More Critters, And Signs Of Spring, At The PPL Wetlands
After my backyard, I think my favorite place to hike and observe wildlife in Pennsylvania is the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. So last weekend I returned early to the wetlands preserve on Sunday in hopes of seeing, and sharing photographs of , some of the critters that live there.
It was another cloudy day, not good for wildlife photography, but it was warmers, when I arrived at the PPl Wetlands. Temperatures were in the uppers 40’s when I started my hike. Near the start of the trail I came upon the Canada goose nest which was not well hidden. Sadly the remaining egg was gone. The pair of geese were quiet. They did not greet me with their loud honking as they had in the past. I think they knew their attempt to raise a family had failed. The nest was in the open. I fear a raccoon, snake or fox may have raided the nest. I think they were a young, inexperienced couple and this may have been their first attempt at building a nest. Hopefully, they will be able to try again, maybe even this year.
I continued my walk past the lake and on the woodland trail to the river. Here I found another of my favorite signs of Spring, the first leaves of a native plant, the mandrake or may apple. These plants produce a pretty white flower, but it only last for a few days, some of the most magical days of the year.
I continued my hike on the Great Warrior Trail and walked to the pond and picnic grove along the river. I was out about 3 1/2 miles and a light rain, that was not forecast, began to fall. It didn’t rain long but enough to get me very wet.
Well I didn’t see any bald eagles and the photographs I took in the poor weather conditions weren’t the best, but I was still glad to see a lot of different critters on my 7 mile hike. The PPL Wetlands never seem to disappoint in showing off its wildlife and natural beauty. It is the reason I will always return. Here is a link to a gallery in my website with some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike April 5 2020.