Summer Heat, Insects, Wildflowers And A Few Birds At Community Park
Summer is at it’s peak here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And we experienced a Summer heat wave this past week with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. I was able to get out to the Community Park, located a short distance from my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County, for a 3 mile walk on most weekday afternoons.
then I follow a trail into the woodlands around the lake. This past week I did not see a lot of bird activity on my walks. I would take my walks in late afternoon, during the hottest time of the day and there is not a lot of wildlife activity. However, I did see a few birds on my walks along the lake including this field sparrow,
Although there weren’t a lot of birds active in the Summer heat, it didn’t bother the insects. Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and many other insects were everywhere around the lake and in the surrounding woodlands. Many were attracted to the pickerelweed that was still blooming along the shore of the lake.
Others were attracted to the many wildflowers now in bloom on the trails around the lake and in the woodlands. In addition to the purple pickerelweed the pink steeplebush flowers were blooming along the lake shores.
One of my favorite Summer insects is the dragonfly. They were hovering, darting and flying above the pickerelweed flowers growing on the shores of the lake. The relatives of these ancient insects flew over the swamps of Pennsylvania before the dinosaurs. There are so many different species in our area and I have a hard time identifying them. Many look alike. I believe this is a widow slimmer,
One of my favorite was the beautiful clear wing hummingbird moth. I usually see a few of this moths darting, like dragonflies,
and I watched it for a few minutes, taking many photos. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the clearwing hummingbird moth. Community Park humming bird moth July 19 2022.
Although the insects now dominate the woodlands I did see one mammal this gray squirrel on my hikes in and around Community Park. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the insects and critters I saw on my hike. Community Park critters July 18 to July 28 2022.
even on cloudy days. It is a great place to enjoy nature and observe wildlife whether it be a large bald eagle or a tiny and delicate dragonfly I love seeing, and sharing, all of the beauty of Nature. And I love insects and Summer! Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hikes in the park. Community Park July 18 to July 28 2022.
If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.E. O. Wilson