Wood Ducks, Hissing Geese And Startled Muskrats At the Susquehanna Riverlands and Wetlands.
The weather forecast called for rain last Saturday. It was overcast near my home Hazle Township. I decided to take a chance and check out the Susquehanna Riverlands and Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County anyway. I am glad I did. I arrived under partly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures in the 70’s. It was nice walking weather. The woodlands along the trails in the wetlands still displayed most of their bright Spring green color.
I walked to the waterfowl pond and saw a mother wood duck and four ducklings. I think she was the one with the thirteen ducklings I saw a few weeks ago. I fear the rest of her offspring were the victims of the many predators in the wetlands, including snapping turtles, eagles, and ospreys. They swam off before I could photograph them.
As I approached closer she saw me and immediately swam to her offspring. You can see by the look in her eye she was telling the little run to swim for your life, and they did, soon disappearing under the cover of the duck weed.
After observing the muskrats I was surprised to see the brown thrasher in the wetlands.
She tried to lead me away from her offspring but as I continued to follow them she kept getting in front of me, lunging at me while hissing as loud as she could. She was all hiss and no bite, as she lead her youngsters to the water. One time while hissing and lunging at me I lunged back and she ran like a big chicken, leaving her youngsters defenseless. Of course, had she known me, she know I would harm no animal, not even one feather on one goose in a noisy flock of geese. Note the interesting “teeth” on her tongue. They are actually not teeth but tomia, made of cartilage and serve the same function as teeth.
enjoying the Summer showers until I approached and it flew off. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands birds July 3 2021.
Although I didn’t avoid the rains, and I got drenched, it was still an enjoyable walk and I was able to discovery and share some more of the beauty of Nature at Susquehanna Wetlands and Riverlands. It seems I always do. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands July 3 2021.
“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Alexander Supertramp McCandless