September 12, 2012

Notes and changes since last report:

  • It was clear, 75°, with low humidity and light breezes at 2:00 PM on September 12, 2012.
  • The sun was warm, the shade was cool, and the air was deliciously fragrant.
  • Birds and butterflies were few today.
  • It was a day to relax and take in the bigger views - the landscape.

The Trails

  • If there weren't many butterflies today, there were still bugs.
  • The beak, which was just licking - not piercing - and the style of wings identify this as a true bug.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, something was a little smaller and silvery compared to the cabbage whites: a spring azure.
  • Something else darted by: a painted lady. OK, we have a little variety today: it had been little more than cabbages and sulphurs to far.
  • In the Old Pasture, several American coppers let me get several angles of view.
  • I lingered to enjoy the views of the Wappinger Creek looking down stream...
  • and upstream...
  • from the area with the little foot bridge and feeder stream.
  • Farther down stream, I surveyed my handiwork with the weed whacker late last week. I didn't eradicate the Japanese stilt grass, but I certainly slowed it down. Let's see if this comes back.
  • As I passed along the ridge of the Cary Pines Trail, a perfectly illuminated spider web caught my eye. The spider had been plucking it like an instrument but ran up to its lair.
  • At the Fern Glen, a painted turtle was basking in the last rays of the day.
  • Gifford House was basking at the edge of the Little Bluestem Meadow as I emerged from the Old Gravel Pit.
  • And I enjoyed the warm, piney air wafting by as I passed in and out of sun and shade along the Scotch Pine Alleé on my way to my ride home.
True bug
True bug
Spring azure
Painted lady
American copper
American copper
Wappinger Creek
Foot bridge
Wappinger Creek
Weed whacked Japanese stilt grass
Spider web
Ridge on the Cary Pines Trail
Painted turtle
Gifford House across the Little Bluestem Meadow
Sctoch Pine Alleé

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 5 Blue Jay
  • 15 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Tufted Titmouse
  • 5 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 3 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 4 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 9 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 15 Cabbage White
  • 10 Clouded Sulphur
  • 8 Orange Sulphur
  • 1 American Copper
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 1 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 3 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 American Lady
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Silver-spotted Skipper

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