Connecticut at Halloween

Posted in worldweary by paulie on November 6, 2010

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Uncasville, Ct

The Mystic River looking south toward Mystic

Crabapple at the Connecticut College Arboretum, New London

Viburnum(?) at the Arboretum

Living in a painting at the Ct. College Arboretum

Ct. College Arboretum

Norway Maple, Ct. College Arboretum

Stone wall with Parthenocissus quinquefolia, the Virginia Creeper. Ct. College Arboretum

The 1885 schooner Amazon at Mystic Seaport

Euonymus alatus at Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, Ct.

A private house, formerly the Nut Museum of Old Lyme, Ct.

Railway bridge over the Connecticut River in Old Lyme looking toward Old Saybrook

Goldenrod gone by at Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford Ct.

Mystic Seaport

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Long-Billed Curlew

Posted in nature by paulie on November 1, 2009

Clearwater Audubon visited Ft. De Soto, 10/31/09, halloween. I read there was a Long–Billed Curlew hanging around and by watching some birdwatchers we found it! What an elegant bird. I could not see what it was getting 10 or 12 inckes under the sand.

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I also saw my first-of-season Coots, Redhead Ducks, Ruddy Ducks and Scaup and a flock of around 20 Magnificent Frigatebirds. Also in the video are Oystercatchers, Terns, Plovers, Marbled Godwits and a mysterious and beautilful feathery-flowered plant that enchanted me. Please tell me if you have a clue what it might be. The stick insects were mating despite the papparazzi. One shorebird remained unidentified, might be a Short-Billed Dowitcher.