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).