The Wetlands Are Alive With Lush New Growth And The Songs Of Birds.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to take my now routine hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County on Friday afternoon. There was rain in the forecast. The skies were cloudy and threatening. However, I still had to do my grocery shopping at the Weis market in Berwick. I have been shopping there on Friday afternoons since the Weis Market near my home was closed after a fire in December. So I decided to drive to the wetlands and hope it didn’t rain before I did my grocery shopping. .
There were thick gray clouds when I arrived at the wetlands. As usual I stopped at the pond at the entrance to see it there was any wildlife around on the pond. There wasn’t any, not even a sparrow. It was a warm and humid afternoon with temperatures near 80 degrees. The lush green new growth of Spring made it look and feel tropical in the wetlands, even with the overcast sky. Luckily, the clouds soon begin to clear. The brilliant May sun shone through the breaks in the clouds by the time I parked my Jeep and walked to the Susquehanna River.
I didn’t see the duck geese, bald eagles or ospreys I sometime see at the river but, on the way to the trails in the wetlands I did see an eastern bluebird,
a red-eyed vireo and
the eastern phoebe that has a nest near the entrance.
And there were a lot of birds too. I saw a few solitary sandpipers that remained from the large flock that was migrating through the wetlands the previous week.
And I saw another welcome Spring song bird, a common yellow-throat. I enjoy seeing these little warblers fluttering in the underbrush along the trails.
The yellow warblers, the first to arrive were still here in the wetlands,
as were the song sparrows that remained here during our cold Winter while their feathered cousins flew to Florida, the Caribbean and even South America to avoid the cold. They all joined in singing their little hearts out, adding to the chorus of song that echoed in the woodlands. .
I continued my walk through the lush green wetlands. There were no turtles on the logs or along the shore of the canals. I think the water is now as warm as the air temperature and the turtles are happily submerged in the warm murky waters.
I left the lush green wetlands and hiked over to the river lands part of the nature reserve. The scenery here was spectacular too. Cumulus clouds floated in the deep blue sky over lake Took-A-While with the now green mountains as a backdrop. It as a wonderful afternoon for a hike.
a lot of American robins,
red-winged blackbirds both noisy and active birds adding their loud cries to the bird song and
some common grackles. I also saw the kingfishers fluttering along the lake.
I saw a few more birds, this gray catbird , another noisy bird, but I love the various songs it sings,
and this Canada goose sitting on it’s nest. He or she was enduring the rays of the strong May sun, and alert for any predators, to protect her precious eggs. Soon there will be goslings in the wetlands.
I neared the end of my walk and didn’t expect to see anymore wildlife when I heard the melodic flutelike song fill the air. I knew that enchanting song, and continued my walk to look for its source. I found it, a wood thrush, singing on a tree branch.
It continued to sing as it flew to another branch on my approach. Not only is their singing heavenly they are beautiful birds too. And it’s is so hard to believe that these birds migrate form Central America to sing their songs for us every Spring.
It was the perfect finale from the orchestra of birds and the songs they performed on my hike. Here is a link to a gallery were some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike in the wetlands are displayed. Susquehanna Wetlands birds May 13 2022.
Every new green leaf is a miracle. And combined with the bird songs, and the flowers, it was an enchanting time of year to enjoy the beauty of Nature that surrounds. I love May. I love Spring. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos from my hike in the lush green wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands May 13 2022.
Spring is the green
is the peace
is the breeze
and the blossoms
and the blues
past the buds
to the pinks
on the brink
and the warmth
and the warbles
and the weeds
all the yellows
and the bees
and the buzzing
and the grasses
and the gardens
and the growing
and the blowing
of the pollens
oh! the purples
and the chirples
of the birds
and the beauty
and the butterflies
in the skies
and the sun—