Fog, Flora And Fauna At The Susquehanna Wetlands.
A thick fog settled in on the mountain where I live in Hazle Township, Luzerne County on Saturday morning. I wasn’t sure at first, but I decided to drive to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township with my camera despite the fog. I wasn’t expecting to photograph much wildlife because of the fog but I wanted to see how the plant life was responding to the warm weather we had the past week.
The fog wasn’t as bad as it was near my home when I arrived. As soon as I entered the wetlands I noticed a considerable amount of new plant growth. The wetlands were coming back to life. The flowers, red maple trees, honeysuckle and (shown below) spicebush shrubs were beginning to bud and bloom ,
Walking along the canals in the wetlands I once again scared quite a few wood ducks as approached. They flew off on the slightest disturbance. A large great blue heron also flew away as I approached. There was a some nesting pairs of Canada geese in the wetlands, remaining quiet now when I pass. The unmated pairs are on the river or lake and honk loudly when approached.
In the nearby woods I was happy to see this hermit thrush return to the wetlands. Some of these birds remain in our area in the Winter but I didn’t see any this past Winter, and I hope it is staying here and not just passing through on its’s way further north.
I was surprised again, this time to find these mushrooms growing along the trail. I believe they are mica cap mushrooms. I am looking forward to another season of searching for wild edible mushrooms.
And, on the ground, I was delighted to find the trout lilies were blooming.
In the wetlands more turtles made their appearance, as did a number of frogs. Most of the frogs jumped into the vernal pools of water along the trail. This one, I believe it’s a small bullfrog, sat still long enough for me to get a photo.
I watched for a while and was treated to the magnificent and piercing cries of the eagle sitting in the nest. It is always a wonderful experience to see our Nation’s symbol in the wild and free. This is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the eagles, great blue herons and other birds I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds April 10 2021.
Once again I enjoyed the natural beauty of the wetlands and I enjoy even more sharing it with the folks who follow my blog. It is Tuesday morning as I finish this one and I am already looking forward to another hike this weekend. But now it time to head to the office. Here is a link to another gallery with more photos from my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands April 10 2021.
The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see. Albert Einstein