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.

The Trails

  • 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.
Green-headed coneflower

Sightings

Birds
  • 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
Butterflies
  • 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
Plants
  • 1 Green-headed coneflower
  • 1 Purple loosestrife
  • 1 Sneezeweed
  • 1 Spikenard
  • 1 Square-stemmed monkey-flower
  • 1 Wood nettle
Moth
  • 4 Hummingbird Clearwing
  • 1 Snowberry Clearwing

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