Along the Air Line... 2017 - Fall, Part 5
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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October 26th.  A little fall foiliage remaining after two days of wind and rain.

 

 

(Same picture, different aspect ratio.)

 

 

 

 

 

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) doing very well this year.

 

 

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) hanging around.  Notice anything odd?

 

 

No, not a two-beaked male.

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) still around; heard more than seen.

 

 

DEEP has installed new sign boards delineating the area and regulations for waterfowl hunting on the north side of Raymond Brook Marsh. 
(The south side is Town of Hebron open space and hunting is prohibited.) 
Hunting season information here: http://www.performance-vision.com/airline/index-WhatsNew.htm#hunting

 

 

Lots of water flowing at Grayville Falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 27th. Thirty-nine degrees; ground fog but clear and the rain is gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frost in shady spots.  Leaves are of next year's Yarrow (Achillea millifolium).

 

 

 

 

 

October 28th.  Typical dawn recently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Cranberry Bog in East Hampton, a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius).

 

 

A few Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and Mallards around too.

 

 

October 30th.  Mid afternoon.  High water after heavy rain and high winds overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

The channel side was high too.

 

 

A bit chilly for a Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) to be out.  Perhaps his den was flooded?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Aster, hanging on.

 

 

Wind stripped lots more leaves.

 

 

October 31st.  Abandoned bird nest (Catbird?) and Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).

 

 

Female Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon) was an unexpected treat this morning.

 

 

Also heard a Red-winged Blackbird.