Along the Air Line... 2022 - Fall, Part 2
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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September 30th (continued). Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) still hanging out at the beaver pond on Day Meadow Brook at the River Road trail crossing.









The bird had just deposited a stream of white guano. The white deposits around the perch confirm that the bird uses that spot frequently.















The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was there too, far across the pond.



Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) hips.






Asters. (I won't speculate on species.)



Scouring Rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale).



October 2nd. Cloudy and windy. Fall colors coming along.















Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix).



Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) are gathering as they do each Fall.



Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) overhead.



October 3rd. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on its usual perch.



More Fall color photos on a cloudy day.


















Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), and Common Reed (Phragmites australis).



Common Reed and Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).



Common Reed alone.



Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata).



As happened on September 28th, the Great Blue Heron pictured above has been displaced by a hawk.









October 5th. Winged Euonymus or Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is a nasty invasive.



Mostly Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).






Red Maple (Acer rubrum).






Another hawk at the marsh.






A brief visit to the Lyman Viaduct, just west of Bull Hill Road.



The wrought iron structure remains below the "modern fill" (circa 1913), with bits of it exposed here and there.



Imagine how many loads of fill were required! Embedded in the fill is a 24" sewage line.



Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).



The last of the Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).



Next, a stop at the beaver pond on Day Meadow Brook at the River Road trail crossing.












The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was there, but no sign of the Cormorant seen recently.



The Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) hips remain photogenic.






October 6th. Foggy morning.