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April 27, 2022

Trail Report for April 27, 2022

Squirrel Corn

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 50°F, partly cloudy and windy on April 27, 2022.
  • The air was even cooler than last week.
  • At least that was good for keeping short lived flowers in bloom.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • It took two sweatshirts with the hood up to get down the road to the Carriage House.
  • The cool, however, was keeping the magnolia and Bradford pear blooming.
  • From time to time the clouds would scatter over the Little Bluestem Meadow and Gifford House.
  • Canada mayflower was budding along the path through the Old Gravel Pit.
  • Gusts were still making taller plants, such as invasive garlic mustard a challenge to photo.
  • A trio of oak galls was clinging to the side of the trail.
  • Some kind of cress was spreading along the path.
  • Fine leaves, tiny flowers and long pods seem common among a number of species.
  • Oaks are famous for hanging on to their leaves, but beech are "marcescent" as well.
  • Melting snow and frozen ground is the usual cause of flooding at the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit.
  • Backing up just a bit gets one to a convenient detour.
  • This goes by the deer management kiosk and deer exclosure - where the forest floor can be compared with and without deer foraging.
  • Several visitors were exploring the Fern Glen.
  • Spicebush had been blooming for a week by this time.
  • Rue anemone had started up back then as well.
  • Miterwort (or bishop's cap - both names referring to the leaves) was newly blooming.
  • And what a bloom. How should this be named if for the blossom rather than the leave?
  • Interesting was pink Dutchman's breeches.
  • White is the usual color.
  • Squirrel corn usually has a pinkish tinge here.
  • A remnant from earlier days, Siberian bugloss was up and blooming.
  • The blossom reminds one of forget-me-not.
  • Cool weather had favored the short blooming twinleaf.
  • Trillium, both large-flowered and red were doing well today.
  • Many colonies of large-flowered bellwort could be found in and around the limestone cobble.
  • Both toothworts - regular and cut-leaved - were blooming now.
  • Around by the kiosk, mayapple was pushing up.
  • Back near the boardwalk through the fen, shad bush was blooming.
  • Again, the winds made it tricky trying to get a closer look.
  • Closer to the ground, leatherleaf was calmer but easy to overlook.
  • The little white bells were worth looking for.
  • Way in the back of the Glen, large yellow lady's-slipper was finally putting up shoots. We'll keep you posted on the progress of this favorite.
  • By the stone bridge was a personal favorite, plantain-leaved sedge.
  • The barber shop stripes on the stem and bad hair anthers make such a scene.
  • Today's walk ended by the Wappinger Creek at the "Appendix".
  • And at the footbridge below, it appeared there was one less mallard than last week.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.


  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 European Starling
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 2 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Cut-leaved toothwort
  • 1 Leatherleaf
  • 1 Rue-anemone
  • 1 Siberian bugloss
  • 1 Toothwort
  • 1 Twinleaf