Along the Air Line... 2011 - Spring, Part 5
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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April 20th.  Domestic Chickens just east of Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Periwinkle (Vinca minor), an escaped garden ground cover.

 

 

 

 

 

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) leaves.

 

 

A Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Drake at Cranberry Bog.

 

 

 

 

 

A female Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) at the usual Cranberry Bog nesting spot.

 

 

 

 

 

April 21st.  East of Route 207.  Red Trillium (Trillium erectum).

 

 

 

 

 

False Hellebore (Veratrum viride).

 

 

Marsh-marigold or Cowslip (Caltha palustris).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sessile Bellwort or Wild Oats (Uvularia sessilifolia).

 

 

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens).

 

 

April 22nd.  Earth Day.  A Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) remains around the marsh.  (Several days ago, there were three, briefly.)

 

 

 

 

 

First Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) of the year; a male.

 

 

Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda).

 

 

 

 

 

The same Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) I photographed yesterday. 

 

 

(Tripod and better light today.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 25th. An odd shape on the surface of the marsh, spreading ripples.

 

 

Ah, first Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

But what's going on?  Why is it on the surface like this?

 

 

Can't be certain, but I think it involves two turtles.

 

 

A little privacy please.