Along the Air Line... 2019-2020 - Winter, Part 15
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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March 14th. First Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) of the year at Raymond Brook Marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) photo of the year. (I've been hearing them for a week or two.)

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with a pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) in the background.

 

 

Red Maples (Acer rubrum) are in flower.

 

 

Great warm light this morning for trees and reflections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallard photo bombs the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail crops from the previous photo.

 

 

 

 

 

Far distant hawk.

 

 

East of Route 207, More reflections framing Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 16th. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) leaving a massive wake.

 

 

 

 

 

Heading back from the trail, I spotted this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) along Route 66 west of Hebron.

 

 

It soon took off, heading towards Marlborough.

 

 

March 17th. An afternoon walk at the marsh after this morning's snow and rain departed. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few seconds later, it stabbed an 8" long fish.

 

 

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) against a background of reflected Common Reeds (Phragmites australis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green!

 

 

Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii) is starting to leaf out...

 

 

 

 

 

...as is Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora).

 

 

 

 

 

An Ant (Family Formicidae) found active under bark. Sorry, I don't have the means to ID ants.