More Snow And Clouds At The PPL Wetlands
Last Sunday I again awoke to find above freezing temperatures here at my home in Hazle Township. It was, for January, a mild 34 degrees. After my usual early morning walk through my neighborhood, I decided to visit the PPL Wetlands and check out the Susquehanna River. The temperature was now 40 degrees.
Usually it is a few degrees warmer at the wetlands. But, like the day before at the Lehigh River, I found it was much colder than at my home at a much higher elevation. The temperature was 25 degrees when I arrived. The river was mostly ice free but there were still over six inches of snow on the ground.
There were a few flocks of birds fluttering in the higher tree branches. It was hard for me to identify them or get good photographs in the dim white sky. I think they were black-capped chickadees and juncos. I was able to get a photograph of this nuthatch.
I also heard the rapping of the woodpeckers in the treetops and saw, in the distance another pileated woodpecker. Like the previous day I could not get a good photograph and it soon flew off in search of food.
It was peaceful, but difficult, walking along the trail in the cold and snow. There were not the almost endless variety of plants, insects, birds and animals found here in the summer. However you could find a different kind beauty if you looked closely.
It won’t be long until we see the first sign of life. Next month the lowly skunk cabbage should be making it’s appearance, adding some green to the white wintery landscape. But for now only the browns of last years growth remain.
I ended my hike along the now swollen banks of the Susquehanna River. The recent heavy rain washed away most of the ice. I was hoping to see some water fowl on the open water but none were to be found. I did hear a flock of geese honking in the distance.
I was disappointed in not seeing any sunshine on my hike. And even more disappointed in not seeing more wildlife but it was still a great day to be outdoors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands January 21 2018
“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”
― Sinclair Lewis