May, 2015 - Trail Report Archive

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was probably 70°F, mostly cloudy and calm at 2:00 PM on May 6, 2015.
  • Grass was getting close to needing mowing and trees were beginning to leaf out.
  • Spring ephemerals were racing along in the Fern Glen with new ones blooming every other day.
  • Plenty of spring azures and a few cabbage whites were out; a single meadow fritillary made an appearance.
  • Gray treefrogs were calling.

The Trails

  • The front Old Hayfield was considerably greener than the week before.
  • By the Old Pumphouse, a wing was all that was left of a duck that had fed something.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail a newly returned Prairie warbler allowed a photo.
  • In the Sedge Meadow itself, tussock sedge was flowering.
  • The back Old Hayfield was just one place to note the less eagerly awaited return of the eastern tent caterpillar.
  • Right at the bench was an eastern towhee out in the open.
  • On the northern edge, flowering dogwood was just beginning to open.
  • A rose-breasted grosbeak popped into view as I back tracked along the Sedge Meadow Trial. A few could be heard calling.
  • Wood anemone, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Cut-leaved toothwort, and Pennsylvania sedge had started to bloom along the Wappinger Creek Trail.
  • It was nicely birdy along Creek with yellow-throated vireo, common raven, wood thrush, black-throated green warbler and Baltimore oriole calling.
  • On the approach to the Fern Glen, crabapple was bloomin on the hillside.
  • At the top of the first bed, hobblebush was blooming where the deer hadn't browsed.
  • At the bottom of the same bed, starry false Solomon's seal was beginning to bloom.
  • All around the limestone cobble, early meadow rue was blooming.
  • On the uphill side, the presumably Asian Solomon's seal had joined the blooming frenzy.
  • Back in the fen, leatherleaf was sporting its little white bells.
  • By the main kiosk, regular toothwort had started.
  • On the way out, I stopped for a try at the absurdly tiny blossom of miterwort or bishop's cap, if you prefer.
  • Low flying things at the entrance to the trail system turned out to be beeflies. Don't worry: that pointy proboscis seems more for probing flowers than people.
  • One last observation of the day was the Bradford pear by the Carriage House.
Eastern Towhee

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Wild Turkey
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
  • 1 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 8 Blue Jay
  • 1 Common Raven
  • 6 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 Wood Thrush
  • 2 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Blue-winged Warbler
  • 1 Yellow Warbler
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 2 Prairie Warbler
  • 3 Ovenbird
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 7 Eastern Towhee
  • 5 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 White-throated Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 2 Baltimore Oriole
  • 5 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 3 Cabbage White
  • 4 Spring Azure
  • 1 Meadow Fritillary
Caterpillars
  • 1 Eastern tent caterpillar
Plants
  • 1 Bradford pear
  • 1 Crabapple
  • 1 Cut-leaved toothwort
  • 1 Dwarf cinquefoil
  • 1 Early meadow-rue
  • 1 False rue-anemone
  • 1 Flowering dogwood
  • 1 Hobble-bush
  • 1 Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • 1 Leatherleaf
  • 1 Miterwort
  • 1 Pennsylvania sedge
  • 1 Solomon's-seal (asian?)
  • 1 Starry false Soloman's-seal
  • 1 Toothwort
  • 1 Tussock sedge
  • 1 Wood anemone

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