Along the Air Line... 2020 - Spring, Part 4
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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April 4th. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) just spotted something...



...lunged for it...



...but missed.






Female and malre Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) on wind-choppy water.






Low in a trough...



...and high on a crest.



A few days ago, I photographed another (or the same?) Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) investigating an island.



The resident pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).



A favorite dead tree. Note how the trunk wood spirals.









April 5th. A particularly dramatic male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).















Two of the three Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) still hanging around Raymond Brook Marsh.



Flowers of the Willow Family (Salicaceae) - Willow? Aspen?



East of Route 207, the Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) pair are still around.



April 6th. Warm sunny light early.



Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) circling before landing.










































Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris).









Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).









Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) now in fill bloom.



Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia).






Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta).












Female Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus).






I continued my walk west past Grayville Road. Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum).



Ripples on running water.












A little Orb Weaving Spider munching a very small fly.



Lousy picture, but a Water Strider (Family Gerridae), also munching a small fly.



A Sow Bug; a terrestrial Isopod crustacean I found under loose bark.



Two Millipedes, also under bark.



Ditto a beetle larva.