Along the Air Line... 2019-2020 - Winter, Part 12
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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March 3rd. First Ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris) of the year on the pond east of Route 207.



Angry birds?





















Orca imitation?















March 4th. Five birds on this distant dead tree in the marsh.
Grackles above; Red-winged Blackbirds below.



March 6th. Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) at 23 degrees in mist rising over Raymond Brook Marsh.

































Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).












More and closer male Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus).









A short walk east of Route 207 to check on the heron nest (no action). What is this? Mink? Young Otter? Fisher?






Lots of Ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris).






























March 7th. Several European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) hang out near the Route 85 trail head.









Chilly and windy, but skies beginning to clear.



Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) of course, mostly in pairs.









I saw a distant pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus). Male...



...and female. They both soon flew off. (Sorry for the lousy photos; I was lucky to get anything at all.)