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June 12, 2019

  • It was 70°F, mostly clear and calm at 2:00 PM on June 12, 2019.
  • Giant swallowtail and European skipper had returned.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • It was looking like summer now at the Old Hayfield by Gifford House.
  • The Kousa dogwood was in full bloom right by the corner of Gifford.
  • A spider raced across the parking lot.
  • The path along the edge of the field was getting warm in the June sun.
  • Knee high yarrow was blooming under foot.
  • Above that, multiflora rose was making the air sweet.
  • Privet would soon be blooming too.
  • A red-spotted purple had been perching in the sun and circled me as I passed.
  • In contrary behavior, a little wood-satyr flew past from behind and landed in front of me in the sun.
  • Away from the hedgerow, the lighter scent of bedstraws dominated.
  • Dogbane would soon be blooming. This is attractive to butterflies and other insects.
  • Silver-spotted skippers were out in fair numbers today.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail, the first European skipper appeared.
  • Skippers can be tricky to ID. It's always nice when one shows its underside as well as top side.
  • A grasshopper landed in a nice portrait pose.
  • Another little wood-satyr came by, this one displaying the underside.
  • The beginning of the Sedge Meadow Trail was walled with gray dogwood, now in bloom.
  • A little plant hopper landed on my sleeve.
  • Even littler mites were feeding on it.
  • A lot of noise on the Wappinger Creek Trail was from a Robin family.
  • By the Watershed kiosk, shinleaf was budding up.
  • A little farther along, in the floodplain, is a favorite view of the Wappinger Creek.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines side of the trail system.
Sightings
Mammals Birds Butterflies Moth Insects Caterpillars Arthropods Fungus Herp Plants Other
2 Black Vulture 1 Giant Swallowtail 1 Dogbane Tiger Moth 1 Bedstraw
1 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Spring Azure 1 Gray dogwood
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 5 Pearl Crescent 1 Kousa dogwood
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Red-spotted Purple 1 Yarrow
1 Downy Woodpecker 7 Little Wood-Satyr
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Common Ringlet
2 Eastern Phoebe 1 Monarch
1 Eastern Kingbird 6 Silver-spotted Skipper
2 Warbling Vireo 2 European Skipper
4 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 House Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird
3 Veery
2 Wood Thrush
4 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Ovenbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
4 Scarlet Tanager
2 Eastern Towhee
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Baltimore Oriole
3 American Goldfinch