Another Hike To The Spectacular View At Tank Hollow, And I Saw Some Wildlife On This Hike Too!
I decided to return to Tank Hollow on Sunday morning. It was another cool morning here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The skies were clear and I thought it would be a good day to enjoy the spectacular view from the Tank Hollow Overlook. The overlook is located in State Game Lands 141 in Carbon County. In addition to the view I hope to see some wildlife activity in the game lands, especially since I had seen so little on my Saturday hike in Locust Lake State Park.
The gate at the entrance of the game lands was closed (it is open during hunting season) so I had to walk 1 mile on an access road to the Tank Hollow Overlook Trailhead. I didn’t mind, in fact, this walk was one of the reasons I choice this hike. I had seen a lot of bird activity in the woodlands along the road on my previous hikes.
I had seen hundreds of song birds in the trees along the road on my hikes earlier this Spring and Summer. There were not hundreds, but I did again see a lot of birds in this area on Sunday. Shortly after I started my hike I saw this tufted titmouse foraging for insects on a scrub oak tree growing along the trail.
The burned area is on the left side of the road. Tall oak, maple, and pine trees still grow there, and these same trees tower above scrub oaks and other dense vegetation on the right side of the road.
There were many more birds singing along the trail but I was walking quickly now and not waiting to try and photograph them. A man on a bicycle told me he saw a bear on the access road near the Tank Hollow trail. Their was a couple with a dog behind me and I wanted to get to the trail and, hopefully see the bear before they passed me, and scared it.
I spent about 15 minutes taking in the view. I was alone so I enjoyed the peace and quiet while I reflected on the beauty of the mountains in the distance. I thought about the many folks that sat on these rocks before me. I imagined a young Native American exploring the rocks a thousand years ago, the first Moravian explorers who visited in the early 18th century, the first settlers and loggers, the workers on the Lehigh canal and railroad, and maybe even the famous birder John James Audubon who visited the area in 1829. I am sure they were all in awe as I was.
I left when a young couple appeared, leaving then to enjoy and share the beauty of the overlook .I walked through the sunlit woods back to the access road. The many warblers I had seen in these woods were gone, I think they have already on their way south. As noted in previous blogs some will journey to the jungles of South America,
I walked down to the last parking area when the gate is open and continued on for a 1/4 where I came to to a fork in the road. This is where I saw a doe and her fawn in the Spring. I ended my hike here and began my walk back.
Once I reached the top of the ridge I walked along the prescribed burn area and saw a lot of the birds I had seen and photographed earlier. I only saw one I hadn’t seen, an American goldfinch. Here is a link to a photo gallery on my blog website with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Tank Hollow Carbon County birds August 20 2023.
and this red spotted admiral. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my 5 1/2 mile hike. Tank Hollow Carbon County August 20 2023.
It was another great did to hike in and enjoy the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. And I was pleased to have been able to capture some images of the wildlife I saw so I ca share it here in my blog and on social media. I love the outdoors, especially in Summer.
There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations. Washington Irving