Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 59°F, mostly cloudy and calm on May 3, 2022.
- I had the pleasure of company and their extra eyes today.
- Grass had been greening, and leaves had been spreading.
- This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
- Gifford House is always good for birding. At the corner of the pavilion's pathway white tail feathers flashed.
- It was my first eastern kingbird of the season.
- Across the driveway, a dot punctuated the top of a tree.
- Of course it was a tree swallow on its favorite perch.
- We started into the wet grass at the trailhead.
- Invasive honeysuckles along the edge were developing flower buds.
- Farther along, prolific burningbush was keeping up.
- A loud call kept coming from the corner of the field.
- An eastern towhee was the source.
- As the Sedge Meadow Trail forked off, garlic mustard had started to bloom.
- Close to the ground, wild strawberry was opening.
- Leaves were just beginning to show over the boardwalk above the Sedge Meadow.
- Off to the side was a tiny waterfall with a tiny sound.
- The Sedge Meadow didn't look much different from last time.
- Tussock sedge was maybe a little greener.
- But the flowers were all but gone.
- A little farther out, cinnamon fern was just becoming visible.
- The densely wooly fiddleheads are easy to spot.
- Everywhere, Japanese barberry was beginning to bloom.
- Extra eyes spotted a hawk's nest. It's occupant spotted us and indignantly left. We apologized and left, too.
- At the end of the Old Pasture, something dark darted into the leaves .
- It took some effort to locate it - a Juvinal's duskywing.
- Over the edge, the Wappinger Creek was running full after a day of light rain.
- Down the hill, rue anemone was going strong.
- The back side was occasionally as interesting as the front.
- Extra eyes caught movement over a side trail.
- Again, it took a while to locate the critter - a mourning cloak.
- Bloodroot had pretty much finished blooming, leaving the distinctive leaves to carry on through the season.
- A similar strategy was playing out with trout lily.
- Right along side the Wappinger Creek proved to be quite loud.
- In the lowest stretch of the floodplain, cut-leaved toothwort was really doing well.
- That took us up to the Appendix to conclude this walk.
- Next week: the Cary Pines Trail the side of the trail system.