Goslings, A Bald Eagle And Tadpoles: It’s Spring At Community Park
One of my favorite sights every Spring is the appearance of the Canada geese goslings on our lakes and ponds here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This year my first sighting of these fuzzy balls of downy feathers was two weeks ago on a hike at the local Community Park near my home in Luzerne County.
Despite the cold temperatures in the 40’s, the late April sun was strong. A few turtles were enjoying sun’s ray on logs in near the shores of the lake. I am not sure but this may be a yellow-bellied slider, an invasive species.
As I came to the stream that feeds the lake I was surprised to see these Canada geese with a family of tiny goslings. Because of the cool weather we’ve been having I wasn’t expecting to see them this early.
I hiked into the surrounding woodlands and there was almost no birds active. I did see the masses of frog and amphibian legs that were deposited a few weeks earlier in the venal ponds but still no tadpoles.
Returning to the lake I did see a turkey vulture fly overhead,
chipping sparrows in the grass along the shore of the lake.
in the trees a saw a few black-capped chickadees,
My expectations to see a lot of wildlife were low. However, shortly after I started my walk I saw a large bird fly from a tree as I walked past. It was a bald eagle!
but I did see another new and welcome arrival to our area a male eastern towhee. I love hearing these birds in the Summer. We listened to their distinctive cries many a morning while picking huckleberries as children. I saw the female too but couldn’t get a photo.
I also saw the spotted sandpiper I had seen on a previous hike,
The only other bird I would see on my hike was a double-crested cormorant that flew quickly over the lake. Here is a link to some more photos of the goslings and other birds I saw on my hikes. Community Park hikes birds April 28 to May 5 2022.
I walked into the surrounding woodlands and discovered another sign of Spring, many of the frog eggs hatched and the vernal ponds were now filled with tiny swimming tadpoles. As a child I spent many days catching these critters with my friends. Much to our mother’s dismay we would keep them and watch them grow into small frogs, and return them to the ponds we found them.
I finished up my hike at Community Park. Once again it provided me with a couple of peaceful hikes and many opportunities to see and share the beauty of nature. It is a great asset to our area. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hikes last week. Community Park April 28 to may 5 2022.