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July 16, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 85°F and partly cloudy and breezy at 1:30 PM on July 16, 2019.
  • With thunderstorms in Wednesday's forecast, Tuesday was the choice for this week's walk.
  • Some berries and seeds were starting to appear.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The recent hot, dry stretch was showing its effects on the grass at the Gifford House trailhead.
  • Behind the Carriage House, beautybush was developing seeds.
  • Just past it, thistle was doing likewise.
  • The heat seemed to be affecting the pokeweed along the edge.
  • The flowers are not real showy, but the dark purple berries are familiar to many.
  • There are often interesting interesting discoveries after a photo is taken, such as the little wasp among the blossoms.
  • At the head of the Scots Pine Allée, newly blooming wild bergamot was being visited by a silver-spotted skipper.
  • Beebalm, another Monarda species, is not nearly as attractive to butterflies and moths, but rather is a hummingbird favorite.
  • Sometimes mistaken as a thistle, invasive spotted knapweed had started blooming.
  • Hiding in plain sight along the side of the Little Bluestem Meadow was a confused euscara, a common inchworm moth.
  • Hiding under a milkweed leaf was a dogbane tiger moth.
  • A bird darted out and missed what looked like a falling leaf. It was a Saw-wing, another inchworm moth.
  • The spreading dogbane patch is easy to miss as the trail enters the woods.
  • A few minutes of study will reveal this is skipper heaven with silver-spotted skippers being the most obvious.
  • Some common wood-nymphs sneak in there too.
  • Then the little ones are noticed. Northern broken-dashes are everywhere. It's a good spot to get familiar with them.
  • Along the road to the Fern Glen, narrow-leaved mountain mint was blooming.
  • Another plant worth a closer look, it has interesting details and attracts a variety of butterflies and other insects.
  • Indian strawberry looks good, but is flavorless.
  • A spirea native to our area is meadowsweet.
  • Out in the open, tall bellflower had started blooming, but not so in its usual shady haunts.
  • At the boardwalk through the fen, a ruby-throated hummingbird had found our only square-stemmed monkeyflower.
  • It soon moved on to the more abundant swamp milkweed.
  • Helleborine, a non-native orchid, was finally blooming.
  • It was almost exciting to find a great spangled fritillary on swamp milkweed. They are usually numerous enough to be take for granted, but not this year.
  • Off the deck, horse balm was getting ready to bloom.
  • Out at the Appendix, as I like to call the area around Trail Marker 10, those burrowing bees were back.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek side of the trail system.
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo1 Cabbage White1 Confused Eusarca1 Bee balm
2 Chimney Swift2 Clouded Sulphur1 Dogbane Tiger Moth1 Helleborine
1 Belted Kingfisher3 Great Spangled Fritillary1 Snowberry Clearwing1 Meadowsweet
1 Eastern Phoebe1 Eastern Comma1 The saw-wing1 Narrow-leaved mountin-mint
1 Red-eyed Vireo1 Northern Pearly-eye1 Pokeweed
3 Blue Jay3 Little Wood-Satyr1 Purple loosestrife
1 American Crow4 Common Wood-Nymph1 Spotted knapweed
3 Black-capped Chickadee2 Monarch1 Tall bellflower
2 Tufted Titmouse2 Silver-spotted Skipper1 Wild bergamot
2 White-breasted Nuthatch13 Northern Broken-Dash
2 House Wren2 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