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October 16, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 57°F, cloudy and windy at 11:00 AM on October 16, 2019.
  • With the threat of inches of rain this afternoon, the walk started a little earlier today.
  • Katydids, crickets, and peepers were calling again.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • Note that the grounds close for the winter on Nov. 1.

The Trails

  • The oaks at the Gifford House trail head were loosing their green.
  • By the Carriage House, maple and locust still had a fair amount of green.
  • Off the Sedge Meadow Trail burning bush had been hiding until now.
  • If the color alone weren't enough, the fruit would clinch the ID.
  • Nearby was the long, 3-lobed leaf of invasive amur maple.
  • The boardwalk across the swamp was almost completely covered with leaves.
  • A mob of birds passed through, among them a blur of ruby-crowned kinglets.
  • After several attempts, the camera clicked and one was still there.
  • The less frenetic yellow-rumped warbler was in the group as well.
  • Although the back Old Hayfield looked like November, it had warmed up enough for me to peel off a layer.
  • In the Old Pasture amur maple appeared again, but this time in yellow rather than the usual red.
  • Our native little bluestem was going to seed now.
  • Just as the path enters the woods, the calendar view of the Wappinger Creek opened up.
  • Farther along, the creek widened under maples and hemlocks.
  • A bit down stream was another favorite view that sometimes includes mallards or mergansers.
  • Then there was the view at the "Appendix", the area about trail marker 10.
  • We have placed a bench here at this favorite overlook.
  • I was amazed to find 1/2 dozen cigarette butts at the foot of the bench. I also reflected upon how amazingly seldom I encounter litter on our trails. Thank you everybody for helping keep our grounds clean and for observing our tobacco free policy.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Belted Kingfisher
  • 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 4 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 4 Blue Jay
  • 14 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Tufted Titmouse
  • 3 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Carolina Wren
  • 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • 3 American Robin
  • 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • 3 White-throated Sparrow
  • 3 American Goldfinch