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April 28, 2021

Black-and-white Warbler

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 70°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 1:00 PM on April 28, 2021.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
  • It was T-shirt weather and warblers were coming through.
  • As for butterflies, the first clouded sulphur showed up at the end of the walk.

The Trails

  • Redbud was pretty in front of Gifford House.
  • In the back, the trails had their first mowing of the season.
  • There was a flurry of bird activity at the "Appendix" (Trail Marker 10) with several black-and-white warblers darting about.
  • A number of yellow-rumped warblers were in the mix as well.
  • On the Cary Pines Trail, Canada mayflower had filled out, but there was little to show for buds yet.
  • However, starflower had come up through them and was sporting flower buds.
  • At the top of the Fern Glen, miterwort was blooming with its tiny, snow flake flowers.
  • One hobblebush was blooming, unmolested by deer.
  • A few feet away, false rue anemone was blooming.
  • Something not seen every year was wild bleeding heart.
  • Faithful Siberian bugloss comes up every year.
  • The small flowers suggest forget-me-not, and I hope we don't: it took a few years to figure them out.
  • Wild oats is our least common species of Uvularia - the bellworts.
  • Around the pond, ostrich fern was coming up.
  • A yellowish form of red trillium was a puzzle for some time.
  • Besides the red ovary, the red veins hint at its ID.
  • Maidenhair fern has the strangest fiddleheads.
  • At the back of the pond is a stand of blue cohosh.
  • The flower is not conspicuous, but worth a closer look.
  • Hard to miss is cinnamon fern. The dense pubescence endures as tufts at the bases of leaflets.
  • A strange holdover from former times is Paris, a relative of trillium.
  • Off the boardwalk, in the poor fen, leatherleaf was blooming.
  • Bog rosemary was not far behind.
  • Blueberry looked like it would take just a little longer.
  • In the back of the 'Glen Yellow lady's slipper was sending up shoots. We'll keep you posted on their progress...
  • By the stone bridge, plantain-leaved sedge was still in bloom from the week before.
  • This is worth getting on hands and knees - I love the bands.
  • Behind the kiosk, mayapple was up now.
  • A little farther back was Jack-in-the-pulpit.
  • Back on Cary Pines Trail, the first flowers of invasive garlic mustard were out.
  • Wild strawberry was growing in the path through the Scots Pine Allée.
  • Of course, dwarf cinquefoil was keeping it company.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 2 Northern Flicker
  • 3 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 2 American Robin
  • 1 European Starling
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Cabbage White
  • 1 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Blue cohosh
  • 1 Dwarf cinquefoil
  • 1 Garlic mustard
  • 1 Hobble-bush
  • 1 Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • 1 Miterwort
  • 1 Paris
  • 1 Red trillium
  • 1 Redbud
  • 1 Siberian bugloss
  • 1 Wild bleeding-heart
  • 1 Wild oats
  • 1 Wild strawberry