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August 12, 2020


Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 80°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 2:00 PM on August 12, 2020.
  • The humidity must have been near 100%.
  • It was a long walk...
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The Wappinger Creek at trail marker 10 was moving right along from recent rains.
  • Above the Fern Glen, a well worn duskywing species was nectaring on wild basil.
  • Shadows were upon the Fern Glen pond.
  • A bull frog and painted turtle were still out under the filtered sun.
  • There was color at the back of the pond.
  • At the pond's edge, New York ironweed was blooming.
  • On the other side of the path, spotted Joe-Pye weed was finally blooming in earnest.
  • Brushing my elbow was sneezeweed.
  • A pair of mating ambush bugs was on the neighboring flower head.
  • An alarming sight was autumn red leaves on the poison sumac.
  • Speckled alder catkins were getting ready for next season.
  • A female scorpion fly landed nearby.
  • Turtlehead was real close to blooming.
  • Lemony smelling horsebalm was finally blooming.
  • Indian tobacco was forming the balloon-like pods on which its Latin name was based: Lobelia inflata.
  • A relative of Jack-in-the-pulpit, green dragon, was coming up along a foot bridge.
  • White wood aster was blooming on higher, dryer land.
  • Off the edge of the fen's boardwalk, boneset was blooming.
  • The joined leaves were once thought to indicate that the plant was useful for healing broken bones.
  • In a few places, swamp milkweed was forming pods.
  • Near the stone bridge, starflower was forming its tiny fruit.
  • The bridge itself is worthy of a look about.
  • Little maidenhair spleenwort was growing out of the mortar between the stones.
  • On the way out of the 'Glen, that Indian pipe from two weeks ago was still going.
  • A nice example of clearweed was growing on the mossy pavement.
  • The leaves and developing flowers left little doubt that this is in the nettle family.
  • Another common yard plant right near by was smartweed .
  • It was still a hike to return to Gifford House on this humid afternoon, but there was a breeze the whole way.
  • Next week: The Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Great Crested Flycatcher
  • 5 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Wood Thrush
  • 5 Chipping Sparrow
  • 4 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Erynnis Duskywing Genus
  • 2 Zabulon Skipper
  • 1 Boneset
  • 1 Horse-balm
  • 1 New York ironweed
  • 1 Smartweed
  • 1 Sneezeweed
  • 1 White wood aster