October Ends With Blue Skies, Sunshine And Fallen Leaves At The Susquehanna Wetlands
We had our first heavy frost here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday, the last Saturday of October. Although it was cold , the clear blue skies and sunshine made for a perfect day for hiking outdoors. So, as I often do, I decided to hike at the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County. The temperature was in the 20’s when I arrived at the wetlands. As usual I first walked to the banks of the Susquehanna River. The cold temperature and bright sunshine caused a mist to rise over the river.
The beech trees produced bright golden yellow leaves, many will remain on the beech trees throughout the Winter. And of course there were now many shades of brown leaves littering the ground along the trail.
Here I observed small flocks of white-throated sparrows,
and a few swamp sparrows.
I would see a few field sparrows near the river lands later in my hike. . Most of these birds will remain in our area for the Winter.
There were a few winter wrens,
and Carolina wrens singing and chattering in the trees along the trails in the wetlands and river lands. I love the songs of the Carolina wren, They are especially beautiful in the Spring.
High in the treetops I heard the soft chattering of a flock of cedar waxwings.
I left the pond and walked through the wetlands toward the river lands. For the first time since late March I did not hear the whistling sounds of the wood ducks as they eluded me on my walks. They must have migrated south since my last visit two weeks ago. I did see a pair of mallard ducks fly overhead.
As I continued my walk I was able to see, and photograph a northern flicker,
and my favorite woodpecker, the large and beautiful pileated woodpecker.
As I walked along the lake I noticed large hovers of trout swimming near the shores of the lake. There were dozens of them. I hope a eagle or osprey would have noticed them too so I keep looking up in the skies. However, none showed up for an easy fish meal.
I saw a few more wrens ,sparrows and tufted titmice on my hike back to the wetlands. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds October 29 2022.
and this turtle soaking in the October sun. It may be the last turtle I see until next April. I hope not. I hope we get a few more weeks of warm weather before the cold and snows arrive. I will continue my hikes here in the wetlands in the Winters but I will not enjoy them anywhere near as much as I do in the Spring and Summer. Here is a link to some more photos from my October hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands October 29 2022.