Goslings, Chipmunks And A Few More Signs Of Spring At Community Park
Now that Spring is here I have started my afternoon walks at our local Community Park in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. As I have often noted in previous blogs, I first visited Community Park and Lake Irena in the Spring as a young child with my dad and siblings. I have many found memories of this small but beautiful park. It was partly cloudy and cool when I hiked there on Thursday Afternoon. As usual I found a few folks walking on the trail around the park and a few more fishermen along the lake.
I walked along the shore of the lake and found some painted turtles sitting on logs near the shore of the lake. The trail enters a mixed pine/oak woodlands on the north side of the lake,
I soon found out why. The beavers are back and they built a dam on the stream near the bridge at the back end of the lake. The beavers were removed a few time but they really like it here and keep returning.
Near the bridge I was surprised toe see a family of Canada geese. Community Park is located on a mountain ridge at a much higher elevation then the Susquehanna Wetlands where I often hike. I have seen the first goslings there but I didn’t think there would be any up here on the mountain ridge this early in the Spring. .
and while photographing the duskywing, I noticed this tiny insect crawling on the ground, I believe it is a red velvet mite. I have never seen one before. Seeing this tiny, insignificant but beautiful insect remined, a mere mite, reminded why I love Spring and the warmer months so much. there is always something new to see, if you walk outdoors and keep your eyes peeled.
but if they really felt threatened they would have fled to the safety of the waters of Lake Irena. I think these geese have come to realize humans are not going to harm them. However, they still won’t let you too close to their offspring. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the cute Canada goslings . Community Park birds April 27 2023.
As usual my walk around Community Park didn’t disappoint. Nature always provides some new wonder to observe and share here on my blog. I am hoping there will be many more cool things to share this Spring, Summer and Fall. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike. Community Park April 27 2023.