September, 2017 - Trail Report Archive

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 68°F, mostly cloudy, and breezy at 2:00 PM on September 7, 2017.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • Wednesday's several inches of rain delayed this walk until today.
  • Some fields have been mowed.

The Trails

  • Birds were active at Gifford House parking lot with young eastern bluebirds going back and forth between the drive and kiosk and trees.
  • It took a while to notice that the front Old Hayfield had been mowed...
  • ...then, that hints of Fall had crept in too.
  • At the head of the Sedge Meadow Trail, a stink bug played hide and seek on the leaves of a white ash.
  • Around the corner, goldenrods, unsupported, were leaning towards the middle of the path.
  • They were another center of activity, this time for bees and other insects.
  • At the top of the hill, American goldfinch were working between the junipers and the tall weeds.
  • The back Old Hayfield was left unmowed as refuge.
  • Several spiders had webs among the wild bergamot and goldenrods.
  • In the Old Pasture, coral fungus was errupting along the side of the path.
  • Towards creek end of the trail, rose hips were forming on that non-multiflora rose.
  • Almost into the woods was a cluster of puffballs - will they survive the mowers?
  • The view from the bluff promised a full Wappinger Creek.
  • Along the descending trail, wreath goldenrod, another "easy" woodland goldenrod, was starting to bloom.
  • Just below, our only white goldenrod, silverrod was beginning to bloom, too.
  • Around the "Appendix" was a familiar shelf fungus.
  • A field of tiny mushrooms spread before me.
  • What appeared to be a darker version of the previous shelf fungus was on a mossy log.
  • Not much farther along was now what seemed to be a lighter version.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Belted Kingfisher
  • 3 Eastern Phoebe
  • 5 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 3 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 6 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 4 Chipping Sparrow
  • 8 American Goldfinch
  • 14 Cabbage White
  • 2 Clouded Sulphur
  • 8 Orange Sulphur
  • 6 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 2 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Monarch
  • 16 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Silverrod
  • 1 Wreath goldenrod


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