Trail talk 219 May25th 2022

Where is Pat King’s bench?

The bench in last week’s trail talk was the bench on the Lobb trail near the plaque commemorating Dorothy Marie Bogie who died suddenly on her 77th birthday, January 8th 2021 while enjoying a beautiful day outdoors with friends.

On May 17th I completed one year of keeping a Naturalist diary, this effort was inspired by my aunt Nancy Catford who kept a diary in 1921 when she was fifteen years old and lived in England. As she was an artist she included sketches her diary, while the best I could do was to add some photographs to mine.  I was surprised to have seen 67 bird species plus two more that were unfortunately dead ( a long eared owl and an wood duck).  The species that I was surprised to have seen were the savannah sparrow, spotted sandpiper, warbling vireo(heard), yellow-rumped warbler, black headed grosbeak, indigo bunting and a ruddy duck. Only two species (both warblers) were seen when I was outside Huron County. I do not know the song of a warbling vireo but we had a bird expert with us when I heard it.

Mike Ciccini checking out the new Outhouse

On Sunday May 15th I joined the amphibian outing, where Cristen Watt managed to unearth three red backed salamanders. Apparently there is a higher weight of salamanders than bears in Algonquin park. Equally interesting was a male ruddy duck on the pond at Bannockburn Tract. These ducks are much more common in Western Canada.

The Maitland Work crew were busy assembling a new outhouse during the winter and it has now been commissioned in the Glen Maitland Natural area at approximately 6.8 km. Mike Ciccini is checking it out in the photo. A Saturday morning crew continued with removal of some of the European Buckthorn from the Maitland Woods.

An American toad near the Maitland Trail

I have recently seen many American toads, five or six in our garden and two on the Maitland Trail, so far they have nearly all been quite small toads.   Apart from spotting toads I have been removing garlic mustard from near the 31km marker on the Maitland trail. The recommended disposal method is to dry and burn it or dispose of it in the trash.  After seeing a dog run into the nearly invisible rusty barbed wire near the river I managed to find and remove about 60 lbs of it.


Thursday May 26th 6.30 p.m. Bird Watching.  Meet at the Big rock on North Harbour Road Bird watching outing lead by Roger Goddard, Call Roger to pre-register (519-612-1236) or email

Sunday May 29th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hike or bike for Huron Hospice In person on the Taylor-Mavis Trail or wherever you chose, or bike on a trail.  Register via  Join a BBQ afterwards

(from 12 to 3 p.m.).

Wednesday June 1st 2-5 p.m. Forest Bathing Mindfulness Walk on the Woodland trail is cancelled

The Wild Turkey hunting season is from April 25th to May 31st so the Bayfield Woodland Trail is closed for this period.

Point Farms opened on May 13th. Falls Reserve camping is delayed to June 1st.

The Falls Reserve is closed until the end of May, except for the Maitland Trail’s main trail with white blazes and the blue blazed trail.  This is due to work on installing a new septic system.

Tuesday Tromper’s  meet at 9 a.m on Tuesdays to hike for about an hour. If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to  All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland

Uneven Hikers hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper. Both groups meet at 9 a.m.  and are open to non-members provided they sign the MTA on-line waiver.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at