Trail Talk 233 October 12th -19th 2022

Two Greater Yellowlegs

Often when I am out on a trail I see something new, even when I have been on the trail many times before.  On a recent hike on the Lobb trail I spotted two birds on the Maitland river which turned out to be Greater yellowlegs- a new species to my list.  I also finally managed to photograph a fish, which was a brook trout, in the creek just past the second cutoff on the Upper trail which was a brook trout.  Usually any fish there quickly disappear into the mud at the bottom.

While stopping at Foresters bridge,  I saw some killdeer and photographed a bird flying over, that turned out to be a Northern Harrier- another new species for me. I was surprised that the bird experts at iNaturalist  could identify the Northern Harrier from only a silhouette.

The Bayfield River
A Cabbage White on a New England Aster

The fall colours this year seem are especially spectacular.  In orderto enjoy them, twenty three Trompers enjoyed a hike on the Maitland Cemetery area trails on October 11th and six “Uneven” hikers braved the drizzle on October 13th to hike between Jenkins and Morris Tract.


Saturday October 22nd 11 a.m. Environmental educator Michele Martin will lead a walk through Bayfield  village and down to the waterfront, pointing out how climate change is affecting our area and what we can do to help.  Meet at the Clan Gregor pavilion for a walk lasting about 90 minutes.

The NCC and Maitland Trail Work crew have now finished removing the invasive buckthorn from the reroute near the pond at Riverbend (12.7km) so the reroute is now part of the main trail and thus avoids the part adjacent to the pond that beavers regularly flood.

Saturday October 29th 9.00 a.m. The secret to well-being? A meditative walk in the woods!

In Robertson Tract , meet at the end of Pinery Line.

Designed for those who want the benefits of meditation but prefer to move! Dress warmer than usual as we will be moving slowly, please leave your pets at home (dogs are already very Zen!).  Our group number is limited to 10 to not block the trail.  These are all Level 1, easy pace, 1.5 hours. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Janie van Essen at 519 955-4402.

Saturday November 5th 9 a.m. at Naftel’s creek the third meditation walk.

November 17th 2 p.m. hike the Taylor and Mavis trail with BRVTA.

October 1st to 31st Bayfield Woodland Trail will be closed for Turkey hunting-  Bow hunting for the month, and  gun hunting 11th -23rd.

October 1st –Dec 31st the Maitland Trail between 9.5 and 10.5 km is closed for hunting.

November 7th to 13th The Maitland Trail will be closed due to gun deer hunting, however you can still hike in the Maitland Woods, Sifto Loop, Millennium trail, the Falls Reserve  and the G2G/GART.

Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday 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