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 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.