Signs Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands In Salem Township
Just for the record, there are many beautiful places to hike here in Northeastern Pennsylvania besides the PPL Wetland in Salem Township, Luzerne County. Every weekend I consider visiting one of the many other state and local parks and trails in our area. However, when the weekend comes, I decide to return to the PPL Wetlands , mostly because of my growing familiarity with the area and the wildlife that lives her. So, once again, I drove the 25 miles from my home in Hazle Township to the wetlands in Salem Township on Saturday morning.
Many of the birds and animals I have observed these past years hiking in the wetlands return to the same place each Spring. I have seen this eastern phoebe (well I think its the same bird, it could be another generation) nest on the eave on the bulletin board at the entrance to wetlands for the past three years. Two weeks ago I saw it gathering nesting material so it looks like it is here for another season. .
And now, with the discovery of the bald eagle’s, I have more reason to continue my visits to these wetlands. I found the nest occupied again so, hopefully, there will be another generation of bald eagles soaring through the skies of the wetlands.
The flowers of pretty trout lilies had already faded. I couldn’t find any still in bloom. They bloom for such a short time each Spring. . However, there were many wild blue violets growing along trails. They will continue to bloom for a few weeks.
and, in addition to leaves, the already have developed seeds, called samaras, or as we called them ‘helicopters’ or ‘whirlybirds’. I had a lot of fun playing with these with my nephews and nieces over the years in my parents garden.
I, once again, tried to sneak up on the wood ducks. They like to swim in one area along the trail. And once gain they saw me before I saw them and were off before I could get a photo. However this song sparrow wasn’t as jittery and let me get a photograph.
And, at the other end of the lake, a pleasant surprise. The first Canada goslings of the Spring! I was surprised because of the cold weather we have had this past month. But the geese still managed to nest and incubate their eggs.
and another sign of Spring. the unusual jack-in-the pulpit flower beginning to sprout. There were many places I could have hiked this weekend but I was not disappointed returning to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township.. I have come to love these woods and swamps. I am looking forward to returning next weekend. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with some more photographs from my hike in Salem Township . PPL Wetlands hike April 25 2020.