August 21, 2013

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 80°F, partly cloudy and calm at 1:15 PM on August 21, 2013.
  • Goldenrods were beginning to show off in the Old Hayfields.
  • The invasive Japanese stilt grass was becoming large enough to be obvious.
  • Mosquitoes were again largely absent with only a few thick spots.

The Trails

  • The goldenrods front Old Hayfield were actually brighter than this photo shows.
  • A Zabulon skipper was sunning along the Wappinger Creek Trail. They could be found in many places today.
  • Along that low, sandy section Japanese stilt grass was showing itself. Know it by its shiny mid rib. War has been waged on this new pest since its appearance here a year or two ago. Let's see if we put a dent in it last year.
  • At the edge of its reach Indian tobacco was blooming.
  • On the Cary Pines Trail Canada mayflower berries were disappearing as fast as they were ripening.
  • A perfect fern looked as if it were planted on a log.
  • Nearby was a favorite partridgeberry in a hollow root, also looking as if it had been deliberately planted.
  • That "prickley ash" I found a while ago needed closer examination. As I feared, the leaves were toothed - it is more likely Hercules' club. Let's see if the deer allow it to flower.
  • In the Fern Glen a dragonfly kept returning to one perch.
  • Another favorite plant to hate is black swallow-wort. These knots seem to be the result of herbacide taking out the main vine, but not the root; all the side shoots come up like angry hornets.
  • In the Roeller Bed along the road, spikenard berries have been ripening more each week.
  • Along the cobble white baneberry really stood out.
  • Across the pond New York ironweed was attracting a few butterflies including great spangled fritillary and again Zabulon skipper.
  • A least skipper was soaking up the afternoon sun by the base.
  • Sneezeweed was opening up near the bridge at the back of the pond.
  • Closed gentian near the front of the pond never looks much more open than it was today.
  • Whip-like stalks of jumpseed were reaching over the railing. Its tiny flowers would later become spring-loaded seeds.
  • In the shrub swamp witch hazel was sporting green seed pods.
  • What I was looking for was still there: the saddleback caterpillars - a little bigger than they were last week... and armed with even more stinging spines.
  • The Old Gravel Pit was the remaining mosquito strong hold. White snakeroot might have been better photoed in any of the many other places where it was blooming.
  • Right at the woods end of the Scotch Pine Alleé was a spotted apatalode caterpillar, looking a bit like Dennis the Menace's dog, Ruff.
  • With that it looked like time to leave.
Goldenrods in front Old Hayfield
Zabulon skipper
Japanese stilt grass
Indian tobacco
Canada mayflower
Fern in a log
Prickley ash?
... or Hercules' club
Black swallow-wort
Black swallow-wort having survived herbacide
Spikenard berries
White baneberry
Great spangled fritillary on New York ironweed
New York ironweed
Zabulon skipper... again
Least skipper
Closed gentian
Witch hazel pods
Saddleback caterpillars on spicebush
White snakeroot
Spotted apatalode caterpillar


  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 3 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 17 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Brown Creeper
  • 2 Carolina Wren
  • 3 Wood Thrush
  • 1 American Robin
  • 4 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 3 American Goldfinch
  • 2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 2 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 41 Cabbage White
  • 23 Clouded Sulphur
  • 13 Orange Sulphur
  • 2 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 11 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Meadow Fritillary
  • 24 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 1 Appalachian Brown
  • 4 Common Ringlet
  • 18 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 65 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 2 Least Skipper
  • 3 Peck's Skipper
  • 13 Zabulon Skipper
  • 1 Spotted apatelodes
  • 1 Sneezeweed
  • 1 White snakeroot
  • 1 Yellow-collared scape moth
  • 1 Sneezeweed
  • 1 White snakeroot

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