Turtles, Wood Ducks, Skunk Cabbage And Blackbirds. More Signs Of Spring At The Susquehanna Wetlands
Last Friday, when I hiked in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County, I was pleasantly surprised to see wood ducks had returned to the ice free waters of the wetlands. The previous week the waters were frozen solid. I returned to the wetlands on Friday . I was again pleasantly surprised . This time it was the appearance of the painted turtles. I saw many of them sunning themselves on logs and rocks on the canals and ponds in the wetlands. Another sure sign Spring is near here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The path to the water fowl pond, where I often see ducks in early Spring, was flooded. So I got as close as I could and did see some water fowl on the pound. There was this solitary American coot,
a small flock or ring-necked ducks, and
a flock of wood ducks. The wood ducks immediately flew from the pond as I approached but, conveniently for me, flew around and right overhead,
I continued my walk along the canals, seeing a few northern cardinals along the way. The males are now usual perched high in the treetops in Spring , singing their beautiful songs, hoping to attract a mate.
I left the river and headed to the river lands area of the nature preserve. On the way I encountered a tree full of the noisy rusty blackbirds , they breed in northern Canada and are only passing through out area, and
these ring-necked ducks on the lake. I’m not sure why there weren’t more water fowl since the migration season is just beginning. And there were no bald eagles this week either. As always I walked to the far end of the lake and began my 2 mike hike back to the wetlands parking area.
I think only the pileated woodpecker is more beautiful. I believe the woodpeckers were feeding on the insects stirring under the tree bark in the warm afternoon sun. They would be the last birds I would see on my five mile hike. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds. March 11 2022.
It was late in the afternoon now, the sun was getting low on the western horizon. I didn’t see as much wildlife as my hike the previous week but I was satisfied with observing the critters I encountered on my hike . I know there will be more on my next visit. I always look forward to seeing them and sharing them here on my blog. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike in the wetlands and river lands. Susquehanna Wetlands March 11 2022.