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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

Notes and Changes since last report

  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • It was 85°F, partly cloudy and calm at 11:45 AM on July 29, 2015.
  • And that was in the shade... the promise of mid 90s got me out early hoping to miss the hottest.
  • Common ringlet and meadow fritillary were each ramping up another brood.

The Trails

  • Behind the Carriage House, green-eyed coneflower was starting to bloom.
  • On the road to the Fern Glen, a large thistle was blooming.
  • At the back of the pond, gold seal had ripening berries.
  • In the poor fen, steeplebush, a native spiraea, was getting pretty.
  • Off the boardwalk, an aster seemed to be blooming early.
  • Near by, was a single blossom of square-stemmed monkey flower .
  • The sundew had stalks since I first noticed it a few weeks ago...
  • But only now was its tiny flower opening.
  • A bigger flower, but farther out, was that of a St. Johnswort.
  • No question about horsebalm except maybe where the name came from.
  • Competition for a mate made for an amusing pile up of Japanese beetles on a sassafras.
  • The week before, spotted jewelweed was happening in the Sedge Meadow Trail, but in the 'Glen it was looking a bit weak.
  • Elderberry berries, however, were plentiful and ripening.
  • It was getting pretty warm by now. Even the painted turtle was staying in the water.
  • The cool shade of the Cary Pines Trail was welcome...
  • Around the junction with the Wappinger Creek Trail - the Appendix, I like to call it - is a sandy hillside overlooking the Creek. Each year I find signs of burrowing bees, but no bees.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • Maybe we'll see them then.
Green-headed Coneflower

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Tufted Titmouse
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 4 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 5 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 5 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Tufted Titmouse
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 4 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 5 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 5 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 1 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 2 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 23 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Meadow Fritillary
  • 11 Pearl Crescent
  • 9 Common Ringlet
  • 9 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Northern Broken-Dash
Plants
  • 1 Aster
  • 1 Green-headed coneflower
  • 1 Steeplebush
  • 1 Round-leaved sundew
  • 1 St. Johnswort
  • 1 Thistle

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