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June 16, 2021

Wood Thrush

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 77°F, mostly clear and windy at 1:00 PM on June 16, 2021.
  • The Little Bluestem Meadow has been mowed.
  • The first great spangled fritillary of the season flew through the front Old Hayfield.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • At the Gifford House trailhead, common milkweed was almost ready to pop.
  • Bedstraw looked like it was peaking now.
  • In the meantime, yarrow had come up.
  • Under foot, patches of birdsfoot trefoil were in mowed areas.
  • Occasionally rough-fruited cinquefoil was reaching up through the tall grass.
  • Along the side, invasive privet was blooming.
  • Honeysuckles were way ahead and their fruit had started ripening.
  • Not far behind, multiflora rose petals were dropping from swelling rose hips.
  • Out in the back, another of our dogbanes, Indian hemp, was starting to bloom.
  • Yellow goatsbeard had come and gone. Both its flower and seed head are like giant versions of dandelion.
  • Shiney, metallic long-legged flies were hanging out in the sun.
  • Those caterpillar webs were still in the shrubs at the corner of the field.
  • So were the caterpillars themselves.
  • A parasitic wasp had noticed as well.
  • She would curl her abdomen and insert her long ovipositor into the nest to lay her eggs.
  • It is possible that ants were getting "honeydew" or something from the caterpillars, for they would drive the wasp away if they detected it.
  • Around the corner, on the Sedge Meadow Trail, mock orange was still blooming.
  • Something tried to land on my head; it may have been this silver-spotted skipper.
  • A little farther along, the call of a prairy warbler could be traced to top of a cedar.
  • Below, a dragonfly was basking in the sun.
  • As the trail dropped into the woods, a mound of tussock sedge was perfectly lit by a sun beam.
  • A very loud wood thrush was very rusty brown in the bright understory.
  • Farther along, an obscure moth was lounging on a leaf.
  • The distinctive, but always on the move white-striped black broke form and paused just long enough for a photo.
  • Out along the edge of the back Old Hayfield, a grape was starting to flower.
  • On the way down the hill on the Wappinger Creek Trail, a pair of mating, bumble bee mimicing robber flies landed in the sun.
  • Closer to the water, shinleaf was developing buds - they seem to take quite some time to open.
  • Down in the floodplain, aniseroot had finished flowering and was now developing fruit.
  • A caterpillar was parked on a fruit. That it didn't blend in well suggested it was on the wrong plant. Plus there were no signs of feeding.
  • Stinging nettle was close to blooming.
  • Overhead, an American redstart was calling and foraging.
  • The bench over the creek at trail marker 10 was a good spot for birding today.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.


  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 3 Tree Swallow
  • 3 Barn Swallow
  • 5 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 3 House Wren
  • 3 Veery
  • 1 Wood Thrush
  • 5 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • 2 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 American Redstart
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 2 Common Yellowthroat
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 2 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole
  • 3 American Goldfinch
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 1 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Red-spotted Purple
  • 7 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 2 Common Ringlet
  • 3 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Metarranthis sp
  • 1 Nessus Sphinx
  • 1 White-striped Black
  • 1 Birdfoot trefoil
  • 1 Fox grape
  • 1 Multiflora rose
  • 1 Privet
  • 1 Rough-fruited cinquefoil
  • 1 Yarrow