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July 03, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 80°F and partly cloudy with light breezes at 12:30 PM on July 3, 2019.
  • Northern pearly-eye, common wood-nymph, banded hairstreak, and "the Witches" were back.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The common milkweed along the Gifford House parking was all in bloom.
  • There was little butterfly activity, but an immature bug - perhaps one of the leaf-legged bugs - was interesting.
  • Of course the red milkweed beetle was easy to find.
  • In the Fern Glen, spikenard was just starting to bloom.
  • The many tiny blossoms attract a variety of insects.
  • On the banks over the fen, purple-flowering raspberry was blooming. Interestingly, this raspberry is thornless.
  • Along the fen's boardwalk, royal fern could be studied with fertile and sterile frond sections both.
  • Limber honeysuckle berries were even taking on some color while a little spider egg case hid among them.
  • In a number of places, bittersweet nightshade was blooming.
  • Male winterberry flowers were small, but easy to spot. Look for female flowers on separate plants.
  • In front of the pond, some leaves of the river birch bore bright red velvet galls, produced by a mite.
  • At the back of the pond, Joe_Pye weed was budding up.
  • In the limestone cobble, lopseed was getting ready to bloom as well.
  • Back out on the trails, the first banded hairstreaks of the season had appeared.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek side of the trail system.
Sightings
Mammals Birds Butterflies Moth Insects Caterpillars Arthropods Fungus Herp Plants Other
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Cabbage White 1 Confused Eusarca 1 Bee balm
2 Chimney Swift 2 Clouded Sulphur 1 Dogbane Tiger Moth 1 Helleborine
1 Belted Kingfisher 3 Great Spangled Fritillary 1 Snowberry Clearwing 1 Meadowsweet
1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Eastern Comma 1 The saw-wing 1 Narrow-leaved mountin-mint
1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Northern Pearly-eye 1 Pokeweed
3 Blue Jay 3 Little Wood-Satyr 1 Purple loosestrife
1 American Crow 4 Common Wood-Nymph 1 Spotted knapweed
3 Black-capped Chickadee 2 Monarch 1 Tall bellflower
2 Tufted Titmouse 2 Silver-spotted Skipper 1 Wild bergamot
2 White-breasted Nuthatch 13 Northern Broken-Dash
2 House Wren 2 Dun Skipper
1 Eastern Bluebird
6 American Robin
1 Cedar Waxwing
4 Scarlet Tanager
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 American Goldfinch