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September 26, 2018

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 80°F, mostly cloudy and windy at 1:30 PM on September 26, 2018.
  • Two inches of rain yesterday kept things damp.
  • Katydids were still calling today.
  • With the Fern Glen still closed, this week's trail report again covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • With rain again the day before, I should have expected the sulphurs to be all over the dirt road again too.
  • The forecast was not great for today but there was blue in the sky over Gifford House.
  • At the Old Hayfield trail head, milkweed pods were getting brown.
  • Something was looking back at me - a monarch.
  • The goldenrods were getting dull, but there was zero color developing in the trees.
  • A little purple remained near ground level as spotted knappweed.
  • Something dangled from the milkweed in the back corner of the field.
  • It was a monarch chrysalis - and turning dark meant it would hatch in a couple days.
  • In better light, wings and veins could be made out.
  • A caddisfly passed by during the inspection.
  • Dragonflies were numerous.
  • The back Old Hayfield had been mowed.
  • Candy-striped leafhoppers were mating along the field edge.
  • Goldenrod was the big attraction, first for little green bees.
  • The next plant over bore both a honey bee and a fly.
  • A bumble bee was hard to miss.
  • Easy to miss was a tiny wasp with a long ovapositor.
  • She would fold it under to place eggs in the flowers.
  • There was that white thing again. It must be a larva that covers itself with debris.
  • Ants - we know ants.
  • A colorful, but shy beetle was working through clusters.
  • Another kind of small wasp was almost invisible.
  • The familiar paper wasp was accompanied by another beetle.
  • Soldier beetles are similar to fireflies but produce no light.
  • One last character hanging out in the goldenrod was a sharpshooter - a larger one of the leaf hoppers.
  • The Wappinger Creek could again be heard before being seen.
  • And the fungus at the water's edge was still growing.
  • Next week: probably the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system again.
1 Turkey Vulture20 Clouded Sulphur2 Monarch
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker1 Eastern Tailed-Blue
1 Northern Flicker3 Pearl Crescent
1 Pileated Woodpecker2 Monarch
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Blue Jay
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Pine Warbler
5 Field Sparrow