Saturday, December 01, 2007

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

Today I hiked the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, a freshwater tidal marsh which draws lots of ducks, geese, herons, and other birds, as well as many other types of wildlife. We have bypassed "brisk" and gone straight to "cold", but with plenty of layers and a quick pace, it remained somewhat comfortable. Gone are the brilliant foliage colors of mid Autumn, but late Autumn has its own stark beauty.

Freshwater marsh

Plenty of waterfowl. We saw Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron, a Kingfisher scouting for a meal, and Pintail Ducks. The observant birdwatcher will find many more species as well.

Bright orange berries against a crisp blue sky

Hikers on the bridge over the marsh.


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