Broad Beech Fern
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 86°F, mostly clear and breezy at 1:00 PM on July 7, 2021.
- Acadian flycatcher was calling near the Fern Glen again.
- Common wood-nymph was out in number today.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- We begin where we left off last week: the bench at the "appendix", as I like to call the area about Trail Marker 10.
- Banded hairstreaks were still perching in the sun and rising in spirals when ever another passed by.
- Down by the water, Japanese spirea was starting to bloom.
- The flowers are the obvious reason for the introduction of this invasive.
- After all the rain we've been having, a few mushrooms were no surprise.
- On the way to the Fern Glen, something rose off the path and flew into the open woods off the side.
- Barely visible was a mourning cloak that landed on a tree trunk.
- From the side its dark triangle registers to the trained eye.
- On the hillside above the Fern Glen, invasive black swallowwort was growing unmolested. Monarchs recognize it as a milkweed relative and will lay eggs on it, but it is deadly to the caterpillars.
- The deep maroon flower looks almost black.
- The smooth, slender pods often occur in pairs, resembling a swallow's tail.
- Our native narrow-leaved mountain-mint was growing not far away.
- The small but interesting flowers are attractive to a number of insects including plume moths.
- A red admiral was licking the pavement.
- They can be almost invisible when the wings are closed showing only the cryptic underside.
- Spikenard at the top of the 'Glen was not as large as in other years.
- But it was blooming and attracting small beetles and flies.
- Ah, tall yellow up ahead.
- Great St. Johnswort was blooming.
- In the limestone cobble, broad beech fern was doing well this year.
- Tiny-flowered honewort was easy to miss.
- Red-eyed vireos call incessantly, but are not that easy to see.
- The pond was very clear today.
- Red-spotted newts were floating just below the surface.
- The leaves of lopseed look very much like those of white snakeroot.
- The little flowers however, look like no others.
- Out in the poor fen, that mystery St. Johnswort blooming again. It may be shrubby St. Johnswort
- The books are finally yielding some clues, but that will require a closer look at the stems, flowers and leaves.
- A monarch passed by and landed in the afternoon sun.
- Swamp milkweed was in good shape this year.
- It was just starting to bloom. Compare the individual blossoms to those of black swallowwort.
- At the front of the pond, lizard's tail was just beginning to bloom.
- It seems surprising that such an odd flower would smell so sweet.
- Something had been eating the spotted touch-me-not.
- The flower too, on closer examination, showed some damage.
- Back out in the Old Gravel Pit section of the Cary Pines Trail was a nice little stand of enchanter's nightshade.
- Why does such a tiny flower have such a big name?
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.