I'm sure the weather here is much like the weather else wheres . More rain than sun which inhibits hiking but suits the forest with what looks like a strong berry year. That means lots of photo opportunities. In the third photo I thought I might get lucky and see a sun dog, but unfortunately no.
|Trying for a Sun dog|
Much of this post is a continuation of a hike along the west bank on the abandoned RR bed. This is an easy hike with lots to see. With berries starting to come on you have to be attentive to bears, and as I said earlier to the river. Just because I talk affectionately of it doesn't mean it isn't dangerous.
The Vermilon creates its own system of wetlands which can be enhanced by the beavers. That's not the case here but the trail runs through one of the wetlands so you're surrounded by a secondary river channel on one side and on the other, the wetland shown here.
|Blue Flags on the Far Bank|
The blue Flags are on the opposite river bank. The river widens and then narrows quickly to form the rapids. If you were in a canoe, you would want to know this.
The rapids are mainly on this side of the island, but veer round the little island. In a canoe you would stick to the gentle rapids on the island side; land on the far shore, and portage over the old bridge abutments. The water chute between the bridge abutments is too fast to try going through in your canoe. But with high water the current is too strong to try a landing on the far side of the island. I think the current would just sweep you into the chute.
|Beginning of Rapids.|
|The River goes round a small Island|
|Male Ebony Jewel|
Thanks for all the help in identifying these guys. They're beauties aren't they.
If someone wants to try the moth or the dragonfly, great, and thanks in advance.
|Female Ebony Jewel.|
|Male Redwinged Blackbird.|
All the shots of the Redwinged Blackbirds were taken in the wetland shown above, except the close up.
|Female Redwinged Blackbird.|
|Close Up Female Redwinged Blackbird.|
With the ripening berries the Cedar Waxwings are gathering. I swear these guys will pose for you.
|A Pair of Waxwings.|
I'm not seeing as many song sparrows as usual, but that's because the tree canopy is so thick and they just disappear into it, because I can sure hear them.
|Profile of Male Goldfinch.|
The Goldfinch are easy to spot because they're so bright. The chipmunk below stuck around for a few photos which is a surprise because he's on almost every one's lunch list.
|Fox with lunch|
The trail starts off on a RR maintenance road which has a large bend in it, as I came around the it so did this guy, with dinner in his mouth. If this is the fox from my river scene he's a much better hunter now.
If you want to see his earlier escapades click on http://vermilonriverwildlife.blogspot.com/2011/04/life-and-death-on-vermilon-post.html or go to the April posts and watch him hunt the geese.
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