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May 29, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 65°F, mostly cloudy with a light breeze at 2:15 PM on May 29, 2019. It would start raining around 4PM.
  • Little wood-satyr had returned.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The grass in the front Old Hayfield at Gifford House was getting tall.
  • At the trail head, common milkweed was getting tall, with flower buds just forming.
  • Out in the field, spittle bugs were on the bedstraws.
  • In spite of the overcast day, pearl crescents would pass by from time to time.
  • Along the edge, an American redstart was calling loudly, but hiding skillfuly.
  • These smoky-winged, orange backed flies are around every year.
  • Hawkweeds look a bit like dandelions.
  • Caterpillars of the day-flying white-banded toothed carpet feed on bedstraws.
  • A pair of tiger moths might have been ignored as spittle bugs.
  • In the Sedge Meadow, there was no doubt about the blue flag.
  • Next to it, Angelica was beginning to bloom.
  • And behind them both, cinnamon fern was living up to its name.
  • Another commonly encountered fly was out in numbers.
  • Gray days don't seem to bother the little wood-satyr, which had just returned.
  • The phlox immitator, dame's rocket, was coming into its own.
  • In the back of the back Old Hayfield, ironwood flowers and leaves were host to a lot of activity.
  • A long, green bug blended in well.
  • A fly and spider seemed quite aware of each other.
  • Several gypsy moth caterpillars were about.
  • If there were only one, this little gall could have been dismissed as a scar.
  • The petals of chickweeds are so deeply notched that they appear to be twice as numerous.
  • Again, the Wappinger Creek was looking full from the bluff in the woods after the Old Pasture.
  • The trunk of an old oak had fallen across the path.
  • At the bottom of the hill, a great flapping noise rose with a turkey vulture.
  • A forest tent caterpillar was spralled out along a twig. In spite of the name, they make no tent.
  • Another caterpillar on another twig was unknown to me.
  • Along the floodplain, only a few blossoms of star-of-Bethlehem were out this year.
  • Up ahead was a healthy stand of stinging nettle.
  • It's separate male and female flowers were forming.
  • Below, invasive narrow-leaved bittercress blossoms took a practiced eye to notice.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
Sightings
Mammals Birds Butterflies Moth Insects Caterpillars Arthropods Fungus Herp Plants Other
1 Turkey Vulture 3 Pearl Crescent 1 Common Spring Moth 1 Spittlebug 1 Angelica
1 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Little Wood-Satyr 1 Blue flag
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Chickweed
2 Chimney Swift 1 Hawkweed
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Mystery plant
1 Northern Flicker 1 Star-of-Bethlehem
1 Pileated Woodpecker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Warbling Vireo
3 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 House Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
3 Veery
1 Wood Thrush
2 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 American Redstart
2 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Common Yellowthroat
4 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
1 American Goldfinch