Along the Air Line... 2015 - Spring, Part 12
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 10th.  7:30 A.M.  The Canada Goose resting with her wing a bit away from her body.  Could there be a gosling under there?  Can't tell yet.

 

 

A distant, scrawny looking deer.

 

 

This deer looks very pregnant.

 

 

An ancient, bedragled Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta). The species migrates into Connecticut from further south every spring, goes through one or more generations here, then returns south in the fall.

 

 

June 10th.  Early afternoon.  I arrived at the old beaver lodge just before Mom left the nest and went down to the water.  She was followed immediately by two goslings, out for what I imagine must have been their first swim.

 

 

Together in their element.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Hebron Seniors, we now have a picnic table rest area at the Route 85 Trail Head.  There's also a new bench at the junction with the Colchester Spur.  Dedication Saturday, June 13th, at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

June 11th.  "Dad" has shown up to meet the goslings and share guard duty.  Mom can't get enough of grooming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiflora Roses (Rosa multiflora).

 

 

A brief afternoon stop at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  One of two young Woodchucks (Marmota monax).

 

 

Evening Lychnis (Lychnis alba).

 

 

June 12th.  Mom and Pop Canada Geese on alert.  Goslings presumably feeding below them.

 

 

Here's a puzzle.  It looks like there are three intact eggs in the nest.

 

 

Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes appalachia).

 

 

A lighter pink Carolina Rose (Rosa carolina).

 

 

June 13th.  Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum).

 

 

 

 

 

Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara).

 

 

Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata).