Trail Talk 81 August 28th 2019

Sometimes errors occur between my submission and printing.  In Trail talk 79 the error was mine, the lengths of the mulberries, of course, should be in inches not feet! Hard to imagine a mulberry over a foot long.  The only tree I can think of with a foot long fruit  is the pod on a Northern Catalpa which are typically 14 inches long.

I had a busy day on Saturday August 17th, starting with a short walk with Chewy, then helping to clean up the G2G section between Base line and Blyth. There was a good turn out with 12 helpers in the morning and more in the afternoon.  Roger Moore had previously mowed the grass in the section. I left early to lead the River walk at the Falls where we had nine hikers out.  We saw six small sandpipers and several larger ones and three damselflies which from a distance appeared to be black moths.  My 1970 insect book identified then as black winged damselflies, however I much prefer the name from a Google search  of “ebony jewelwings.”

Richard and Janie having a break on the River Walk The water was very low and warm so I only uncovered a couple of small crayfish.

This will have been a poor year for queen snakes which eat crayfish and do much better when the water is cooler. After supper I took Chewy for an evening walk and then worked to remove more invasive spotted knapweed from our property.  We saw large patches of knapweed in the Falls Reserve.

On the Tuesday tromp we hiked along a Hullett dyke at Burns Road.

One of the Northern leopard Frogs at Hullett

I soon saw some frogs so decided to walk at the edge of the trail in the fairly long grass.  In the process I disturbed 232 frogs. (I counted them).  The vast majority, which were of a great range of sizes, leaped away and quickly disappeared from view. I photographed twelve that did not quickly vanish and found that they were all Northern leopard frogs.  The most common sighting on our trails are brown American toads. They come in a great size range and don’t leap nearly the distance that frogs do.

As of August 22nd  I still have not yet seen any see puff balls.

Lobbs was closed due to logging, which started in the last week of July, when about a third of the marked trees were cut. The loggers then had an extended break without further logging and resumed on Monday August 19th and have now finished.

The annual El Camino del Sinuoso Rio Maitland – a 49 km two day event is on September 28-29th.   Registration is now open, over 150 hikers have already registered, for details go to www.maitlandtrail.ca

UPCOMING HIKES etc.

Lobb trail  is  open

Thursday August 29th 1 pm to 5 pm Turtle hatchling release at Morrison Dam – 71108 Morrison Line  This is a release by Huron Stewardship Council, free event but donations to Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre are encouraged.

Saturday Sept 7th 9 a.m. Birding at Hullett 40677 Summerhill Rd.  Easy pace 1 ½ hours. Contact: Roger Goddard (519) 612-1236 or email rggsmg@hurontel.on.ca . Car pool at Harvey’s at 8:15 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Sunday September 8th 2- 4 p.m. Mushroom hike limited number of people. Contact Bayfield River Valley Trail Association