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August 21, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 79°F, calm and cloudy at 10:30 AM on August 21, 2019.
  • The sun would tease for a moment, only to be followed by a thunder shower later.
  • A fair number of butterflies were out in spite of the weather.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • First stop was the milkweed patch at the Gifford House trailhead.
  • Small milkweed bugs tried to always be on the other side of the stalk from you.
  • A well worn common wood-nymph looked like it had had a run in with a bird.
  • Once in a while skies would brighten and the goldenrods would glow.
  • One of the leaf-footed bugs was on a milkweed leaf in the weak sun.
  • The large milkweed bug is similar to the small, but the black patches number 3 rather than 5.
  • House wrens were in their usual haunt - 6 of them today.
  • Tawny-edged skippers were out on the dirt roads and on low vegetation.
  • Just a few common ringlets were in the fields.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail, an eastern comma flew out and returned to its perch at eye level.
  • The berries of gray dogwood were ripening to white.
  • Back on the low part of that trail, jumpseed was along the sides.
  • Just to be different, silky dogwood berries were ripening to blue.
  • And that was when it started to rain in earnest.
  • As soon as it stopped, a monarch flew by the autumn olive and continued across the field.
  • Forage looper moths were up and down in the matted grass.
  • Neither garden spiders nor their webs seemed disturbed by the rains.
  • A few feather-legged flies appeared abruptly and departed.
  • The Wappinger Creek Trail was dark and the sky rumbled again as the fungus, witch's butter stood out off the edge.
  • Just past that, a pair of mushrooms was just emerging from the leaf litter.
  • A little farther along, a sturdy red mushroom stood along the side of the trail.
  • The sun started to illuminate the Wappinger Creek, but was gone in a moment.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Sightings
Mammals Birds Butterflies Moth Insects Caterpillars Arthropods Fungus Herp Plants Other
1 Mourning Dove 5 Cabbage White 1 Forage Looper Moth 1 Large milkweed bug
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Meadow Fritillary 3 Hummingbird Clearwing 1 Small milkweed bug
1 Eastern Phoebe 5 Pearl Crescent 1 A feather-legged fly
2 Blue Jay 1 Eastern Comma
3 Tufted Titmouse 1 Common Ringlet
1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Common Wood-Nymph
1 Carolina Wren 2 Monarch
6 House Wren 22 Silver-spotted Skipper
1 Eastern Bluebird 4 Least Skipper
4 American Robin 2 Tawny-edged Skipper
7 Gray Catbird 1 Zabulon Skipper
4 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Baltimore Oriole
5 American Goldfinch