I'm Glad I Took My Camera; A Walk On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails
<![CDATA[It was raining Sunday morning. The forecast called for rain all day. I decided to stay close to home and hike our local Rails to Trails. <a href="https://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Rails-to-Trails-1-of-35.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-114244 size-medium" src="https://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Rails-to-Trails-1-of-35-300x200.jpg" alt="Rails to Trails entrance " width="300" height="200"></a>
I wore my rain gear and was going to walk without my camera because of the steady rain. As I was leaving my car I decided to grab my camera. I was glad I did. I had only walked a short distance when I saw this prairie warbler fluttering in the scrub oak trees along the trail.
It seemed like it didn’t notice me in the rain and flew to a nearby tree. It provided a beautiful contrast to the dark rainy weather.
I continued my walk and headed into the pine barrens that are located near the trail. I was hoping to see some more migrating birds in this pine, birch and scrub oak woodlands. Last year I saw a number of species of warblers in this patch of woods. This year I didn’t see a single bird.
It was still a nice walk among the trees now getting their first leaves of the Spring.
I returned to the trail as the rain slowed and eventually stopped. It was a good decision to grab my camera. Not only was I able to photograph some of the first leaves and early signs of spring such as this wildflower,
I also encountered a number of different species of birds, including a lot of our common robins.
I continued on the seeing just the first hints of green on some of the trees.
As I approached the picnic area near the Dreck Creek Reservoir,
I saw a number of warblers migrating through are area including this beautiful pine warbler,
this black and white warbler and
a number of eastern towhees rustling in the underbrush,
A pair of them flew up on a scrub oak,
and I was able to get a photograph of the more elusive female.
I walked out about three miles, still with no rain, and I was getting quite warm in my rain gear. I wish I could have hiked all day. but it was time to turn back.
I saw a few more birds on the way including this phoebe,
and oven bird. Here is a link to some more birds I saw on my hike. Rails to Trails Hike birds May 6 2018.
It wasn’t sunny but it was still a great day to be outdoors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Rails to Trails May 6 2018.
“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale