Along the Air Line... 2017- Spring, Part 7
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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May 10th.  Female Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) still on the nest at Cranberry Bog.



Today, in addition to mustard flowers nearby, she had Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) flanking her at the water's edge.



As before, "Dad" was further to the right on the bank.



Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).









Domestic Goose at the little farmyard just east of Cranberry Bog.






Speedwell (Veronica sp.)



Ground Ivy or Gill-over-the-ground (Glechoma hederacae)









May 11th.  Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula).






May 13th.  A pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) on the old beaver lodge at Raymond Brook Marsh.  No sign of a nest there.



No changes with the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) at Cranberry Bog.



Note all the down she has shed as nest lining.



May 15th.  A good year for Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense).






Still May 15th.  An afternoon walk east from Route 207 to the power lines.  Most of the Lady's-Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium acaule) I saw looked like this...



...or this.  Still in bud.






But a couple had "colored-up".





















Pink Azalea or Pinxter-flower (Rhododendron nudiflorum) under the power lines.















White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) just starting to open.






Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).



A Cuckoo Bee (Nomada sp., perhaps N. maculata).



The adults feed on pollen (obviously).  Eggs are laid in the nests of other solitary be species where the larvae eat the host egg and pollen supply.



Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) is in bud.



The flowers are in umbels on a separate stalk, sheltered under the leaves.  A few have started to open.



A small Winter Stonefly (Family Taeniopterygidae) on a Wild Sarsaparilla leaf.



Another, on the next leaf over from the first one.



Starflower (Trientalis borealis).



Grape (Vitus sp.) flowers are in bud.



Hooked Crowfoot (Ranunculus recurvatus).



May 16th.  Mother Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) with thirteen ducklings close behind.






Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) on Red Maple...



...and hunting on Highbush Blueberry.






Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana).