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September 09, 2020

Indian Cucumber Root

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 77°F, mostly cloudy and calm at 1:30 PM on September 9, 2020.
  • That sounds almost cool, but it was actually just a little muggy.
  • Butterflies had been ramping down over the last few weeks. Of course sun would bring out a few more.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The sky was brightening over the Wappinger Creek by trail marker 10.
  • A coral fungus was climbing out of the leaf litter along the trail.
  • Something had been eating a mushroom and left it as a perfect study in mushroom construction.
  • Up on the Cary Pines Trail, interesting patterns were forming on some low leaves.
  • At the top of the Fern Glen, our other black cohosh was blooming late as usual.
  • The little flowers are hard to make sense of, appearing to be nothing but stamens.
  • A blue spike rose out of the shore of the Fern Glen pond.
  • It was great lobelia still going strong in a few different places.
  • Along the path around the pond, bottle gentian was blooming... as best as it does.
  • Closer to the water, turtlehead was still doing well.
  • On the other side of the path, false Solomon's seal berries were ripening.
  • Above, groundnut was finally blooming.
  • In spite of all the recent rains, the pond was looking low.
  • Herb-Robert was thriving between a rock and a hard place.
  • Around the corner, Jack-in-the-pulpit berries were ripening.
  • If the flower of beggar ticks is not familiar, the flat, brown, two-pronged "seed" on your socks will be.
  • Near the deck was a mushroom that seemed to describe infinity.
  • On the other side of the trail, partridgeberry was full of berries.
  • A strange jewelbox spider had a web at face level across the path.
  • By the stone bridge, Indian cucumber root was announcing ripe fruit with bright underlying leaves.
  • Sharply toothed, oval leaves on a woodland goldenrod seem more diagnostic than the namesake stem of zigzag goldenrod.
  • Along the road, invasive Japanese stilt grass was just starting to bloom. Last chance to take this down with a string trimmer and just leave it... I hope.
  • The Gifford House stood across the Little Bluestem Meadow.
  • Along the edge of the meadow, the Scots Pine Allée lead the way back to Gifford.
  • It is here we find Silverrod, our one goldenrod that is white, rather than yellow.
  • Next week: The Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 7 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 Eastern Bluebird
  • 2 American Redstart
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 2 Field Sparrow
  • 2 Cabbage White
  • 15 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Beggar-ticks
  • 1 Black cohosh
  • 2 Bottle gentian
  • 1 Groundnut
  • 1 Japanese stilt grass
  • 1 Little bluestem
  • 1 Silver-rod
  • 1 Zigzag goldenrod