Along the Air Line... 2023 - Fall, Part 10
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 12th. 24 degrees and frosty. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).






Frosted Rose Hip on Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora).






Underside of a frosted Lilypad.



These yellow Maple leaves are nice.


















A female Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa).






Best guess is female or immature American Goldfinches (Spinus tristis).






A male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).







Note the protective eyelid.









November 14th. Confirmation that what I saw yesterday was American Goldfinches (Spinus tristis).



Fresh ice in shady areas. No surprise as it was 20 degrees when I left for the trail this morning.






Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in open water down towards Old Colchester Road.
Thankfully outside the DEEP "wildlife conservation area" so no hunting allowed.
Hunters were out again this morning, up near Route 85 but I heard no shots.






November 14th. Several Golden-crowned Kinglets (Regulus satrapa) around.



They rarely stay still long enough to be photographed. You can see a bit of yellow on the head in this shot.



A male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). They too are rarely still.






Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata) is everywhere on tree trunks and branches.



November 15th. A frosty 26 degrees. Most of the leaves are down now.












Finally, a Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) still enough for a picture.



Lots of American Robins (Turdus migratorius) around.









A big bird heading northeast, maybe headed to Europe?



Today's vocabulary: Contrails.






November 16th. Twentytwo Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) - and there were more in the flock.






Note the bud in the beak.



A male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) far across the marsh.






Late morning at the River Road crossing, a Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) or perhaps a hybrid with an Orange Sulphur (C. eurytheme).



Nice to see a butterfly so late in the season.



Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) at Cranberry Bog.