It’s Was Windy And Cold But More Signs Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands. The Song Birds Return!
Every day now I have been seeing new signs of Spring on my daily walks. This past Thursday I saw my first robin here in Hazle Township. However, I awoke to a wintry scene this morning. It was windy, cold and, the inch of snow that fell overnight, turned my backyard into a winter wonderland.
I decided to return to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. . I hoped to see some more of the ducks that are now migrating through our area. And maybe even one of the bald eagles that I have been observing there. I also thought I’d get some beautiful wintry landscape pictures on my hike . However, when I drove down the mountain near the wetlands I was surprised to find there was no trace of snow. The wetlands are about 1000 feet lower in elevation then my backyard and what a difference the elevation makes.
It was still cold, around 28 degrees, and a strong northerly wind made it feel even colder. It was partly cloudy, but the early March sun is strong and when it broke through the clouds it felt much warmer.
Although there were plenty of geese I was surprised there weren’t many ducks. In fact, I only saw one in the wetland areas of the nature reserve, a green winged teal, I think . This was the best photograph I could get. There was a bald eagle too, but the honking of the geese scared it off. I may have been trying to have some teal for breakfast.
I was also surprised that there wasn’t much other bird activity but this could have been because of the high winds. Even without seeing any of the usual birds, the blue skies and March sun made for some nice scenery on my hike.
On the lake I found a small flock of common mergansers.
When I was back in the wetlands I saw this bird in a tree, I believe a yellow-rumped warbler.
We may still get some cold days, and we may still see some snow, but every days now we will also see signs that Spring is almost here. And it is a wonderful time of year, especially outside enjoying the beauty of nature. Here is link to a gallery in my blog with more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands March 7 2020
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens