Along the Air Line... 2016 - Fall, Part 1
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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September 23rd.  Back to Cranberry Bog.  Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) on the same perch as three days ago.












An adult Green Heron (Butorides virescens).



Same bird; different perch.



Another Green Heron; this an immature one borrowing the Great Blue Heron's perch.















Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata).



Asters (Symphylotrichum sp.).



Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Goldenrod.  This bee is just beginning a foraging run as there is barely any pollen on its hind femur.



Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus).






Barnyard Geese just east of Cranberry Bog.






September 24th.  Woolly Alder Aphids (Prociphilus tessellatus).



Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).






Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophycampa caryae).



Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).






September 25th.  Osprey (Pandion haliaetus).












Probably too many nearly identical Osprey pictures but seemed a shame to waste them.






Great Blue Heron and Mallards.



Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon).  As far away as the Osprey but a much smaller bird.



September 27th.  A walk west from Grayville Road to Judd Brook.  Still damp after overnight rain.









Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina).



Stiff Aster (Ionactis linariifolia).  Note the needle-like leaves.



Closed Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii).






Reindeer Lichen (Cladonia rangifera).



Fruiting bodies visible here as brown specs at the tips of branches.



Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens).



Berries ripe on False Solomon's-seal (Smilacina racemosa).






Round-leaved Pyrola (Pyrola americana).



A very fancy-shelled snail.



Witches' Butter or Orange Tremella (Tremella mesenterica).



Stalked Puffball-in-aspic (Calostoma cinnabarina).  Just beginning to emerge from its jelly coating.  The center will grow taller and emit clouds of spores when pinched.






Honey mushrooms (Armillaria mellea).  Thank you, Terry Stoleson, for the ID.






Crested Coral fungus (Clavulina cristata) or a similar species.



Looking closer, I noticed some insects.



Ah, Springtails (Order Collembola).  Looks like a globular springtail, Ptenothrix sp.



A Marasmius sp., I think.  Tiny, and past prime.