Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 80°F, mostly cloudy, and breezy at 12:00 PM on September 15, 2021.
- Birds and butterflies were few, but mushrooms were plenty today.
- And mosquitos were too plentiful...
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- A family of Carolina wrens broke the quiet at trail marker 10, our starting point today.
- What's the green thing in it's beak? A closer look suggests it's the fruit of ironwood dangling overhead.
- More noise and fluttering: a "confusing fall warbler". Immatures, and adults out of breeding plumage can be a challenge. Often it's a detail (a brown belly stripe below the wing) that clinches an ID (chestnut-sided warbler).
- Mushrooms are slow. These Old Man of the Woods (I think) were right where I left them last week.
- They were starting to look tired, but there were at least a dozen new ones.
- One like a WWI helmet was not far away.
- Bright red fruit of partridgeberry was all along both sides of the Cary Pines Trail.
- Slowing down was an invitation to mosquitos for lunch, pausing for a photo called for reservations. The white hind leg tips suggest Psorophora ferox. There are some 70 species in NY.
- This may be just a flatter individual of an earlier mushroom.
- It had pores rather than gills.
- This salmon colored mushroom has been becoming familiar .
- These tiny ones seemed to be waiting in line as if for a ride.
- Mushrooms kept coming today, now a puffball rising like bread dough amongst the partridgeberry.
- It's hard to recognize Indian pipe when it's finished flowering and going to seed.
- With a buzz and a clunk, an assassin bug landed on an oak leave in the path down to the Fern Glen.
- On a neighboring sapling was a little green bee.
- The mosquitos weren't too bad at the front of the Fern Glen.
- Back in the fen, there was non-goldenrod yellow.
- Zooming in produced tickseed sunflower, a new plant for here!
- Swamp milkweed was an old plant here, and it was showing its age.
- Some pods were ripening with seeds even falling off their parachutes.
- In places, turtlehead was still putting out a flower here and there.
- Spotted jewelweed was forming seed pods now.
- The other name, "touch-me-not" comes from the exploding seed pods. And a blue jewel may be found under the skin of the seed.
- There have been some changes by the stone bridge...
- New steps.
- That's all locust timber, so it should be around for a while.
- Right below, Indian cucumber root was showing off its ripe fruit with bright red leaf bases.
- The Wappinger Creek was looking normal now from the deck.
- Near the deck, great lobelia was still flowering.
- And green-headed coneflower was still putting out a few blossoms.
- Wreath goldenrod was blooming. Next to zigzag, it's our other easy woodland goldenrod.
- After the 'Glen and through the Old Gravel Pit, there was the Little Bluestem Meadow.
- And it was starting to go to seed.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.