October, 2017 - Trail Report Archive

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 70°F, clear and breezy at 2:00 PM on October 4, 2017.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • Cool air and warm sun presented a dilemma: shorts or a flannel shirt.
  • Eastern commas and a painted lady were out today.

The Trails

  • It was quite warm in the front Old Hayfield. Jeans and a t-shirt were a good compromise.
  • Along the edge, a tattered cabbage white probed a tired wild basil.
  • An eastern comma rose from the path and went into the honesuckle.
  • Overhead, a turkey vulture teetered into sight and out again.
  • Back on the ground, fading goldenrod was poking between the leaves of a blackberry species.
  • There was a commotion from the top of the tree line by the spring house.
  • It was only in view long enough to verify it was a red-tailed hawk.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail, something flew past my face: a painted lady.
  • It hung around long enough for a little view of the top side.
  • Another blur in front of my face as I left. Was it following me? No, it was another comma.
  • As if to admit it had been found out, it flashed its top side.
  • A usual haunt for them is the stretch of path that drops into the woods...
  • ... and down to the boardwalk through the swamp.
  • Cool shade was creeping across the back Old Hayfield.
  • It's always a surprise to find winterberry thriving in the Old Pasture.
  • It was nice with the white pine behind it.
  • There was no color yet in the view from the bluff over the Wappinger Creek, but it's always nice.
  • Down below, the sun was low across the calm waters.
  • Farther along, in the floodplain there was an occasional disturbance on the surface.
  • It was gangs of trout!
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Painted Lady


  • 2 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 3 Eastern Phoebe
  • 5 Blue Jay
  • 1 American Crow
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • 1 American Robin
  • 3 Gray Catbird
  • 1 American Redstart
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 American Goldfinch
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 1 Clouded Sulphur
  • 3 Orange Sulphur
  • 2 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Painted Lady


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