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September 01, 2020

Feather-legged Fly

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 70°F, cloudy and windy at 2:00 PM on September 1, 2020.
  • Although it looked like rain, the forecast said tomorrow for that.
  • It seemed quiet, but it was an interesting afternoon.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • A quick look for monarch caterpillars by the Gifford House trailhead turned up something else.
  • It was the small milkweed bug and rather than being eat by the pod, it was presumably eating seeds within.
  • The sky was more or less threatening all afternoon.
  • About a dozen American goldfinch were working on the spotted knapweed at the edge of the field.
  • It was a little bit of a surprise to see an eastern tailed-blue on such a dark day.
  • Clouded sulphurs drop down and disappear into hollows in the tall grass to get what sun they can. They are easier to see flying or even better feeding.
  • The trail along the side of the field was quiet.
  • Privet had finished blooming and was forming fruit.
  • Finally, an American goldfinch was perched where one could get a good look.
  • Below, one of today's few great spangled fritillaries found some of the last remaining wild bergamot.
  • It seemed like the big garden spiders should be around soon. This wasn't one but had built a web similar to theirs.
  • The head of the Sedge Meadow Trail was missing the tawny emperors and zabulon skippers of last week.
  • However, the mock orange was still there, relatively unchanged.
  • Closer to ground, jumpseed was reaching out into the trail.
  • The seeds can be propelled several feet from the plant, hence the name.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, puffballs were coming up in the middle of the path.
  • A feather-legged fly was on a goldenrod.
  • Those crazy legs remind me of chaps.
  • The goldenrod soldier beetle is a common visitor.
  • A different kind of gall is the goldenrod bunch gall. Secretions of a midge larva stunt the stem and the leaves develop unseparated, so providing shelter for the larva.
  • Another butterfly on this cloudy day was a brand new looking monarch.
  • Pearl crescents were as numerous today as on recent clear days.
  • Once or twice there was a hole in the clouds. It got real warm real fast.
  • In the Old Pasture, a mushroom was growing in the middle of the path.
  • Down on the Wappinger Creek Trail was an unusually tall mushroom.
  • An interesting gray mushroom seemed to mirror its gills on top of its cap.
  • Down along the water, invasive Japanese spirea was still blooming.
  • Behind it, on the other side of the creek, invasive Japanese knotweed was also blooming.
  • Even without flowers, it is recognizable by the distinctive leaf.
  • One more interesting mushroom appeared at the end of the path by trail marker 10.
  • Next week: The Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 6 Gray Catbird
  • 10 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Feather-legged fly
  • 1 Goldenrod bunch gall
  • 1 Goldenrod soldier beetle
  • 1 Small milkweed bug
  • 2 Cabbage White
  • 4 Clouded Sulphur
  • 2 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 3 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 12 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Common Ringlet
  • 1 Monarch
  • 2 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Japanese knotweed
  • 1 Jumpseed