June 27, 2012

Notes and changes since last report

  • It was clear and 78°, with a good breeze at 2:15 PM on June 27, 2012.
  • Northern broken-dash, Delaware skipper and northern pearly-eye have returned.
  • A number of red admirals were about. Is this a 2nd brood ramping up?

The Trails

  • It was once around the Gifford parking lot to check out the milkweed for insects.
  • A double headed black-eyed Susan was unusual, but this was bizzare. Recalling a creature in the new movie Promethius, I just slowly backed away.
  • I'd missed the earlier flowering of the our honeysuckle, but now the handsome berries were ripe.
  • Also along the boardwalk, swamp milkweed was budding up.
  • Something was odd about the stem; I zoomed in: it was aphids.
  • Near the front of the pond Turk's-cap lily was budding up.
  • I almost missed the Culver's root in the shadows.
  • Fringed loosestrife was beginning to bloom along the path.
  • It is the petioles - the leaf stems - that bear the fringes.
  • Barely noticable in all the foliage was enchanter's nightshade.
  • I went to the patch near the bridge for a look at the whole plant.
  • Along the way, bright yellow called out from the stump of the huge white pine that had fallen: a shelf fungus.
  • Departing the Glen, I noticed tall bellflower just beginning to bud.
  • It was quiet along the Cary Pines Trail and most of the Wappinger Creek Trail until I got to that sunny spot where I knew banded hairstreaks would be basking. As I left that spot, a large butterfly came out of the shadows at me: the first northern pearly-eye of the season.
  • Near the top of the rise in the trail, banded hairstreaks could be seen in sillouette overhead.
  • Something else flew by overhead and perched above them all: a white admiral - our less common of the two subspecies, red-spotted purple being the other.
  • The back Old Hayfield was hopping this afternoon. A grapeleaf skeletonizer moth was intently feeding on spreading dogbane and allowed several photos.
  • A male little glassy-wing sunned itself as the temperature slowly dropped.
  • Farther along, another couple was courting with the female's wing patterns visible.
  • Oooh, a coral hairstreak landed in front of me, but left before I could get a shot.
  • A milkweed patch was active with a number of things, but one color stood out as different: a black dash. That's new for trails!
  • It was quite a nice day.
Common milkweed
Multi-headed black-eyed Susan
Trumpet honeysuckle
Swamp milkweed
Aphids on milkweed
Turk's-cap lily
Culver's root
Fringed loosestrife
Fringed loosestrife
Enchanter's nightshade
A shelf fungus
Enchanter's nightshade
Tall bellflower
Northern pearly-eye
Banded hairstreak sillouette
White admiral
Little glassy-wing, male
Grapeleaf skeletonizer moth
Little glassy-wings
Black dash

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Great Blue Heron
  • 3 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 5 American Crow
  • 6 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 4 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 American Robin
  • 3 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 2 Scarlet Tanager
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 3 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 2 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 2 Indigo Bunting
  • 2 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 4 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 10 Cabbage White
  • 4 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Coral Hairstreak
  • 3 Banded Hairstreak
  • 10 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 2 Question Mark
  • 2 Painted Lady
  • 7 Red Admiral
  • 1 White Admiral
  • 2 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 8 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 24 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Monarch
  • 6 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 European Skipper
  • 2 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 6 Little Glassywing
  • 1 Delaware Skipper
  • 1 Black Dash
Moth
  • 1 Grape Leaf Skeletonizer Moth
  • 1 Virginia Ctenucha
Plants
  • 1 Enchanter's nightshade
  • 1 Fringed loosestrife

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