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September 02, 2021

Water Under the Bridge

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 65°F, mostly clear, and windy at 1:30 PM on September 2, 2021.
  • This week it was Hurricane Ida that dumped a couple inches of rain on us.
  • The creek could be heard through the woods and across the fields.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The view up the creek from trail marker 10 was wilder than in the spring.
  • And down the creek was hard to recognize.
  • Out in the Fern Glen, our late season black cohosh was starting to bloom.
  • Throughout the whole trail system, there was but one storm problem and it was in the Fern Glen.
  • Back in the fen, beggar-ticks were blooming. The two-pronged seeds stuck to one's socks are more familiar than the bloom.
  • The water looked closer to the deck than it actually was.
  • And the matted vegetation showed that it had actually gone down a foot.
  • It was hard to imagine more passing under the bridge.
  • Thankfully the work on the steps to the deck did not appear to have suffered.
  • The zigzag of zigzag goldenrod was easy to observe on a rain flattened plant.
  • In a more typical posture the leaves were more recognizable.
  • Tall white lettuce was nearby.
  • The tubular flowers help ID this plant - the leaves are very variable.
  • Rough-leaved goldenrod grows in wet place and its lower leaves get pretty large.
  • A trill was overhead by the kiosk up front - cedar waxwings were in the branches above.
  • Love that hair.
  • Little squiggles of yellow above the edge of a witch hazel leaf prompted an investigation: Drexel's prominent caterpillars. Caterpillars of prominents are colorful and exhibit interesting behavior, such as here when disturbed .
  • Around the corner, along the edge of the pond, false Solomon's seal fruit was ripening.
  • Closer to the ground, bottle gentian was blooming. It takes something like a bumble bee to get in.
  • The assertive little vine, groundnut that has been sprawling over everything was starting to bloom.
  • Its pea-like flower indicates it is a legume. Look for rolled up leaves with silver-spotted skipper caterpillars.
  • Tiny calico aster was blooming along the railing.
  • Back on the trails outside of the Glen, the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit was looking like spring.
  • And back at Gifford House, an expanding patch of common milkweed was calling.
  • One big monarch caterpillar was to be found.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.


  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 House Wren
  • 2 Eastern Bluebird
  • 2 American Robin
  • 2 Cedar Waxwing
  • 8 Chipping Sparrow
  • 10 Field Sparrow
  • 2 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Drexel's datana
  • 1 Monarch
  • 1 Beggar-ticks
  • 1 Black cohosh
  • 1 Bottle gentian
  • 1 Calico aster
  • 1 Groundnut
  • 1 Rough-leaved goldenrod
  • 1 Tall white lettuce
  • 1 Zigzag goldenrod
  • 6 Cabbage White
  • 1 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 1 Meadow Fritillary
  • 8 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Monarch