Along the Air Line... 2010 - Spring, Part 16
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 15th.  An adult Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus).

 

 

A Daddy-Long-Legs or Harvestman (Order Opiliones; Family Phalangiidae).

 

 

Unlike spiders, Harvestmen appear to have only one body region as the cephalothorax and abdomen are broadly joined.  The eyes sit atop the head in a kind of turret.

 

 

A White-tailed Deer buck (Odocoileus virginianum).  A doe was nearby.

 

 

Both beat a hasty retreat.

 

 

A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) on the hunt.

 

 

Ripples make nice reflections on its neck feathers.

 

 

 

 

 

A different heron.

 

 

A flock of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum); perhaps a family group.

 

 

A rather unflattering view of a Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura).

 

 

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) family was out today.

 

 

 

 

 

June 16th, afternoon.  A White-tailed Deer doe (Odocoileus virginianum).  Note all the deer flies on it's nose.

 

 

Lots of Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) out today.  This one had what looked like acorn meat.

 

 

So that's where the blueberries go before they ripen!

 

 

 

 

 

Time for a scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

June 17th.  A young Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), ready to bolt.

 

 

One of two "Stinkpots" = Common Musk Turtles (Sternothaerus odoratus) I saw this morning.

 

 

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris).

 

 

June 19th.  The first Canada Lilies (Lilium canadense) are blooming.

 

 

Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon).

 

 

An Orb-Weaving Spider (Leucage sp.) - female.