Along the Air Line... 2015 - Summer, Part 7
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 1st.  An afternoon visit to Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).  Adult molt seems complete and goslings now hard to tell from adults other than being slightly smaller.












Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus).


















Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).






Spotted Joe-Pye-weed (Eupatorium maculatum).



Long Dash skipper (Polites mystic).



Steeplebush or Hardhack (Spiraea tomentosa).



Groundnut (Apios americana).



Wild Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus).






I think this is a Digger Wasp (Family Crabronidae).






Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta).



A male Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis).



Northern Flatid Planthopper (Anormenis chloris).



Domestic duck and goose square off at the little farmyard just east of Cranberry Bog.



August 2nd.  Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata).












A very young Eastern Cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus).









Veery (Catharus fuscescens).



The "lek" of male Pollenia labialis Calliphorid flies is back. 
For the full story of these interesting and harmless flies see:



Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia).



August 3rd. 



A young Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).



Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe).



Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius).



Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta).



Giant Reed Grass (Phragmites australis), an invasive.



New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis).



Once again, Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata).






August 4th.  Four deer far across the marsh on a hazy dark morning just after rain.  I'd normally not bother posting such high-ISO pictures as this and the following two, but there's something interesting in the close-ups:



The deer on the left in the previous picture has an Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) perched on its back, and another perched nearby at the right.



The deer in the center, facing the camera, has a third Eastern Kingbird perched on its ear.  The birds are gleaning ticks, a service the deer appreciate.



An afternoon stop at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  Handsome sheep at the little barnyard just to the east.






Spotted Joe-Pye-weed (Eupatorium maculatum).



Honeybee (Apis mellifera).



Northern Aerial Yellowjacket (Doloichovespula arenaria).



Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus).












Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).



At least three species of Skippers (Family Hesperiidae) on Joe-Pye-weed.