Along the Air Line... 2021 - Spring, Part 13
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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May 2nd. Wild Oats or Sessile Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia).

 

 

The downside of common names. This plant isn't remotely related to Oats.

 

 

 

 

 

A Slug munching on the stem of one of the Bellworts.

 

 

A pretty bedraggled Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema sp.)

 

 

 

 

 

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is leafing out.

 

 

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is blooming.

 

 

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) seeds (termed "winged achenes" or "samaras") are about fully developed.

 

 

The marsh looks like hell; the water having almost all gone in just three days. Almost all of this should be underwater.

 

 

Lily pads should be floating on stems that should be submerged.

 

 

 

 

 

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura). Look at those feet!

 

 

A pair of Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) atop the Wood Duck house again.

 

 

The female caught in the act of entering.

 

 

 

 

 

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula).

 

 

 

 

 

May 3rd (Part 1): Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), an invasive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Pink Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium acaule) to emerge this year. Note last year's bloom stalk at the left.

 

 

Dog Violet (Viola labradorica) I think.

 

 

 

 

 

Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius).

 

 

 

 

 

An impressive patch of Wood Anemone (Anenome quinquefolia).

 

 

Common Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) were just opening for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea).

 

 

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema sp.). These in better shape than those photographed recently.