Herriman Lake Hiking Trail in early September

I took advantage of the perfect afternoon to take a walk on the HERRIMAN LAKE HIKING TRAIL

deadfall at Herriman Lake Hiking Trail

Over, under, or around?

Deadfalls are a rather common sight on a wilderness trail through the Superior National Forest. It would be impossible to moniter all the trees that fall in the forest and keep a trail like this open at all times. Wind storms reek havok on the trail sometimes.

Beaver Dam on Herriman Lake Hiking Trail

The other feature about hiking trails in the wilderness are Beaver Dam crossings. This beaver pond has a dam on it’s left edge and that is the bridge that you must navigate to get to the other side. There used to be a boardwalk across this beaver pond, but as is usually the case, a beaver pond does not remain static. Beavers are constantly building dams and as a result ponds change and water levels go up and down. Last fall after we received torrential rains for a couple of weeks, I traversed this particular beaver dam and the water came over the top of my hiking boots. Now it looks high and dry and somewhat like a balance beam. Well, I have to save it for next time. I want to come out here in a couple weeks. Last year I ran into a rather vocal flock of Boreal Chickadees. Knute Lake and vicinity is very beautiful boreal woods, but they’re on the other side of the beaver pond.

Mountain Ash

Back here deep in the woods, I found a small grove of Mountain Ash trees. The berries are favored by birds and I saw several in the vicinity taking advantage of the good eats. I found a couple of SWAINSON’S THRUSHES. They were making a funny whistly note calling back and forth to each other. There was also a Ruffed Grouse clucking away.

In fact, it was a nice “birdy” day. I saw a good variety of birds clearly in a migration mode. Here’s a list of the birds sighted on this trail:
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson’s Thrush
Pied-billed Grebe
White-throated Sparrow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruffed Grouse
Nashville Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
Pileated Woodpecker
Black & White Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Hairy Woodpecker
Magnolia Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker



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