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June 21, 2022

Wood Frog

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 68°F, cloudy and calm on June 21, 2022.
  • Common milkweed had just started blooming.
  • The Little Bluestem Meadow was mowed today.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • It was cloudy, but bright. It seemed cool but was close and long sleeves were off by the end of the Carriage House drive.
  • To the right of the kiosk, common milkweed was just beginning to bloom.
  • To the left, bird feeder escapee, Canada thistle, had started as well.
  • The dead treetop just beyond the kiosk was occupied as usual by a tree swallow.
  • Farther up ahead, a larger milkweed patch was just inside the bend in the road.
  • And there was a brand new great spangled fritillary.
  • The Little Bluestem Meadow was being mowed today. Along the edge was the patch of spreading dogbane - it should come back, if a little shorter.
  • Just clearing the trail through the Old Gravel Pit, a maple had come down during the recent wind and rain.
  • At the top of the Fern Glen, spikenard was getting ready to bloom.
  • Farther along, red baneberry was beginning to turn red.
  • The pond was still clear to the bottom.
  • Two red-spotted newts were lounging just at the surface.
  • From the back of the pond, one could view the turtle log at the front of the pond.
  • At least two painted turtles were trying to catch some rays.
  • Along the side of the pond, Turk's-cap lily was just getting buds.
  • ... and bugs: lightning bugs or "fireflies". Neither bugs nor flies, they are actually beetles.
  • Near the front of the pond, elderberry had started blooming.
  • The flower cluster takes a good picture.
  • Closer to the ground, inconspicuous honewort was rising above others in its neighborhood.
  • On the way deeper into the Glen, riper red baneberry was glowing.
  • Royal fern was sprawling under the poison sumac.
  • One branch was rising straight up out of the chaos.
  • Farther along the boardwalk, limber honesuckle was forming fruit.
  • Back along the edge of the fen, purple-flowering raspberry was not far behind.
  • On the opposite side of the trail, maple-leaved viburnum was keeping up.
  • On top of the acid cobble, a little colony of white-flowering Herb Robert was in its usual location.
  • A common but pretty little moth, the three-spotted fillip, was lurking among the ferns.
  • The week before, panicled hawkweed had started.
  • A few different things look like whorled loosestrife ...
  • ... until it blooms (note the little spider egg sack on a thread).
  • Bowman's root was still doing what it calls blooming.
  • Easy to pass by, white avens is common and small, but interesting on closer examination.
  • Another royal fern was doing well enough by itself in dryer land.
  • Near the Fern Glen kiosk, diervilla, a honeysuckle native to our region, was opening its odd blossoms.
  • Back out on the Cary Pines trail something moved under the fern just off the edge of the path.
  • It took a moment or two to find the wood frog. If you want a hint........ it's at the left side.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.


  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 2 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 3 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 1 American Robin
  • 1 European Starling
  • 1 Pine Warbler
  • 3 Ovenbird
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 2 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Three-spotted fillip
  • 1 Diervilla
  • 1 Elderberry
  • 1 Honewort
  • 1 White avens
  • 1 Whorled loosestrife