Enjoying The April Sun In The Susquehanna Wetlands
It was a cool 39 degrees when I awoke Saturday morning. However, the skies were clear and I knew the April sun would sun warm it up. And what better place to enjoy the April sun than in the Susquehanna Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. Nature always has something on display out here.
The April sun had already warmed it up by the time I arrived in the wetlands. The temperature was near 50 degrees. It has only been six days since my last visit here but I immediately noticed the hints of green from budding of the trees in the woods.
were joined by this unusual native wildflower the jack-in-the-pulpit.
In addition to the beautiful wildflowers, I saw a few birds as I began my hike. A pileated woodpecker flew right over my head. I was unable to photograph this large and graceful woodpecker but I was still happy to see one. One of it’s cousins, a downy woodpecker was tapping on the trunk of a birch tree looking for insects.
And I had to check out the bald eagle nest. Once again there looked like there was only one eagle on the nest. However, enlarging the photo I tool I was able to see the small brown eaglet sitting next to it’s parent. It was already a good day to welcome another bald eagle to the wetlands community!
After leaving the eagle nest I continued through the wetlands and found this more mundane pair of birds standing on the banks of the canal. I am sure these Canada geese will be welcoming their own offspring to the wetland community soon.
It was nice walking in the strong April sun, listening to the bird songs and enjoying the wildflowers. I soon found another nother sign of the the advancing Spring was these high bush blueberry flowers blossoms.
After watching the green I walked to the Susquehanna River to look for eagles, kingfishers and wood ducks. Once again I didn’t see any, but it’s always nice to take a few minutes and watch the flowing river waters.
I had a pleasant surprise on my walk back to my car in the wetlands. I returned to the bald eagles nest and saw not one, but two recently hatched eaglets in the nest! The leaves will soon obscure the nest but I am glad to have a new family of bald eagles in the wetlands. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds, including the green heron, that I took on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands hike birds April 23 2021.
After watching the eagles nest I finished my hike, seeing a lot of turtles enjoying the warm April sunshine. It was another nice walk in the wetlands and riverlands. And, as I said at the beginning of my blog post, Nature never disappoints out here. And this is a link to some more photographs from my hike in the wetlands under the beautiful April sun. Susquehanna Wetlands hike April 24 2021.
“The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun’s kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.”
– Julian Grenfell