Along the Air Line... 2009 - Spring, Part 1
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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March 22nd. Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) are back in some numbers now...



...but remain very shy and distant. A pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) are still further away.



All the waterfowl seem to have paired off. A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) heads away through the mist.



A pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) also seen through mist.









This Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) cocoon was attacked, probably by a mouse, and the overwintering pupa eaten. (See my Cecropia Life Cycle pages.)



April 1st. Sunrise. Back on the trail after a week away.



A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) was singing up a storm.









Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) a little closer this morning.



April 5th. Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) are back...






...and checking out favorite nesting holes.









The dead maple trunk on the right has a nest hole about 18" down from the top.



April 6th. A Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is visiting the marsh...



...and attracting a crowd of spectators (Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles).



Clouds rolling in. Rain expected later today.



April 8th. A Tree Swallow seems to have claimed the prime nesting place.






A pair of Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) showed up yesterday.