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October 8, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 61°F, cloudy with light breezes at 2:00 PM on October 8, 2019.
  • Although it seemed mild enough, there were no cicadas, katydids or treefrogs calling today.
  • Leaves had continued to gain more color or collect on the ground.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • Only a weak sun shown over Gifford House today. Rain was promised for tomorrow, Wednesday.
  • Needles were coming down along the Scots Pine Allée.
  • Three or four clouded sulphurs was the butterfly count for the Little Bluestem Meadow.
  • Other insects were undaunted by the clouds. On one goldenrod head were: a tiny beetle, two kinds of fly, a bumble bee, and an ant.
  • With so much activity little patience was required to get a fair portrait of a locust borer...
  • ... or a hover fly.
  • The trail into the Old Gravel Pit was now covered by fallen leaves.
  • A little shelf fungus was taking advantage of the recent rains.
  • Club mosses are evergreen. These will be poking through the snow in the spring.
  • Briefly, the sun came out on the Fern Glen pond.
  • A couple bull frogs seemed to have reached a compromise over a favorite spot on a log.
  • From around the corner it appeared that one had actually come out on top.
  • At the back of the pond summersweet had been happy this year.
  • A little weevil was burried in a flower head.
  • Off the boardwalk in the fen poison sumac was at peak color.
  • Its loose, white berries are distinct from staghorn sumac's dense red cones.
  • Draped across the shrub swam was climbing hempweed, at the end of its season.
  • The seeds resemble those of other members of the composite family, e.g., boneset and Joe-Pye weed.
  • Winterberry was laden with fruit.
  • There are always a few with ghostly pale leaves.
  • Witch hazel was in bloom.
  • It seems the flower is often smelled before it is seen among the leaves.
  • The sun made another effort to appear and that enhanced the view from the deck.
  • Upstream, the bridge even had a patch of sunlight on it.
  • The little stream by the deck had hosted a nice patch of swamp milkweed, now sporting numerous seed pods.
  • Below, great lobelia was now all seed head.
  • On the way out of the Glen, there were still a few white blossoms on the black cohosh.
  • Little, well developed seed pods were on other stalks.
  • Out on the Cary Pines Trail, the path runs along a ridge.
  • One side opens up as it drops down to the creek running through a gorge.
  • Spotted wintergreen and partridgeberry are scattered along both sides.
  • Cool and moist, this is often a place to find coral fungus but today it was puffballs.
  • It was a quiet walk to bench at the "Appendix", by Trail Marker 10. The view here is a favorite.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 6 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Brown Creeper
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 4 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Witch hazel