Along the Air Line... 2023 - Fall, Part 11
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 17th. Very foggy.





















November 19th. Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)...



...and Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) at Cranberry Bog.


















November 19th. Frosty mid-twenties. Not much moving besides an American Robin (Turdus migratorius) or two.






November 20th. A lone Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoniceus) still at the marsh.



A few of at least thirty American Robins (Turdus migratorius) hanging out together.






Acorn caps. These make great whistles if you hold your thumbs against them just so.






A short walk east of Cook Hill Road. Rock doves or Domestic Pigeons (Columba livia) sunning atop the silo.






Heading east past the farm... the marsh...



...and an immature Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at the outlet stream.






Among other differences from mature adults, immature birds lack white on the top of their heads.









Probably Fall Dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis). The ONLY thing I've seen blooming lately.



The Pigeons returning from a coordinated flight around the property.






As the sun gets ready to set at the pond just east of River Road.









Common Reed (Phragmites australis).



Beaver (Castor canadensis).






November 21st. The flock of American Robins (Turdus migratorius) is still around, feeding on Winterberry (Ilex verticillatus). When I got home another flock was feeding on the Winterberry by my driveway.



Frosty and just 17 degrees.



Fresh thin ice on the still portions of the marsh.
























I've seen this Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) before but today I managed a couple of quick pictures.



They're rarely still for long.



Full telephoto, cropped, to see this female Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) far across the marsh.