Wood Duck,Wrens and A Humming Bird: My First Hike Along The Schuylkill River Near Port Clinton.
There are three rivers within twenty miles of my home here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna, the Lehigh and the Schuylkill River. I have hiked along the banks of the Susquehanna and Lehigh rivers many times over the years. But I have never hiked along the Schuylkill River (except in the City of Philadelphia), until Saturday.
Hiking the Schuylkill River wasn’t in my plans when I set out for State Game Lands 110 near Port Clinton in Schuylkill County Saturday morning. A friend loaned me a birding guide that recommended hiking in these game lands. However, when I arrived in the quaint little town of Port Clinton I saw a sign for a kayak and canoe launch and decided to investigate.
I walked down to the brown waters of the Schuylkill and was surprised how wide it was and how fast its waters were flowing. Where I usually see it, near its headwaters in Tamaqua you can almost jump across it. It was a cool clear day and the sun filtered through the leaves of the tall trees along the banks of the river.
I saw a narrow trail along the river and decided to follow it. It was little used and overgrown. However the views of the flowing river and the canopy of ancient trees got my curiosity and I had to follow it.
It was a little rough going at first, their were some fallen logs and patches of poison ivy. But I knew the thick, lush vegetation growing along the river may be a good place to observe some wildlife.
As I watched the beautiful little wren I felt something dart past my head. At first I thought it was a large dragonfly. I turned to get a photograph and was surprised to see a ruby-throated hummingbird perched on a branch.
The trail along the river ended and I walked up to the road leading back into Port Clinton. Along the road I found one of my favorite Spring and Summer flowers in bloom. I always have loved daisies, since we sang a song about them in first grade.
The trail I planned to hike was on the other side of an 800 foot ridge so I followed the road to the entrance to the game lands and trail, I had already walked three miles so I decided to just walk back to my car.
a scarlet tanager, the last bird I was able to photograph on my hike. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Port Clinton hike birds. May 30 2020.
I took a quick walk through the town and this old church built in 1887. I stopped at two landmarks in the town the Port Clinton Hotel, for some take out lobster bisque, oysters and fries and some peanuts at the Port Clinton peanut shop. I hope to return and further explore the river and surrounding game lands on some future hikes. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike in Port Clinton and along the Schuylkill River. Port Clinton Hike May 30 2020.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson