Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Trail report 7 Sept 05

Todd and I finally had a chance to get out of the office and around the Wishart Trail this morning. Conditions are good overall, although there's a little bit of gullying on some of the steeper trail sections because of all the rain we've had this year. Nothing serious or impassable, though.

We're starting to see some real fall colour in the leaves now, and the cooler mornings mean the mosquitoes aren't nearly as bad in the shadier areas as they were this summer. Look for plenty of Painted Lady Butterflies (these would be the second generation ones, not the ones we saw migrate here earlier in the season) and dragonflies.

There are still a few ducks out on the lakes, but they're definitely showing fall plumage now.

You'll probably notice that we have a bumper crop of Red Squirrels this year. It makes for some interesting viewing down in the spruces. These squirrels are highly territorial, and when there are so many that need territories it leads to a lot of chattering and chasing up and down the trees.

Overall, it's a great time of year for a walk. I hope to see many of you out on the trails.

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