Along the Air Line... 2020 - Fall, Part 11
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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November 19th. Fourteen degrees and fresh ice on the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20th. At the pond east of Route 207, the beaver lodge has a fresh coat of dark bottom mud.

 

 

Yellow branches show where beavers have made a meal of the bark.

 

 

November 21st. Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) spent the night on the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stretching and honking...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and then they were off!

 

 

November 22nd. A female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)...

 

 

 

 

 

...pecking some dried Poison Ivy berries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 23rd. Grayville Falls after a night and morning of heavy rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 27th. Three pairs of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were about the only birds I saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 28th. Highest water in a long time.

 

 

No birds of any kind at the marsh today.

 

 

December 1st. 53 degrees. Water lever even higher after yesterday's heavy rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outlet from the south side near where it passes under the trail was flowing fast...

 

 

...as was Raymond Brook as it neared Old Colchester Road.

 

 

A little green.

 

 

December 3rd. 28 degrees. Moon just past full.

 

 

A lone female Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(On my drive back to Marlborough, I saw two more on a small pond along Route 66.)