August, 2014 - Trail Report Archive
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 81°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 2:00 PM on August 6, 2014.
- Meadow fritillaries were again out in numbers.
- Spicebush swallowtail's 2nd brood was coming out.
- An afternoon thunder storm only released a few drops, but then it was dark and cool enough to shut down butterfly activity in the Old Hayfields.
- A meadow fritillary again! I wondered why it was so interested in an old milkweed leaf. Oh, it was the mating pair below that had its attention.
- The first of two spicebush swallowtails today careened across the Little Bluestem Meadow. Their 2nd brood was coming out.
- Off the deck in the fen, lurked a single blossom of square-stemmed monkey flower. I couldn't find it last week.
- Way in the back of the Glen, spikenard was blooming.
- In the fen's outlet by the deck at the creek, green-headed coneflower was performing its slow motion bloom.
- By the pond, boneset was still thinking about it.
- Towards the back of the pond, sneezeweed was actively working on it.
- As I left the 'Glen, the sky had grown dark and rumblings were coming from the south. In my mind I scanned the route ahead for shelter...
- When the sky brightened after a mere sprinkle, I abandoned the watershed kiosk, continued the Wappinger Creek Trail into the Old Pasture, where sun was actually coming through the open canopy.
- At the other end, a watchful eastern comma shared its perch in the sun with a wasp.
- In the Sedge Meadow, the controversial purple loosestrife was blooming.
- I admired goldenrods in crescendo behind the wild bergamot in the back Old Hayfield, .
- Here in the open, skies to the north were fair, but to the south still threatening... and moving north.
- I really wanted to squirt east towards the parking lot, but suddenly remembered last week's rattlesnake plantain... in the opposite direction back on the Wappinger Creek Trail.
- A handy shortcut got me there and back in short order with a photo of open blossoms.
- Noisy clouds were overhead again, the butterflies had disappeared, the only thing between me and my car was a very unconcerned field sparrow.
- It may have been a dumb young one or a wise old one. I wasn't going to press my luck and try to guess.
- 2 Mourning Dove
- 5 Chimney Swift
- 1 Belted Kingfisher
- 3 Downy Woodpecker
- 1 Northern Flicker
- 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
- 1 Eastern Phoebe
- 1 Red-eyed Vireo
- 5 Blue Jay
- 1 Common Raven
- 13 Black-capped Chickadee
- 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
- 1 Brown Creeper
- 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
- 1 Eastern Bluebird
- 1 Wood Thrush
- 6 American Robin
- 3 Gray Catbird
- 8 Cedar Waxwing
- 1 Common Yellowthroat
- 2 Eastern Towhee
- 3 Field Sparrow
- 2 Indigo Bunting
- 6 American Goldfinch
- 2 Spicebush Swallowtail
- 3 Cabbage White
- 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
- 6 Great Spangled Fritillary
- 5 Meadow Fritillary
- 25 Pearl Crescent
- 1 Eastern Comma
- 1 Red-spotted Purple
- 16 Common Ringlet
- 10 Common Wood-Nymph
- 1 Silver-spotted Skipper
- 1 Peck's Skipper
- 3 Dun Skipper
- 1 Green-headed coneflower
- 1 Purple loosestrife
- 1 Sneezeweed
- 1 Spikenard
- 1 Square-stemmed monkey-flower
- 1 Wood nettle
- 4 Hummingbird Clearwing
- 1 Snowberry Clearwing