The Migratory Song Birds Are Back And Singing In Northeastern Pennsylvania!!
May is one of my favorite months. The trees and flowers seem to burst forth in buds and blooms overnight. And, into this magical world of fresh green leaves and flowers, we await the arrival of the migratory song birds. And they arrived, and were singing, in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County this past weekend.
We must not forget the many year long resident birds like the song sparrows , cardinals and pileated woodpeckers. They are still here and continue to sing, even more loudly and passionately, now that Spring is here. I saw this pileated woodpecker on my hike.
I almost didn’t visit the wetlands last weekend. It was overcast and cool. My new camera is not the best in poor light conditions. But I love the wetlands and I decided to take the 35 minute drive from my home and see what I could find. I am glad I did. The woodlands echoed with the beautiful songs of so many birds. Almost immediately I recognized the cries and songs of the newly arrived gray catbirds. And they are many. They range from a very real catlike meow to a wide variety of other bird calls. Many of these birds will nest here .
The songs of the pretty yellow warblers could be heard in the trees and shrubs during my entire five mile hike. Like the catbird these a lot of these birds will also remain in the wetlands for the Summer.
They were joined by the songs of these tiny birds, the blue-gray gnatcatcher,
High in the tree tops I saw a few rose-breasted grosbeaks, also newly arrived at the wetlands, and also usually just passing through.
And it wasn’t only the migratory songbirds that arrived in the wetlands. I saw this solitary sandpiper perched on a log in one of the ponds.
And I’ve been seeing this green heron for a couple of weeks now. I saw him on the same pond where I watched his cousin, a great blue heron catch some fish last week.
this common yellow-throated warbler.
and an American redstart.
Along the lake there are flowering crabapple trees. And Baltimore orioles like crab apple blossoms. I saw a few of this pretty and birds. They sing the most wonderful songs too.
Also in the shrubs along the lake were a few red-winged blackbirds. They were making noise but I’m not sure it can be called song. But I still love to hear the raspy calls.
I also saw, what I think, is a house wren,
some American robins,
an eastern phoebe,
and this common grackle who seemed more interested in me then I was in it.
Swimming in the lake were these proud Canada geese parents with their new goslings.
And on the other side of the lake I saw this belted kingfisher . It was perched in a tree looking for a fish for breakfast. On my walk back to my Jeep I saw many more of these birds. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs,. Susquehanna Wetlands birds May 8 2021.
“The air is crowded with birds — beautiful, tender, intelligent birds — to whom life is a song.” » George Henry Lewes