Plenty Of Birds And A Few Signs Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands
What a difference a few miles and feet make, well, actually, twenty miles distance and about 1000 feet of elevation. This is what my yard in Hazle Township looked like this morning. It was 26 degrees,windy and with about 8 inches of snow on the ground.
I decided to hike in the PPl Wetlands near Berwick. It is about twenty miles north of my house with an elevation of about 600 feet. My house is about 1800 feet. As I neared the wetlands the snow cover was less and less. There was no snow at the wetlands. Not a single snowflake. And I wasn’t complaining.
And I found what I was looking for, one of the first signs of spring, the skunk cabbage!
I was also surprised to see some more early signs of Spring. I found a number of pairs of Canada geese on the ponds. They already had staked out their nesting territories. And they were defending them with a loud honking at anyone or anything that approached. They well become much quieter and secretive when the eggs are laid.
I was surprised by another one of my favorite Spring events, the arrival of the red winged black birds. I heard the sound of rushing water in the distance and began to suspect it might be the red winged black birds. I was right.
I saw this large crowd flying near the river. It was one of the last flocks flying away from me. It contained hundreds, if not thousands of birds. I tried to catch up with them but they were moving to fast for me.
Although there was no snow, it was still cloudy, windy and cold at the wetlands. March came in as a lion. But the days of winter are ending, and I saw a lot of signs of the coming Spring, and warm weather at the wetlands. It gets better every day now. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands Hike. March 3 2018.