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April 14, 2021

Squirrel Corn

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 68°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 12:15 PM on April 14, 2021.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • Easily a dozen new plants were blooming in the Fern Glen today since last week.
  • Several butterflies were seen today.

The Trails

  • Canada mayflower was coming up along the Cary Pines Trail. If there isn't already a silly collective term for it I would suggest "regatta".
  • In the Fern Glen, bloodroot is abundant this year.
  • Last week's spicebush buds had burst into flower.
  • Alien fumewort has been reported as a problem plant, but it's behaved itself here over the years.
  • Rue-anemone is always a welcome sight with its whorl of mitten-like leaves.
  • The strange flower of wild ginger makes one wonder about this plant.
  • Trout lily flowers are doing well this year - leaves are often all we see.
  • Buds of cut-leaved toothwort might have opened by the end of this walk.
  • Twinleaf has such a short lived flower, it may have dropped a petal by then.
  • Large-flowered trillium lasts quite a while, only getting more interesting in age.
  • Only one of several Uvularia species we have, large-flowered bellwort is the first to bloom.
  • I thought squirrel corn was a new species here, but no: just seldom seen. Though distinctly different close up, it does blend in when growing with Dutchman's breeches.
  • An unassuming native in our area is American fly honeysuckle.
  • Near the kiosk, mayapple was pushing up through last year's leaves.
  • Look carefully in the "grass" around it.
  • It's actually Pennsylvania sedge and it's blooming.
  • A number of trees along the Scots Pine Allée had died and were taken down for safety. Pity for the woodpeckers - it's been said that a tree is more valuable to wildlife dead than alive.
  • The specks of white behind the log pile were flowers of shadbush.
  • Since last week there had been an explosion of magnolia blossoms at the Carriage House.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 4 Wild Turkey
  • 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Tree Swallow
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 10 American Robin
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 2 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 1 Cabbage White
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 1 American fly honeysuckle
  • 1 Bloodroot
  • 1 Fumewort
  • 1 Large-flowered bellwort
  • 1 Large-flowered trillium
  • 1 Pennsylvania sedge
  • 1 Rue-anemone
  • 1 Squirrel-corn
  • 1 Trout-lily
  • 1 Twinleaf
  • 1 Wild ginger