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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 1/2 the trail system - the Wappinger Creek Trail side. Next week will be the Cary Pines Trail side.
  • It was 80°F and partly cloudy at 2:30 PM on June 23, 2015.
  • Common milkweed was blooming.
  • New butterfly arrivals included common wood-nymph, northern pearly-eye and "the witches".
  • Special guest appearance was striped hairstreak.

The Trails

  • As expected, common milkweed was blooming at the edge of the Gifford House parking lot.
  • As my favorite nectar souce, it was host to a number of butterflies and other creatures. Common ringlet was one of them.
  • At the corner of the front Old Hayfield, the patch of pink yarrow was in bloom.
  • The striped hairstreak was in several locations today; it is not nearly as common as the banded hairstreak.
  • Great spangled fritillary was out in big numbers in all the big fields.
  • In the woods, along the Wappinger Creek Trail, any sunny spot with broad leaves was a good place to look for banded hairstreaks.
  • Instead of spreading their wings open to the sun, they lean over to be perpendicular to the sun's rays - "lateral basking" they call it.
  • Compared to the striped, the banded hairstreak's bands are narrower and it lacks the red cap on the blue spot.
  • They'll perch on their own spots and when another comes by, they all errupt in a zig-zag spiral.
  • Just a few mushrooms were around. One was nicely illuminated along the side of the trail.
  • At the Watersheds kiosk, shinleaf was blooming.
  • Next week: surprises in the Fern Glen.
Mushroom in the sun

Sightings

Birds
  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 5 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 5 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 3 Tree Swallow
  • 5 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 1 American Robin
  • 5 Gray Catbird
  • 4 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Yellow Warbler
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 2 Scarlet Tanager
  • 3 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 4 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 3 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 3 Baltimore Oriole
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 10 Cabbage White
  • 21 Banded Hairstreak
  • 2 Striped Hairstreak
  • 3 Spring Azure
  • 51 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 8 Meadow Fritillary
  • 2 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 1 Appalachian Brown
  • 7 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 2 Common Ringlet
  • 1 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 4 European Skipper
  • 1 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 6 Little Glassywing
Plants
  • 1 Common milkweed
  • 1 Purple-flowering raspberry
  • 1 Shinleaf
  • 1 Swamp candles
  • 1 Yarrow
Moth
  • 1 Virginia Ctenucha

Notes and Changes since last report

  • This week's trail report covers 1/2 the trail system - the Cary Pines Trail side. Next week will be the Wappinger Creek Trail side.
  • It was 76°F and partly cloudy at 1:00 PM on June 17, 2015.
  • Again a nice day after a few with rain.
  • Common milkweed will be blooming soon.

The Trails

  • At the Gifford House parking lot, invasive crown vetch was blooming.
  • Birdsfoot trefoil may have started last week...
  • My favorite butterfly food, common milkweed, will be blooming any day.
  • Milkweed beetles are happy to eat the leaves.
  • Although the pot holes in the road to the Carriage House had been filled, the road was still attractive to butterflies.
  • That little dark triangle was a great spangled fritillary... in just about the same spot as last week.
  • On the side of the road, an already well worn silver-spotted skipper was soaking up the sun.
  • The dogbane patch in the Little Bluestem Meadow was peaking and great spangleds were there in number.
  • A pileated woodpecker burst into the scene calling with yet another back in the woods of the Old Gravel Pit.
  • There and elsewhere, partridgeberry was blooming. It's tiny, furry flower is a delight.
  • Walking down the road to the Fern Glen, I felt something on my leg... again. I always look before I swat. It was not a tick; it was not a mosquito; I don't know what it was... maybe something in orthoptera? - grasshoppers, crickets, mantids.
  • Next to the grape leaf I set it on, was another bristling with galls of some sort.
  • In the back of the 'Glen - in the fen - tiny water speedwell was blooming.
  • Along the paths, white and red baneberry were getting easier to tell apart.
  • Something zoomed into a sunny spot; it looked like one of the robber flies.
  • One more bright spot stood out as I headed back for the day: common wood sorrel, it's shadow falling on a violet leaf rather than it's own clover-like leaves.

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 3 Chimney Swift
  • 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 1 Warbling Vireo
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 Brown Creeper
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 4 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 2 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 3 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Yellow Warbler
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 2 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Worm-eating Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole
Butterflies
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 3 Spring Azure
  • 11 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 1 Common Ringlet
  • 5 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 3 European Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Common wood sorrel
  • 1 Crown vetch
  • 1 Partridgeberry
  • 1 Water speedwell

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