September 25, 2013

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 65°F and clear and calm at 2:30 PM on September 25, 2013.
  • Warm sun and cool, dry air again. A nice stretch of this weather we've been having.
  • Fall colors were beginning to show.
  • Mosquitoes... two?
  • Katydids and peepers were still calling, but there were very few butterflies.

The Trails

  • Sugar maples at the Carriage House were beginning to turn, but more brown than the bright yellow we look forward to.
  • At the beginning of the Scotch Pine Alleé, optimistic cabbage whites were planning a family so late in the season.
  • Towards the end, poison ivy and Virginia creeper were turning red.
  • At the back door of the Fern Glen, moody ferns were lurking in the deep shade.
  • Tucked behind the pond, staghorn sumac was flaming red.
  • Leatherwood was getting yellow in brighter locations, but I liked better the mottled look of those in the shade.
  • One doesn't think of ferns when it comes to autumn color, but cinnamon fern in the fen was making a noteable effort.
  • Our one basswood had apparently been host to some leafrollers, but at this point the rolled leaves were untennanted.
  • All around the pond, spicebush was turning gold. A nice small tree throughout the year.
  • On the Cary Pines trail, coral fungus was coming up. With all the rain this year I would have expected more mushrooms.
  • In the Sedge Meadow, asters were abundant.
  • At the opening to the back Old Hayfield, several hickory tussock moth caterpillars were out in the open.
  • The burning bush along the edge of that field was beginning to turn.
  • On my way out through the front Old Hayfield, I had to snap the common, but striking wasp mimic, the locust borer beetle on goldenrod.
Sugar maple at the Carriage House
Cabbage whites mating
Poison ivy
Virginia creeper
Ferns in deep shade
Staghorn sumac
Leatherwood
Cinnamon fern
Rolled basswood leaves
Spicebush
Coral fungus
Asters in the Sedge Meadow
Hickory tussock moth caterpillars
Burning bush
Locust borer beetle

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Barred Owl
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 4 Eastern Phoebe
  • 7 Blue Jay
  • 2 American Crow
  • 9 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 4 Tufted Titmouse
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 3 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 4 Field Sparrow
  • 2 White-throated Sparrow
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 4 Clouded Sulphur
  • 7 Orange Sulphur
  • 2 Pearl Crescent2 Hickory tussock moth
Caterpillars
  • 2 Hickory tussock moth
Fungus
  • 1 Coral fungus

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