Some Critters, Wildflowers And Observations Form A Couple Afternoon Hikes At Community Park.
As I did in July, during the month of August, I continued taking some occasional afternoon hikes at the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. Most of my afternoon hikes were on dry days, with either abundant sunshine or partial sunshine and cumulus clouds floating in the blue skies over Lake Irena.
I would usually first hike around the lake looking for whatever kind of critters, wildflower and mushrooms I could find. Of course, I am always hoping to see a bald eagle osprey or a kingfisher. This past month I didn’t see any of these birds. I did see, however, a couple of great blue herons on one of my hikes.
For a few weeks there were no Canada geese on the lake. On the same day I saw the great blue herons, I saw three separate families of geese on the lake. There were a total of about 60 geese on the lake. This was around the first week in August. After that they were gone and I haven’t seen them since. They, too, may be looking for better feeding areas in anticipation of their migration south next month.
and a lot of frogs. There were mostly bull frogs sitting in the pickerelweed along the lake, but occasionally, and fittingly, I also would see a pickerel frog before it jumped into the warm waters of the lake.
In addition to the birds, frogs and squirrels there were also a lot of dragonflies hoovering and darting around the lake. I often get my dragonfly identifications wrong but I believe this is an eastern amber wing dragonfly ,
I had help from a butterfly and moth Facebook group. Here is a link to a gallery with some more of he critters I saw on my afternoon hikes in Community Park. Community Park critters August 2021.
However, rain or shine I enjoyed my hikes in Community Park and the opportunity it gives me to see wildlife and the beauty of nature so close to my home. It is an asset to our area and we should all work together to preserve what is left of our environment and create more small local parks like this. Here is a link to another gallery with some more photographs from my afternoon walks. Community Park August 2021.
Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August. Denise Levertov