and the other goose swimming in the canal was the male. I think this is the same pair that nested on this exact spot last year. It won’t be long until the goslings appear.
There were no ducks, geese or kingfishers on or around the lake this week. Only a couple of double-crested cormorants and a blue heron perched across the lake. There were also a few red-winged black birds perched in the trees near the lake,
Walking past the lake I ventured a little in the woods near the Riverside trail. I usually see cardinals, woodpeckers and sparrow here. On Sunday I saw all of these but none posed for any good photos.
As I neared the bald eagles nest I was treated to a second eagle sighting, as this on soared high overhead. This would be the last bird I saw on my hike. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw on my walk in the Susquehanna wetlands and river lands . Susquehanna Wetlands hike birds. April 18 2021.
I wasn’t the only human enjoying the beauty of the wetlands. I met about a dozen of folks exploring the trails along the canals. I decided to walk back to the parking lot along the river, hoping to see an eagles, kingfisher or some ducks. I wasn’t successful but it was still a great day having seen a couple of bald eagle and a lot of other critters and wildflowers. And it will only get better the next few weeks. Here is a link to another gallery with some more photos from my walk in the Susquehanna wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands hike. April 18 2021.
I’ve banished Winter, saith the Spring,
Awake! arise, ye flowers!
Brisk breezes blow,
Bright sunshine glow,
And rouse the young Year’s powers.
~Henry James Slack