The Winter Thaw Continues In Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The usually January thaw has become a winter thaw this year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Unseasonably warm temperatures returned to the area last week. I drove to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township and found this unusual scene, completely ice-free lakes and ponds!
As I walked along the trails in the wetlands I heard the honking of geese. Sure enough I encountered a pair of Canada geese on one of the ponds. This was also very unusual for early February here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Some years there are geese on the river if there is some open, ice-free ,areas of water but never on the frozen ponds. Well this pair took off as soon as I approached.
The geese were the only birds I saw on my walk through the wetlands. The usual residents, the black-capped chickadees, white throated sparrows, Juncos and other birds were nowhere to be seen or heard. Most of the canals and ponds were ice-free, however some ponds still had a very thin layer ice.
And, also unusual for early February, there were some common mergansers swimming on the ice free waters. This pair took off as I approached.
I walked back through the wetlands and, as I neared my car, snow started to fall from the overcast skies. Winter wasn’t over yet. We only got a few inches and it quickly melted. The warm weather appears to be with us for at least another week. No complaints from this warm weather lover.Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike PPL Wetlands hike February 2 2019,