Wood Ducklings And Hawk Fights At The Susquehanna Wetlands
Warm June weather returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday and what better way to enjoy it then hiking in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I started at the wetlands and first checked out the river hoping to see an eagle or osprey out on a morning fishing flight.
I hoped to see some of the many wood ducks that were nesting in the wetlands and sure enough, shortly after I began my hike this mommy wood duck appeared on one of the ponds followed by her thirteen tiny offspring.
and this lemon plagodis moth. I assuredly didn’t know this and I am thankful for Facebook identification pages for their help. I continued my hike through the wetlands looking for birds, bugs and whatever other wildlife I could see. It was getting hot out, temperatures were nearing 80 degrees so there wasn’t a lot of wildlife activity. However, I did see a few birds including a goldfinch and this
Leaving the wetlands I walked over to the river lands section of the preserve. Along the way I found these turtle eggs,. I am not sure if the hatched or if they were dug up by a predator like a skunk or raccoon.
The strong June sun beat down on the wetlands and river lands and temperatures climbed into the mid 80’s. I decided to head back when I reached the start of the Riverside Trail. On my return hike I saw a few more birds including, this female Baltimore oriole
an elusive green heron. Considering the heat it wasn’t a bad day for seeing and photographing some of the resident birds in the wetlands and river lands. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the wood ducks and other birds I saw on our hike in the Susquehanna wetlands and river lands. Susquehanna Wetlands hike birds June 5 2021.
this tiny insect, which I have no clue what it is, sitting on a blue-eyed grass flower.I ended our five mile hike with many photographs of the flora and fauna I saw on my walk . There is always so much natural beauty in the wetlands, especially in the Spring and Summer. And I enjoy sharing this beauty I find with my friends who follow my blog and on social media. I hope to return soon. Here is another link to a gallery with more photos from my hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands hike June 5 2021.
In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different. John Steinbeck