Along the Air Line... 2022 - Summer, Part 14
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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September 1st. Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus).






(Lots of Tree Swallows overhead, just passing through I think. Haven't been around for awhile.)



At Cranberry Bog, Broad-leaved Arrowhead (Saggitaria latifolia).









Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).



September 2nd. I saw just one Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at the marsh today. The pink flowers are one of the Smartweeds (Family Polygonaceae, Polygonum sp.).



Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). Perhaps the same bird seen at about the same spot on August 25th.



September 3rd. Virgin's-bower or Wild Clematis (Clematis virginiana) gone to seed.






Closed Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii).



It's being crowded out by shrubs above.



Eos, a puppy I met along the trail.



September 4th. Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).









Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus).



Bumble Bee (Family Bombidae) on Flat-topped White Aster (Doellingeria umbellata).









Meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia).



Except for a couple of distinctive Ferns, I don't dare try to ID them.



Three female Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa).












Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis).






A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) heading west from the beaver pond nearest Old Colchester Road.



Another female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).



September 5th. Fragrant Water-lilies (Nymphaea odorata).












New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensus).



Bee dragled? An old Bumble Bee (Family Bombidae); note the wing tip wear and tear.



I'll guess an Abruptly-bulbous Agaricus (Agaricus abruptibulbus); but a poisonous Amanita species a strong possibility.



Two Boletes. Boletes have pores on the underside of their caps, not gills as in many mushrooms.



Looks like False Turkey-tail (Stereum ostria) amid green foliose Lichen.






An adult male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).



Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura).



Fun feet.



Clouds gathering and near 100% humidity. Rain expected later this (Monday) afternoon, lasting through Tuesday into Wednesday.



September 6th. Pouring rain since yesterday. Raining when I took these pictures.



No complaints. We really needed this rain.



Water levels up a couple of inches. Hopefully higher by tomorrow when the storm passes.



Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) paddling down the center of the trail.



(I also saw a Snapping Turtle cross the trail, but it was too far away for a picture.)



A Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) seemed oblivious to the rain.



(I also saw several Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). Too fast for pictures even in good weather.)



I was surprised to see several of these Grass Veneers (Crambus sp., perhaps C. albellus). They flew when I walked by, disturbing them.