Some birds are now migrating through our area. I saw a few White throated sparrows on the Front road trail on Monday October 18th. I have also noticed very large flocks of gulls (probably around 1000) in some fields. Canada Geese are starting their practice flights. I am still trying to be in the right place at the right time to photograph a large flock flying in a perfect V formation.
Last week I hiked the Exeter trails which, although the trails are great, I don’t often do as it is a long drive to get there, and I am trying to reduce my carbon footprint. On checking my records the last time I was there was 22 months ago. I was hoping to see some interesting birds on the ponds but there were only Canada Geese and I didn’t even see any white squirrels. Another hike in the past week was a first for me. I bicycled to the Front road trail and hiked it. It was a 20 minute ride each way. I have been so used to taking Chewy with me that I don’t usually even consider not driving to the trail head.
At the Clinton Conservation Area trails the Bayfield river was still overflowing the causeway, which means only a very short loop there.
Two of my favourite places for a hike of about 1 ½ hours are ones with at least a partial loop. They are the Maitland Trail starting at the Auburn end and then taking the blue side trail and a Robertson Tract trail to make a partial loop. Similarly with the Maitland Trail near Bishop’s Road and including some of the John and MaryLo Graham Nature reserve trails. One sight that has puzzled me on this trail is a large boulder. It used to be at the side of the Maitland Trail but a few weeks ago a four wheeled vehicle, possibly a tractor, was on the trail and moved the boulder onto the trail. My guess is that the person intended to move it somewhere else and then found it too large to be moved very far. I checked with the Nature Conservancy and they assured me it was not done by them.
There are still just a few mushrooms to be seen on the trails including a Chicken of the Woods and Turkey Tails.
It is advisable to wear waterproof footwear as there are still some wet spots on many of the local trails.
The Maitland, Bayfield Woodland and Lobb trails are closed from November 1st to 7th due to gun deer hunting. This does not include the Falls Reserve, GART, Maitland Woods, Millennium or Sifto trails.
Duck hunting season started on September 25th
Deer Bow Hunting started on October 1st which means the section of the Maitland trail from 7.9 km to 10.5 km is closed until the end of the year.
Wild Turkey season Bow hunting October 1st-31st, Shot gun season October 12th -24th .
The Bayfield Woodlands Trail is closed to the end of October
Tuesday Trompers hike for about an hour contact Al Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.