Time Moves On: The Last Weekend Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.

Time Moves On: The Last Weekend Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.

PPL Wetlands hike (14 of 50)
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It’s hard to believe that it’s the last weekend of Spring. It seems like it was only yesterday when Spring began and  the snow and ice were  melting and the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania were coming to life. . However, even though it was  chilly , with temperatures in the low 50’s,  I found many signs of  the approaching Summer as soon as I walked into  the  PPl Wetlands and Riverlands  in Salem Township  Saturday morning . The ponds and canals are now  covered with duckweed. duckweed covered pond

The light green new growth of  trees, shrubs and flowers of Spring  has become the  lush deep green of Summer.  The growing season is now at its peak. lush green woodlands

The milkweed and milkweed flowers

solomon’s seal have  replaced the skunk cabbage and may apple. solomon's seal flowers

The birds like this oriole  now care  for their young. orchard oriole feeding young in nest

And  the young Canada geese goslings are old enough to search  for food by themself. Canada goose gosling

The red-winged blackbirds defend  their territories. The males fly overhead and loudly squawk to chase off intruders. male red-winged blackbird

The females stay close to the nest and quickly let you know if you get too close.female red winged blackbird

The sun warmed quickly warmed it up  and, as usual,  I encountered a wide variety of wildlife in the wetlands and riverlands.  I wasn’t able to photograph all of it. I saw a few deer, chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits that  ran off before I could focus my camera lens on them . I was able to capture this squirrel shortly after I started my hike.squirrel in tree

I knew there  had to be some young wood ducks in the wetlands. I had seen at least three mating pairs in the Spring.  I soon found them in one of the canals. However the ducklings sped off into the brush before I could photograph them.   Mom waited until they all were safe before she joined them.female wood duck on canal

Nearby a hairy or downy woodpecker was searching for insects on as tree. It flew off as  I approached. woodpecker in flight

There were many wildflowers in bloom now. I have a new App.  on my iPhone to help identify wildflowers. I am not sure if they are correct but this is the identification the app made. Please feel free to let me know if they are incorrect. This flower is called dames rocket. pink dames rocket flower

This a white dogwood. white dogwood flower

These yellow flowers were identified as creeping jenny. yellow creeping jenny flower

I walked through the river lands and onto the Susquehanna Warrior Trail again. And I followed it out about two miles past this pond along the river. barn and pond on trail

There were a lot of song birds singing in the trees on the trail  including this yellow warbler,yellow warbler in tree

this song sparrow,

a female American  redstart, female american redstart singing in tree

And this catbird that caught a dragonfly, catbird with dragonfly

a red-eyed vireo 

and this pretty indigo bunting. 

The mid June sun  warmed up considerably from when I began my hike. Temperatures were now near 80 degrees as I started my 3 1/2 mile walk back to my car. On the way I saw this beaver in one of the ponds. I also saw a beautiful pileated woodpecker> I love seeing these birds in the woodlands  but I  wasn’t able to get a  photo. 

As I walked along the ponds and canals I saw more plants that told me summer was approaching including sorrel and 


I always hope to see a bear, fox, snake or some other more exciting and exotic animal on my hike. Sometimes I do, but for the most part I usually see the same  common flowers, trees birds, insects and animals I always do. This is always good enough for me. I love to see and share the beauty of the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately the Spring, Summer and Fall always seem to go by so quickly and then Winter lingers too  long. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetland and Riverlands June 15 2019 

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.     Aldo Leopold


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