This is one of the best times of the year for hiking. If any bighting insects are around they are few and far between and we are unlikely to have any more unbearably hot days this year.
Quite a few sightings in the past while. A dog walker on the Lobb trail saw a cougar (bobcat?) on the other side of the Maitland River while walking on Sunday Sept 8th and later that day I saw two deer crossing over Hydro Line. On Saturday evening on the Front road trail there was a lot of noise in the trees as a family of wild turkeys were flying around.
I have yet to see any puff balls, which is not surprising due to our having a long dry spell, but a few white mushrooms were coming up at the edge of the Lobb trail
The birders on the Saturday Hullett outing had sightings of sandhill cranes, an egret, grebes and beavers On our Tuesday tromp on the millennium trail I saw a shrub that I was not familiar with, Jeanette had the app ”Picture This” on her phone and so we found out it was round-leaf dogwood ( Cornus rugosa). My Sibley tree book has only the Pagoda and Showy dogwoods for this area, as the other dogwoods do not grow big enough to be rated as trees. My trees and shrub book confirmed the identification. Unfortunately the Picture This app, which has good reviews, is only available on Apple products. I had thought the shrub might have been a type of viburnum, but later realized that viburnum leaves have veins that end at the leaf edge, whereas dogwood leaf veins follow the smooth leaf edges toward the tip.
On our Wednesday hike we saw that some of the broad-leafed arrowhead growing in the Falls Reserve pond are now in bloom,
Thanks to Roger and John Moore and their team, there has been a great improvement to the Maitland Trail between 41.9 and 43 km
I am changing my Wednesday hikes to the “Uneven Hikers” as we will only hike on odd dates so If Wednesday is on an even date we will hike on the following Thursday
e.g Wed Sept 11th , Thurs Sept 19th , Wed 25th Thursday Oct 3rd.
The trails in our area are very dry and the Maitland and Bayfield rivers are lower than I ever remember seeing them.
The annual El Camino del Sinuoso Rio Maitland – a 49 km two day event is on September 28-29th. Registration is still open but only a few places are left with over 200 hikers registered. For details go to www.maitlandtrail.ca
UPCOMING HIKES etc.
Lobb trail is now open
Saturday September 21st 10 a.m. about 2 hours. Hike at Lobbs with Bayfield River Valley Trail Association . Details call Jack at 519-565-5340
Saturday and Sunday September 28th and 29th El Camino del Sinuoso Rio Maitland
Oct 1 –Dec 31 the Maitland Trail section from 9.4 to 10.5 km will be closed.
October 5th 10 a.m. Maitland Trail hike in Robertson tract . Contact Colleen McGregor at 519-524-8543 or email@example.com for meeting place etc.
Oct 6th 2 p.m. Bayfield River Trail Association hike on the Bannockburn trail
Oct 15th -27th Wild turkey shotgun season
Oct 1-31 Wild Turkey bow hunting
MID WEEK HIKES
The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at 9 a.m. Contact Al Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Uneven Hikers meet on Wednesday or Thursday hikes start at 9 a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. We hike only on the odd dates. E.g Wednesday Sept 11, Thursday Sept 19th Contact email@example.com
The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:10 at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton and hike for 1 ½ hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at email@example.com.