August, 2017 - Trail Report Archive

  • It started at 82°F, cloudy, and windy at 2:30 PM on August 2, 2017. Rain at 66°F followed...
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • Butterflies and birds were both hunkered down today.

The Trails

  • Maybe most of the dark clouds stayed to the north, but some came over Gifford parking lot bringing a shower.
  • The big kiosk provided shelter and a view of the trail head...
  • ... and of a young eastern bluebird taking a bath in a driveway puddle.
  • It would duck down and flap around.
  • The results were not pretty.
  • As the sky brightened and rain lightened to sprinkles, I headed out towards the Carriage House where mist was rising off the road.
  • The fields were filling with Queen Anne's lace.
  • From the Scots Pine Allée, clouds and mist could be seen in the hills beyond.
  • From the Little Bluestem Meadow, the view of the other direction was ominous.
  • A glance over the shoulder towards Gifford House verified I was surrounded by the scattered showers in the forecast.
  • The entrance to the Old Gravel Pit was not exactly welcoming, but that was the way...
  • Light rain was falling at the Fern Glen, where Culver's root was blooming.
  • Along the edge of the pond, elderberry were starting to ripen.
  • On the trail on the other side of the kiosk, great lobelia had started to bloom.
  • Near the Shrub Swamp plaque, there appeared to be water hemlock blooming. This is one of a number of poisonous parsely family members.
  • On the other side of the cross road was a brand new bridge.
  • Right off the side of it was water parsnip.
  • The flower is different from the preceding, but the leaves are even more distinct.
  • Up ahead, helleborine, an alien orchid, was still blooming.
  • Lemon smelling horse-balm had started blooming and looked almost finished.
  • Around the corner, white wood aster had started and looked like it would continue for a while.
  • Light rain and I continued along the Cary Pines Trail where Indian pipe was coming up next to last season's stalks.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
Culver's Root


  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 1 American Crow
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Carolina Wren
  • 3 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Great lobelia
  • 1 Horse-balm
  • 1 Indian pipe
  • 1 Queen Anne's lace
  • 1 Water hemlock
  • 1 Water parsnip
  • 1 White wood aste



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