Turtles, Cormorants And A Kestrel, But An Otherwise Uneventful Hike In the Susquehanna Wetlands
I’m sorry, but this blog post doesn’t have the wide variety of wildlife I saw at the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County on my hike last week. It was an amazing hike last Friday.. I saw so many cool critters. Not this week , and, it was partially my fault, I rushed my hike in the wetlands on Friday afternoon to get back home to watch the Philadelphia Phillies baseball home opener ( I have been a diehard Phillies fan since I watched Jim Bunning’s perfect game on Father’s Day with my dad when I was six years old).
It was mostly sunny and mild when I arrived at the wetlands at around noon. Temperatures were in the mid 50’s. I first walked down to the Susquehanna River which was swollen and brown from the heavy rains the previous day. Seeing no bald eagles, wood ducks or other water fowl on the river I walked into the wetlands..
There were some other signs of Spring in the wetlands . I heard the red-winged blackbirds singing in the trees tops and this eastern phoebe on a branch along the trail.
I didn’t see any wood ducks this week as I walked in the wetlands. The heavy rains which flooded the wetlands may have driven them to the river. I only saw this tufted-titmouse. I did hear and see some other birds in the woodlands along the trail, a yellow-rumped warbler, a winter wren and a few others but, as I said. I was rushing my hike to get home and watch the ball game and didn’t stop to try and photograph them.
I was hoping, maybe, I would see a bald eagle, osprey , heron or other some critter on my walk. I didn’t see any of them but , as usual, the wetlands didn’t disappoint. As I was walking down to the river again I saw an American kestrel . It was perched on a tree top, out of reach of my camera. However, it left it’s perch and flew nearer to me.
As I continued my walk along the lake I saw a large flock of double-crested cormorants on the lake, as usual,
I didn’t walk to the far end of the lake this week. I cut my hike short and headed back to the wetlands after I had walked about two miles. On my return walk I didn’t see much wildlife, a lot more turtles and this pair of Canada geese who were not to happy to see me.
It was now near 1;30 p.m. I quickly finished my hike, shopped at the Weiss Market in Berwick and made if home in time to watch the Phillies win their home opener! I was disappointed that there weren’t as many critters in this blog as the one I shared last Friday. It was still a good hike and I enjoyed seeing the turtles and kestrel . It seems there is always something to see in this wonderful nature preserve along the Susquehanna River. Hopefully I will have more luck on my next visit and see some otters, eagles or eve a bear!. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the turtles and other critters I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands April 8 2022.
he turtle’s teachings are so beautiful. So very special. It teaches us that everything you are, everything you need and everything you bring to the world is inside you, not external, and you carry it with you, and are not limited to a place, space or time. Eileen Anglin