It’s Been Three Long, Cold Months Since I Hiked Around Lake Irena At Community Park.
Spring weather has returned here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Temperatures rose into the 60’s this past week. The warmth quickly melted the 8 inches of snow that fell last weekend. I took advantage of the warm temperatures, sunshine and additional daylight and took a couple of hikes around Lake Irena at our local Community Park near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County.
I decided to hike in Community Park late Tuesday afternoon. It was three months since I last hiked here in mid-December. The lake froze in December. Snow and ice covered the trails so I took my afternoon walks on the plowed streets near my home. Now that the snow and ice are gone I was back at the park. Temperatures at the park were in the upper 50’s when I arrived late Tuesday afternoon. I resumed my usual routine and hiked three mile the park. My hike would take me around Lake Irena.
I believe these birds will remain near the lake and will begin to establish their nesting territories. There were also some ring-necked ducks on the lake. I am pretty sure these birds were just passing through our area. I have never seen them here before.
But there weren’t many signs of Spring in the surrounding woodlands. No signs of life on the trees so I decided to continue my hike around the lake two more time. In addition to the ducks and geese the only other critter I saw was this downy woodpecker,
Once again I hiked around the deep blue waters of Lake Irena. I was greeted by representatives of three species of the water fowl I saw on my hike the previous day, Canada geese, mallard ducks and ring-necked ducks. All three of them posed for this photo.
I returned to the park and hiked around the lake a third time on Thursday. It rained in the morning and the skies remained cloudy when I arrived in mid-afternoon, The temperatures were still mild, in the low 60’s.
It swam across the lake. As I continued my hike I saw it swimming back with these branches in it’s mouth. It didn’t appear to be repairing the ledge along the lake so I am guessing it may be feeding a young family in the lodge.
this friendly little bird I frequently see on my hikes in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a black-capped chickadee. There were a few of them feeding in the birch trees near along the trail. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photographs of the birds I saw on my hikes around Lake Irena this week. Community Park birds March 13-17 2022.
I finished my three mile hike without seeing any bald eagles, or ospreys. I often see these birds in the Spring. But I enjoyed seeing the other critters on my walks and hope to continue my daily afternoon hikes at Community park and Lake Irena. And, if I do I know I will eventually see one of our National birds soaring over the lake. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike Community park March 13-17 2022
“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.” ― Neil Gaiman