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Trail Reports

Insights on trail conditions and the plants and animals you can expect to encounter throughout the seasons.

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Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 72°F and cloudy with light breezes at 1:00 PM on June 19, 2019.
  • Least and Peck's skippers had returned.
  • This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • There was still one lilac blooming by Gifford House.
  • At the back of the parking lot, Canada thistle was just starting.
  • Across the path, a dark spot stood out on a bright leaf.
  • It was a red admiral, a well worn one, at that.
  • Closer to the path, common milkweed was just about ready to open its flower buds.
  • Nearby, a jewelbox spider had a beetle in its web.
  • A dark triangle was at the edge of a rain puddle along the Carriage House drive.
  • It was an eastern comma taking up minerals.
  • Behind the Carriage House, motherwort was starting to flower.
  • Its flowers would be special if they were an inch or so long.
  • Along the Scots Pine Allée, Gyspy moth caterpillars were reaching maturity.
  • Many would not progress further having succumbed to disease. The slump gives them away as the legs let go.
  • In the Little Bluestem Meadow, spreading dogbane, usually chest high, was starting to bloom at one foot as a result of an earlier mowing.
  • On the path through the Old Gravel Pit, elderberry was starting to bloom.
  • The blossoms were interesting even before opening.
  • Invasive honeysuckle berries were ripening.
  • Little, native partridgeberry was blooming underfoot in shady wooded areas.
  • Out in the open, above the Fern Glen, a spider was dazzling in shimmery metallic colors.
  • Daisy fleabane was blooming in the sunnier areas.
  • In the deep shade, little white-striped blacks could be spotted; their caterpillars eat impatiens... e.g. the abundant jewelweed.
  • The lighting has to be just right to see that the common spring moth has metallic sparkles on the edges of the wings. This wasn't the right light...
  • Along the roadside, a female spangled skimmer was catching some of the rare afternoon sun.
  • On the dry hillside, Venus's looking-glass had started blooming.
  • Right on the road, male and female common whitetails were posing as if for a field guide.
  • Alien Valeriana alliariaefolia is a hold over from earlier times.
  • Wood nettle is an unassuming native plant that can make its presence known.
  • Arrow arrum has a strange, Jack-in-the-pulpit sort of flower..
  • That and swamp candles were getting ready to bloom back off the boardwalk in the fen.
  • Farther off the side, poison sumac was just opening.
  • Along the edge of the fen, red baneberry was getting red.
  • Tall, slender panacled hawkweed is a hawkweed native to our area.
  • Bowman's root only flowered for about a week.
  • The least skipper was back and should be with us the rest of the season.
  • Next week: the Wappinger Creek side of the trail system.
Common Spring Moth

Sightings

Birds
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 2 Chimney Swift
  • 1 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Warbling Vireo
  • 2 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • 1 Carolina Wren
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 4 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 3 American Robin
  • 1 European Starling
  • 3 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Blackburnian Warbler
  • 2 Pine Warbler
  • 1 American Redstart
  • 3 Ovenbird
  • 1 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 3 Scarlet Tanager
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 1 Baltimore Oriole
  • 1 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 1 Cabbage White
  • 2 Eastern Comma
  • 1 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 1 Common Ringlet
  • 2 Monarch
  • 2 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Least Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Arrow arum
  • 1 Canada thistle
  • 1 Daisy fleabane
  • 1 Elderberry
  • 1 Motherwort
  • 1 Panicled hawkweed
  • 1 Partridgeberry
  • 1 Poison sumac
  • 1 Spreading dogbane
  • 1 Stinging nettle
  • 1 Venus' looking-glass
  • 1 Wood nettle
Moth
  • 1 Common Spring Moth
  • 1 White-striped Black
  • It was 70°F, mostly clear and calm at 2:00 PM on June 12, 2019.
  • Giant swallowtail and European skipper had returned.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.

The Trails

  • It was looking like summer now at the Old Hayfield by Gifford House.
  • The Kousa dogwood was in full bloom right by the corner of Gifford.
  • A spider raced across the parking lot.
  • The path along the edge of the field was getting warm in the June sun.
  • Knee high yarrow was blooming under foot.
  • Above that, multiflora rose was making the air sweet.
  • Privet would soon be blooming too.
  • A red-spotted purple had been perching in the sun and circled me as I passed.
  • In contrary behavior, a little wood-satyr flew past from behind and landed in front of me in the sun.
  • Away from the hedgerow, the lighter scent of bedstraws dominated.
  • Dogbane would soon be blooming. This is attractive to butterflies and other insects.
  • Silver-spotted skippers were out in fair numbers today.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail, the first European skipper appeared.
  • Skippers can be tricky to ID. It's always nice when one shows its underside as well as top side.
  • A grasshopper landed in a nice portrait pose.
  • Another little wood-satyr came by, this one displaying the underside.
  • The beginning of the Sedge Meadow Trail was walled with gray dogwood, now in bloom.
  • A little plant hopper landed on my sleeve.
  • Even littler mites were feeding on it.
  • A lot of noise on the Wappinger Creek Trail was from a Robin family.
  • By the Watershed kiosk, shinleaf was budding up.
  • A little farther along, in the floodplain, is a favorite view of the Wappinger Creek.
  • Next week: the Cary Pines side of the trail system.
American Robin

Sightings

Birds
  • 2 Black Vulture
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk
  • 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Eastern Kingbird
  • 2 Warbling Vireo
  • 4 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 1 House Wren
  • 1 Eastern Bluebird
  • 3 Veery
  • 2 Wood Thrush
  • 4 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 3 European Starling
  • 1 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Blue-winged Warbler
  • 1 Prairie Warbler
  • 1 Ovenbird
  • 1 Common Yellowthroat
  • 4 Scarlet Tanager
  • 2 Eastern Towhee
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow
  • 1 Field Sparrow
  • 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Indigo Bunting
  • 3 Baltimore Oriole
  • 3 American Goldfinch
Butterflies
  • 1 Giant Swallowtail
  • 3 Spring Azure
  • 5 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Red-spotted Purple
  • 7 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 2 Common Ringlet
  • 1 Monarch
  • 6 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 2 European Skipper
Plants
  • 1 Bedstraw
  • 1 Gray dogwood
  • 1 Kousa dogwood
  • 1 Yarrow
Moth
  • 1 Dogbane Tiger Moth

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