Along the Air Line... 2018-2019 - Winter, Part 1
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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December 22nd.  The trail through the marsh was in remarkably good shape considering the 3+ inches of rain yesterday.

 

 

A few large puddles in the usual places, and this washout (foreground right).

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of foam hung up on the channel side, common and "natural" after heavy rains.

 

 

Here's an excerpt from a New Foundland and Labrador Government publication that succinctly describes the origins of this foam. 
The full document is here: http://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/waterres/outreach/Weird/Weird_Stuff_in_Water.pdf
Thanks to Patricia Young of the Salmon River Watershed Partnership (http://www.salmonriverct.org/) for pointing me towards the link above.

 

 

 

I saw three American Beavers (Castor canadensis), two of them heading far out on the north side, presumably to a new lodge out of sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) against a backdrop of invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis).

 

 

December 23rd.  A little color at dawn.

 

 

 

 

 

American Beaver (Castor canadensis) on the move again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 24th.  Light snow overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A male Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), far across the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 26th.  Waning Gibbous Moon.

 

 

Best guess is a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus).