Notes and Changes since last report
- It was warm and calm with light breezes at 1:00 PM on June 18, 2014.
- Going back for shorts was a good idea.
- Common milkweed was just opening.
- Great spangled fritillary was back.
- It started off cool enough for long pants, but one lap around the first field was enough to change my mind.
- Common milkweed was beginning to open at the Gifford parking lot. My favorite butterfly magnet.
- The invasive crown vetch was blooming too.
- Along the front Old Hayfield, another escapee, privet, had attracted an eastern tiger swallowtail.
- Down on the Wappinger Creek Trail, tall meadow-rue was beginning to blossom.
- In the Fern Glen, daisey fleabane was starting up.
- Large-flowered bellwort seed pods were fattening up.
- False Solomon's-seal was forming berries. Compare them with those of Canada mayflower and their being in the same genus starts to not seem so odd.
- Back in the fen, bittersweet nightshade was climbing the poison sumac.
- The nightshade was blooming and the sumac seemed to be just starting.
- On the way back through the Old Gravel Pit, an unbroken egg was on the ground. Perhaps an ovenbird's?