July, 2016 - Trail Report Archive

  • It was 90°F and partly cloudy with light breezes at 12:00 PM on July 6, 2016.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • The milkweed was in a strange state with some some finished blooming, some yet to bloom, but few in the act.

The Trails

  • The scorched path across the front Old Hayfield had only a tiny oasis of shade.
  • Larger patches of shade along the Sedge Meadow Trail helped along the way to refuge at the boardwalk.
  • A brief peek across the Sedge Meadow itself turned up little.
  • The back Old Hayfield had a rim of shade.
  • Spiked lobelia was way in the back of the field.
  • A dash through the Old Pasture and we were in the sanctuary of the Wappinger Creek Trail with tall trees and flowing water.
  • But where were the northern pearly-eyes? It took a couple passes through their usual haunt at the entrance to prompt one to come out.
  • Down in the flood plain before the "Appendix", several Canada lilies were blooming.
  • They looked fresh and brand new.
  • At several spots along the way, there had been the distant buzzy trill of a bird. Now it was close enough to call back to and yes it was the worm-eating warbler.
  • There were several in the group allowing views from different angles including a nice view of the head stripes.
  • Meanwhile, almost under foot was hemp nettle.
  • The tiny flowers are interesting. This plant is considered invasive in some areas, but perhaps not here.
  • On the other hand, Japanese spiraea is considered invasive.
  • Its fuzzy pink corymbs made it an attractive landscape plant. Then it got away.
  • Either side of the foot bridge by the "Appendix" offered safe, up close views of wood nettle, now in bloom.
  • Likewise, with a similar obscure flower, stinging nettle was there to compare.
  • Just beyond, closer to the creek bank was the tree-like angelica. It must be over 6 feet tall.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Canada Lily

Sightings

Birds
  • 2 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 2 American Crow
  • 1 Tree Swallow
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 5 American Robin
  • 7 Gray Catbird
  • 2 European Starling
  • 1 Cedar Waxwing
  • 4 Worm-eating Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 2 Common Yellowthroat
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 3 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 8 Cabbage White
  • 3 Clouded Sulphur
  • 10 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 3 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 3 Appalachian Brown
  • 24 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 15 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Monarch
  • 3 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 4 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 8 Dun Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Canada lily
  • 1 Hemp nettle
  • 1 Japanese spiraea
  • 1 Spiked lobelia
  • 1 Stinging nettle
  • 1 Wood nettle

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