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August 18, 2021

New York Ironweed and Silver-spotted Skipper

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 78°F, cloudy, calm and humid at 12:30 PM on August 18, 2021.
  • The front Old Hayfield had been mowed.
  • A number of new things were blooming after a quiet stretch.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • We left off last week with these two puffballs near trail marker 10. Surprisingly, they were not that much larger this week.
  • Another surprise was in the Norway Spruce Glade at the top of the Fern Glen: a dogbane tiger moth where there's no dogbane.
  • Expected on that sunny hillside was Zabulon skipper.
  • Females have been easy to find this year, indeed one was only a few feet away.
  • In the Fern Glen proper, spikenard fruit was ripening.
  • Back in the fen, boneset was starting to bloom.
  • The tiny petals of purple-leaved willow herb perch on the end of what will become seed pod.
  • Another easy to miss flower was that of tearthumb.
  • The stem, however, is hard to miss.
  • Joe-Pye weed was being attended by a feather-legged fly.
  • Common elder berries were ripening.
  • Turtlehead was doing well this season.
  • On the path out of the fen, virgin's bower, a wild clematis, was beginning to bloom.
  • Moss and lichen were ornamental on a witch hazel trunk.
  • The narrow leaves are as interesting as the whispy flowers of water parsnip.
  • Three lobelias were blooming: Indian tobacco had started a few weeks ago.
  • Great lobelia had just started.
  • Mysterious cardinal flower could only be found in one spot.
  • Several species of aster were blooming.
  • Along the side of the pond, sneezeweed was fully in bloom.
  • New York ironweed was attracting silver-spotted skippers.
  • Across on the other side, green-headed coneflower was coming up through the ostrich fern.
  • Tiny least skippers were weaving in and out of the grasses.
  • Out in the Little Bluestem Meadow, horse nettle had been blooming since last week.
  • Field sparrows were in and out of the Scots Pine Allée.
  • And along the edge, silver-rod, a white goldenrod, was starting to bloom.
  • Lance-leaved goldenrod was easy to recognize with its narrow leaves and flat flower clusters.
  • Butter-and-eggs is usually a taller, fuller spike, but it's an easy call.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 3 Common Raven
  • 5 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 American Robin
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 5 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Dogbane Tiger Moth
  • 1 Feather-legged fly
  • 1 Spicebush Swallowtail
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 5 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 1 Meadow Fritillary
  • 3 Common Ringlet
  • 6 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 3 Least Skipper
  • 2 Zabulon Skipper
  • 1 Butter-and-eggs
  • 1 Cardinal flower
  • 1 Great lobelia
  • 1 Lance-leaved goldenrod
  • 1 New York ironweed
  • 1 Purple-leaved willow herb
  • 1 Silver-rod
  • 1 Tearthumb
  • 1 Turtlehead
  • 1 Virgin's bower