There was a walk with the Mossback Volkssport Club. Here are some walkers returning to the yurt…
There was a First Saturday Park Walk with the City of
And there was a WREN sponsored dragonfly (and damselfly!) walk with Steve Gordon and Cary Kerst. We went out to learn about Odonates in (for some!) and around the vicinity of Grimes and Sandpiper ponds. Check out this action…
Common Whitetails – one beat-up looking male was netted for close-up viewing, and here is an immature one
Black saddlebags – another male netted with only 4 legs!
…like pruinosity, the wing nodus (nodi?), appendages, ovipositors, and the “swiss army knife” sexual apparatus on the males.
8 Spotted Skimmers – a male left a dry pellet in
Both male and female Western Pond Hawks were netted, here is a young male hanging on to a willow leaf
And here is an older Western Pond Hawk
Widow Skimmers, as seen here
Also seen were
12 Spotted Skimmers
Common Green Darners were seen feeding over the meadow
Blue eyed Darners
Females were seen depositing eggs in the pond
There were damselflies too!
Pacific Forktails – a male was netted as well as a female with blue coloration
Many Lyre-tipped Speadwings were seen and several mating pairs were netted
There was other wildlife out there too… We heard a Green Heron, saw a Great Blue, a Kingfisher, and an Osprey (please let me know what other birds were seen and heard!) The penny royal was blooming and odorific. Queen Anne’s Lace was blooming and we saw beaver chew. There were fish in the ponds (we’re not sure how they got there) and just as we got back to the road we were greeted by this guy
Another great day learning in the wetlands! Jason (this post’s photographer) and I treated ourselves to a dark chocolate dipped frozen banana on the ride home…