November Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands.
November means shorter days and colder temperatures here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And it has been cold. We had some near record breaking temperatures this past week. It has been a few weeks since I visited the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township so I decided to hike there on Saturday. I wanted to see how the cold affected the wetlands. The forecast called for some slightly warmer temperatures and sunshine.
It was much quieter this time of year in the woodlands. . The chorus of song birds, frogs, and insects was silent. The leaves have all fallen leaving the intricate branches of the ancient trees exposed.
The silence was soon broken when I heard a high pitched cry of a large bird. I looked up to see two bald eagles soaring in the deep blue sky. They landed on a nearby tree. They flew off as I approached but I thought I got a couple of nice photographs of the magnificent birds. I was disappointed to discover I had the wrong settings on my camera. So sorry, no photos of the eagles to share. I did soon encounter a large flock of white-throated sparrows fluttering in the trees.
As I neared Lake Took-A-While I saw a couple of young red squirrels in a tree. As I approached to get a photograph a large bird flew out from the tree. I couldn’t see what it was but, instinctively aimed my camera and began taking photos. I soon learned the bird was a hawk and that it too was interested in the red squirrels, for breakfast! It had one in it’s talons.
The diversity of wildlife is much less now but one can still see see some birds and mammals on even the coldest days of winter if you get outside and keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hike in the wetlands. PPL Wetlands 11/16/201
…No shade, no shine,
no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers,
no leaves, no birds! –
November! Thomas Hood