April, 2016 - Trail Report Archive
Notes and Changes since last report
- This is the first trail report for 2016 - grounds opened April 1.
- It was 40°F, cloudy and breezy at 2:00 PM on April 6, 2016.
- Snow is not unheard of in April, but after the dry winter two days of snow raised eyebrows...
- ...and flattened a few wild flowers
- Though the snow stopped Monday, cold nights and cool days have allowed the several inches to linger even in the open at the Gifford House.
- Grass was barely greening in the front Old Hayfield.
- Honeysuckle bushes were leafing out unbothered by the recent weather.
- Japanese barberry was not far behind.
- Can't forget the multiflora rose.
- Early leaf out is one mechanism that affords invasive plants a double advantage: a head start and shading out of later starting native plants.
- One favorite native keeping up with the competition was trout lily or dogtooth violet.
- Ground ivy or Gill-over-the-ground or my favorite: creeping Charlie, is a European import that I've seen used by some of our earliest butterflies.
- The Sedge Meadow boardwalk was a little slick.
- A nearby pheasant call convinced me the tracks were too small for turkey.
- Off to the side skunk cabbage was flowering and unrolling leaves.
- In the Sedge Meadow itself, tussock sedge was beginning to green.
- An evergreen clubmoss was growing in a good sized patch in the Old Pasture.
- In the flood plain of the Wappinger Creek Trail, toothwort was hard to miss.
- This trooper was ready to flower.
- Above it, spicebush was flowering.
- Farther along the trail, I thought yellow violets were trying to bloom - it was lesser celendine.
- In the Fern Glen, wild ginger was blooming and leafing out.
- Sharp-lobed hepatica was really drooping.
- So too was the nearby bloodroot.
- Dutchman's breeches and corydalis are of course naturally drooping.
- One little spring beauty had an almost erect posture.
- Large-flowered trillium and Jacob's ladder were unphased by the lingering snow.
- I think one mild, sunny day will perk everybody up.
- Somehow one speck of white in the Old Gravel Pit stood out from the rest.
- It was a cabbage white.
- Convinced it was "just resting", I moved it to a sheltered, east facing spot.
- Soon, the "the barn" was in sight.
- A bluebird right in front of me brought me to a halt.
- Just as it was taking off, I noticed another beyond it.
- Approaching the Carriage House, I noticed the Japanese cornelian cherry starting to bloom.
- Leaving the Carriage House, I could see brown on the magnolia.
- Some buds hadn't opened... maybe they survived the cold... we'll see next week.
- Back at the edge of the parking lot, lilacs were getting ready...
- ...Next week.
- 1 Ring-necked Pheasant
- 4 Turkey Vulture
- 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
- 2 Eastern Phoebe
- 3 Blue Jay
- 5 Black-capped Chickadee
- 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
- 2 Eastern Bluebird
- 1 Bloodroot
- 1 Corydalis
- 1 Dutchman's-breeches
- 1 Ground ivy
- 1 Japanese cornelian cherry
- 1 Lesser celandine
- 1 Magnolia
- 1 Sharp-lobed hepatica
- 1 Skunk cabbage
- 1 Spicebush
- 1 Spring-beauty
- 1 Wild ginger