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 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.
- 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
- 3 Cabbage White
- 4 Spring Azure
- 1 Meadow Fritillary
- 1 Eastern tent caterpillar
- 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