If you want to see and hear the Brood II cicadas, play hookey this week, and head on up the Hudson Valley in New York State. DO IT! It’s your last chance until 2030 (unless you want to see Brood III and XXII next year).
Today I took an eight-hour road trip along the Hudson River in NY. I hit Palisades Interstate Park, Bear Mountain, Cold Springs, virtually every town along Rte 9G and 199, Germantown, Hudson, and Woodstock.
Cold Spring and Woodstock were a little disappointing, though their downtowns seemed like nice places to visit (no time for human fun when you’re tracking cicadas). The east side of the Hudson River was definitely more active than the west side, although I did hear cicada choruses along Interstate 87 between exit 18 and 16.
Here are my favorite locations. The first one is pure gold.
A rest stop for cars.
Rhinebeck NY 12572
Loads of â€˜decims and cassini. Cassini could be picked off the low lying trees like grapes. â€˜Decims hugged trees by the 100â€™s. Best spot of the day.
130 Main street by the river.
Germantown, NY 12526
Cassini and decim choruses. Decims and cassini on low vegetation.
400 New York 308
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Cassini and decim choruses. Decims in low lying trees.
Dutchess Mall, ironically near a big box hardware store that will remain nameless
Cassini and â€˜decim choruses. â€˜Decims in low lying trees. Very active and feisty.
Tiorati Brook Rd
Stony Point, NY 10980
â€˜Decim choruses. â€˜Decims in low lying trees.
Some video and audio from the New York emergence:
Periodical cicadas at a rest stop in Rhinebeck NY:
Magicicada septendecim in Stony Point NY:
Magicicada cassini Court II and III NY Brood II 2013: