Astrid Lake Trail passable again

Astrid Lake Hiking Trail

Astrid Lake Hiking Trail

My favorite trail, the Astrid Lake Hiking Trail that runs south from Lake Jeanette, is back in commission. Earlier this summer the trail was completely flooded and the only way to get in to the bog was to wear knee-high boots. Now the water has gone down and there’s only one little spot where the water is standing. Just a good pair of hiking boots is all you should need now. Also, where there was a tangle of trees that had fallen on the trail, that has been cleaned up. It’s such a great trail through some good habitat that it shouldn’t be missed.

I found some nice fall Warblers back in the woods.

Magnolia Warbler in winter plumage

Magnolia Warbler in winter plumage

Like this nice “fall” Magnolia Warbler. There’s been a lot of Maggies around this fall. One distinctive feature about the Magnolia Warbler, that is apparent all year long, is the white pattern in their tail.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

The white on the tail feathers goes about halfway down the tail, then the tips are dark, it’s easy to see when you are looking up at the bird.

Magnolia Warbler showing tail pattern

Magnolia Warbler showing tail pattern

I apologize for the blurry picture, but it shows how the white jumps out at you when the bird takes flight.

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

Every so often in the quiet of the woods, I would hear something strange calling. It didn’t dawn on me until I heard the characteristic clacking that a Gray Jay makes that I figured out what it was. I guess the old saying is right, that if you hear something weird in the woods it’s probably a Gray Jay.

A family group of Jays followed me as I walked the trail back to the car.

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

They were foraging on the trunks of the Black Spruce and Tamaracks in the bog. They were finding stuff under the bark, which must have been insect larvae.

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1 Response to Astrid Lake Trail passable again

  1. Portable GPS says:

    Good site and hiking is such great exercise that more people should get into it.

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