Along the Air Line... 2019 - Fall, Part 7
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 13th. Fourteen degrees and gusty. Overnight Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) trying to sleep in; heads tucked for warmth I suspect.

 

 

Some starting to rouse.

 

 

 

 

 

I don't know this Polypore, though it's common enough on dead wood.

 

 

 

 

 

November 15th. A flock of American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis) flitting through the marsh edges, feeding on Alder.

 

 

 

 

 

Only a puddle's worth of open water. Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) on foot.

 

 

 

 

 

Both of these geese are banded, but not enough detail in my photos to read them.

 

 

 

 

 

Good group of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) to the west of the main marsh, in what was a small beaver pond.

 

 

Good looking birds.

 

 

 

 

 

Smiling yellow dog-face beak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 17th. The marsh was entirely frozen over this morning. (I did see a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) fly over, low, and land out of sight far down on the channel side where I suppose there was a little moving water.)

 

 

Natural roller coaster.

 

 

Same photo, "artistically" edited.

 

 

Mostly ice pictures today... with a few random kaleidoscope captures thrown in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 23rd. Cold front overnight, but warm sun and still open water just after dawn at 27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were the only birds I saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty sure that's a Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) in the foreground. Tail and size look right.

 

 

The mussy hair seems to be another "feature" of muskrats.

 

 

November 29th. Breezy and 26 degrees. Brrr. Abstract crop of...

 

 

...this breeze-rippled surface of the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonscape lichen? Actually...

 

 

...Blister Lichen (Physcia stellaris) with grey/black fruiting bodies (Apothecia).