Pennsylvania isn’t named after the Penns for nothing – and nor is it called sylvania for nothing. It’s full of trees. It’s the most tree-rich state I have seen so far.
As I drove up the Allegheny river’s course there were trees everywhere. Trees and rivers.
It’s May and so the mayflies are flying. Here in the USA the mayflies are bigger than ours – as you might expect. The Pennsylvania rivers had their fishermen, and the occasional fisherwoman, trying to fool the fish into taking their flies rather than the juicy large mayflies on offer. I have no idea if the fish were fooled or not.
I spent the day in a leisurely way driving through wooded valleys and over wooded hills to Ithaca, NY where I am staying with friends and visiting the world-famous ornithology lab too. It was a leisurely day because I had driven further than planned last night – I couldn’t find a motel, and so today’s travel was a short one.
My friends’ house, in the woods, provided yellowthroat, cardinal, hairy and red-bellied woodpecker, rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager, gray catbird, ruby-throated hummingbird and more over dinner. And a short walk before dinner added swamp sparrow, house wren, pine warbler, blue-winged warbler, eastern towhee, black-capped chickadee, veery and alder flycatcher to the trip list – it’s good to have friends who are birders!
Tomorrow is a birding day.
PS actually today! Had internet connection problems, now resolved.