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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 the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • It was 75°F, partly cloudy and calm at 1:45 PM on August 12, 2015.
  • Yesterday's inch of rain had followed several weeks of dry.
  • The result today was butterflies sipping salts and minerals on the dirt roads.
  • American goldfinch were heard in virtually every location along the trails.

The Trails

Great Lobelia

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 1 American Crow
  • 6 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Wood Thrush
  • 1 American Robin
  • 3 Gray Catbird
  • 3 Cedar Waxwing
  • 12 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 3 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 14 Cabbage White
  • 7 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Orange Sulphur
  • 12 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 21 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 13 Pearl Crescent
  • 2 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Appalachian Brown
  • 10 Common Ringlet
  • 1 Common Wood-Nymph
Plants
  • 1 Arrow-leaved tearthumb
  • 1 Common smartweed
  • 1 Great lobelia
  • 1 Purple loosestrife
  • 1 Purple-leaved willow herb
  • 1 White wood aster
  • 1 Whorled aster
Moth
  • 1 White-striped Black

Notes and Changes since last report

  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • It was 75°F, mostly cloudy and windy at 3:00 PM on August 5, 2015.
  • A quite later start than I had planned...
  • None the less, pearl crescents and common ringlets were out in good numbers.

The Trails

  • The front Old Hayfield was the spot to find those pearl crescents and common ringlets.
  • Goldenrods were beginning to bloom in the front Old Hayfield.
  • It was not that Fall was coming early, but that of the 50+ species in the Northeast, some bloom early.
  • The Sedge Meadow Trail was active with birds and butterflies both.
  • Only newly blooming boneset sat still enough for a photo.
  • The back Old Hayfield was the better place to find Great spangled fritillaries and northern broken-dashes.
  • The northern broken-dashes liked to perch on top of the dogbanes, which were now forming seed pods.
  • The brilliant, metallic dogbane beetles were still around.
  • Backtracking through the Sedge Meadow Trail, I came across a norther pearly-eye at the intersection with the Wappinger Creek Trail.
  • That particular spot often has one or two of them, but today there was also a lot of bird activity over head.
  • Included in the mob were young Baltimore oreoles, cardinals, scarlet tanagers and rose-breasted grosbeaks .
  • Through the Old Pasture then down along the Wappinger Creek, the path took me to another bird hot spot with worm-eating warblers and cedar waxwings.
  • Then, on the approach to the Appendix, a great blue heron spotted me and took off down stream.
  • And I took off til... next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Cedar Waxwing

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Great Blue Heron
  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 2 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 3 House Wren
  • 1 Wood Thrush
  • 3 American Robin
  • 7 Gray Catbird
  • 7 Cedar Waxwing
  • 2 Worm-eating Warbler
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 3 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 2 Northern Cardinal
  • 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 2 Baltimore Oriole
  • 8 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 2 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 10 Cabbage White
  • 3 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 9 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 4 Meadow Fritillary
  • 23 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 3 Appalachian Brown
  • 14 Common Ringlet
  • 10 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Least Skipper
  • 5 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 2 Mulberry Wing
Plants
  • 1 Goldenrod
Moth
  • 2 Snowberry Clearwing

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