Spring Arrives At The PPL Wetlands; So Do The Water Birds, Right On Time.
It was windy and cold yesterday morning. A blustery 27 degrees. But its Spring and I knew there would be some water bird activity at the PPL Wetlands. The cloudy skies cleared by the time I arrived around 9 a.m. It was sunny when I parked near Lake-Took-A-While. The waters of the lake reflected the clear blue sky.
Despite the cold and wind you could feel the Spring in the air. I didn’t have to walk far to see the flocks of ducks that have been returning to the lake. Once again I found a number of bufflehead ducks swimming on the lake.
I am finally starting to learn, with the help of my brother Mike , nephew Mikey and birding friends, to identify some of the many ducks that migrate through our area. I believe these are ring-necked ducks.
But there was enough sunshine to warm it up enough to arouse a few Spring peeper frogs. Another sure sign of Spring. As were the large flock of tree swallows skimming atop the ponds of the wetlands before resting in the overhanging tree branches.
As I walked near one of the canal I heard a splashing sound in the water. At first I thought it may be a turtle. I looked in the water and staring back at me was a beaver. It didn’t stare long. It dived under water and resurfaced some distance away.
The ponds were ice free now. They will soon be filled with turtles, frogs and a few snakes. There were many wood ducks in the wetlands but they are difficult to approach. I got lucky today and did get close to a small flock. They are beautiful birds.
It was cold and windy but weather doesn’t matter to me anymore, it is Spring, and the birds in the PPl Wetlands knew it. I love this time of year. Here is a link to a gallery of some more photos from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike March 23 2019.
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”