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June 26, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 80°F and clear with light breezes at 2:00 PM on June 26, 2019.
  • Viceroy and coral hairstreak were back.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • Common milkweed, a butterfly favorite, was blooming at Gifford House trail head.
  • At the corner of the front Old Hayfield, pink yarrow was looking a little paler this year, it seems.
  • Black-eyed-Susan had started last week.
  • I didn't notice the caterpillar or the beetle while I was taking the photo.
  • Dogbanes are related to milkweeds. One of them, Indian hemp, was on the other side of the field.
  • I did see the green bug at the time, but not other one in the corner...
  • Birdfoot trefoil had started up recently.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, fringed loosestrife had begun blooming.
  • A few little wood-satyrs were around today.
  • Along the back edge of the field, ironwood fruits were developing.
  • A lot of chipping and commotion was coming from an indigo bunting.
  • He wasn't alone; a female was going between trees and the field.
  • She was making a lot of noise too and at one point looked shocked.
  • It could have been because the youngster was about to do something foolish.
  • I'd already seen a monarch, but this was smaller and faster... of course it was a viceroy - the first of the season.
  • A few silver-spotted skippers were darting about.
  • Something almost as fast, but less distinct was cruising amongst the milkweed: a coral hairstreak - another first of the season.
  • Down along the Wappinger Creek Trail shinleaf was finally starting to bloom.
  • One needs to get low to really see the nodding bells that are its flower.
  • Farther along, in the floodplain, I think I finally ID'd that parsley family mystery.
  • The flower and now the seed both bear long styles, making this aniseroot. The similar sweet cicely has shorter ones and hairy stems.
  • White avens has been out for a while now. This is also small and easy to overlook.
  • Then there was still some bristly hemp nettle along the lowest section.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines side of the trail system.
Sightings
Mammals Birds Butterflies Moth Insects Caterpillars Arthropods Fungus Herp Plants Other
1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1 Common milkweed
1 American Woodcock 1 Coral Hairstreak 1 Fringed loosestrife
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Spring Azure 1 Indian hemp
1 Downy Woodpecker 2 Great Spangled Fritillary 1 Shinleaf
1 Northern Flicker 1 American Lady 1 Wild basil
1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Viceroy
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Little Wood-Satyr
1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Monarch
1 Warbling Vireo 5 Silver-spotted Skipper
4 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Least Skipper
2 Blue Jay 4 European Skipper
2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Zabulon Skipper
2 House Wren
2 Veery
4 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
2 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Scarlet Tanager
3 Eastern Towhee
3 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
4 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Baltimore Oriole
1 American Goldfinch