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  • It was 90°F and partly cloudy with light breezes at 12:00 PM on July 6, 2016.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • The milkweed was in a strange state with some some finished blooming, some yet to bloom, but few in the act.

The Trails

  • The scorched path across the front Old Hayfield had only a tiny oasis of shade.
  • Larger patches of shade along the Sedge Meadow Trail helped along the way to refuge at the boardwalk.
  • A brief peek across the Sedge Meadow itself turned up little.
  • The back Old Hayfield had a rim of shade.
  • Spiked lobelia was way in the back of the field.
  • A dash through the Old Pasture and we were in the sanctuary of the Wappinger Creek Trail with tall trees and flowing water.
  • But where were the northern pearly-eyes? It took a couple passes through their usual haunt at the entrance to prompt one to come out.
  • Down in the flood plain before the "Appendix", several Canada lilies were blooming.
  • They looked fresh and brand new.
  • At several spots along the way, there had been the distant buzzy trill of a bird. Now it was close enough to call back to and yes it was the worm-eating warbler.
  • There were several in the group allowing views from different angles including a nice view of the head stripes.
  • Meanwhile, almost under foot was hemp nettle.
  • The tiny flowers are interesting. This plant is considered invasive in some areas, but perhaps not here.
  • On the other hand, Japanese spiraea is considered invasive.
  • Its fuzzy pink corymbs made it an attractive landscape plant. Then it got away.
  • Either side of the foot bridge by the "Appendix" offered safe, up close views of wood nettle, now in bloom.
  • Likewise, with a similar obscure flower, stinging nettle was there to compare.
  • Just beyond, closer to the creek bank was the tree-like angelica. It must be over 6 feet tall.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Canada Lily

Sightings

Birds
  • 2 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 2 American Crow
  • 1 Tree Swallow
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 5 American Robin
  • 7 Gray Catbird
  • 2 European Starling
  • 1 Cedar Waxwing
  • 4 Worm-eating Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 2 Common Yellowthroat
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 3 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 8 Cabbage White
  • 3 Clouded Sulphur
  • 10 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 3 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 3 Appalachian Brown
  • 24 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 15 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Monarch
  • 3 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 4 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 8 Dun Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Canada lily
  • 1 Hemp nettle
  • 1 Japanese spiraea
  • 1 Spiked lobelia
  • 1 Stinging nettle
  • 1 Wood nettle

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 80°F and partly cloudy with light breezes at 1:00 PM on June 29, 2016.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • It's been 2 weeks since the last report - new arrivals of species are over that period.

The Trails

  • The action today started right over Gifford House parking lot when a pack of eastern kingbirds and red-winged blackbirds mobbed a red-tailed hawk.
  • Around the edge of the parking lot, common milkweed and Canada thistle were quietly starting to bloom.
  • Movement in the middle of the road to the Carriage House stopped me.
  • There on the hot gravel in the blazing sun was a American green frog.
  • Behind the Carriage House stood Stewartia, the tree with sycamore-like bark and an un-sycamore-like flower.
  • At the back of the Little Bluestem Meadow, the stand of spreading dogbane was doing very well.
  • Near the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit, shinleaf was a surprise.
  • In the Fern Glen, new fruits were forming such as those of bluebead, bellwort, and Soloman's seals - false and true.
  • Tall meadow rue, and lopseed were among the few things starting to bloom.
  • It was apparent that purple-flowering raspberry had been going for a while.
  • All the way in the back of the 'Glen, wild sarsaparilla was producing berries surprisingly larger than its tiny flowers of earlier.
  • In the fen, swamp candles had been going a while already.
  • Swamp milkweed still had quite a way to go.
  • Easy to miss in spite of its name was large cranberry.
  • Near the front of the pond, Turk's cap lily was budding up.
  • Carrion flower had finished flowering and was working on big clusters of berries.
  • Right at the front of the pond, lizard's tail and wild mint were starting.
  • A little patch of mud attracted an eastern tailed-blue for moisture and minerals.
  • Off the edge in the water, broad-leaved arrowhead seemed to be starting up.
  • On the way out of the 'Glen was tiny enchanter's nightshade.
  • There too were spikenard and black cohosh just barely beginning to open.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
Common milkweed

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 3 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 3 Eastern Kingbird
  • 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
  • 3 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 2 American Crow
  • 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 Veery
  • 2 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 3 Ovenbird
  • 2 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 3 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 4 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 1 House Finch
  • 2 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 9 Cabbage White
  • 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 11 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 2 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 1 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 9 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Northern Broken-Dash
Plants
  • 1 Broad-leaved arrowhead
  • 1 Canada thistle
  • 1 Common milkweed
  • 1 Enchanter's nightshade
  • 1 Large cranberry
  • 1 Lizard's-tail
  • 1 Purple-flowering raspberry
  • 1 Shinleaf
  • 1 Spikenard
  • 1 Spreading dogbane
  • 1 Stewartia
  • 1 Swamp candles
  • 1 Tall meadow-rue
  • 1 Wild mint

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