Along the Air Line... 2021 - Summer, Part 8
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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July 15th. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) perched atop a Wood Duck house.
























One of the Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon) has shed its old skin. I wonder how they do it. I remember an Entomologist I knew likening a caterpillar shedding its old skin to a woman removing her panty hose without using her hands. Same analogy applies here?



It was (still is) a very large snake.






The head end. Note the round eye covering.



A brief stop at the Route 207 crossing. Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium).






Bumble Bee (Family Bombidae) way inside.






A Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan).









Chicory (Cichorium intybus).



An afternoon walk west of Grayville Road to the Judd Brook Bridge. Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphicum).






A Small White Grass-veneer (Crambus albellus).



Sun penetrating the Jeremy River near the Judd Brook junction.









I'm pretty sure these are Jellied False Coral mushrooms (Tremellodendron pallidum).



An Indian-Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) flower. It's parasitic and lacks chlorophyll.)



Hmm, a Geometrid moth. Haven't ID'd it yet.



The bridge over Judd Brook.



A Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on my ankle.



Tasting my salty sweat,






Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos).



The unusual flower of Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata).



Forewing of a Luna Moth (Actias luna).



July 16th. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) out on a limb.



Walking west, I only saw one Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon).



Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).






Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata).






Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).






Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).






Grape (Vitus sp.) tendrils looking for something to cling to.



A young male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) in the channel.












Walking back east, two Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon) where earlier there was just one. I think the new one was the one who's shed skin I photographed yesterday.



Common Musk Turtle or "Stinkpot" (Sternothaerus odoratus).