Along the Air Line... 2020 - Fall, Part 10
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 14th. Loud sounds coming from near the former distillery site on the Colchester Spur. Heard from Route 85 all the way down to Old Colchester Road. I took the spur to see what was up.



Clouds of mist rising and the sound very loud as I got closer.



No good views, but a guy was operating a high pressure hose delivering water or steam, presumably to clean something.



On to the marsh where I saw this distant hawk soaking up the sun.









Despite temp a bit below freezing, the sun was warm.




































Half an hour later, the hawk hadn't moved.






November 15th.Today marks Day 1 of my 20th year posting pictures to this web site. Twentyfive degrees and frosty Oak leaves (Quercus spp.).






























So glad to see water remaining high/normal.



Rippled reflections.















November 16th. Two of four Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) catching the sun.






A male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis).



A male Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), yellow-shafted form.









A brief afternoon walk east of Cook Hill Road, The sun was already low in the sky.






Make up your own caption.






Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) anticipating spring.












Sun was behind clouds as I took this photo of the same animal pictured above.



A sole Dandelion (Taraxacum officinali) seed puff.



November 17th. Duck hunters at Raymond Brook Marsh this morning. Legally hunting far out on the north side the marsh, a CT Wildlife "Management" Area. Still, disturbing to hear shots fired so close to the heavily used Air Line Trail.