The Last Day Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands. It Went Way Too Fast.
It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of Spring. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was looking for the first robin and seeing the first skunk cabbages appear in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Now the young robins, like this one, fly through the woodlands.
Tomorrow is the longest day of the year, the beginning of Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. And it sure felt like Summer today. It was hazy, hot and humid and I decided to see what was happening along the trails and canals at the PPL Wetlands.
Once again the songs of birds on the leafy canopy filled the air and once again I had a hard time seeing, identifying and photographing them. I once again tip my hat to my birder friends who have the knowledge, skill and patience to identify and photograph them. I was lucky and did mange to see a few including a pair of red headed woodpeckers feeding in a locust tree.
I also saw a few yellow warblers, red winged catbirds, mallards, flycatchers, sparrows but couldn’t get a clear view to get a photograph. I was able to capture this baltimore oriole, who was also feeding on a locust tree.
Each on is so alike , yet so different, much like the snowflakes in winter. I love the patterns of their wings. Here is a link to some more photographs of the dragonflies, spiders and other insects I saw at the wetlands today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-dragonflies-insects-june-19-2016
Once again I was so into the abundance all of the life that I lost track of time and realized I had to head home. I wish I had the time to try and discover the many species of birds that were serenading me on my hike. They were just so elusive high above in the tree tops. The squirrels, however, like this fellow I saw on my hike back, were a lot easy to spot and photograph.
It was a great way to spend Father’s Day since it was my dad who was so instrumental in developing my love for and appreciation of nature. Miss you dad. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-june-19-2016
“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson