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

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May 11th.  Sessile Bellwort or Wild Oats (Uvularia sessilifolia).

 

 

Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fern fiddleheads are unfurling.

 

 

May 14th.  Trees are leafing out.

 

 

Yellow dots are all Pond Lilies (Nuphar variegatum).

 

 

 

 

 

Limber Honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica).

 

 

Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), an invasive.

 

 

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).

 

 

A short afternoon bike ride from Old Hartford Road east to Judd Brook.  Rue-Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides).

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum).

 

 

May 16th.  Pink Lady's Slipper orchids (Cypripedium acaule) are blooming.

 

 

Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus).

 

 

May 16th.  An afternoon walk in chilly, gusty wind.  Pastel trees, just leafing out.

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Plantain, a fleabane (Erigeron pulchellus).

 

 

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea).

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Lady's Slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A female Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) busy lining its nest.  I never saw the male.

 

 

No idea what this material might be...

 

 

...but this looks like Cattail seed fluff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yup, definitely Cattail fluff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only picture I managed to get of an American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) which refused to stay still!

 

 

May 17th.  Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and three goslings at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.

 

 

Cuddled for warmth on a cool, windy Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 20th.  Veery (Caltherus fuscesens).

 

 

Male Common Yellowthroat warbler (Geothlypis trichas).

 

 

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) nest above the trail by the last beaver dam on the north side of Raymond Brook Marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

May 23rd.  Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius).