Frost, Fallen Leaves And A Green Heron, Yep, A Green Heron At The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails
We had a heavy frost here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last Sunday morning. It was a freezing 28 degrees with some high clouds at my home in Hazle Township. I decided to stay close to home and hike on the nearby Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails. Most of the beautiful Fall colors on the trees I had seen on my hike here two weeks ago were gone. Almost all of the trees along the the trail were leafless, their bare branches visible for the first time since early last Spring.
It was here I saw a large bird fly onto a branch in the woods along the trail I was surprised to observe a green heron perched on a branch . I have only seen these birds near lakes, ponds or wetlands. And I never have seen one this late in the year. Most migrate to Florida, the Caribbean or even South America for the Winter. It must have strayed form it’s usual migration path.
and here saw, and heard a red-bellied woodpecker.
I decided to end my hike and began my 2 1/2 mile walk. The skies continued to clear, and the air got warmer.
I think the warmer temperatures stirred up some birds activity. I saw a small flock of white-throated sparrows,
, a few tufted titmice
a flock of dark eyed juncos,
and a few golden crowned kinglets.
There were a few blue jays in the treetops,
I notice these yellow flowers on a witch hazel tree. They are our only native tree that blooms in the Fall.,
There were also some milkweed pods and seeds glistening in the morning sun.
I finished my five mile hike. I knew the seasons were changing. In the Spring and Summer I always encountered bikers, hikers, walkers, runners and dogwalkers. On Sunday I didn’t see one person on my five mile hike. Although it was cold I was still glad I walked the trail and enjoyed the beauty of Fall. I will continue my hikes throughout the Fall and Winter, , even in the snow and cold , there is beauty in all seasons. But I am already looking forward to Spring, and the return of the leaves and song birds. Here is a link to some more photos from my five mile hike. Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails October 30 2022.
Behold the groves that shine with silver frost, their beauty withered, and their verdure lost! Alexander Pope