Thursday, January 10, 2013

Caleb's Walk

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Location: Caleb's Walk near The Aviary in Westdale
Getting There (transit): Within walking distance of McMaster, get off any bus on Sterling Street and walk.
Getting There (car): Park at the RBG Aviary Parking Lot.
Species of Note: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Wren
Obscurity Rating: 1.5/5 - Signed trail in a busy populated neighbourhood
Data: eBird Checklist | GPS Trace (one-way)

Continuing my endeavour to get out for a hike every day, even if I have a busy work day ahead, I got out to this trail before my morning meetings at the office. It was a very cold day, and very, very icy! This trail, "Caleb's Walk" is no easy walk in the ice, at least not until you reach the boardwalk section.

This trail leads from the Aviary parking lot to the Ravine Road Trail, a much wider and easier trail leading from the nearby park.

Today I encountered a couple bird surprises -- another Red-bellied Woodpecker, this time a bit more shy but still clearly audible and briefly visible, and several Carolina Wrens singing to each other. Hamilton is the absolute northern boundary for this species, it is not commonly seen any further north as they appear not to be migratory, but still year round. With the temperatures as low as they were (-15 °C during the walk) I was rather surprised to hear them singing, let alone saying anything at all. (For reference -- here's a map of their reported sightings in Dec-Feb of the last ten years.)

This area of Cootes is one I've hiked and biked a few times, though not in many years. It should be interesting to see how much has changed as I return here to try out each trail again.

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