Herons And More Summer Heat: A Hike In The PPL Wetlands
It wasn’t quite as hot on Saturday as it has been on some of my previous hikes these past few weeks when temperatures were in the mid 90’s. But it was still hot at he PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County on Saturday morning. . Temperatures were in the mid 70’s when I arrived and quickly rose into the mid 80’s. Average August weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Upon arriving at the wetlands I noticed that the trails had been improved. The grass was cut and the brush growing along the trails cleared. Not only does this make it easier for hiking it also allows for a better chance of capturing photos of wildlife along the trail.
These past few weeks I have seen a number of green herons in the wetlands and my observations continued on Saturday. I must have seen a dozen on my five mile hike, beginning with this fellow.
Leaving the wetlands I came to Lake Took-A-While. Once again, despite the heat, it was crowded with fishermen, hikers, bikers and dog walkers. But no kingfishers, ospreys or bald eagles. I haven’t seen any of these birds for many weeks now. The Canada geese were not even at the lake. I think it is because of the heat.
I walked down to the river in the hopes of spotting the osprey or bald eagle but again they were not around. It was getting hotter under the August late morning sun so I began my hike back photographing some of the many colorful dragonflies darting along the shores of the lake. I could spend hours watching these amazing insects.
when I got to close. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photos of the blue and green herons I saw on my hike. PPL Wetlands hike birds August 1 2020.
It was now past noon and hot. I had walked five miles and called it a day. I know there are so many other wonderful hiking trails here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But I am getting very fond of the PPL Wetlands. And once again it did not let me down and provided me with some more beautiful photographs to share. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands Hike August 1 2020.