PPL Wetlands Again?, Why Not, It Seems There Is Always Something To See There.
There were showers and thunderstorms in our forecast here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this morning. I decided to return to the wetlands I visited yesterday, where there are a number of short trails and loops, rather than hike out far and get caught in a storm. Of course, it didn’t rain but still glad I decided to visit the wetlands. I seem to always find something to photograph and just walking under the ancient trees along the ponds and canals is so peaceful. And I wasn’t disappointed today.
The waters have warmed up so the turtles no longer bask on the shores or logs as they did in early spring. I still saw a few swimming in the water and caught on along a path. I saw a few frogs too. And was very fortunate to see a muskrat swimming in a pond. I wasn’t able to get any close up photos but was just nice to have the experience.
As usual the trees were filled with the songs of the many species of birds that live here. I saw a small heron, a green one, I think but to quick for me and my camera. A lot of warblers, sparrows, ducks and other birds were also too quick for me but I was lucky to capture a few species, including, a first for me, some beautiful and exotic, cedar waxwings..
There were two of them in a tree and they were obviously a pair looking for nesting material. I’m not sure if I captured the male or female gathering small branches for the nest. A wonderful encounter with this beautiful birds.
Also photographed a few sparrows , a yellow warbler, an eastern phoebe and a Baltimore oriole.
And the trees, plants and flowers continue with their almost instantaneous growth, It seems something new is blooming overnight. And I remembered to put some insect repellant on today so I was not eaten alive by those pesky mosquitos like I was yesterday. I love this place and could roam those swamps all day.
Well here is a link to some more of the photographs i took today. I also created a link to some more of the bird photographs by right clicking the red highlighted words in the paragraph above. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/ppl-wetlands-hike-may-17-2015
“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”
— Ansel Adams