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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

  • It was 80°F, partly cloudy and calm at 1:30 PM on July 5, 2017.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • New butterflies included coral hairstreak, common wood-nymph and dun skipper.
  • Many small obscure moths were under foot on the trails.

The Trails

  • Along the road side of Gifford House parking, common milkweed was blooming well.
  • Off the end of the parking lot, invasive crown vetch was at its peak.
  • Behind the Carriage House, black raspberries were ripening - looks like a good year for them.
  • In spite of having been mowed earlier this season, the patch of spreading dogbane was blooming.
  • It was very popular with great spangled fritillaries.
  • Silver-spotted skippers were probably in equal numbers.
  • How did a moth that big get into the brochure box in the Old Gravel Pit?
  • Oh, it came in as a caterpillar and pupated; and now the adult hatched.
  • It was the eastern tent caterpillar moth.
  • Wild basil was blooming along the road to the Fern Glen.
  • A wrapped up goldenrod suggested a caterpillar was within.
  • But no, it was a big spider or at least its babies.
  • In the limestone cobble, the comical twinleaf pods now looked like they were loosing their teeth.
  • Fruit of the maple-leaved viburnum was forming.
  • Purple-flowering raspberry seemed very late to bloom, but a later check said maybe a week.
  • Back in the fen, arrow arum was blooming with its jack-in-the-pulpit-like flower.
  • Round-leaved sundew was back again - some years it seems completely absent.
  • A surprise was an Abbot's sphinx caterpillar in an elderberry - it was actually on Virginai creeper that was winding through the elderberry.
  • A closer examination of the elderberry itself revealed fruit forming.
  • A native loosestrife, swamp candles was blooming.
  • Up above, poison sumac berries were forming.
  • Down below, large cranberry was flowering.
  • On the way back out of the 'Glen, a caterpillar had balled up leaflets of a fern.
  • Out on the creek side of the Cary Pines Trail, little moths were scattering with each step. They've been on every trail today. Maybe by next week I'll have an ID.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
Abbot's Sphinx

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 3 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 1 American Crow
  • 6 Tree Swallow
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 2 Veery
  • 1 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 2 Cabbage White
  • 11 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 3 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 3 Silver-spotted Skipper
Caterpillars
  • 1 Abbot's sphinx
Plants
  • 1 Arrow arum
  • 1 Crown vetch
  • 1 Japanese spiraea
  • 1 Large cranberry
  • 1 Purple-flowering raspberry
  • 1 Swamp candles
  • 1 Wild basil

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 70°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 1:00 PM on June 28, 2017.
  • Today I had company on the trails and our route was just a little different.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail and some of the Cary Pines Trail.
  • There were no new butterflies today, but old favorites entertained us.

The Trails

  • We started on the Cary Pines Trail from the Fern Glen end and spotted a male ebony jewelwing from the damselfly side of the dragonflies.
  • A small moth was resting in the hay-scented fern.
  • For demonstration purposes, a dog tick came out from a walk earlier today.
  • The confused eusarca was a good example of a typical inchworm moth.
  • One of our largest butterflies, the eastern tiger swallowtail gave us sufficient, if not great, views behind the Carriage House.
  • The Stewartia back there had lots of buds just beginning to open.
  • It's a fair sized tree with bark very much like sycamore.
  • In the front Old Hayfield, a male common whitetail was soaking up some sun.
  • Cool air and warm sun was good for viewing both sides of butterflies - a red admiral would close its wings when it was warm enough...
  • ... and open them to the sun when it got cool.
  • A nice find in the back of the field was a monarch caterpillar feeding on common milkweed.
  • The squeek of basket ball sneeker told us a rose-breasted grosbeak was above.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail, an Appalachian brown gave us views from below....
  • ... and from above.
  • On the Wappinger Creek Trail, a gypsy moth caterpillar looked mighty big, but it was dead. We would encounter quite a few like that.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, a deer let us almost walk right by before it bolted into the woods.
  • As the matching bookend to our walk today, another ebony jewelwing paused for us - this time there was a white spot at the apex of the forewing: it was a female.
  • Next week: just the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 3 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 3 American Crow
  • 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 Veery
  • 1 Wood Thrush
  • 5 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 3 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
Butterflies
  • 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 1 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 9 Cabbage White
  • 11 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 7 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 9 Silver-spotted Skipper
Caterpillars
  • 1 Gypsy Moth
Plants
  • 1 Fringed loosestrife
  • 1 Spiked lobelia
  • 1 Stewartia
Moth
  • 1 Confused eusarca

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