Looking For Wildlife? Even in November The PPL Wetlands Never Disappoint
It was another nice November day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday. The skies were mostly sunny and I knew the sunshine would quickly warm the temperature from the 34 degrees early morning start. I decided to drive to nearby Community Park and look for the bald eagles that have been seen at the lake.
It was still a peaceful and scenic walk. However I do love to find and photograph wildlife on my weekend walks so I decided to head to a location where I am almost assured to see some wild critters, the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk out Community Park. Community Park November 25 2017.
Almost as soon as I arrived at the wetlands I saw, and heard a number of different species of birds in the branches of the leafless trees. There were a number of woodpeckers high in the tree tops including this red-bellied woodpecker.
The trees, thick undergrowth, and abundance of water make the wetlands a good place to find wildlife even in the Winter. I found a lot of birds feeding on the berries of a plant humans avoid , poison ivy.
I did not see any ducks on this hike. The mallards left a while ago but there were still some wood ducks here on my last hike a few weeks ago. I was surprised to see a few cedar waxwings remaining in the wetlands.
I walked under the late autumn sunshine to the riverlands and scenic Lake Took-A- While. There were no kingfishers, cormorants or blue herons on the duck, only a flock of canada geese enjoying the warmth of the November sun.
As I began my return walk to the wetlands I heard the shrill cry of a red tailed hawk high overhead. It was being chased by a couple of crows and quickly flew away. I also saw another red tailed hawk land in a tree. I watched it hoping to get a better photograph but it flew off hidden by the trees.
As I approached my car I encountered a flock of dark eyed juncos. These birds spend their summers in Canada and return here in the Winter. Hence they are also known as snow birds. Hopefully they will not see a lot of snow here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this year. Snow delighted me in my younger years but not so much these days. Here is a link to some more photographs of some of the birds I saw on my hike. PPL Wetlands birds November 25 2017.
Since I was a young child I have always been fascinated by the beauty of nature, especially of all living creatures. I have always walked the woods of my home here in Northeastern Pennsylvania looking for them.I now get great pleasure sharing my discoveries on social media and here on my blog. It gives me great comfort in the difficult times I am trying to find my way through. And the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands never disappoint, not even in November. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands November 25 2017.
“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”
― Paul Oxton