Ice-Free Waters In January At The PPL Wetlands.
January is historically the coldest month of the year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Most years one will find the lakes, ponds and creeks frozen solid in January. Some years even the rivers will freeze over. Not this year. I visited the PPL Wetlands on Sunday and found Lake Took-A-While completely ice free.
The sun was breaking through the clouds when I arrived. It was windy with temperatures in the mid 30’s. We have had a few mild months of January the past few years, and we usually pay for it in March and April.
I walked along the lake hoping to see some water birds on the ice free waters. I have seen some unusual sightings on my last few walks but this week I only saw a flock of common mergansers, which quickly flew off as I approached.
I walked along the canals and was disappointed when I didn’t see any water birds. In fact, I saw only a few of the usual winter residents. I saw no nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, juncos, woodpeckers, titmice or cardinals on my hike. Very unusual. I did see a few crows attacking a hawk. And this sparrow.
Clouds moved in as I walked back along the ice-free waters of the canals in the wetland.
Although I didn’t see as much wildlife as I had hoped, it was still a pleasant walk on another mild January day in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands January 6 2019.
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