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May 22, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 70°F, partly cloudy and breezy at 2:15 PM on May 22, 2019.
  • The yellow lady's-slipper was blooming.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • First stop was the flowering shrubs behind the Carriage House.
  • The buckeye had started blooming.
  • A watchful American robin was not happy with my being there.
  • Just beyond, the rhododendron was blooming. I did not linger long.
  • In the Fern Glen, black haw hung over the entrance to the limestone cobble.
  • Just inside, golden ragwort was a little out of its usual pondside location.
  • The little geranium, Herb-Robert, was everywhere.
  • A bug was clinging to a fern frond.
  • Another wanderer was wild columbine .
  • That strange holdover from earlier times, Paris, was quietly blooming along a slope.
  • Red baneberry was starting to form fruit.
  • In the fen, Labrador tea was starting up.
  • Right next to it were just a few blossoms of bog rosemary.
  • Climbing above the boardwalk was limber honeysuckle.
  • Everybody's favorite, yellow lady's-slipper, was putting on a great show this year.
  • Farther in the back, the lone pink lady's-slipper was blooming as well.
  • In the seep above the deck, wild stonecrop had started.
  • I hadn't notice the low blueberry before.
  • The fragrant swamp azalea could be smelled before being seen.
  • False Solomon's seal could be found throughout the 'Glen.
  • Wild geranium was well distributed as well.
  • On the other hand, Golden Alexanders was restricted to the front of the pond.
  • Choke cherry didn't seem as abundant as usual.
  • Silly sweetflag was at the front of the pond, too.
  • A glimpse of red from deep in the shrub swamp was Japanese primrose - a prolific invasive.
  • Another invasive, dame's rocket, was out there. Know it from phlox by its four rather than five petals.
  • Out on the Cary Pines Trail, something flew around my head. My stepping back and being still encouraged it to return to the sun on the trail: a red admiral .
  • A quiet pause on the bench at the "Appendix" (as I like to call the area at Trail Marker 10) didn't bother a feeding mallard at all.
  • Two normally skittish common mergansers joined the party.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
Sightings
Mammals Birds Butterflies Moth Insects Caterpillars Arthropods Fungus Herp Plants Other
1 Mourning Dove 1 Black Swallowtail 1 Black haw
1 Belted Kingfisher 2 Clouded Sulphur 1 Bog rosemary
1 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Red Admiral 1 Buckeye
1 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Choke cherry
1 Warbling Vireo 1 Dame's rocket
1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 False Solomon's-seal
2 Blue Jay 1 Golden Alexanders
2 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Herb-Robert
1 Eastern Bluebird 1 Japanese primrose
1 Veery 1 Labrador tea
4 American Robin 1 Limber honeysuckle
1 European Starling 1 Low blueberry
1 Pine Warbler 1 Paris
2 Ovenbird 2 Pink lady's-slipper
1 Common Yellowthroat 1 Rhododendron
2 Scarlet Tanager 1 Swamp azalea
1 Eastern Towhee 1 Sweetflag
2 Chipping Sparrow 1 Wild columbine
1 Song Sparrow 1 Wild geranium
1 Northern Cardinal 1 Wild stonecrop
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Yellow lady's-slipper
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 American Goldfinch