August 23, 2012

Notes and changes since last report

  • It was partly cloudy, 82° and calm at 1:00 PM on August 23, 2012.

The Trails

  • I started at the Fern Glen pond today where one of the spreadwing damselflies posed for me.
  • In the Norway Spruce Glade along the road above the Glen, was a large Argiope or garden spider with an equally large cicada in its web.
  • There were a lot of chewed remains of mushrooms along the trails. But on the Cary Pines trail, I came upon one untouched. I liked the moss too.
  • I lingered at the foot bridge over the little creek feeding the Wappinger creek. The butterfly I'd glimpsed didn't return but right at my feet was an interesting opposite-leaved plant
  • On closer inspection, I took it to be one of the skullcaps.
  • Little bluestem grass was reddening in the Old Pasture.
  • We don't often think of grasses as flowering plants, however...
  • I always marvel at how easily the bright American copper can disappear on a grassy path.
  • And on the way out of the Old Pasture, another perfect mushroom... with a nice view of sheep laurel, which seemed attractive to the copper.
  • The back Old Hayfield had been mowed around its edge: a prelude for what is to come... But we must mow to keep our fields fields. And adjacent fields are mowed on alternate years to provide refuge.
  • A pair of interesting flies allowed a photo.
  • The boardwalk across the end of the Sedge Meadow afforded an excellent view of rough-leaved goldenrod, easily recognized by the large lower leaves and habitat.
  • A large pokeweed was flourishing behind the Carriage House.
  • The birds love the berries when they ripen to dark purple.
  • We've seen a lot of goldenrods lately; what we haven't seen is ragweed with its tiny inconspicuous flowers - the actual cause of so much sinus discomfort.
  • I've been avoiding thinking about it, but the view across the Little Bluestem Meadow was indicating the End Of Summer.
  • Silver-rod - our only white goldenrod - on the Scotch Pine Alleé was indicating the end of the trails for me today.
Spreadwing damselfly
Argiope or garden spider with cicada
Mad-dog skullcap
Mad-dog skullcap
Little Bluestem
Little Bluestem
American Copper
Mowed field edge
Mating flies
Rough-leaved Goldenrod


  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 6 American Crow
  • 11 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 4 Tufted Titmouse
  • 4 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 3 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 American Robin
  • 4 Gray Catbird
  • 5 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 3 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole
  • 8 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 28 Cabbage White
  • 1 American Copper
  • 10 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 2 Pearl Crescent
  • 2 Painted Lady
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 3 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Monarch
  • 17 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Zabulon Skipper
  • 1 Snowberry Clearwing
  • 1 Little bluestem
  • 1 Mad-dog skullcap
  • 1 Silver-rod

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