I’m Getting To Really Like Beautiful Leaser Lake In Lehigh County
I decided to hike around Leaser Lake in Lehigh County again last Sunday. This was my third visit to this lake at the foot of the Blue Mountain near the Schuylkill and Lehigh County border. It is about the same distance form my home in Luzerne County as is my favorite hiking trail in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem. Township.
I am really starting to love this scenic and historic lake. The lake is named after Frederick Leaser, who, during the Revolutionary War helped save the Liberty Bell by transporting on a part of the journey from Philadelphia to Allentown. His homestead is nearby.
In addition to the history the scenic lake is great for hiking. A five mile trail around the lake takes you through of couple different natural environments. I parked at the northern boat ramp and parking lot. It was sunny and cool with the temperature near 52 degrees. It was crowded because of Memorial Day Weekend. I began my walk by hiking into the old mixed hardwood/hemlock forest on the west side of the lake.
The trail crossed a number of small streams flowing off the the mountain. Overhead I heard some birds including a red-bellied woodpecker and a red-eyed vireo, but I was only able to photograph this Louisiana waterthrush that was scampering on the rocks near one of the streams .
And I saw a few birds in the trees along the trail, including, a house wren,
some American goldfinches and
a couple of eastern kingbirds. I seldom see more then one of these large flycatchers on my hikes but I saw at least four of them in the fields along the lake on this hike. These birds spend their winter in South America.
I also saw and heard a lot of song birds in the trees near the wetlands including, yellow warblers,
and a Baltimore oriole.
There were also many red-winged blackbirds , well you can’t call it singing, so maybe squawking from the trees.
The trail now took me to the main entrance of the lake. This area was again crowded with fishermen, folks walking and picnicking. This is also were the alien-like purple martin nest are located.
Again I found many song birds, including a few field sparrows,
an indigo bunting, and
There were many song birds, but it was getting late, I had a family picnic to attend so I didn’t have time to wait and try and photograph them. I did see and photograph this gray catbird, and
After leaving the wetlands the trail came to a field that took me back to the lot where I parked my Jeep. Some cumulus clouds moved in and I took one last look at scenic Leaser lake. I am sure it won’t be long until I return. Here is a link to some more photos from my hike. Leaser Lake May 29 2022.