Along the Air Line... 2010 - Spring, Part 15
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 3rd. There are two Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) families at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton - one with two goslings; another with three.

 

 

All were feeding avidly on emergent grasses.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm pretty sure this is Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra).

 

 

 

 

 

I'm pretty sure this is Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius) on the Knapweed.

 

 

 

 

 

Yarrow (Achillea millifolium).

 

 

A Soldier Beetle (Family Cantharidae) gorging on Yarrow pollen.

 

 

A Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) all tucked in for protection.

 

 

Head out checking the scene.

 

 

Legs out and a quick scan before heading towards the water.

 

 

June 5th.  Three goslings at Raymond Brook Marsh!

 

 

 

 

 

This Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) was harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds. I wonder if baby blackbirds are part of the heron's diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) sings after leaving food for the chicks.

 

 

Male and female together at the nest.  (The male enters briefly.  When the female enters, she tends to stay awhile.)

 

 

Another Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata).  The green spots on it's shell are Duckweed (Lemna sp.).  Each plant consists of two leaves and a root.  It floats in mats on still water.

 

 

Deptford Pink (Dianthis armeria) started blooming several days ago.

 

 

European Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae).

 

 

June 7th.  Female Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) on her nest.

 

 

June 8th.  Male hanging out near the nest.

 

 

 

 

 

Large Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) and Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris).

 

 

Male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) feeding an anxious chick.

 

 

Make that two chicks.

 

 

Make that three chicks.

 

 

They look about ready to fledge.

 

 

June 11th.  Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) poking through Yarrow (Achillea millifolium).

 

 

June 12th.  Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium).

 

 

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

 

 

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).

 

 

 

 

 

June 13th. Two male Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa).

 

 

The one on the left seems to be molting, perhaps from juvenile plumage?

 

 

June 14th. A female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) sizing up a Pond Lily blossom.

 

 

Ta-da!