Along the Air Line... 2021-2022 - Winter, Part 8
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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March 6th. 39 degrees with rain predicted for late morning. Most of the ice is gone and the surface is soft.



Temps above 60 predicted for this afternoon.






A male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).






Very vocal.









A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) joined the Cardinal for a sing-off.









A pair of Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) perched near where I've seen them on several mornings lately.





















A male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullaris).









Some Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)...



...and a pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).



The first Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) I've seen at the marsh this year.



Lots of White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) hopping around.



Looks like this one found a winterberry(?).






A vocal American Crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos).






March 7th. The snow and ice is almost all gone!



Hooded Mergansers (Lophopdytes cucullatus).






I missed them taking off but caught the splashes made by their flailing feet.



A mangificent Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii).















At the pond east of Route 207, an otherworldly artifact. Actually, a detached root of Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata).



A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).






A male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus).