PPL Wetland Hike: What A Difference A Week, Or A Day Makes.
Last Saturday it was sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s when I hiked in the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands. Not today. It was mostly cloudy, blustery and a cold 48 degrees when I started my hike early this morning.
I didn’t see any eagles this week, but I did see a lot more birds as I walked to the riverlands portion of the preserve. I noticed a few black-capped chickadees, year round residents in these woods, and
I spotted this beautiful bird which landed in a branch above my head. I knew it was a migrating warbler, and learned, with some help from my birder friends, that is was a female black-throated green warbler.
I have never seen one before and I watched her watch me until she decided to continue on her journey south. Here is a link to more photographs of this beautiful bird. Black- throated green warbler photographs
As I walked the path of the riverlands and wetlands it was obvious most of the insect activity of the summer is now over. I was not buzzed by one mosquito, didn’t see any dragonflies and saw only a few bees on the fall flowers now in bloom.
I saw many more birds on this hike than I did last weekend. I think it may be the cooler weather and soon all of the summer visitors to the wetlands will be gone. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Photographs of birds at wetlands.
many more leaves changing colors. The next few weeks will be some of the most beautiful in Northeastern Pennsylvania as the woodlands lose their leaves in one final burst of color before there long winter sleep. I hope to spend many hours outdoors enjoying the changes, and some at the PPL Wetlands. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands photographs.
the truth depends on a walk around a lake.” — Wallace Stevens