Along the Air Line... 2018 - Spring, Part 5
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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April 26th. Trout-Lily (Erythronium americanum) is blooming just east of Grayville Road.












Marsh-Marigold (Caltha palustris) in bloom nearby.












Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda).






Wild Leeks or Ramps (Allium tricoccum).



Escaped garden plant Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle (Vinca minor).  There are several patches along the trail signalling former sites of dwellings.



Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) has just started blooming - today or yesterday.



Soon after the flowers are pollinated, the petals drop.






The odd shaped single leaf persists.






Fresh pollen is another tip off that the flowers are new.









Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) up close.  Pollen on the central flower is gone.  The flower at the lower left is prime.



April 27th.  Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) with a slender twig in its beak.  Building a nest somewhere?









Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) scratching an itch.



April 28th. 



A short walk east of Route 207.  Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) in bud.



Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) just getting started.



A Tortricid moth.  Best guess is Family Tortricidae, Subfamily Olethreutinae.  (Genus and species is way beyond my pay grade.)



One of three pairs of Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) on the pond there.

































Early afternoon at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  Momma Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) on the nest, open beaked breathing to try and stay cool on the warmest Spring day we've had..



Dad off duty at the far end of the pond.



Chillin' with the male Mallards.  (Not to mention the male Ring-necked Duck and the Painted Turtle at the left.)



Momma Mallard on her nest,also open beaked to keep cool.






Tidying up.






Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta), basking as usual.






At the little pond to the west, across Smith Street, American Toads (Bufo americanus) were in chorus.  Incredibly loud!




































Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).