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July 15, 2020

Common Wood-nymph

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 75°F mostly cloudy and calm at 1:15 PM on July 15, 2020.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • It cleared up and warmed up through the afternoon.
  • In butterfly news, big satyrs were still around, and special skipper visitors were mulberry wing and black dash.

The Trails

  • The Cary Pines Trail had been quiet, but the sun was out over the Norway Spruce Glade - the little hillside along the road above the Fern Glen.
  • Wild basil was attracting small butterflies and the broad leaves of poison ivy were great perches for sun bathing for a variety of insects...
  • ... including a bumble bee mimicking robber fly.
  • A fresh common wood-nymph was a study in brown.
  • Inside the Fern Glen proper, tall bellflower was in bloom.
  • Great St. Johnswort had been blooming since last week and was on its way out.
  • Lopseed flowers, when pollinated, hinge - or lop - down.
  • ... unless deer browse - or lop - them off.
  • The red lily leaf beetles have eaten holes in our Turk's cap lily.
  • Repeated removal of said bugs may yet spare the flowers, still in bud.
  • Culver's root, along the pond, has been on the brink of opening for at least a week.
  • At the back of the pond, sweet pepperbush almost made a tunnel.
  • These blossoms can remain on the brink of blooming for weeks too, as I recall.
  • Out in the fen, swamp milkweed was blooming well while common milkweed had moved on to forming seed pods.
  • Chewed leaves and a sleeping sawfly larva may well have a connection.
  • And perhaps the face-like markings on the tail end are not coincidence.
  • At the end of the observation platform was a hint of blue.
  • It was our tiny colony of square-stemmed monkey flower - so called for another apparent face.
  • Spotted wintergreen was definitely blooming today - there was some doubt last time.
  • A good size oak came down near the new deck, fortunately falling in the other direction.
  • The impressive root ball had not been deep but rather wide spread.
  • It only took out one piece of railing but did flatten out quite an area where the tree tops landed.
  • On the way out of the 'Glen, easy to miss daisy fleabane was blooming.
  • Just past it, spikenard didn't seem as big as usual.
  • None the less, it was blooming now.
  • The rest of Cary Pines Trail was quiet until it let out into the Little Bluestem Meadow.
  • In spite of the shade, the dogbane was active with an American copper out in the middle of it all.
  • Along with countless skippers, a snowberry clearwing - one of the sphinx moths - was very busy probing for nectar.
  • Up in one of the trees of the Scots Pine Allée, a juvenile male yellow-bellied sapsucker was just starting to show some red throat feathers.
  • Next week: The Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Acadian Flycatcher
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 4 Blue Jay
  • 2 Barn Swallow
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Tufted Titmouse
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Carolina Wren
  • 5 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 American Robin
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 3 Scarlet Tanager
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 2 American Goldfinch
  • 1 American Copper
  • 1 Red-spotted Purple
  • 2 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 1 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 6 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 10 Dun Skipper
  • 1 Snowberry Clearwing
  • 1 Daisy fleabane
  • 1 Spikenard
  • 1 Spotted wintergreen
  • 1 Square-stemmed monkey-flower
  • 1 Tall bellflower