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October 17, 2018

  • It was 57°F, mostly cloudy and windy at 12:45 PM on October 17, 2018.
  • It hadn't rained yesterday, but it did the day before.
  • The creeks were full, the ground was soft, but the mosquitos were absent.
  • This trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • At the Gifford House Trail Head, common milkweed seed pods were opening to the wind.
  • Perhaps the forecast for afternoon showers was accurate. The sky over the front Old Hayfield had gotten quite dark.
  • In the back of the field, invasive Burningbush brightened things up.
  • Several palm warblers dropped into view. The wind made for tough photos...
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail Yellow-rumped warblers were eating poison ivy berries under the same conditions...
  • Leaves down on the boardwalk showed little color but did indicate the general wind direction.
  • In the Sedge Meadow itself, cinnamon fern gave a hint of yellow to the landscape.
  • The back Old Hayfield was still sporting green oak foliage.
  • Along the back of that field invasive Japanese barberry competed with the burning bush for providing color.
  • In the Old Pasture, little bluestem was going to seed.
  • The Wappinger Creek was full today.
  • Down by the Watershed kiosk, the fungus on the big stump was just about gone.
  • The little tributary had a lively waterfall above the foot bridge.
  • In the flood-plain section of the trail, the creek was calmer.
  • A non-stinging nettle relative, clearweed, was common.
  • Farther along, definately stinging wood nettle had distributed most of its seeds.
  • 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 1 Monarch 1 Galium Sphinx
2 Cooper's Hawk
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Blue Jay
12 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
7 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow