Spring Flowers, Song Birds And Sunshine On A Sunday Morning In The Susquehanna Wetlands.
After my visit to Fort Washington State Park last Friday, I returned to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County last Sunday. It was a chilly 45 degrees when I arrived. But it is Spring and I found many flowers blooming and song birds singing on my usual five mile hike. It was a cool start. The temperature was a chilly 45 degrees when I arrived at the wetlands around 8 a.m. . However, the skies were mostly clear and the strong April sun was already warming it up. As usual I stopped at the large pond on the entrance road to look for waterfowl.
There were no water birds on the pond but I did see this osprey perched high on a tree top.
It was too cold for the wood frogs to be active and the I only heard the calls of the red-winged blackbirds. But, as I continued my walk. I saw a song birds , a few yellow-rumped warblers in the fluttering in the trees. They are pretty birds.
The songs of the male northern cardinals also echoed through the wetlands.
I was hoping to see some wood ducks on the canals in the wetlands. I didn’t see any until , until, while photographing this Canada goose on it’s nest, two of them that were swimming right in front of me flew away before I could get a photo. Thus happens a lot with wood ducks.
I walked down to the Susquehanna River where I seem to always see some birds or other critters. I have seen bald eagles, kingfishers, wood ducks, and cormorants at this overlook. None of theses birds were there last Sunday. But I was surprised to see a spotted sandpiper on a log on the banks of the river.
I started to walk toward the river lands section of the nature preserve and on the way I heard and saw a few more song bird singing along the trail, a Carolina wren , they have the most beautiful song in the Spring. and,
a yellow warbler. I love this birds that always look happy.
I also spotted the bright red feathers of a male red-winged blackbird.
It was a beautiful display.
I watched this courtship for about ten minutes until they both flew off toward the wetlands for some privacy. I took dozens of photos and you can see more in this gallery on my blog website. Here is the link Red-winged blackbird Susquehanna Wetlands April 24 2022.
The only birds on the lake were some double-crested cormorants.
I also saw a few common grackles, ,
white throated sparrows and,
As always, I would like to have stayed in the wetlands and river lands until sunset, especially this time of year, when the beauty of Nature can be found everywhere. I truly enjoy looking for anything , big or small, that I come across on my hike and I enjoy sharing with you folks. I am looking forward to a lot more blog these next few weeks. I love Spring! Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands April 24 2022.
April will not fail to turn out as it should be, and as it generally is, one of the sweetest, dearest, loveliest months of the year.Joseph Grimaldi