As a side note, I've decided to take a different approach now with the blog. Instead of daily hike logs, I'll be going with occasional posts with the most interesting hiking experiences. Daily was just too often (I was getting a month behind!) and this way I can focus more on the quality than the quantity.
Sassfras Point Trail
It was an early cold, wet, and icy February morning and I took aim at one of the last trails I have left in this section of Cootes for this winter. Sassfras Point Trail is a short trail that begins half-way down another trail, the Ravine Road.
What ended up being most interesting about this trail on this day wasn't the hike itself -- it was rather rough due to the wet ice, but some wilderness encounters in the first few metres down the trail! Half-way up the first hill I spotted numerous finches -- namely some American Goldfinches, and Common Redpolls.
Having recently (and finally) bought a new 20-times-optical zoom camera, I spent some time getting some decent pictures of the birds. Redpolls are winter-only birds for this region, and tend not to show up in urban and sub-urban feeders as often as goldfinches. This makes them a bit more rare, and a bit of a surprise to see so close to Westdale.
|Common Redpolls, feeding on berries|
|A young White-tailed Deer, resting!|
|Golden-crowned Kinglet, aka "not a goldfinch"|
Data: eBird Checklist | GPS Track (bugged; only first 2km is legit)