Finally, Ice And Cold Arrive At The PPL Wetlands
Just a few weeks ago temperatures were in the 70’s and I was seeing turtles at the PPL Wetlands. Not today, the unseasonably warm weather ended and temperatures plummeted here in Northeastern Pennsylvania these past few day. There was ice on the ponds and canals when I hiked there this morning.
I am not a big fan of Winter anymore, it is hard to walk in the ice and snow, but I enjoyed my hike this morning. It was calm and cloudy, with temperatures near 20 degrees. The wetlands had a somber but peaceful look and feel to them.
Overhead I hear the shrill cry of a red tailed hawk and saw this fellow fly into the topmost branches of this tree. He, or she, was pretty well hidden. I watched him/her for awhile hoping it would fly toward me.
Some are right along the path, a few feet from where I, and many others walked right next to the pair of birds raising their chicks without any of us noticing them. Here is a photograph of one I found on one of the most used trails. I walked by it dozens of times and had no idea it was there.
As I walked I came across this somewhat unusual sight, a downy or hairy woodpecker, not looking for insects in the bark of a tree, but actually eating seeds or fruits on a tree. I never saw them eat anything other then insects before.
It was cold but it was still nice to out and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, even on a cold December day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike this morning. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/PPL-Wetlands-hike-December-11-2016-
Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.”
—Charles G. Stater