Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 90°F, mostly clear and breezy at 12:00 PM on June 29, 2021.
- Orchard oriole was listed for the first time on this report.
- Banded hairstreaks were breaking records today.
- This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
- In spite of the temperature, the milkweed at the Gifford House trailhead had to be inspected.
- A little glassywing was working its way around the shady side.
- The mystery caterpillars from a few weeks ago had pupated and emerged in mass (quite the scene), leaving empty pupal cases.
- A few adults were still lingering. Oak webworm moth was a relatively easy determination now - none of my books had had the caterpillar.
- Constant chatter had been coming from above. It was an orchard oriole - so much darker than the more familiar Baltimore oriole .
- In the same tree was a rose-breasted grosbeak.
- It's not unusual for a common wood-nymph to land on a sock or leg to get a little salt.
- Yarrow doesn't attract a lot of butterflies or moths, but plume moths are one of the several interesting things that do come.
- A pair of mating cabbage whites was resting in the shade on sensitive fern.
- Tree swallows occupy the bluebird boxes in the Old Hayfield by Gifford House.
- They must be mistaking me for somebody else, for they seek me out and swoop down from above, delivering a scolding chirp inches from the top of my head.
- A colorful - and peaceful - bee was working over another yarrow.
- In the welcome cool of the Sedge Meadow Trail, a female rose-breasted grosbeak passed by the boardwalk.
- Way up ahead on the left, a tiny dark triangle stood out.
- It was one of several mourning cloaks to be seen lately.
- In the back Old Hayfield, another common wood-nymph paused in the sun... on poison ivy.
- It obliged with good views above and below.
- Hidden way in the back, Canada lily was blooming.
- Back out in the open, yellow-collared scape moth was on milkweed.
- A flash of hotdog mustard went by - no doubt about the Delaware skipper.
- All the way at the end of the Old Pasture there was a little blur by the oaks: the first banded hairstreak of the day.
- There would be clusters perched on and spiraling above all the bright leaves along the Wappinger Creek Trail ahead.
- Down by the Watershed kiosk, tall meadow-rue was stretching towards the water.
- The flower is like little white fireworks.
- Down in the floodplain, stinging nettle was flowering.
- Innocent looking wood nettle grew in an expanding colony.
- Its flowers had a way to go yet.
- A red admiral was laying eggs on the youngest nettles. Several butterflies use nettles as baby food.
- It wasn't a great view from below, but enough to tell that it's quite different from above.
- The bench at trail marker 10 was the place to be today.
- A common merganser floated by below while a ruby-throated hummingbird perched above.
- In between, dozens of banded hairstreaks were on the leaves, in the air, on tree trunks...
- ... and on yours truely.
- Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.