Along the Air Line... 2016 - Fall, Part 5
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 2nd.  Just a hint of sunrise color.









November 3rd. 













































Massive flock of Common Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula), with perhaps other icterids mixed in.  (Thanks, Russ for ID help again.)



The truck was from Hebron Public Works, trimming some branches in prep for Saturday's Ghost Run.



I caught just a portion of the flock in flight.



As I returned eastward past the marsh, I caught up to the flock again.



My photos show a small fraction of the flock which could be heard from a quarter mile away.






As impressive as this was, it doesn't compare to the multi-million bird flocks of European Starlings I saw when I was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, in the early '70s.



Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).






November 4th.  Under the Blackledge River Bridge.



November 5th.  Twentyeight degrees.
























Lots of frosty leaves.


















Sweet Fern (Comptonia perigrina).  Not a fern; rather a shrub in the Bayberry family.









Clubmoss (Lycopodium sp.)



Pyxie Cup lichen (Cladonia pyxidata) and moss.



November 6th.  With the seasonal end of Daylight Savings Time, the trail is an hour lighter at my usual walk time.



A mixed flock of young Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) and Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis).















November 7th.  A couple of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) around.






November 10th.  Light frost at 32 degrees.



November 19th.  Frosty.






The tail end of a massive flock of Grackles and/or other Icterids passing by the Route 85 trailhead.