Spring Sunshine Along The Lehigh Canal In Walnutport.
The weather forecast finally called for some sunshine on Sunday. Many of the past weekends were cloudy and rainy. I decided to take advantage of the Spring sunshine and hike along the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport.
As I began my walk I encountered a small flock of white-throated sparrows fluttering in some shrubbery near the houses along the canal. There are some houses, and a visitor center adjoining the canal on the first half mile or so of the trail.
One of them the historic locktenders house, is a beautiful stone building that was built n 1828.
As I was taking this picture a large bird, I am pretty sure it was an osprey landed on one of its branches. It saw me too and immediately took off again. Of course behind the branches and out of focus for my camera.
The trees were beginning to bloom as were many wildflowers. It was early and the hundreds of trout lilies along the trail were still closed. These pretty flowers close at night. There were also many patches of skunk cabbage all along the trail between the canal and the Lehigh River. I love their green leaves and how the were illuminated in the spring sunshine.
Like last week, fishermen lined the canals in the morning sun. About 1 1/4 miles down the trail the canal flowed out of a lock and into a wetland. It was here I hoped to see some water fowl, song birds and other critters in the woodlands along the trail.
I kept hearing the wood ducks and kingfishers in the distance. And as usual they were pretty good at eluding me. However this kingfisher landed on a branch over the river just long enough for me to get a photo some distance away. It’s not the best photo but I just wanted to prove they really do exist.
I followed the trail, scanning both the wetlands and the river for birds and wildlife until I reached its end, where the waters of the old canal enter the Lehigh River. I was out about 2 1/2 miles from where I started.
The April sun warmed the cool morning air. Temperatures were in the upper 30’s when I began my hike. It was a pleasant hike back .The warmer temperatures brought out large numbers of turtles who climbed atop rocks and logs to enjoy the sun.
Near my car I finally saw a woodpecker. I was hearing them all along the trails but finally saw one. Here is a link to a gallery in my website with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Walnutport hike birds April 19 2020.
I wished I had the time, and energy, to cross the bridge over the Lehigh River and explore the other side of the river, on the D & L Trail. But this I shall do on another day. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk along the trail Walnutport hike March 19 2020.
Awake, thou wintry earth –