Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 71°F, partly cloudy with light breezes on May 25, 2022.
- The major trails had been freshly mowed.
- Returning butterflies included little wood-satyr, common ringlet and zabulon skipper.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- Today's walk started down the Carriage House drive.
- A surprise was an American lady on the creeping Charlie among the nettles.
- With some patience an unobstructed view of the top side was obtained.
- Farther ahead flowering shrubs came into view.
- Only recently did I find out beauty bush is considered invasive.
- Just past it buckeye was blooming.
- It looked like the fothergilla had been blooming for a while and was on the way out.
- Hiding around the corner was rhododendron - that was looking really good.
- A right turn after the Carriage House sent the path down the Scots Pine Allée.
- Overhead, a prarie warbler was calling.
- Below, a little wood-satyr paused in the sun.
- The prairy ringlet seems to bear little resemblance, but in flight, the two can be tricky, having similar shape, size, and behavior.
- A left turn continued along the edge of the Little Bluestem Meadow.
- In the hedgerow nannyberry was blooming.
- A right turn led into the Old Gravel Pit, where a large colony of hay-scented fern seemed to induce vertigo with its strict geometry.
- The trail emerged above the Fern Glen at the Norway Spruce Glade.
- Several Zabulon skippers were interacting.
- Warm sun and cool air ensured views from above as well as below.
- Between some branches, an enormous caddisfly was resting.
- Out in the open, beardtongue was thriving on the hot, dry, sandy hillside.
- Down by the parking area there was color off to the side.
- Invasive dame's rocket has only four petals compared to the five of phlox.
- On the other side of the road, herb-Robert was blooming everywhere.
- False Solomon's seal could be found in a number of locations.
- Some Jack-in-the-pulpits were quite large this year.
- We have one or two patches of common alumroot.
- The flower is like miterwort on steroids.
- On the way back to the fen was a red trillium leaf bigger than a dinner plate.
- Off the boardwalk through the fen, poison sumac was barely beginning to leaf out.
- At the base, royal fern was easy to recognize.
- On the other side of the walkway, Labrador tea was blooming.
- Around the bend, our native limber honeysuckle had opened.
- The main trail continued towards the back of the 'Glen.
- On the downhill side, true Solomon's seal looked like it had been blooming a while already.
- Pink lady's slipper is part of our phenology trail, a national effort to document seasonal behavior of selected plants.
- Wild sarsaparilla looks like ash seedlings or maybe even poison ivy...
- ... except they don't have flowers like these .
- Around the bend, Yellow lady's slipper was looking the best it ever had.
- Nearby, a little day-flying moth, the white-striped black had to have only just emerged: the black background was still iridescent and a metallic silver dusting floated upon it.
- Pink glared through the swamp behind it: Japanese primrose. This invasive crops up every year.
- Around the corner, little native twinflower was out in small numbers.
- Water speedwell doesn't look like much.
- But its tiny flowers do deserve a closer look.
- Near the kiosk, swamp azalea was sparse this year, but always handsome.
- Out at the front of the pond, river birch stood in the sun.
- The exfoliating bark had just the right light.
- Back out on the Cary Pines Trail, Canada mayflower was blooming in such abundance that there was actually a fragrance in the air.
- A gray squirrel had been observing my photography yoga.
- The hemlocks at the Appendix were full of bird activity.
- Several eastern wood-pewees were racing around, only lighting occasionally.
- Just as the trail dropped to the floodplain, narrow-leaved bittercress had been flowering.
- This easy-to-pull invasive can be distinguised from similar species by its clasping auricles where leaves meet stem.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.