October 03, 2012

Notes and changes since last report:

  • It was overcast, 68°, with occasional mist or very light rain at 1:00 PM on October 03, 2012.
  • No butterflies today, but instead a number of mushrooms.
  • The Scotch Pine Alleé and the Old Pasture were the birding hot spots today.

The Trails

  • There was some fair color in the foliage around the Carriage House, but some trees were looking a little thin already.
  • A classic mushroom was just off to the side along the Scotch Pine Alleé.
  • Bluebirds, warblers and sparrows were active along the whole length.
  • In the fork at the end, fading ferns stood out against a dark background.
  • A flying ant had scaled a mushroom along the path through the Old Gravel Pit.
  • As I rose off my knees I noticed some perfectly shaped - and perfectly tiny orange mushrooms.
  • At the other end of the same branch was a fresh looking shelf fungus.
  • I remember these gray mushrooms near the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit from years before.
  • There was a coral fungus as well.
  • A very fine, light rain began to fall as I approached the Fern Glen where last week's black cohosh was now forming seed pods.
  • The boardwalk through the fen was surrounded by different shades of yellow.
  • Spicebush had strong yellow leaves, elliptical with pointy tips.
  • Witch hazel was just a little more orange and much rounder with lobed edges.
  • Winterberry was almost ghostly pale.
  • At the end of the shrub swamp is a patch of grass that always catches my attention.
  • It strongly resembles Japanese stilt grass, but the mid vein is not shiny and it has a rhizome.
  • The sound of water rushing under the stone bridge was in the air.
  • Low light conditions actually allowed a rare photo upstream where the contrast is usually too great for the camera.
  • The large fairy ring near the shed has not appeared for several years. By the railing along the road, however, is an arc of mushrooms.
  • And they appear to be the same kind - they remind me of pierogies.
  • On the Cary Pines Trail, a log being colonized by mosses and lichens caught my eye and reminded me there are even books on moss gardening.
  • Farther along, at the ridge leaves were glowing golden above the gorge.
  • On the Wappinger Creek Trail, a sample of Japanese stilt grass demonstrated the multiple roots that drop from nodes along the stem.
  • An elm was colonized by interesting orange mushrooms with dark - almost black - stems.
  • Right behind me was wood nettle. I didn't realize they can penetrate jeans...
  • Near the Watershed kiosk was the biggest mushroom of the day.
  • A favorite view is from the bluff above the Wappinger Creek.
  • The high and dry side of the Sedge Meadow Trail held something new for me: little nebulous spider webs.
  • The falling mist was fine enough to highlight rather then wash away the webs.
  • Just past them were puffballs that I'd seen last week; I didn't expect them to survive living on the edge of the path.
  • At the edge of the front Old Hayfield was finally a view that showed off the mist.
  • And there was plenty more on the way home.
Carriage House
Faded ferns
Mushroom & flying ant
Tiny orange mushrooms
Shelf fungus
Gray mushrooms
Coral fungus
Black cohosh
Boardwalk through the fen
Witch hazel
Not Japanese stilt grass
Not Japanese stilt grass
Not Japanese stilt grass
Water under the bridge
Upstream at the stone bridge
Fairy ring section
Fairy ring mushroom
Mossy log
Ridge on Cary Pines Trail
Japanese stilt grass roots
Dark-stemmed orange mushrooms
Dark-stemmed orange mushrooms
Wood nettle
Big mushroom
From the bluff over the Wappinger Creek
Spider webs
Spider webs
Spider webs
Giant puffball
Mist in the air


  • 2 Downy Woodpecker
  • 3 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 5 American Crow
  • 15 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 4 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 3 Eastern Bluebird
  • 2 Magnolia Warbler
  • 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 3 Palm Warbler
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 4 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 American Goldfinch

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