Fall Foliage And Migrating Birds At The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.
Last Spring I observed many species of migrating birds on the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails near my home in Luzerne County. On Sunday morning I decided to hike on the trail starting at the parking lot on the eastern trailhead near the patch town of Hazle Brook. I was hoping to see at least some bird activity and, maybe, even one of the bears that have been sighted here.
Shortly after I began my hike I heard, then saw a large flock of white-throated sparrows fluttering near and on the ground along the trail.
Soon after seeing the sparrows I saw another large flock of migrating birds in a tree top. I knew they were warblers but had a hard time identifying what kind both on my hike and even at home . A bird identification group advised me they were blackpoll warblers. This was a lifer for me and I learned that these warblers travel farther on their migration then any other birds that migrate through our area. . They fly over 1800 miles to the northern forest of South America for the Winter. Amazing to see them fluttering in the tree tops along the trail knowing they will be in these far away tropical forest in a few weeks,
In addition to the beautiful fall colors I also saw a few more birds, this colorful red-bellied woodpecker
and this drab, but still pretty winter wren,
a flock of black-capped chickadees,
and a large flock of dark-eyed juncos. The juncos , like the white throated sparrows, breed just to the north of our area and migrate here in the fall. All of these birds will likely spend the Winter with us.
Here, like in the Spring, I observed a few large flocks of migrating yellow-rumped warblers.
There was also a large flock of the tiny golden crowned kinglets feeding with the yellow rumped warblers.
I saw one more flock of birds, red-breasted nuthatches, that were feeding in a pine trees above the trail. I don’t see many of these in nuthatches in our area in the Spring and Summer. I wouldn’t see any more of these birds on my five mile hike, but I did see a lot of the other birds I saw earlier on my hike. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos of the migrating and non-migrating birds I saw on my hike. Rails to Trails birds October 17 2022.
At the end of the trail I again walked under the golden canopy of leaves above. I didn’t see the bears but I enjoyed the birds and Fall colors. The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and get some exercise at the same time. I enjoy every hike all of my hikes in this great asset to our community, as I am sure all of the local Rails to Trails in our Commonwealth are. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike Rails to Trails October 17 2022.
“The leaves are changing; I feel poetry in the air.”