Along the Air Line... 2017-2018 - Winter, Part 7
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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March 14th.  The morning after our second major storm in two weeks.  Both left trees coated in heavy wet snow.

 

 

 

 

 

Quite a few trees bent over from the snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late morning, so most of the Red-winged Blackbird males (Agelaius phoeniceus) were elsewhere, feeding.

 

 

Very little open water, but a pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) hung around.

 

 

Male's crest was down, not in display mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The female's crest was up.

 

 

March 15th.  At the pond just east of Route 207 in Hebron, Beavers (Castor canadensis) have been working on a couple of large trees just behind their lodge.

 

 

Ambitious.

 

 

Often at this time of year, there will be a group of Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) on this pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19th.  A flock of American Robins (Turdus migratorious) near the Route 85 trail head.

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) far across the northern side of Raymond Brook Marsh.  This is the view at 1200mm equivalent zoom with the bird nearly a quarter mile away.  Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

 

 

The same image, significantly cropped and sharpened. 

 

 

March 20th.  Spring begins at noon today with heavy snow predicted for tomorrow.  A morning walk to the pond just east of Route 207. 
One of a dozen or so Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) among the other ducks.

 

 

And some Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus).

 

 

 

 

 

Not photographed, a pair of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) flew off as I approached.