Along the Air Line... 2023-2024 - Winter, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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February 7th. Finally a closer view of a male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).












Despite warmer temps, the marsh still frozen over.









Nothing flying or moving at the pond east of River Road.















February 9th. Open water and four Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).



Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)...



...and its mate. (I saw another pair elsewhere but my pictures were useless.)



February 10th. A very foggy morning.









Sun trying to poke through, without much success.






Male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) was about the only color.





















From last year, an Oak Apple Gall, the plant's reaction to the presence of a Cynipid wasp larva (Amphibolips confluenta).



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February 11th. A few Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) around.






Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).



American Crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos).



One of several Eastern Bluerbirds (Sialia sialis).















Of course the now ubiquitous Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus).