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September 11, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 82°F, hazy and calm at 12:00 PM on September 11, 2019.
  • Rain moved out of the forecast for today - a nice change, but it was warm and a bit humid.
  • Warblers were moving through today.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • Today it wasn't on the lamp post, rather the kiosk.
  • Yes, the red-tailed hawk that was here last week.
  • It flew ahead of me down the road to the Carriage House, along which black swallowtail was feeding on thistle.
  • It was overhead in the Scots Pine Allé, where a praying mantis lurked.
  • At the Little Bluestem Meadow, it flew one way as a common wood-nymph flew the other.
  • In the Old Gravel Pit, a pair of puffballs was just off the edge of the path.
  • Plodding out of the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit, I looked up and stopped in my tracks: something hung over the path ahead.
  • A barred owl.
  • It flew off before I could adjust the exposure, but not too far.
  • As we watched each other, a red squirrel scolded one or the other or both of us.
  • Off the side of the road to the Fern Glen, a zabulon skipper darted out and back to a perch on a small oak.
  • Nearby, asters were blooming.
  • At the edge of the parking area, hazel catkins were ready for next spring.
  • The nuts were not yet ready for this year.
  • In 'Glen itself, wreath goldenrod was blooming along the side.
  • A crane fly crossed the path and landed under a fern.
  • Back in the fen, Virginia creeper was turning deep red.
  • Across from it, poison sumac berries were turning white.
  • Not far from the deck, the other easy woodland goldenrod, zig-zag, was blooming.
  • Tall white lettuce could be found in a number of locations.
  • Although the leaves are variable, the nodding flowers are consistent.
  • Behind in the shade was a very nice plantain-leaved sedge.
  • Near the stone bridge, Indian cucumber root berries were ripening to black, contrasting with the red leaf base below.
  • Several small sassafras saplings were growing by the Fern Glen sign.
  • Just under them was a colorful fungus.
  • The edge of the pond had been opened up just a bit for better viewing.
  • A painted turtle was sunning on a log.
  • And a small snapping turtle was on a neighboring branch.
  • Above both of them, a dragonfly launched forays from a perch.
  • Out on the Cary Pines Trail, partridgeberry was occasionally in extensive patches.
  • Canada mayflower was pretty spent, but a few berries could still be found.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 3 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Barred Owl
  • 1 Belted Kingfisher
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 4 Blue Jay
  • 4 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Carolina Wren
  • 1 Gray Catbird
Insects
  • 1 Praying mantis
Butterflies
  • 1 Black Swallowtail
  • 12 Cabbage White
  • 34 Clouded Sulphur
  • 4 Orange Sulphur
  • 1 American Copper
  • 1 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Common Buckeye
  • 1 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 1 Least Skipper
  • 1 Zabulon Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Tall white lettuce