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September 18, 2019

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 63°F, and partly cloudy with light winds at 1:45 PM on September 18, 2019.
  • It was a cool day; the sun felt good.
  • Leaves were beginning to crunch under foot.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • The sky over the front Old Hayfield would be typical for today's walk.
  • A black swallowwort along the edge had eluded my detection until now and had started to release seeds. This is poisonous to monarch caterpillars. It has now been removed...
  • Just ahead a well worn female common whitetail was perched in the sun.
  • The end of a branch was webbed in silk.
  • It looked like the work of fall webworm.
  • Along the edge of the back Old Hayfield, fruit of invasive autumn olive was ripening.
  • Underfoot, hickory nuts threatened ankles.
  • There is a lot more husk than there is nut.
  • Locust borers were not uncommon in the goldenrods.
  • A stink bug always wanted to be on the other side of the leaf from the camera.
  • Several dogbanes were wrapped in silk.
  • No, not the fall webworm again, maybe one of the sallows.
  • Another fake-out was a slow-flying praying mantis.
  • In the dry shade of the Old Pasture, it's always a surprise to find winterberry.
  • The color of the berries is more accurate it here.
  • Along the Wappinger Creek Trail, maple-leaved viburnum fruit was ripening.
  • At the bridge in the floodplain was a patch of wood nettle.
  • The curious seeds were maturing.
  • Off the other side of the bridge was stinging nettle.
  • And for a nice 3-way comparison, false nettle was mixed in.
  • All were surrounded by invasive Japanese stilt grass now going to flower.
  • Know it from similar grasses by the shiny mid vein down the leaf.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Common Nighthawk
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 4 Blue Jay
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 House Wren
  • 2 Eastern Bluebird
  • 6 Gray Catbird
  • 1 European Starling
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 1 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Cabbage White
  • 3 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Silver-spotted Skipper