Along the Air Line... 2007 - Fall, Part 4
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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October 22nd. Dawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 26th. Amid browns and greys, a little fall color can still be found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even as winter approaches, the catkins and buds of spring are already formed.

 

 

A flock of Canada Geese settled in for the night, joining a similar group of Mallards.

 

 

 

 

 

Entwined.

 

 

October 28th. Walked the marsh by pre-dawn moonlight.

 

 

An unidentified duck...

 

 

...that bobs its head as it swims.

 

 

After dawn, it reveals itself as an American Coot (Fulica americana).

 

 

One of a pair of Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca), or possibly Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes).

 

 

October 29th. Twentysix degrees and frost on berries of Carrion Flower (Smilax herbacea).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are passing through daily now.

 

 

November 2nd. Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla).

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) are passing through, stripping shrubs of their berries.

 

 

Oaks (Quercus sp.) are among the last to lose their leaves.