Notes and Changes since last report
- This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
- It was 85°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 12:00 PM on September 2, 2015.
- Trails have been mown and brush trimmed back.
- The front Old Hayfield was mowed.
- The front Old Field has been mowed to keep it a field free of shrubs and trees.
- Along the unmown edge, invasive but pretty spotted knapweed attracted a Peck's skipper.
- Something flew around my head and dove into a cedar along the dry side of the Sedge Meadow Trail.
- Surprise, it was a red admiral. Strange place for a red admiral...
- The low side of the trail was, as last week, throbbing with birds including red-eyed vireo.
- In the back Old Hayfield, goldenrods were pulling in locust borers. We usually think of bees, but beetles are major pollinators as well.
- Next year, the back field will be mown with the front remaining as refuge for late season wildlife and overwintering eggs, larvae and pupae.
- The fungus by the watershed kiosk on the Wappinger Creek Trail was expanding. I've seen these grow 1-1/2" in diameter per day.
- A little farther along was an interesting blue-green mushroom.
- As I approached the "Appendix", something looked a little different up ahead... Actually it was arump.
- She was aware of me sitting on the bench watching her browse the shrubs.
- Eventually she wandered upstream, playing peek-a-boo along the way.
- Wandering back towards the parking lot, I stepped back as something again flew around my head. It was the size and color of a pearl crescent, but the place and behavour were odd... It was a harvester, our only carnivorous butterfly: Its caterpillar eats woolly aphids, typically on alders. But by now we were in a dry conifer forest... Another mystery.