Along the Air Line... 2021 - Spring, Part 25
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 8th. At Cranberry Bog, solar panels have been installed and the area beyond the dam has been planted. The Nodding Lady's-tresses Orchids (Spiranthes cernua) are certainly gone for good as they grew directly under the foreground area used for access to the plot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) goslings are getting big while the adults have molted their long flight feathers.

 

 

Hard to tell, but there are 11 goslings and 4 adults in this view.

 

 

June 10th. The female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) in her now usual morning spot where she can watch her ducklings.

 

 

She's in the middle of a molt too. A good opportunity to be flightless at the same time as her young.

 

 

 

 

 

Seven of her ducklings on a log.

 

 

 

 

 

One of several Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) at the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 11th. A Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like a nest from this year but I saw no occupants.

 

 

A male Ebony Jewelwing damselfly (Calopteryx maculata).

 

 

In flight, they hold their spiny legs in a basket shape to serve as a net for catching small flying insects.

 

 

An immature or female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) hopping from lily pad to pad, capturing insects.