Trail Talk 189 September 22nd 2021

Stump full of polypores
A Red Maple at Hullett

I was thinking on my Monday hike that there was little of special interest during the week.  However, on my hike from B. Edgar bridge (Boundary Bridge) to River Line I realized that there were many interesting sights just on that 2 ½ km part of the Maitland trail.  There was an eight foot high stump covered with small polypore fungi. There was the uprooted stump from a very large ash tree that fell over a couple of years ago leaving a large disc of roots and soil sticking up in the air. (Fortunately it had been easy to do a small reroute round it.)  One white birch tree had a very long (over 30 feet) horizontal root.  There were three different types of golden rod in bloom as well as other flowers such as New England asters, white asters, birds foot trefoil, snake root.  I saw two blue jays and heard woodpeckers and a duck’s quack that came from the trees rather than the river. I also saw a black squirrel, a red squirrel and a chipmunk.  There was one windfall at the edge of the trail that only blocked a small portion of the trail. There was one boardwalk over a creek and wet spot, but another one was over an area that had not signs of moisture.  I have noticed how wet spots often change with time, dry places becoming wet and wet places sometimes drying up.

I saw my first Puff ball this year on August 12th  so I am surprised to still see some young puffballs on the Lobb trail on September 21st.  There were no ducks or geese on the river, and even when I visited a pond at Hullett, I only saw a few ducks and two herons on a large pond. There was one glorious red maple tree near the trail.

A Crane fly

I have noticed quite a few flies that look like mosquitoes with very long legs near our lawn.  They are crane flies and they do not bite. There are nearly 1500 North American species of crane flies.

Notes:

Expect some windfalls on the trails, also some flooding on the Maitland trail near Cherrydale (21.9km) and near the Carey Property boundary with the Nature Conservancy property ( 24.9 km)

Duck hunting season started on September 25th

Wild Turkey season Bow hunting October 1st-31st, Shot gun season October 12th -24th .

October 9th  1.00 p.m. Fall Colour Hike on the Lobb trail with Faye Ribey 519-524-2070 or email fribey@huontel.on.ca This hike will be timed during the peak colour change of the leaves, so the date may change by approximately one week. Check the Maitland trail website.

October 10th 1:30 p.m. The third of four Sunday afternoon bicycle rides on all, or part of the GART. (the last one is on Oct 24th.)   Distance 12.2km Meet at McGaw Siding at G2G 81652 Lucknow Line includes a significant hill climb. Preregister with Sally Brodie  226-378-1648.

Tuesday Trompers hike for about an hour contact Al Sanders at allan.sanders@hurontel.on.ca.

Uneven  Hikers  hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays contact Patrick Capper. Both groups meet at 9 a.m.

The Woodlands Nature trail is still probably closed past the bridge due to uncleared storm damage.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.