Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 72°F and cloudy with light winds at 1:30 PM on June 1, 2021.
- This was the first sunny day after several days of constant rain.
- This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail Trail side of the trail system.
- The red-spotted purple was back today but only passed through very quickly.
- From the Gifford House trailhead a tall dead tree can be seen.
- That little lump on top was a cedar waxwing.
- Down below, common milkweed was growing tall.
- On board was a mating pair of perhaps March flies.
- Closer to the stem was a swamp milkweed leaf beetle.
- Across the Old Hayfield, yellowwood was blooming.
- By the flower, one can see that it is a legume.
- Bedstraws were flowering now.
- Extensive caterpillar nests were in some of the shrubs.
- Fall webworm was my first thought, but the caterpillars were naked - without hairs. We'll have to check back when they are bigger.
- Invasive dame's rocket was still blooming and smelling nice.
- The white-banded toothed carpet is a day-flying moth whose caterpillar feeds on bedstraws.
- Tower mustard is a familiar inhabitant of open areas.
- This particular crane fly was out in numbers today.
- Close to the ground, bird's-eye speedwell made little colonies.
- The little meadow at the head of the Sedge Meadow Trail is a good spot to observe butterflies - today a Zabulon skipper was taking some sun.
- A little farther along, a little wood-satyr was warm enough and was aligned to cast a minimal shadow.
- The Sedge Meadow beckoned.
- Right at the edge, larger blue flag had started blooming.
- A commotion in the maple a little deeper in was from a common yellowthroat.
- There was an unfamiliar chatter too - it was a female joining him.
- They don't usually linger long in one spot, but this time they did - especially the female.
- Oh, she'd found a caterpillar. I never noticed until the last photo...
- Though the eight-spotted forester is a day-flying moth, it is secretive preferring to land under leaves.
- In the back Old Hayfield, the peculiar fruit of ironwood was developing.
- Hawkweeds were looking a little like tall dandelions.
- Easy to spot, ox-eye daisy was out in the middle of the field.
- Easy to miss, long-leaved stitchwort is a little chickweed species.
- Cow vetch is always worth looking at - a few butterflies stop for nectar.
- The Wappinger Creek didn't look as full as expected after all the recent rains.
- A common merganser never noticed me passing - or didn't care.
- Christmas fern against the water was pleasant scene.
- Again, a little wood-satyr, but this one welcoming the sun.
- Inconspicuous aniseroot was up in the usual place.
- A song sparrow popped into view, and then was gone...
- Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.