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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 60°F, mostly cloudy and windy at 12:00 PM on April 15, 2015.
  • Spring was finally beginning to appear as a barely perceptible greening of the Old Hayfields.
  • The internal roads opened April 1, but With all the lingering snow and ice, the trails' opening was delayed until April 11.
  • This is the first trail report of this season.
Front Old Hayfield

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 3 Tree Swallow
  • 8 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Brown Creeper
  • 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 3 American Robin
  • 2 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Palm Warbler
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 5 Dark-eyed Junco
  • 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
Butterflies
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 3 Eastern Comma
Insects
  • 1 Water strider
Plants
  • 1 Coltsfoot
  • 1 Japanese cornelian cherry
  • 1 Red maple
  • 1 Sharp-lobed hepatica
  • 1 Skunk cabbage
  • 1 Snowdrop

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 50°F, overcast and windy at 12:00 PM on October 22, 2014.
  • Again, I hoped to beat the forecasted rain with an early start; it began to sprinkle just at the end. OK.
  • The grounds close for the season at the end of the month - that's next week - and reopen April 1.
  • This will be the last trail report of this season.

The Trails

  • It looked like a bleak November day across the front Old Hayfield by Gifford House.
  • A downy woodpecker worked its way across the road, parking lot, then field.
  • Along the dry side of the Sedge Meadow Trail, a song sparrow perched with a look of astonishment on its face.
  • Farther along, several puffballs were coming up.
  • On the wet side of the Trail, I thought I heard a blue-headed vireo, but found a fox sparrow instead.
  • On the way to the Old Pasture was a familiar mushroom; I always think of pierogis when I see them.
  • This week I offer the "other view" from the bluff over the Wappinger Creek.
  • At the foot bridge on the approach to the Appendix (the area of trail marker 10) witch's butter was appearing on a dead branch.
  • Next to it, another but very different fungus was on another piece of wood.
  • In the Fern Glen, spicebush was holding onto its golden leaves.
  • Usually inconspicuous, Maple-leaved viburnum was sporting that blue aura over pink that I've come to recognize.
  • A fine mist began to fall as I discussed the past week, summer, and season with a passer by. We went on our ways.
  • We'll discuss the winter in April.

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 5 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 3 Downy Woodpecker
  • 7 Blue Jay
  • 1 American Crow
  • 1 Common Raven
  • 8 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 26 American Robin
  • 1 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Fox Sparrow
  • 2 Song Sparrow
  • 30 Dark-eyed Junco
  • 2 Northern Cardinal

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