Along the Air Line... 2021 - Fall, Part 4
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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October 7th. A foggy 47 degrees. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Eastern Bluerbirds (Sialia sialis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 8th. An afternoon walk at several spots along the trail in Colchester. The first time I've photographed this tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of Grasshoppers (Family Acrididae).

 

 

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) footprints in mud.

 

 

Sumac (Rhus sp.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) were out.

 

 

 

 

 

Five more turtles on a floating rhizome of Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata), probably detatched freom the bottom by a beaver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 9th. A pleasant morning at 55 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

Sumac (Rhus sp.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, several Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) in the usual spot.

 

 

 

 

 

American Beaver (Castor canadensis) splashed several times near the stack of beaver-gnawed branches beside the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 10th. New York Asters (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pines shed about 1/3rd of their needles each year. The old needles turn yellow in fall before they drop.