Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 81°F, mostly cloudy and windy on July 6, 2022.
- A nice day with 19 species of butterflies.
- In particular, common wood-nymph was out in number.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- It was getting warm along the Scots Pine Allée on the way to the Fern Glen.
- From overhead the burbling of a young eastern bluebird floated down.
- The Little Bluestem Meadow to the left had been mowed, but the field to the right had not and the dogbane patch was attracting a number of butterflies including a banded hairstreak.
- Stalks of enchanter's nightshade lined one side of the path through the Old Gravel Pit.
- Flowers form from the top with the older ones becoming bristly seeds lower down. They release from socks very politely compared to some other species.
- An eastern comma errupted from a sunny spot along the path and landed on broad, sunny leaf. Several would be encountered today.
- A white-tailed unicorn bolted from a dense snag along the path.
- In the Fern Glen, tall meadow-rue was starting to bloom at the entrance to the limestone cobble.
- It actually stands nearly shoulder high.
- Closer to the ground, delicate lopseed was starting to bloom.
- Again, these flowers are older at the bottom where they will again wait as seeds for passing socks
- Purple-flowering raspberry had started last week.
- Off the boardwalk through the fen, a hint of yellow could be spotted.
- Swamp candles had started the week before, as well.
- On the other side of the boardwalk, swamp milkweed was getting ready to bloom. It usually follows common milkweed to stretch out the milkweed flowering season.
- Limber honeysuckle berries were ripening.
- Horsebalm was not ready to bloom, but the leaves were beginning to take on their lemon scent.
- From the deck, a bit of pink could be seen near the base of the stone bridge.
- Invasive Japanese spirea was beginning to bloom.
- The front of the pond was hiding several secrets.
- Lizard's-tail would not be able to hide long once the air fills with its sweet scent.
- A dragonfly was motionless in the tall blades.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.