Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Fish and Boat Commission Parking Lot
On this 5-mile round-trip walk, we have high hopes of spotting majestic birds. Bald eagles and another type of endangered species are often seen out on the River Island and up on the Nockamixon Cliffs, and the tree foliage shouldn’t be too far advanced to obscure the view.
Our favorite nature photographer and birder Carole Mebus will accompany us on the walk and share her experiences of photo-documenting bald eagles and other raptors at this location. She has captured images of eagles in flight, perched on sycamore limbs, taking dips in the River, and, best of all, nesting. Her photos of eaglets peeping from the nest and later showing off their adolescent attitude are amazing.
If there are eagles and other birds to see, it is likely that they will be at a distance, so please bring along your binoculars.
Birds won’t be the only attraction on the walk. On our way south on the towpath, we will stop at the Durham lock and aqueduct to hear about iron-making, Durham boats, and limestone caves occupied by Native Americans and bats. As we cross the Gallows Run Aqueduct, the Nockamixon Cliffs will come into full view. Rising straight up 300 feet, their waterfalls and flowers make them especially beautiful in the spring. Our turnaround point will be Lock 20, where we can envision the mill and covered bridge that once stood on the site. On our return trek, we’ll keep our eyes open for soaring wings and take in the northbound sights.
Come spotting with us and hear some stories, too.
Meet at the Fish and Boat Commission parking lot, 1440 Easton Road (Route 611), Riegelsville, PA 18077. The lot is south of the town of Riegelsville. Its entrance is just south of the Exxon gas station and north of the intersection of Routes 611 and 212.