The Month of May Arrives, Along With Some Goslings, At The Susquehanna Wetlands
The month of May has always been one of my favorite months. The first signs of Spring appear in March here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but we still have cold and, sometimes, even blizzard. April is a beautiful month with the appearance of the first wildflowers and the return of the first migratory birds, however, we still have plenty of frosts and cold weather. May is the month when the magic of Spring truly unfolds. And it did, almost overnight, at the Susquehanna Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township, Luzerne County.
When I arrived early Saturday morning I found most the the trees were now covered in their first delicate new leaves. Even the the oak trees , the last to lose their leaves in the Fall and also the last to sprout new ones, in the Spring , had buds. Many different hues of green, red and yellow transformed the wetlands from the drab colors of Winter to a beautiful colorful painting . Walking under the canopy of new leaves was like walking in the Garden of Eden. I love the Spring.
And it wasn’t only the trees that burst into bloom. The trails in the wetlands were covered with wildflowers. The most common were the violets. They were everywhere on my five mile hike, in both the wetlands and river lands. There were few different varieties of these native wildflower but they all were petty.
The pretty, pink, native azaleas, or honeysuckles as my dad called them, were almost ready to begin their short bloom. I love these delicate flowers. My dad would take us into the woods in the Spring to gather them and the wild lady slipper orchids.
were now joined by the migratory song birds. The songs of the yellow warblers could be heard throughout the wetlands and river lands. The scurried from tree to tree searching for insects. Many of them will remain in the wetlands and nest.
There were a few palm warblers in the wetlands but they are just passing through, on their way to their breeding grounds in northern Canada.
On my walk back I had hoped to see the nesting bald eagles or their newly hatched eaglets. However the adults weren’t on the nest and the nest was becoming obscured with the sprouting new leaves. This is a good thing since the new family could use some privacy now. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my first day of May hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds 5-1-2021
I also found some oyster mushrooms growing on a tree. Not a lot but enough for a sample of, hopefully, many more. It was a perfect day to welcome in the month of May. And I am looking forward to many more this Spring and Summer. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike in the wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands hike 5-1-2021
Sweet May hath come to love us, / Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; / And through the blue heavens above us / The very clouds move on. Heinrich Heine