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.