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Insights on trail conditions and the plants and animals you can expect to encounter throughout the seasons.

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Notes and Changes since last report

  • This week's trail report covers 1/2 the trail system - the Cary Pines Trail side. Next week will be the Wappinger Creek Trail side.
  • It was 76°F and partly cloudy at 1:00 PM on June 17, 2015.
  • Again a nice day after a few with rain.
  • Common milkweed will be blooming soon.

The Trails

  • At the Gifford House parking lot, invasive crown vetch was blooming.
  • Birdsfoot trefoil may have started last week...
  • My favorite butterfly food, common milkweed, will be blooming any day.
  • Milkweed beetles are happy to eat the leaves.
  • Although the pot holes in the road to the Carriage House had been filled, the road was still attractive to butterflies.
  • That little dark triangle was a great spangled fritillary... in just about the same spot as last week.
  • On the side of the road, an already well worn silver-spotted skipper was soaking up the sun.
  • The dogbane patch in the Little Bluestem Meadow was peaking and great spangleds were there in number.
  • A pileated woodpecker burst into the scene calling with yet another back in the woods of the Old Gravel Pit.
  • There and elsewhere, partridgeberry was blooming. It's tiny, furry flower is a delight.
  • Walking down the road to the Fern Glen, I felt something on my leg... again. I always look before I swat. It was not a tick; it was not a mosquito; I don't know what it was... maybe something in orthoptera? - grasshoppers, crickets, mantids.
  • Next to the grape leaf I set it on, was another bristling with galls of some sort.
  • In the back of the 'Glen - in the fen - tiny water speedwell was blooming.
  • Along the paths, white and red baneberry were getting easier to tell apart.
  • Something zoomed into a sunny spot; it looked like one of the robber flies.
  • One more bright spot stood out as I headed back for the day: common wood sorrel, it's shadow falling on a violet leaf rather than it's own clover-like leaves.

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 3 Chimney Swift
  • 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 1 Warbling Vireo
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 Brown Creeper
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 2 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 3 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Yellow Warbler
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 2 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Worm-eating Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole
Butterflies
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 3 Spring Azure
  • 11 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 1 Common Ringlet
  • 5 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 3 European Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Common wood sorrel
  • 1 Crown vetch
  • 1 Partridgeberry
  • 1 Water speedwell

Notes and Changes since last report

  • This week's trail report covers 1/2 the trail system - the Wappinger Creek Trail side. Next week will be the Cary Pines Trail side.
  • Like last week, it was mostly clear, a little breezy and a bit humid with 80°F at 1:00 PM on June 10, 2015.
  • Again like last week, this followed some days with precipitation.
  • Butterfly arrivals included banded hairstreak and great spangled fritillary skipper. Hackberry emperor, and long dash made special guest appearances.

The Trails

  • The dirt road between the Gifford and Carriage Houses was busy with butterflies. One dark wedge was considerably larger than the plentiful European skippers.
  • It was the first great spangled fritillary of the season.
  • Something zoomed by at the beginning of the Sedge Meadow Trail. It was the seldom seen hackberry emperor.
  • Gray dogwood was starting to bloom along there too. Spring azures were interested - they will lay their eggs here.
  • Deep in the Sedge Meadow, a skipper was lurking under a fading blue flag - it was the uncommon black dash.
  • The first Appalachian browns were out there too, but they were even more secretive.
  • As I scanned from the entrance to the back Old Hayfield, a banded hairstreak actually landed at my feet. I've taken the liberty to invert the photo...
  • The "chips" of birds are not much to go on, but the constant stream overhead suggested indigo bunting.
  • It's always worth scanning cow vetch. A Peck's skipper paused in feeding to spread wings and warm up. It's always nice to see both sides of a skipper to nail an ID...
  • The tiny lily, blue-eyed grass was looking up at me as I returned to the Sedge Meadow Trail.
  • At the base of the Watershed Kiosk on the Wappinger Creek Trail, shinleaf. was getting ready to bloom.
  • Next week, the Fern Glen and more.
Indigo bunting

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Wild Turkey
  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Great Crested Flycatcher
  • 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 2 Tree Swallow
  • 2 Brown Creeper
  • 1 Winter Wren
  • 2 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 Veery
  • 2 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Brown Thrasher
  • 2 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Blue-winged Warbler
  • 1 Yellow Warbler
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 3 Ovenbird
  • 3 Common Yellowthroat
  • 7 Eastern Towhee
  • 3 Chipping Sparrow
  • 3 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 1 Cabbage White
  • 1 Orange Sulphur
  • 1 Banded Hairstreak
  • 7 Spring Azure
  • 2 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 9 Pearl Crescent
  • 2 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 1 Red-spotted Purple
  • 1 Hackberry Emperor
  • 2 Appalachian Brown
  • 11 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 16 Common Ringlet
  • 2 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Juvenal's Duskywing
  • 33 European Skipper
  • 1 Peck's Skipper
  • 1 Long Dash
  • 1 Hobomok Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Blue-eyed grass
  • 1 Gray dogwood
  • 1 Hawkweed
Moth
  • 1 White-spotted sable moth
  • 1 White-striped Black

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