Hiking Close To Home In Hazle Township
Like most communities in Pennsylvania my hometown of Hazle Township is subject to both a stay at home order and a curfew. However there are exemptions. And two of them are outdoor recreation and fishing. Although the facilities at my local Community Park are closed to the public, fishing, pursuant to Fish Commission guidelines, is still allowed at nearby Lake Irena. The lake was stocked with fish this year. So last week I decided to join the fisherman and hike around the lake and in the surrounding woodlands. As I have mentioned in prior blog posts I have been visiting the park and lake since I was a young child.
We are experiencing the coldest May on record here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. When I arrived last Monday another cold front was passing through dropping the temperatures and making it feel more like late Fall and not early Spring.
I was again surprised to see little wildlife activity. It could have the cold northwesterly wind that was now blowing. It brought some sunshine for a while but then clouded up again as I made my way back to the lake.
Mom was okay with this as long as I didn’t get too close. After watching the geese I walked around the lake and took the same three mile walk as the previous day. No new wildlife sightings on this cold May walk.
Temperatures rose into the 50’s and, the many turtles in the lake soaked up the strong May sun on a log or rock along the shore.
Here, in one of the ponds along the trail I found some amphibian eggs. At first I thought they were some type of salamander but I was told they were wood frog eggs. Whatever they were there were a lot of them.
After devouring its catch the solitary sandpiper began wading in the weeds looking for another. I sat and watched from a rock on the shore, enjoying the warm May sunshine. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Community Park hike birds May 4 to 7 2020.
On my way back to my car I ran into this expert fisherman, my nephew Mike. He told me some fish stories, about the big ones that got away, and about the many memories he, his dad and my brother Joe had on the first day of fishing out here. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hikes near my home Hazle Township Community Park Hikes May 4 to 7 2020.