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July 07, 2021

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.

The Trails

  • 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.


  • 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Acadian Flycatcher
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 2 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 House Wren
  • 6 Veery
  • 2 American Robin
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 1 European Starling
  • 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
  • 2 Pine Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 American Goldfinch
  • 3 Cabbage White
  • 9 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 25 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Mourning Cloak
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 2 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 14 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Least Skipper
  • 1 Plume moth
  • 1 Great St. Johnswort
  • 1 Honewort
  • 1 Lizard's-tail
  • 1 Narrow-leaved mountain-mint
  • 1 Shrubby St. Johnswort ?
  • 1 Spotted touch-me-not
  • 1 Swamp milkweed