May, 2017 - Trail Report Archive

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 55°F, cloudy and windy at 10:00 AM on May 3, 2017.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • It seemed like all the birds had come back at once.
  • Maybe it was the temperature, maybe it was the wind, but the shad flies were not bad today.

The Trails

  • At Gifford House, lilacs were beginning to bloom.
  • Various shades and fragrances were represented.
  • Invasive honeysuckle shrubs were budding. Morrow's is typically white, turning yellow.
  • Tartaran is typically pink. But just to keep things interesting, the two hybridize.
  • Right on the other side, Morrow's had actually opened.
  • Farther along, by the old Pump House, nannyberry, a viburnum, was budding up.
  • Next to the Pump House, a garter snake disappeared by the water's edge.
  • Great angelica was already knee high.
  • And tussock sedge was flowering.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, common barberry was getting ready to flower.
  • Next to it, the similar Japanese barberry had already started.
  • Another viburnum was budding at the head of the short cut that goes down to the Wappinger Creek. The smaller, blunter leaves suggested black haw. Have to watch this one...
  • In the NW corner, the flowering dogwood was beginning to indeed flower.
  • The flowers were looking big and fresh.
  • On descent of the Wappinger Creek Trail, a patch plantain-leaved pussy-toes was blooming.
  • A few steps away, a mass of caterpillars was consuming a cherry leaf.
  • At the bottom of the trail, the wood anemone was doing well.
  • Just past the foot bridge, gaywings were budding up.
  • One had actually opened revealing the reason for its name.
  • Behind the Carriage House, Fothergilla had started up.
  • Had to get a close up of this unusual bloom.
  • Next to it, buckeye was still just thinking about it.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Gaywings

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Blue-headed Vireo
  • 1 Common Raven
  • 4 Tree Swallow
  • 2 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 3 American Robin
  • 4 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Black-and-white Warbler
  • 1 American Redstart
  • 2 Ovenbird
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 5 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 2 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 3 Baltimore Oriole
Butterflies
  • 2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 3 Cabbage White
  • 5 Spring Azure
Plants
  • 1 Flowering dogwood
  • 1 Honeysuckle
  • 1 Japanese barberry
  • 1 Lilac
  • 1 Plantain-leaved pussy toes
  • 1 Tussock sedge

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