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September 15, 2021


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.

The Trails

  • 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.


  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 3 Blue Jay
  • 1 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Carolina Wren
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 Chestnut-sided warbler
  • 1 Tickseed sunflower
  • 1 Wreath goldenrod
  • 9 Cabbage White
  • 26 Clouded Sulphur
  • 4 Orange Sulphur
  • 2 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 1 Meadow Fritillary
  • 3 Pearl Crescent