Along the Air Line... 2019 - Spring, Part 6
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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April 22nd. Green!












Bracket Fungus.



A male Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon). The white spots ahead of the eyes are disconcerting.
Click here for severasl theories on the function of those eye spots.



Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata).












Sweet White Violets (Viola blanda) have started to bloom.






April 23rd. Red Maple (Acer rubrum) leaves are starting to unfurl... winged seeds get larger.



A short early afternoon walk east from Grayville Road. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis).















Not sure which Violet this is (Viola sp.).










Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum).


















Marsh-marigold or Cowslip (Caltha palustris) in bud...



...and starting to bloom.






Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia).






Partrideberry (Mitchella repens) amid Sphagnum moss.



Finally, a short walk east from Old Colchester Road to Raymonf Brook Marsh. White Sweet Violet (Viola blanda).



A little Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) here too.



False Turkey-tail (Stereum ostria). Thanks as always, Terry, for the ID.



Tree-ear (Auricularia auricula).






Sowbug (Order Isopoda).



A Millipede among earthworms under bark.






Yellow Slime Mold (Physarum polycephalum) under bark.



Lots more Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia).









Wild Oats or Sessile Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia).












A False Blister Beetle (Family Oedemeridae, Asclera ruficollis).



A Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) cocoon badly damaged by birds or rodents. The pupa completely eaten.



Lots of Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) sunning.















A smallish Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina); the first I've seen this year.









Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius).



Cherry, Plum, Pear?  Rosaceae at least.  (I couldn't identify it in 2017 or last year and still don't know.  Help?)