Along the Air Line... 2008 - Summer, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 20th. Great Egret (Ardea alba).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 21st. Egret, Goose, and Heron together.
Click here for more pictures of this Great Egret.

 

 

August 21st, afternoon. Section 2 of trail renovations in Lebanon is nearly complete. Grading and drainage work are almost done, and gates have been installed.

 

 

The final stone dust surface will be applied in the Fall. Section 2 extends the trail from Leonard Bridge Road to Chesbro Bridge Road - roughly 1.1 miles.

 

 

Square-stemmed Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens) is blooming beside the new section of trail in Lebanon.

 

 

August 22nd. For several days now, a flock of juvenile Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) have been visiting the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

August 23th. The Great Egret (Ardea alba) is still around.
I've added many more pictures to my Great Egret page.

 

 

August 24th. Berries of False Solomon's-seal (Smilacina racemosa).

 

 

 

 

 

August 26th. An immature Green Heron (Butorides virescens).

 

 

The striped breast differentiates immatures from adults. (For adult, see Spring 2007, Part 9.)

 

 

 

 

 

Male Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker (Colaptes auratus).

 

 

Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis).

 

 

Whirligig Beetles (Dinutes sp.) clustered on the surface of Raymond Brook.

 

 

Disturb them and they would disperse in rapid gyrations.

 

 

Goldenrod (Solidago sp.).

 

 

A Mosquito (Family Culicidae) on Goldenrod.

 

 

Seedhead of Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota).

 

 

 

 

 

Berries of Carrion-flower (Smilax herbacea) are now mature.

 

 

August 29th. Joe-Pye-weed (Eupatorium maculatum) is lush in the marsh.

 

 

August 30th. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

 

 

Groundnut (Apios americana) develops stringbean-like seed pods.

 

 

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).

 

 

 

 

 

Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum).

 

 

August 31st. Turkey-tail Polypore (Trametes versicolor).

 

 

 

 

 

September 11th. This is a new find for me and I'm still not certain of its ID. (Help!) There was only a single plant. It looks like a white version of the normally pink New England Blazing-star (Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae; formerly Liatris borealis) According to the Connecticut Wildflowers site, New England blazing-star is a rare plant, and it is classified as a species of special concern in Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

 

Various Asters are blooming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Leaf Beetle (Family Chrysomelidae) on Asters.

 

 

 

 

 

False Solomon's-seal (Smilacina racemosa).