Along the Air Line... 2020 - Spring, Part 15
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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May 12th. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) and three goslings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13th. Veery (Catharus fusescens), one of two near the spur junction..

 

 

A male Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) perched close to the trail, low and just across the channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Caddisfly (Order Trichoptera). Their larvae are aquatic, living in cases they make of stones, sand, sticks, or leaf fragments.

 

 

Sister group (closest relatives) to Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths.

 

 

May 14th. A Veery (Catharus fusescens) just west of Juliano Pools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia).

 

 

 

 

 

The metallic sheen of Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) feathers is stunning.

 

 

A male Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), surely the same almost tame bird I photographed yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) spend a lot of time foraging among the Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) flowers.

 

 

What could they be eating? Ants maybe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum biflorum) in bud.