Along the Air Line... 2016 - Spring, Part 6
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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May 22nd.  Heavy clouds after showers early.

 

 

 

 

 

First Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) I've seen this spring - a very large one.

 

 

 

 

 

Lady's Slipper orchids (Cypripedium acaule) are about at peak.

 

 

Pink Azalea or Pinxter-flower (Rhododendron nudiflorum).

 

 

 

 

 

Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana).

 

 

 

 

 

After several days fearing that the Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) nest had been abandoned, the female was observed sitting on eggs this morning.

 

 

May 25th.  Large Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor).

 

 

 

 

 

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is coming into flower.

 

 

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).

 

 

 

 

 

May 26th.  Another, shadier Large Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) dutifully on its eggs.

 

 

Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea).

 

 

Separate fertile fronds are covered in cinnamon-brown wooly spore-filled sori.

 

 

May 31st.  Green Frog (Rana clamitans).

 

 

 

 

 

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) laying eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

A female Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta).

 

 

May 31st.  An afternoon visit to Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  False Solomon's-seal (Smilacina racemosa).

 

 

A Flower Longhorn beetle (Analeptura lineola).

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Lychnis (Lychnis alba).

 

 

Goslings on Cranberry Bog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1st.  A female Spreadwing damselfly (Lestes sp.). Recently emerged, the color pattern is not developed enough for me to determine species.

 

 

June 2nd.  Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) I've seen on the trail for awhile.

 

 

June 3rd.  Ox-eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum).

 

 

Green Frog (Rana clamitans).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5th.  A brief stop at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton, midday.  Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea).

 

 

Note the Springtail (Order Collembola) on the upper right petal.

 

 

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora).

 

 

A Thrips (Order Thysanoptera) on the upper right petal.

 

 

 

 

 

A Thrips on this Yarrow (Achillea millifolium) too.

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Arrowwood (Viburnum recognitum).

 

 

 

 

 

Ox-eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum).

 

 

 

 

 

A Hawkweed (Hieracium sp.)

 

 

Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus).

 

 

A battered Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos).

 

 

Pond of Bullhead Lily (Nuphar vareigatum).

 

 

Note the flies on the flower, and cast dragonfly nymphal skin on the stem.