|Tree Swallow, Lacawac Sanctuary|
It has taken a few days to get my pictures up but I am finally ready to share the adventures from my Memorial Day trip with all of you. I look forward to writing these types of posts in the future. Spreading the awareness of the wealth that nature has to offer and the importance of conservation are some of the things I strive to do and I hope to be able to through sharing my personal experiences. All of the photos were taken by my fiance and I.
|Entrance to Lacawac Sanctuary|
I spent the extended weekend in the Poconos in Northeast Pennsylvania. Sunday was a beautiful day so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do some hiking and birdwatching (I'll find any excuse to bring a pair of binoculars out with me). Thanks to NEPA Audubon's website, we found a couple of places that we thought would be worth our time.
|Start of the Maurice Brown Nature Trail, a 1.2 mile loop|
The first place we decided to visit was Lacawac Sanctuary. It is situated on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. There were several hiking trails available. One of them which spanned over rocks left behind by glacial activity and approached Lacawac Lake, and another that went through a small meadow followed by dense mixed deciduous/pine forest. The latter was the one we decided to take, called the Maurice Brown Nature Trail.
Since we started the hike at around 1:30pm I wasn't expecting a crazy amount of bird activity. We made it through the meadow without seeing a single bird. It was way too quiet for my liking. I was already thinking to myself that this was going to be a great day....then as soon as we stepped into the dense forest, I began to hear calls. First a Carolina Wren. The LOUDEST bird in the forest by far. Then some American Robins up high in the branches of the deciduous trees. And then I spotted a Northern Flicker foraging on the ground, using his sharp beak to dig for his lunch.
|Hermit Thrush on the trail|
Once we made it out of the forest we were treated with a few Tree Swallows and an Eastern Bluebird.
To be continued.......