Along the Air Line... 2021 - Fall, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 15th. A rare treat. Three Northern River Otters (Lutra canadensis) frolicking at the marsh. Look at those teeth...

 

 

...and that tail!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).

 

 

 

 

 

November 16th. Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) east of Route 207 again.

 

 

 

 

 

All six of them.

 

 

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) too.

 

 

 

 

 

November 18th. Large branches that had fallen across the trail have been cut up.

 

 

A male Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 19th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horribly backlit, extensively edited photo of a far distant raptor. But... white markings on the head suggest maybe a
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). (Two birders I trust feel this is a correct ID.)

 

 

November 20th. Heavy frost at 22 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice crystals atop mud.

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata).

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). Thankfully ,no hunters though all the birds were on the south side of the trail - Hebron open space where hunting is not allowed.

 

 

 

 

 

Sixteen Mallards in this photo.