Along the Air Line... 2018 - Summer, Part 2
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 27th.  Male Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus).



Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum).






Cow-wheat (Melampyrum lineare).  A small plant; easy to miss even when blooming.



June 29th.  Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) again.



Proud Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) momma and ducklings.



Same photo, cropped.



Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata).









Only a couple of plants of this at the Route 85 trail head, just hanging on despite being pushed over by a mower that barely missed them.



June 30th.  At Cranberry Bog, the adult and gosling Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are indestinguishble. All missing the longest flight feathers so still grounded.



Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are in full bloom.












Several kinds of Bee on invasive Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).









July 1st.  Canada Lily (Lilium canadense) flowers have just started to open.






The usual Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) with the neck wound.



























Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta), on the same perch most days.



Black Raspberries (Rubus occidentalis).






New leaves on White Oak (Quercus alba).



Bumble Bee (Bombus sp.) on Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis).



White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) caterpillar.



A Wave (Scopula sp.), most likely a Frigid Wave (S. fridgidaria).



July 2nd.  Hoary Frostweed (Crocanthemum bicknellii).



One of two Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis).



Kinda look like young birds to me.



Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius).  Neck looks okay so probably not the bird I've seen lately.