Lush Green Woods And Wood Ducks On A June Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands
It was almost the middle of June and I hadn’t been to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County the entire month . I have come to love this small nature preserve. It is now one of my favorite places to hike in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was in northern Canada for ten days. I returned to the wetlands on Sunday and found the trees and other vegetation were now lush and green. This is the peak of the yearly growing season here in Pennsylvania.
As usually I first walked down to the Susquehanna River before entering the trail in the wetlands.. There is only one trail in the wetlands and it follows the remains of the old Susquehanna River Canal. As I neared the canal I was lucky, again, ( I saw some timber rattlesnakes on my hike the day before) I saw this female wood duck with a few of her ducklings. And I was able to get a photo before they swam off. Usually these elusive ducks are long gone before I can photograph them.
Mom pretended to be wounded to distract me while her offspring fled to safety behind a log in the canal. I love seeing these beautiful, elusive birds that nest in holes in trees near the wetlands. They must have just left the safety of their nest. They are now at great risk from predators. Their mother duck will do whatever they can to protect the ducklings. .
The warm seasons pass so quickly here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The first green harbingers of Spring, the skunk cabbages, were already wilting in the June sun, Soon they will decay and not be seen again until late next Winter.
and this cheerful warbling vireo. I love the wonderful songs of these birds who return to Northeastern Pennsylvania from as far away as South America. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the wood ducks and other birds I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds June 11 2023.
I finished my five mile hike under the same lush canopy of leaves where I started a few hours earlier. It was another great hike in this great little nature preserve, Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photos from my five mile hike. Susquehanna Wetlands June 11 20
“Around a bend, a pair of wood ducks makes squeaking calls and rises with splashing and then whistling wings. You do not see the male’s brilliant garb of red, purple, green, and blue. But you know you are hearing the jewels of the marsh.”