Along the Air Line... 2015 - Fall, Part 6
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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October 26th.  Oaks are now dominant in fall colors.  Most maples have dropped their leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Warblers (Dendroica palmarum) still passing through, feeding in small flocks.

 

 

 

 

 

A juvenile American Robin (Turdus migratorius).

 

 

Lots of Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) sunning.

 

 

Unconcerned by passing Mallards.

 

 

 

 

 

See the turtle?

 

 

Balancing.  (Or warming one foot.)

 

 

Dozing.

 

 

Mallard at the left seems to be blind in one eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice to see an insect!  This is a male Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum sp.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 27th.  Pre-dawn as I approached the Route 85 trail head.

 

 

 

 

 

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and one Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca carolinensis).  It's the small duck towards the left.

 

 

Lots of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) high overhead.

 

 

 

 

 

Remains of an oriole nest visible now that the leaves are down.

 

 

Almost a rainbow in the sunrise.

 

 

October 28th. Another impressive pre-dawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaver (Castor canadensis) in deep shadow on the channel side of the marsh.

 

 

Hawk, silhouetted by the sunrise.

 

 

The same hawk, a few minutes later.

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).

 

 

October 29th.  Wind and heavy rain yesterday and overnight carpeted the trail with leaves and branches.

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata).  Adult female.

 

 

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begs for a clever caption.

 

 

 

 

 

Overcast, but much of the fall color is gone.

 

 

Grayville Falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little stream by the Route 85 trail head.