It’s Spring! And It Didn’t Take The Birds Long to Return To The PPL Wetlands.
It’s been two weeks since my last visit to the PPL Wetlands, and a lot can change down there very quickly this time of year, so I decided to head down this morning and find out. It was cold and cloudy when I arrived and not much activity going on. I did see this hawk fly overhead.
I ran into a number of these birds. I think they are rusty blackbirds. They were searching the edges of the ponds and canals searching for food. I am by no means an expert on the identification of birds so please correct me is I misidentify a bird here on my blog.
As I continued my walk I now saw many pairs of pairs of waterfowl on the canals and ponds including this male mallard and his mate. They did not fly off as i approached bu continued to slowly swim in the same vicinity, leading me to believe there was a nest nearby.
The sounds of songbirds now filled the air and I spent a few minutes listening to the beautiful song of this birds. It did not fly off as I approached and almost seemed to proudly sing louder as I stood there taking in the song.
The skies were clear now and the sun was warming the wellands and the chorus of the frogs and spring peepers got louder and louder. The logs and banks became more crowded with turtles and the air filled with the songs of the returning birds, including this, another species of flycatcher.
I was becoming overwhelmed with all of the wildlife activity. It seemed when i stopped to photograph a bird or turtle something else was moving about in the other direction. On one the ponds there were mallard ducks, geese and this species of duck which I haven’t seen before.
As I stated in earlier post the ancient trees along the river and canals seem to provide me with a sense of continuity and belonging. I always feel at home down here but even more so with the returning of life in the Spring.
I had one more stop to make on my way home. the nest of the bald eagles along the Susquehanna River where i found this bald eagle sitting on the nest. I’m not sure if it was mom or dad but it sure is a magnificent bird. It was the perfect way to end an almost perfect Spring day. Here is a link to some more photographs I took today in the PPL Wetlands. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-march-26-2016
“To every Armageddonist, every earth lover must keep saying with all the sincerity and affection we can muster, “May God make this world as beautiful to you as it has been to me.” ― David James Duncan,