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August 26, 2020

Spotted Touch-me-not

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 75°F, mostly clear and windy at 4:00 PM on August 26, 2020.
  • Cool air and warm sun was a nice change.
  • Birds and butterflies were both pretty quiet this afternoon.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The late afternoon light was low on the Wappinger Creek at trail marker 10.
  • A jewelbox spider web was illuminated by half a sunbeam.
  • Still, from a distance, it was invisible between its two anchoring trees.
  • Out on the Cary Pines Trail, a colony of Indian pipe was showing its age.
  • A sunny patch where the trail lets out above the Fern Glen was a typical place to find...
  • ... a Zabulon skipper.
  • Pearly everlasting seems to like the loose, dry soils there.
  • In the 'Glen, tall bellflower was still blooming.
  • In the sunny limestone cobble, wood nettle was easier to examine than in the dark woods earlier.
  • The terminal female flowers would develop little black beebee seeds in the spikey, green cups.
  • And the male flowers would remain below under the leaves.
  • Usually blue, great lobelia occasionally occurs in pure white.
  • A surprise was a green dragon flower right behind the pond. We'd seen leaves before, but in a completely different area.
  • Little Herb-Robert has been going non-stop since early spring. Here is also a bundle of green seeds and the empty base of an earlier set.
  • Spotted touch-me-not was blooming now - not profusely, but widely scattered.
  • Such an innocent little flower is tearthumb. Its stalk is another matter.
  • Rough-leaved goldenrod, with its large basal leaves and fondness of wetlands, is an easy goldenrod to ID.
  • Oh, and the flower is certainly that of a goldenrod.
  • Lower to the ground, Jack-in-the-pulpit fruit was forming.
  • Climbing hemp weed didn't seem to be doing so well this year, but was looking better than it was earlier on.
  • Its always nice to see whorled aster, and not just because it is so distinct among the bewildering asters.
  • We had to get in a mushroom today; the size alone was enough for this one to make the roster.
  • Green-headed coneflower is interesting to watch as its petals develop from little green horns to great yellow paddles.
  • Great lobelia had not been doing so well this year, but by the deck was a nice stand.
  • Out along the trail through the Old Gravel Pit, White snakeroot was getting ready to bloom.
  • And out in the Little Bluestem Meadow, spreading dogbane was still going strong.
  • Next week: The Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Great Crested Flycatcher
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Cabbage White
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Zabulon Skipper
  • 1 Pearly everlasting
  • 1 Rough-leaved goldenrod
  • 1 Tearthumb
  • 1 Whorled aster