September 06, 2012

Notes and changes since last report:

  • was mosty cloudy, 75°, humid and calm at 3:00 PM on September 6.
  • Berries and seeds were ripening
  • A few leaves were on the ground.
  • The approach of Fall was getting harder to ignore.

The Trails

  • One cluster of groundnut blossoms seemed odd.
  • Around the limestone cobble, lopseed was waiting for a passing arm or leg to cling to; the little seeds are good at that.
  • Bur-marigolds and beggar-ticks were along the boardwalk through the fen. Their long, two-pronged seeds will be looking for arms and legs later.
  • One beggar-ticks was occupied, I believe, by a little froghopper, the immature form of which is the spittle bug, responsible for the blobs of white foam that adorned the stems of meadow plants earlier in the summer.
  • I figured I'd find plenty of ripe spicebush berries, but it was winterberry that I first came across.
  • It took a while, but finally a good representative of spicebush was found.
  • Along the way, I passed by Indian cucumber root showing off its berries in its own way: with color in the surrounding leaves.
  • Leatherwood had an interesting problem with some of its leaves - it looked like leafminer damage.
  • Out on the Cary Pines Trail, was a humorous fungus perched on the stub of a broken branch.
  • In the flood plain of the Wappinger Creek Trail, Japanese stilt grass was starting to bloom. Recognize it by the shiny mid-vein.
  • There is so much this year that I didn't have the ambition to try to pull it up. But a weed whacker might be the right tool... and this would be the right time: before it seeds and when it's too late for it to try again.
  • The rest of that trail was quiet until I climbed the hill and entered the Old Pasture. There I found myself in the midst of a mixed group of red-eyed vireo, black-throated blue warbler, American redstart, chickadee and titmouse.
  • The wild bergamot was all but gone in the back Old Hayfield; the remaining aging goldenrods and low sun were reminding me again of the change of season.
  • On several recent walks through here, I'd been scolded by something sounding like a wren. Today it was revealed as a common yellowthroat.
  • Following the yellowthroat, I found a yellow spider... the yellow garden spider, who seemed to have a boy friend... and a bee.
  • As the dry side of the Sedge Meadow Trail comes down to the front Old Hayfield, I found another nice group of birds with more red-eyed vireos and at least one magnolia warbler.
  • I ran back to the back Old Hayfield to check something and when I turned to leave I found my path blocked by a rabbit!
  • It was quite unconcerned and bolted only at the last moment as I pretended to try to sneak up on it.
  • Now it was getting late; I bolted too.
Indian cucumber root
Dirca with leafminer damage
Fungus on a perch
Japanese stilt grass
Japanese stilt grass
Back Old Hayfield
Common yellowthroat
Garden spiders
Garden spider & bee
Rabbit blocking the path!
Rabbit unconcerned


  • 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 6 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 5 Blue Jay
  • 5 American Crow
  • 7 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 5 Tufted Titmouse
  • 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Magnolia Warbler
  • 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • 1 American Redstart
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 American Goldfinch
  • 7 Cabbage White
  • 1 American Copper
  • 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 2 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 2 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 1 Snowberry Clearwing
  • 1 Beggar-ticks
  • 1 Bur-marigold

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