California's Year 2014 Dragonflies

 

Sightings are listed in order from MOST recently to LEAST recently seen! 
Please send your sightings, with date, county and location as displayed below to Kathy Biggs and/or the CalOdes Yahoo! Dragonfly discussion group 
date (month/day/year) 
County (name of county where seen) 
your name 
place, etc. 
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc.  
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc. 
See examples below (after dates start)
THANK YOU
 
Key:
Species will be posted using either the Common Name or the Scientific Name, whichever the sender uses (inc. using both), 
but all first and last sightings of the year, county records, and new flight data will be posted using both names. 
To contact the person making the sighting, email Kathy Biggs.
COUNTY RECORDS are underlined and in red text  (some new, but prior to 2014 records are listed at the bottom of the page)
          OC= Odonata Central:   
* = first/last sighting of species of year in CA 
** = new flight data for species in CA
# = possibly a migratory event
MO = many observers (usually means a field trip full of observers)
 
As of the most recent date below,

102 species (out of the 114 species known to occur in California) have been reported to this site as flying in California in the 2014 season.

21 new California county records & upgrades to county records (see bottom of page) have been reported/discovered this year. PLUS 30 new county records were found accessing specimens in museum collections.

(this # includes upgrades of previous ‘sighting only’ records, newly accessed museum collections and new reports of prior year’s data).

`Sighting only' records need further documentation, but please report them so we can try to get substantiation.

 

County records should be substantiated with specimen (preferable) or photo and notes. [note: not all species are identifiable by photos]

Report new county records to Kathy Biggs bigsnest at sonic.net & Odonata Central (http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/records/US_new_records.asp) for verification

 

Note: A Facebook Western Odonata group is a wonderful place to get help with IDs, etc. Check it out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/WesternOdonata/

 

 

December

 

 

December 31, 2014

Colusa County

Greg Kareofellas

Rail Canyon
*Variegated Meadowhawk S. corruptum – 2 last report, dies late date

 

December 26, 2014

Yolo County

Greg Kareofellas

woodland 
Variegated Meadowhawk - Nice little reddish male photographed

 

December 23, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Lower Oso, Santa Ynez River

California Spreadwing  19

Variegated Meadowhawk  21

Vivid Dancer  1

*Common Green Darner Anax junius  2 – last report 2014

On the way home I visited a Goleta ranch pond.

Comon Green Darner  1 (photo attached)

**Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor    1 – last report 2014; new late date, old date 12/12/2009

 

December 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Paradise Road area of the Santa Ynez River,

**California Spreadwing (15+) – new late date, old date 12/10/2007

*Great Spreadwing (3)

**Vivid Dancer (1) – new late date, old date 12/15/2004

Variegated Meadowhawk (17+)

Common Green Darner (1)

…….

Sonoma County

Jackie Scones

salt marsh in Bodega Harbor
Common Green Darner (Anax junius) photographed – feeding
… 
Alan Wight
Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa; The weather was sunny and warm (for December).
Variegated Meadowhawk - It was in a small sloped rocky meadow which this species seems to prefer.  
 

December 21, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

San Marcos High School in Goleta

**Wandering Gliders – 2 [new late date by one day]

Common Green Darner -1

 

December 14, 2014

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve; Elev. -100’; 7:00-10:20, 42-60F, calm to light air, light cirrus.

*Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea 1 – last report 2014

 

December 10, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

middle Santa Ynez River today before the rain, hoping for late flyers .

*Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener, 3 – last report 2014

California Spreadwing, 8

Great Spreadwing. 3

I got photos of all three species…this ties the late CA date for the first two species.

Here are some other recent sightings:

Variegated Meadowhawk, 12/9/14

Blue-eyed Darner, 12/9/14

Common Green Darner –Goleta, 12/9/14

*Familiar Bluet  Enallagma civile  – Goleta, 12/8/14  - last report 2014

Wandering Glider – Montecito,12/7/14 

 

December 8, 2014

Orange County

Al Borodayko

I was photographing a Fiddler Crab near the mouth of Big Canyon, Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, when a

Blue-eyed Darner started buzzing me.


November

 

November 29, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

This was perhaps the last day of the extended Indian Summer in So. California, so I headed over the San Marcos Pass to the Santa Ynez River area along Paradise Road

Spotted Spreadwing (5)

California Spreadwing (12)

Great Spreadwing (3)

Vivid Dancer (4)

*Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum (1--netted) – last report 2014

Variegated Meadowhawk (2)

Common Green Darner (1)

**Walker's Darner (2) a late date by a couple of weeks- old date 11/13/2008

……

Imperial County

BJ Stacey

I bounced around between the Salton Sea and Yuma, AZ over the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Most of the few odes I encountered were routine ones

Variegated Meadowhawk

glider sp.

**Citrine Forktail Ischnura hastata -- It was in a canal at Unit One of the Salton Sea NWR: [new late date] http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1105981

 

November 29, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Santa Ynez River

*Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum – last report 2014

 

November 19, 2014

Imperial County

Bob Miller
On a small concrete lined irrigation canal on the outskirts of the SE corner of El Centro 
Familiar Bluet- 1
*Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula - about 10 – last report 2014
This little canal has fairly swift water but with very sparse little clumps of tall grass growing from the thin mud at the water line. 
About 50 feet away is a drain ditch that is about 20 feet deep and thirty feet wide so I assume they come up from there.
Did not have optics and did not spend time trying to find anything in that canal. Speed walking on my lunch break
 

November 17, 2014

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum
 

November 19, 2014

Imperial County

Bob Miller 
near a residence in the open ag area of eastern Imperial County.
Roseate Skimmer about a dozen. Wind was extreme so they were all on the lee side of the property. Three or four were female and the rest male. 
Blur-ringed Dancer - One male and one female er there as well

 

November 10, 2014

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Copeland Creek @ Lichau Rd. This is a known site for Great Spreadwings and after no Odes for 2 wks, I needed a ‘fix’.

We arrived at 2:20 & it wasn’t until 2:35 that we finally found one.

In fact, it was almost an identical experience to when Sandra Hunt-von Arb went there in September: we were leaving when a female showed up, and then another. No males or other species were seen.

Great Spreadwing – 2-3 females, 2 f photographed. [latest date ever for Sonoma County]

…….

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Their Bishop backyard

California Spreadwing  Archilestes californicus

 

November 9, 2014

San Diego County

BJ Stacey & wife

We went to look for the Striped Saddlebags found the prior day by Doug Aguillard.

I had one red colored saddlebags that twice flew through during the 75 minutes that my wife and I were at the pond. 

I didn't get photos so can't say whether it was the Striped Saddlebags or just a Red Saddlebags.
Common Green Darners (about 10) Lots of tandem flying and ovipositing
Variegated Meadowhawks (40+) Lots of tandem flying and ovipositing
Wandering Gliders (maybe 20)
*Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata  (1) – last report of 2014
*Red-tailed Pennant Brachymesia furcata  (1) – last report of 2014
Familiar Bluets (less than 10)
Flickr set of Odes from weekend https://www.flickr.com/photos/finaticphotography/sets/72157649162724346/
iNaturalist weekend observations of all critters  http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/finatic/2014/11/9

…….

Inyo County

Ron Oriti

west side of Owens Dry Lake

*Flame Skimmers L. saturata, about six, or so – last report 2014

Variegated Meadowhawks, several

**Paiute Dancers, several inc. tandems [new late date for Northern CA]

 

November 8, 2014

San Diego County

Doug Aguillard

seasonal La Media Rd. Pond on Otay Mesa, a half mile from the U.S./Mexican border. The temp was warm, and lots of Odes were flying.

Green Darners

Wandering Gliders

Variegated Meadowhawks

Black Saddlebags - two

I was photographing Odes in flight, when a Red ode flew by. I was able to get off one shot that was in focus, and it immediately stuck, that I was not looking at a Red Saddlebags, but a

*Striped Saddlebags Tramea calverti  CA Chart #53, OC# 427824 – last report 2014

…….

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

spent the late morning and early afternoon along the middle Santa Ynez River area . Temps ranged from 83--87 degrees.

I visited the perennial creek at Upper Oso and the river pool at Live Oak. Here are my totals:

Archilestes californicus California Spreadwing   15+

A. grandis Great Spreadwing  3

Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing  22

unidentified spreadwings  MANY

A. vivida Vivid Dancer  6

*Argia agrioides California Dancer  5 – last report 2014

E. praevarum Arroyo Bluet  6

A. walkeri Walker's Darner   4

 

November 8, 2014

Imperial County
Jay
Keller and BJ Stacey

Salton Sea - We were mostly birding but of course were looking for any odes that were still flying around.
Wandering Gliders (everywhere)
Roseate Skimmer (3-5)
Variegated Meadowhawks (everywhere)
Red-tailed Pennant (1)
*American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana (3) – last report 2014
Blue-ringed Dancer (1)
Familiar Bluets (a bunch) Some tandem flying and ovipositing in canals
*Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii (less than 10) – last report 2014
iNaturalist weekend observations of all critters http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/finatic/2014/11/8

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Siskiyou County

David Payne

Ferry Point River – Access, Klamath River Sunny day . 

*Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes - 5 [last report 2014]

 Vivid Dancer - 1 male.

 

November 7, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Goleta

E. civile Familiar Bluet

R. multicolor Blue-eyed Darner

Anax junius Common Green Darner

L. saturata Flame Skimmer

 

November 3-10, 2014

Sacramento County

Tim Manolis

Sacramento – still seeing small #s of

Variegated Meadowhawks

Green Darners

Blue-eyed Darners

Familiar Bluets

Pacific Forktails

 

November 3, 2014

Inyo County

Ron Oriti

Rawson Pond #3 
*Band-winged Meadowhawk S. semicinctum  – a male photographed – last report 2014
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Goleta
Ischnura cervula Pacific Forktail
 

November 1, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Goleta

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula – last report 2014
 
October
 


October 30, 2014
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Goleta

Pantala flavescens Wandering Glider

S. illotum Cardinal Meadowhawk

 

October 29, 2014

Calaveras County

Leslie Flint (Dave Barry too)

White Pines Lake and outflow

*Autumn Meadowhawk S. vicinum - 12 - (2 females)- last report 2014
CA Spreadwing - 6 (interesting with the coolish weather, sitting on the ground) OC# 427596
Great Spreadwing - 1
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1
*Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa – Dave Barry had 1

…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Goleta

Sympetrum corruptum Variegated Meadowhawk

 

October 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
T. lacerata Black Saddlebags - Goleta, SBA
T. onusta Red Saddlebags - Refugio State Beach, SBA

 

October 26, 2014

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Alamo River Wetland Project just east of Brawley.
Blue-eyed Darner - about five with one pair in wheel.
Rambur's Forktail
- fairly numerous.

…….

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Goleta

*Ischnura denticollis Black-fronted Forktail – last report 2014

*Pachydiplax longipennis Blue Dasher – last report 2014

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Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Common Green Darner Anax junius

 

October 25, 2014

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Algodones Dunes in eastern Imperial County

Variegated Meadowhawk  - swarms in the pockets. Easily 10 visible at any given spot for about an hour before sunset.
…….
Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Carpinteria

*E. carunculatum Tule Bluet    - last report 2014

I. ramburii Rambur's Forktail

 

October 24. 20145

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

River Spring

*Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata [last report 2014]

*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum  [last report 2014]

*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae  [last report 2014]

 

October 23, 2014
Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Seeing the forecast called for 87 degrees today and down to 70 by Saturday, I decided to look for late flyers along the middle Santa Ynez River (CA) this afternoon.
Great Spreadwing 5
CA Spreadwing 22 (including several pairs in tandem)
Spotted Spreadwing 2 (first SoCal date)
**Lavender Dancer  Argia hinei 2 (new late date for CA)
Vivid Dancer 20
California Dancer 10
Walker's Darner 2
Wandering Glider 1
Variegated Meadowhawk 1
Flame Skimmer 1
Bluet sp. 10

…

Goleta

*Telebasis salva Desert Firetail – last report 2014

…….

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Black Saddlebags

 

October 19, 2014
Mono County

Leslie Flint

Lee Vining - it was 72 deg. so I decided to go to River Spring off Hwy 120 to see if there were any odes.

It was very windy, and while there were quite a few dragonflies, they were all sitting low in bushes or in the grass out of the wind.  I was there from 2:30-4:00.

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum - 10 (all but 1 were males)

Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae - 1 male 

Variegated Meadowhawk - 1

Flame Skimmer - 4

Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata - 4

Spotted Spreadwing - 3

Also a Golden Eagle and Sierra Garter Snake.

 

October 18, 2014

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve; Elev. -100’; 7:15-11:25, 71-84F, mackerel sky then 10% cirrus, variable calm to light breeze NW and SW.

Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 2

Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile 4

*Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 8 – last report 2014

*Citrine Forktail, I. hastata 2 [last report 2014]

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii 18

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  17 including one tandem pair.

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor  8

Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 17 almost all were tandem pairs.

*Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata 4  [last report 2014]

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis 12

Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata 5

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea 11

*Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 2  [last report 2014]

Black Saddlebags, T.  lacerata 6

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens 1

 

October 13, 2014

Siskiyou County

David Payne

Coon Creek River Access (Klamath River); sunny, mid 80's 

*Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa - Two males patrolling [last report 2014]

Aeshna sp  - unidentified, flying

 

October 13, 2014
Calaveras County

Leslie Flint

White Pines Lake near Arnold

Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis – a male photographed, CA Chart #118, OC# 427443

California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus – a male photographed, CA Chart #118, OC# 427442

Autumn Meadowhawk – dozens. 6 pairs ovipositing at the same time along the shore & a male photographed in the same frame as the Great Spreadwing! That species was a record at this location just 3 days ago! The male is viewable in the photo OC# 427443

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Siskiyou County
Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball; Kathy & Dave Biggs

Greenhorn Park, Yreka

We wanted to check out the feasibility of using this park for a workshop I’ll be giving next Summer.

I think it will work well. And we did see a few dragonflies:

Tule Bluet  – 1 male in hand, dozens of others possibly this species.

Forktail sp. – a few seen at a distance

Shadow Darners – ~ 12, seen well and probably this species

Flame Skimmers – 4-6 males seen

Variegated Meadowhawks – a few

Shasta River @ Hudson Rd.

American Rubyspot – 1 male seen

Darner sp. – 1, probably a Shadow Darner

 

October 11, 2014
Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Upper Santa Ynez River. Still quite a few odes on the wing, especially along the spring-fed stream at Upper Oso.

The Lavender Dancer and Northern Bluet record are late dates for the county, and I believe the dancer ties the late date for the state (Kathy?)(yes)
Common Green Darner 4
Walker's Darner
2 males
Flame Skimmer
4
Wandering Glider
2
Variegated Meadowhawk
1
Great Spreadwing
5
California Spreadwing
5  [first SoCal date)

Spreadwing sp. 5
Vivid Dancer
10
Lavender Dancer
2 males
California Dancer
2
Tule Bluet
1 netted
Familiar Bluet
1 netted
*Northern Bluet Enallagma annexum
1 netted [last report for 2014]
Bluet sp
. 15

 

October 10, 2014
Calaveras County

Steve Rovell

White Pines Lake near Arnold

Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum – 1 female photographed, CA Chart #79, OC# 427404

All read males seen that might have been this species.

spreadwings  -  a couple of large ones  (California or Great)

PACIFIC FORKTAIL Ischnura cervula -  1 in a small trickle of a stream that feeds the lake.

VARIEGATED MEADOWHAWK - Several females were perched on various plants away from the water. Aeshna sp - one

COMMON GREEN DARNERS - several

Back in Angel’s Camp, we saw

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner (probably)

BLACK SADDLEBAGS

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Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener

 

October 8, 2014
Siskiyou & Trinity Counties
Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball; Kathy & Dave Biggs

We decided to have another “Lake-a-thon” and try to hit 2 lakes+ again.

We were hoping to add another site for Autumn Meadowhawk in Siskiyou County and maybe locate them also at nearby Mumbo Lake.

Mumbo is just inside the Trinity County line and it would be a county record if found there.

Alas, we did not; in fact, we were only able to identify 2 species all day long, including stops at several creeks.

Mumbo Lake – Trinity County – the lake was VERY low

Shadow Darners, 6+, a female photographed

Gumboot Lake – Siskiyou County

Shadow Darners, at least 7 in hand, about 20 seen, all assumed to be this species

Saffron-winged Meadowhawks, 4-5 in hand, males and females, about 10 seen, all very mature, all assumed to be this species.

October 6, 2014

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

*Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata [last report 2014]

 

 

October 2, 2014
Siskiyou County
Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball; Kathy & Dave Biggs

We decided to have a “Lake-a-thon” and try to hit 2 lakes in one day, with a creek here and there in between.
We were looking for Autumn Meadowhawks and Canada Darners in particular. We were partly successful.
It was a gorgeous, sunny warm day (63-73) 
Orr Lake and nearby Butte Creek, east of Hwy 97, accessed by the road to Bray.
We were hoping to add Autumn Meadowhawk to this site’s list of species. We did!
Common Green Darner - few
Shadow Darner – by far the most abundant ode
Paddle-tailed Darner – 1 male in hand
*Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta  – 1 male in hand [last report 2014}
Variegated Meadowhawk – some
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk – many, several in hand
Band-winged Meadowhawk –  1 male in hand
Autumn Meadowhawk – numerous! Yay!! – 39th species for Orr Lake.
Conspicuously missing were Black & Striped Meadowhawks and any damsels.
..
Juanita Lake, west of Hwy 97, accessed by Ball Mt. Rd. – we had hoped to see Canada Darners there, but didn’t.
Common Green Darner - few
Shadow Darner – by far the most abundant ode
Paddle-tailed Darner – 1 male in hand
Variable Darner – 1 male in hand
Variegated Meadowhawk – many and they were very fresh!!
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk – a few, several in hand
Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum – possibly 1 male seen  [last report 2014]
Autumn Meadowhawk – some, we had seen one last year, but no photos. Got several photos this trip.
Spotted Spreadwing – 1 male in hand
Pond Damsel sp. – 1

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Santa Barbara County
Hugh
Ranson

Seaside Gardens plant nursery, Carpinteria. Same pond where a population of Rambur's Forktail was discovered two weeks prior to this sighting.
Desert Forktail Ischnura barbari - One male, PHOTO record - CA Chart #120, OC# 427305
 
September

 

September 29, 2014
Butte County
Leslie Flint

Sabla Lake - in hopes of finding Autumn Meadowhawk. It was coolish,
Shadow Darners, lots
Blue-eyed Darners, a few 
Common Green Darners
Autumn Meadowhawk, one at about 2:00, sitting out on the floating vegetation next to the dam. Shortly thereafter I found another. 
Variegated Meadowhawks 
Bluets - both No/Bo and probably Tule. 
California Spreadwings, 2 - also skittish; it was a bit windy so that may have contributed. 
While I was sitting on the dock by the dam, a female Shadow Darner landed and tried ovipositing into several hard surfaces … she was persistent. 
Photos up on Western Odonata Facebook page.
 

September 27, 2014

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve; Elev. -100’; 7:20-12:10, 62-86F, cloudless, calm start then moderate breeze SW.

Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 9

Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 5

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii 20

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  >40 with 6 tandem pairs noted.

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor  2

Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 5

Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata 13

Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 20 including one pair in wheel.

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >30

Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata 5

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea  12

Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 22 with one pair tandem ovipositing.

Striped Saddlebags, Tramea calverti one female, photo taken.

Black Saddlebags, T.  lacerata >30 with 4 pairs tandem ovipositing.

Red Saddlebags, T. onusta  4

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens 6

*Spot-winged Glider, Pantala hymenaea 2 – last report 2014

 

September 26, 2014
Santa Barbara County
Hugh
Ranson

Goleta ranch pond

The first Red-tailed Pennant for Santa Barbara County turned up on July 11th of this year --seemingly a vagrant. 
But since then more appeared--at least 3 males have been seen off and on over the past 2 1/2 months, including 3 today. 
I would love to know if any females are around, and would also love to know how many males have been present during this period. 
It's fun to watch the males flying over the pond. They seem to fly closer to the water than the other dragons. 
On one occasion I saw a bass leap clean out of the water after a pennant and miss it by a fraction of an inch. 
They have the most incredible acceleration, impossible to follow with binoculars even at a distance once they really get going.
Red-tailed Pennant – 3 males
Variegated Meadowhawk 
 

September 25, 2014

Sonoma County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb and Kathy Biggs

Lichau Road @ Copeland Creek. Cotati (off Roberts Rd).

Great Spreadwing, Archilestes grandis – 2 young females (first NoCal date)

We got just enough sun between some rain and heavy clouds and two females were sighted.

Sandra was quite surprised at how much emerald color there was on both the females

 

September 21, 2014

Orange County

Brian Daniels and Doug Willick

… while birding at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach

*Neon Skimmer L. croceipennis -  at least two males chasing each around a small pond along an “artificial stream” that runs down a portion of the nature center

(this being a recirculating stream, which collects water at the small pond on the bottom of the stream and pump its back up to the head of the stream about 200 feet away). 

Also in the pond was an egg-laying female quietly going about her business. 

This nature center has been a reliable spot for a few Neon Skimmers for the past 5 or 6 years. 

They usually are present here at least through mid-October, but I never made it back to check on them again until the Nov. 8/9 weekend and didn’t see any,

even though we had a very warm weekend with high temps in mid to upper 80s. 

 

September 20, 2014
Santa Barbara County
Hugh
Ranson

a plant nursery in Carpinteria, At the pond there

Rambur’s Forktail Ischnura ramburii -  at least 10 on the lily pads and the sides of the pond. Males and females photographed. CA chart #120, OC# 427097

 

September 17, 2014

Riverside County

Chet McGaugh

Desert Center, …Crazy weather, folks here said there was a vicious storm last night.

**Great Pondhawk, Erythemis vesiculosa – photo of a male. 2nd CA record, the other also being in Riverside County.  [only report 2014]

 

September 16, 2014

Inyo County

Kristie Nelson

Bishop canal east of Bishop

California Spreadwing, Archilestes californicus– photo of a male. 2nd Inyo location, the other also being in Bishop area also.

Flame Skimmer

Mosaic darners

Variegated Meadowhawks

Band-winged Meadowhawk – a female photographed

Possibly other Meadowhawks too, maybe a female Black seen….

…….

Riverside County

Chet McGaugh

San Jacinto Wildlife Area

*Striped Saddlebags Tramea calverti – seen in flight in the same area where we (Mark A. Chappell) saw them in 2010 and 2012.

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Marin County

Paul Saraceni

Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate NRA

*Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta– seen in flight in the same area where we (Mark A. Chappell) saw them in 2010 and 2012. [last report 2014]

We were hiking near the start of the Miwok Trail just east of Rodeo Lagoon (~1 mile inland from the ocean) when the Red Saddlebags flew across the trail from the dry chaparral side then hovered over the grassy wet swale on the other side of the trail for about a minute, before disappearing. Weather conditions were sunny, breezy, mid-60s.

The only other odes observed during our hike were several

Common Green Darners,

Blue-eyed Darners,

Variegated Meadowhawks

 

September 16, 2014

Los Angeles County

David Bell

Peck Road Water Conservation Park

Neon Skimmer 434005

 

 

 

September 15, 2014

Alameda County

Leslie Flint

Sunol Regional Wilderness to check the creek there.

Damselflies were many; dragons few. The creek still had quite a bit of water with a little flow to it. Best spot was on the creek behind the visitor center. Biggest surprise was Desert Firetail - I've never seen it there before (but that of course doesn't' mean it hasn't been there in the past).

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 6
Variegated Meadowhawk
- 2 ovipositing
Striped Meadowhawk
- 2 ovipositing
Common Green Darner
- 1
Mosaic-type Darner
- couldn't get a good look
Vivid Dancer
- many
*Sooty Dancer Argia lugens
- 12+ [last report 2014]
No/Bo Bluet
- abundant
Tule Bluet
- abundant
*Western Forktail Ischnura perparva
– abundant  [last report 2014]
Desert Firetail
- dozens
American Rubyspot
- 12+

 

September 12-14, 2014

El Dorado County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

the American River Music Festival near Coloma.

Everyone noticed the Black Saddlebags 'dancing' with the music both days....dozens of them, & on Sun. morning there were dozens of Wandering Gliders.

And just to shine on my "Odeness" - an old female Green Darner with tattered wings came under our shade canopy and spent some time with me!!

It was fun....the Saddlebags did seem to 'dance' (turn) with the music!! I know they don't hear, but it seems that music always attracts them!!

15 mins spent at the pond at the Am. River Resort on Thursday showed 7 species:
Spreadwing (Lestes) sp.
Bluet sp.
Pacific Forktail
Desert Firetail
Co. Green Darner
Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata  
Blue Dasher

 

September 10, 2014

Inyo County

Ron Oriti

Bishop - his backyard on Brookside Dr.

California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus – a female, part of  photo voucher, CA Chart #100, OC# 426827

 

September 8, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Middle Santa Ynez River,

Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing

 

September 7/8, 2014
Modoc County

Michael Plant
Applegate Hot Spring Surprise Valley

Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata -1 Male near the source of the spring  [last report 2014]

Black-fronted Forktail - lots

Paiute Dancers

Western Pondhawk - everywhere

Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener

 

September 7, 2014
Santa Barbara County
Hugh
Ranson

a quick visit to the Upper Santa Ynez River

Upper Oso:

California Spreadwing,  12

*Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis, 6 (all males)

Lavender Dancers, 21

California Dancers, 5

Vivid Dancers, 20

Walker's Darner, 1 or 2

Northern Bluet, 5
Falls Day Use area:

*Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis, 1  [last report 2014]

Flame Skimmer, 5
Lower Oso:

Serpent Ringtail, 3

Sooty Dancer, 4

Flame Skimmer, 5

 

September 5, 2014
Lassen County
Kathy& Dave Biggs

Ash Creek Wildlife Conservation Area - we could only look thru the fence
Bluet sp - a few
Common Green Darner - some
Aeshna sp, - a few
Blue-eyed Darner - at least one appeared to be this species
Flame Skimmer - many
Other highlites:
Golden Eagle - 2, 1 of which sat on a fence post the whole time
Kestrel - 1 female
Prairie Falcon - 1, probably this species
Pronghorn - 14 adult and a juvenile (2 others seen about a mile away)
..

Ash Creek Campground; 80-81F, windy
American Rubyspot - 1 male photographed
*River Bluet Enallagma anna - several m & f, 1 male photographed and 2 other males collected   [last report 2014]
Common Green Darner - many
Walker's Darner - 1-2, 1 in-hand & photographed
Pantala sp - possibly this genus, 1 female splash ovipositing  - but the habitat doesn't seem right for this genus


September 2 - 5, 2014
Lassen County
Kathy& Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

We spent four days camping at Blue Lake, and we accessed the Odes along the south shore & bog
*Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus - many, several in-hand, #s declining  [last report 2014]
No/Bo Bluet - some
Pacific Forktail - a few
Western Forktail - many
Darner sp. - Aeshna sp. - some, not as many as expected
Common Green Darner - some, not as many as expected
Shadow Darner - some, at least 1 male in-hand; others suspected to be this species by behavior & appearance
Blue-eyed Darner - 1 male in-hand
*Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta - a few seen on the 2nd, 1 seen on the 3rd and none thereafter. This is one day later than the prior late date of 9/2/1998.
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk - many, most were seen in the wet meadow just above the lake, near streamlets. Both immatures and matures seen
Black Meadowhawk - abundant, we've never seen so many at one place before! Most were in the marsh.
Striped Meadowhawk - 1-3 seen the first 2 days, none thereafter
Band-winged Meadowhawk - 1-2 seen the first 2 days, none thereafter
Other highlites: Bald Eagle, Goshawk. Wm. Sapsucker (also Red-breasted and White-headed, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers), Pygmy Nuthatch (also Red-breasted and White-breasted!)

September 2 - 4
Modoc County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

East Fork Pit River along Jess Valley Rd.
Vivid Dancer - a few
Familiar Bluet - a few, several in-hand
Pacific Forktail - a few
Western Forktail - some
Darner sp. - we thought we saw a Walker's, but could not net it
Blue-eyed Darner - a few, 1 in-hand
Shadow Darner - several appeared to be this species, 2 in-hand
Variegated Meadowhawk - a few
Band-winged Meadowhawk - very few, 1 in-hand
Seen nearby: Sandhill Cranes

September 3, 2014
Modoc County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
Applegate Hot Spring
Black-fronted Forktail - several, they had metallic green thorax tops! 1 male collected
Western Forktail - a few
Paiute Dancer - several, 2 males collected
Western Pondhawk - abundant

September 2, 2014

Modoc County

Kathy & Dave Biggs
sites visited en route to Blue Lake

Hackamore Reservoir - dry
Duncan Reservoir - almost dry

*Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis  - 1 [last report 2014]

wild horses nearby!

…….

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

 

September 1, 2014

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

Alpine Pond,85 deg. there too! I was happy to find spread wings - my first there this season - both Northern and California.

Striped Meadowhawks - abundant 
Flame Skimmer -
2-3
Common Green Darner -
4-6
Blue-eyed Darner -
2
Tule/Arroyo Bluets –
abundant – photo of Arroyo taken
Western Forktail -
12+
Pacific Forktail -
2
California Dancer -
4
Northern Spreadwing -
abundant
California Spreadwing
– abundant

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Their McCloud pond

Shadow Darner – a male cruised all day, no female today, but she’s been in earlier this week.

Pacific Forktail – a male, the first damselfly we’ve had at the pond in weeks

…….

Imperial County

Louis Hoeniger‎

East Highline Canal - El Centro

*Russet-tipped Clubtail S. plagiatus – female photographed [last report 2014]

 

 

August

 

August 30, 2014

Inyo County

Ron Oriti

Bishop - his backyard on Brookside Rd.

*California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus – a male, photo voucher, CA Chart #100, OC# 426827

 

August 26, 2014

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Celise Sharpe & Dennis took us to see some habitat they remembered from a logging operation years ago.
We found it to be some GREAT new petaltail habitat, it's on the way up to Gumboot Lake, west of Mt. Shasta City and off a 'jeep' road to the north It's called Fawn Meadows.

We found lots of darners there, and a spiketail, a few Vivids, but the wildflowers were great.
Then we went onto Gumboot Lake where we only saw one Emerald (distant view), but maybe 560 Green Darners, several Aeshna interrupta and A. umbrosa, a few Northern Spreadwings and some No/Bo Bluets.
We plan to check the Fawn Meadow again next year....the hanging wet meadow, with lots of moss and Darlingtonia, leading into a creek at the bottom looked like perfect Petaltail habitat.

…….

Sacramento County

Chris Conard

Bufferlands (open space preserve between Sacramento and Elk Grove that surrounds the Sac Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant).

*common whitetail Plathemis lydia [last report 2014]

 

August 16/17, 2014

Calavaras County

Stephen Telm

Comanche Reservoir - there were hundreds of saddlebags.  Interestingly, there were also very few yellow-jackets in an area where they should have been extremely pesky. I wonder if saddlebags eat them. 

There were a few possible Pacific Spiketails, which do eat yellow-jackets, but probably not enough to control the population, I would think.  Nothing landed, so I did not get pictures (nor a positive ID on the possible spiketails).

Temperatures above 100F, some breezes

Black saddlebags -- hundreds

Pacific spiketails (?) -- a few -- the were cruising high, and were yellow and black and looked to be the right size and shape

Variegated meadowhawks -- a few

Common green darners -- a few

 

August 16, 2014

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Spot-winged Glider P. hymenaea

 

August 15/16, 2014

Alpine and El Dorado Counties

Ken A. Wilson

I attempted to find any of the three white face species up at Grass Lake.  I struck out on them but did see numerous White-faced Meadowhawks (mostly male) and several Black Meadowhawk (male & female).
* *White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/14942953305/  [only report 2014]
Black Meadowhawk (Male) - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/14790360949/
Black Meadowhawk (Female) - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/14954067736/in/photostream/
Northern Spreadwing (ID uncertain) - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/14942952475/
Also, I stopped by Martis Creek Lake in Truckee.

The activity there was the least and worse I've ever seen. Only a

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella  was photographed - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/14790494047/ [last report 2014]

August 15, 2014

Modoc County

Kevin McKereghan 
Cottonwood Creek (on my place just south of New Pine Creek).
*Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri - photos of a male in hand, and a female in situ, CA Chart #124, OC# tba

 

August 14, 2014

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

*Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis

 

August 13, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson 
Middle Santa Ynez River

Hetaerina americana American Rubyspot

Anax walsinghami Giant Darner

*Paltothemis lineatipes Red Rock Skimmer – last report 2014

 

August 11, 2014

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

We went to Juanita Lake looking for the Canada Darner. The day turned overcast, windy with thunder and rain.

No Canadas seen, but we took a photo of a distant newly emerged Meadowhawk, and when we got back and looked at it on the computer screen, it was a female

*Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum - the first one we're aware of in California. Species # 96 on the wing for CA.

Meadowhawk sp another 2 or 3
Striped Meadowhawks. - maybe 5

12-spotted Skimmer, 1-2

There were very few Anisopterans flying at all

Aeshna darners, less than 6

There might have been one Emerald.

But, interestingly, there were very many damselflies!! We saw
Black-fronted Forktails, a few males
Pacific Forktails, a few males and both young and mature females, including one male-colored female
Western Forktails, many, inc. males, young and mature females.
No/Bo Bluets, some

…….

Santa Clara County

Leslie Flint

I checked the pond below Gate MB05 at Monte Bello OSP.  That little pond is really small now.  There is algae growing all across the surface but there were

Black Saddlebags - 12 ovipositing

Flame Skimmer - 6

Striped Meadowhawk - 2

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1

Blue-eyed Darner - 3-4

Bluets - hundreds in all the shrubbery along the edge of the pond.

…

San Mateo County

From there I went to Alpine Pond  (near Russian Ridge OSP).  The numbers of Odes were much greater there and there was a bit more diversity.  This pond is still pretty full and much larger than the Monte Bello Pond.

Black Saddlebags - 6

Flame Skimmer - 12

Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa - 6

Striped Meadowhawk - 2

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 2

Blue-eyed Darner - 6

Small blue darner that I thought might be California but not sure.

Common Green Darner - 3

Pacific Forktail - 6

California Dancer - dozens

Vivid Dancer - 2

Tule/Arroyo Bluets – dozens

 

August 10, 2014

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

*Comanche Skimmer Libellula comanche [last report 2014]

*Hoary Skimmer L. nodisticta [last report 2014]

 

August 8, 2014

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Medicine Lake Highlands, we visited 5 of our favorite places, the weather was cool and party overcast. There obviously had been a huge rainstorm recently.

Pumice Stone Well, the wetlands had shrunk to just the dug-in deep part, the marsh was dry. 70F, 10:30-12:00.

Common Spreadwing – M&F in hand

No/Bo Bluet – 1 pruinose F

Western Forktail – M&F in hand

Variable Darner – ~50, 15 in hand (inc. 1F)

Blue-eyed Darner – 1 M; 1 f in hand

Common Green Darner – 2 F; 1 rescued from water surface

Mountain Emerald – 1 M in hand

Dot-tailed Whiteface – 1 M

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk – 1-2 M & 1F/immature

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1 F ovipositing

Striped Meadowhawk – 1-2 M

Black Saddlebags – 1 M

Also seen – Mt. Bluebirds, but there were no shrimp in the pond and very few froglets. The Biggs saw a Badger cross the road while driving in on Pilgrim Creek Rd.

Little Medicine Lake, very cool & overcast, 12:30-1:30

Common Spreadwing – 2 M in hand

No/Bo Bluet – some

Variable Darner – 3 M in hand

Blanche Lake, cool overcast, 2:00-2:45

Common Spreadwing – a few in hand

*Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas – some  [last report 2014]

No/Bo Bluet – some

Variable Darner – some

Blue-eyed Darner – 1 M

*California Darner Rhionaeschna californica – 1 M  [last report 2014]

Common Green Darner

Striped Meadowhawk – a few

Also seen – Gray Jays

Bullseye Lake, cool overcast, 2:00-2:45

Emerald Spreadwing – some

Common Spreadwing – a few in hand

No/Bo Bluet – some

Variable Darner – some

*Mountain Emerald – 1 M in hand  [last report 2014]

No Name Lake (THAT IS it’s name!!) , cool overcast, 3:00-3:45. Lake almost dry, one wet puddle ~25’X6’

Mountain Emerald – 1 M in hand

Aeshna Darner sp (probably Variable) on patrol over the puddle

Common Green Darner – over grassland

Meadowhawk sp (red) –1

Also seen – salamander pups in the puddle

…….

Modoc County

Kevin McKereghan

Cottonwood Creek, mostly dry except for a few pools below diversion dam. Creek bed shaded by Cottonwood, Willow and Maple tree

Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri – patrolling male netted in the creek and photographed in hand. Specimen was released CA Chart #124 OC #426068

Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri - female photographed while it was searching underhangs surrounded a pool CA Chart #124 OC # 426069

 

August 6, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson and Leslie Flint

a few hours along the Paradise Road area. Temps ranged from 75--89 degrees F, but it was rather windy which seemed to make many of the rock-loving species quite jumpy.

Highlights were Leslie's lifer Serpent Ringtails and a Western River Cruiser at rest.

Spreadwing sp.  1 teneral female

Lavender Dancer 30

Northern Bluet  20 (1 netted)

CA Dancer  10

Vivid Dancer   15

Walker's Darner  1

Sooty Dancer  15

Arroyo Bluet  10

Desert Firetail  3

Common Green Darner  2

*Giant Darner Anax walsinghami -  3 (2 males, 1 female)  [last report 2014]

Serpent Ringtail  5

Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica 1 [last report 2014]

Cardinal Meadowhawk  2
Blue dasher  1

Flame Skimmer  20

Red Rock Skimmer  7

……..

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Steward’s Spring area and towards Mt. Eddie, west of Weed

Vivid Dancer – a few at most areas

Common Green Darner – 100 or more, foraging over the meadow, picking off the grasshoppers we scared up. Of the 4 we netted, 2 were female,1 a mostly mature male and 1 an immature male.

Common Green Darner – a few dozen found foraging along the entrance meadow at the beginning of Stewards’s Spring Rd….and of note, a Merlin was perched above them, eating something. Hawk Watchers have told us that Merlins and Co. Green Darners are associated together during migration!!

Blue-eyed Darner – a few mixed in with the Co. Greens….were these migrants??

Spiketail/Clubtail – 1 at a tributary of Parks Creek

*Hoary Skimmer Libellula nodisticta – 1 female at the tributary  [last report 2014]

Flame Skimmer – 1 at Flowing Waters Retreat

 

August 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

I stopped at 5 spots along the 95% (or more) dry river between 11:30 and 1:00 today. Temps ranged from 81--89degrees F. The highlight was seeing Serpent Ringtails at each stop. I ended up with a minimum count of eighteen.

Red-rock Skimmer  5

Flame Skimmer    15

Western River Cruiser  1

*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis  3  [last report 2014]

Serpent Ringtail  18

Blue Dasher   1

Western Pondhawk  1

Cardinal Meadowhawk  1

Common Green Darner  3

Blue-eyes Darner   1

Giant Darner   2

Black Saddlebags   2

…….

Plumas County

Greg Kareofellas

North Fork of the Feather River

Hetaerina americana Hoary Skimmer – 1 female at the tributary

Flame Skimmer – 1 at Flowing Waters Retreat.

 

August 2, 2014

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Thousand Palms Oasis, Coachella Valley Preserve; Wilhelm and McCallum groves and ponds; Elev. 560’, 7:00-9:10, 90F, overcast, calm to light breeze E.

Vivid Dancer, Argia vivida  4

Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii  1

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  5 including a tandem pair ovipositing.

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor  2

*White-belted Ringtail, Erpetogomphus compositus 1 [last report 2014]

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis 6

Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 2 

Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennis 1

Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 2

Red Saddlebags, T. onusta 1

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens 2

…….

Mariposa County

Matthew Matthiessen

Mariposa

This afternoon I had opportunity to ode an area I've had my eye on for a while. 

It's called Bagby Recreation Area and it's where Hwy 49 crosses the Merced River about 15 miles northwest of the town of Mariposa

The first ode I saw was a Pale-faced Clubskimmer which is a new county record. 

What amazed me was that there were at least 100 of them. 

They were hanging in the grass in the shade of the bridge that goes over the river. 

Everywhere I looked in the grass there were several of them. 

I have one photo of three hanging side-by-side from a single blade of grass. 

In some places there were as many as five or six hanging close to each other. 

It seemed like small clouds of them would fly up as I walked through the grass.

I spent over an hour watching and photographing the clubskimmers and as I was leaving another ode caught my eye as it flew past. 

Fortunately it landed in view and turned out to be a White-belted Ringtail, also a new Mariposa county record. 

The ringtail stayed put long enough for me to get a bad photo before it flew off.  [not bad, gorgeous – kb]

Below is the list of odes I took the time to identify during the 90 minutes I was in the area.

*Emma's Dancer Argia emma [last report 2014]

Sooty Dancer

White-belted Ringtail Erpetogomphus compositus  - new county species, CA Chart# 101, OC# 425920

Gray Sanddragon - photographed

*Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax - new county species, CA Chart# 101, OC# 425921 – last report 2014

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Black Saddlebags

…….

Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

Miguelito Canyon, Lompoc, the stream at and just below the Frick Springs area.

Rubyspots, 6

Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis,  1 

Vivid Dancers, many

Flame Skimmer, 1

 

August 1, 2014

Shasta County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Lake Britton

Vivid Dancer
Bluet sp.
Blue-eyed Darner
Common Green Darner
Pacific Spiketail
8-spotted Skimmer
Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia 
Flame Skimmer
Variegated Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags
Also seen – a male Mink exploring the shoreline
…….

Tuolumne County

Hugh Ranson

Yosemite NP, Tuolumne River, elev. 8,600 feet

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile - 1 male seen & photographed, upgrade of sight only record; CA Chart #120, OC # 425611

Emerald Spreadwing - 3 male seen & 1 photographed, OC # 425612

Northern Spreadwing   82

Paddle-tailed Darner,  2 OC# 425684

Band-winged Meadowhawk  1

Variegated Meadowhawk  1

…

Mono County

Hugh Ranson

Dechambeau Ponds,  91 degrees F

Western Pondhawk  20

Flame Skimmer  5

Eight-spotted Skimmer   20

Desert Whitetail  1

Western Forktail  15

Tule Bluet  20

*Alkali Bluet Enallagma clausum  1 [last report 2014]

Darner sp.  5

Variegated Meadowhawk  10

Black Saddlebags    2
Ponds close to Tioga Lake, elev. 9,638 feet

Variable Darner  6 OC# 425685  (I believe both Paddle-tailed and Variable--photos still being looked at on OC)

Emerald Spreadwing  3

Northern Spreadwing  10 OC#425686

 
July

 

July 30, 2014

Tuolumne County

Hugh Ranson

Between the Lyle and Dana forks of the Tuolumne River

Band-winged Meadowhawk – 1 female seen and photographed OC# 425618

…….

Mono County

Hugh Ranson

River Spring, spring-fed ponds

Black Meadowhawk - approx. 30 individuals seen. One photographed OC# 425617

River Bluet - male photographed,

Bluet sp   50

Alkali Bluet   2 photographed

Spreadwing sp. 1 juv

Black-fronted Forktail  10

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk  1 photographed

July 29, 2014

Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Korbel Private Ponds where the only water left besides a couple of soft mud patches is the one permanent pond (there are several acres of ephemeral ponds that aren't usually dry yet)

blue eyed darner

paddletail darners

eight-spotted skimmer (one)

striped meadowhawk (one)

red-veined meadowhawk (one) probably this species

black spreadings, lots

pacific forktails (few)

western forktails (10:1 females to males)

Blue Lake Fish hatchery at the settling ponds and then the river (this is across the river from the Korbel Ponds) and was shocked by the lack of odes. I saw exactly 3 odes:

sooty dancer - one female

Emma's dancer - one on the path towards the river

variegated meadowhawk - one young male at the river's edge.

This place had tons of cardinal meadowhawks and pacific forktails just a couple of weeks ago.

…….

Tuolumne County

Hugh Ranson

Yosemite NP, Tuolumne River, elev. 8,600 feet

Emerald Spreadwing  3

Northern Spreadwing   50

Common Green Darner  1

Emerald sp.  1

Band-winged Meadowhawk  1

…

Mono County

Hugh Ranson

Ponds close to Tioga Lake, elev. 9,638 feet

Northern Spreadwing   42

Paddle-tailed Darner  3 (I think were this species)

Bluet sp  (Familiar or No/Bo)

 

July 26/27, 2014

Mono County

Leslie Flint

I went to a spot near Mono Lake called River Springs (its along the road to Benton and was an old stage stop).  The ponds there were teeming with dragonflies and most of them were Black Meadowhawks.  But finding a fully black male was difficult.  Finally I was able to photograph a pair in "wheel" - takes a fully mature male to get that accomplished.

 

July 25, 2014

Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Arcata Marsh

*Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata) - also at Big Lagoon

Blue-eyed Darner

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

8-spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail

Pacific Forktail

Bluet spp.

 

July 26, 2014

Kern County

Ali Sheehey

Audubon's Kern River Preserve in Weldon

Saw two new species for that location. In the flooded field at the edge of the forest I saw the following in less that 1/2 hour along a 50 foot stretch.

unknown Dancer Argia sp

Desert Firetail,

Pacific Forktail,

Western Forktail,

Common Green Darner,

Eight-spotted Skimmer,

Twelve-spotted Skimmer,

Flame Skimmer,

Blue Dasher,

Wandering Glider,

Variegated Meadowhawk,

Cardinal Meadowhawk

…….

Mono County

Kristie Nelson

Chidago Canyon Rd. in Hammil Valley - right off Hwy 6 on Chidago Canyon road. Less than a half mile or so off of Hwy 6, the road makes an S bend to the north along a section of riparian habitat

No water in the channel here, though it's adjacent to irrigated hay fields. 

*Bleached Skimmers Libellula compositus, 8-10, making them the most common D-fly in that spot. [last report 2014]

Then, the pond just outside of (North or East of) Benton Hot Springs, on Hwy 120, was loaded with Odes. It’s posted no trespassing, so observations are from the road.

Bleached Skimmers – some  were along the road & fence; but most individuals were over the water and viewed thru scope or bins.

Variegated Meadowhawks  – some

8-Spotted Skimmers, fairly common.

Desert Whitetails, fairly common.

Black Saddlebags  - numerous

Var. meadowhawks - numerous

Pretty sure I had a Blue Dasher (bright blue body, brilliant green eyes) but only saw him in the scope in flight.

here were bright red meadowhawks that may’ve been Saffron-winged, but only in the scope& at some distance I couldn't tell for sure.

A few Blue-eyed Darners, numerous damsels/bluets, and probably more Ode species there.

 

July 23, 2014 
Inyo County
Doug Vaughan and wife Doris
Schulman Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, 10:00-11:00; temp c 70 deg, clear, light wind
Unidentified darners (Rhionaeschna sp) -- a few near the visitor center
Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea) -- common, including a couple of local congregations of a dozen of so as we walked the hiking loops, at 10,000 ft and many miles from the nearest water that I know of!  
Wandering Gliders may have been present, too.

 

July 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson, Peter Gaede, and Nick Lethaby visited some seldom explored spots in the Upper Santa Ynez River drainage.

Highlights included the discovery of several Western Forktails --the species has been hitherto difficult to find in Santa Barbara County-- and at least two Aztec Dancers, another rarely encountered species in the county.

Mono Debris Dam

Western Forktail  2

Desert Firetail  2

Flame Skimmer  8

Little Caliente Hot Springs

Flame Skimmer  6

Wandering Glider  6

Variegated Meadowhawk  2

Tule Bluet  1

California Dancer  5

Vivid Dancer  2

S. Ynez River, down creek from Middle S. Ynez Camp

*Aztec Dancer Argia nahuana -   2 (ph) – last report 2014

California Dancer  50+

Vivid Dancer  5

Lavender Dancer  20

Western Forktail  15+

Desert Firetail  10

American Rubyspot  4
Arroyo bluet 
50 (1 netted)
Cardinal Meadowhawk 
8

Flame Skimmer  30

Blue-eyed Darner  2

Western Pondhawk 1

Big Caliente Hot Springs and Drainage

Giant Darner  1 or 2

Common Whitetail  1

California Dancer  250+

Lavender Dancer  40

American Rubyspot  3

No/Bo Bluet  50 (1 netted)

Flame Skimmer  40

Desert Firetail  10

Vivid Dancer  2

 
July 21, 2014
Mono County
Doug Vaughan and wife Doris
9:45-11:15, Dechambeau Ponds, temp c 68-78 deg, p cloudy, clear overhead, no wind
Among dozens, but not 100s, of damsels:
Alkali Bluet (Enallagma clausum) -- 1 m in hand
No/Bo bluets (E. annexum/boreale) -- 2 m in hand (1 of each, I think!)
Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) -- several m
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) -- several, among perhaps other mosaic darners
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum) -- 1 m well seen, ovipositing pair may have been this sp
W. Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) -- 10-20, mostly f
Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) -- 20-50
Flame Skimmer (L. saturata) -- 10-20
Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) -- 5-10
 
July 19, 2014
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti 
*Great Basin Snaketail Ophiogomphus morrisoni
…
Inyo County
*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata

 

July 17, 2014

Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Goleta, CA

After being M.I.A. for several days, the (presumably same)

Red-tailed Pennant showed itself today at my favorite Goleta ranch

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Pond along road into Kangaroo Lake

Spreadwing sp. – 1 male, not Northern

Bluet sp.

Forktails

Common Green Darner

Western Pondhawk – a few

Dot-tailed Whiteface – a few

Eight-spotted Skimmer – many

Twelve-spotted Skimmer – a few

Flame Skimmer – 1

Black Saddlebags – a few

Lilypad Lake (along road into Kangaroo Lake)

Bluet sp.

Common Green Darner

Shadow Darner – 1 in hand

Darner sp. – a few

…….

Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder

Palo Alto Flood Control Basin (Only three Odes seen today—the area is completely dry.)

Wandering Gliders 2

Blue-eyed Darner 1

…….

Mono County

Leslie Flint

Yosemite NP on the way to Lee Vining

Ode numbers were fairly light overall.  

Siesta Pond

12-spotted Skimmers, lots

Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata, lots  [last report 2014]

Shadow Darner,s lots

Bluets, lots

wet meadow beyond that had

Emerald Spreadwings - hundreds

Mountain Emeralds - a few

Tuolumne Meadows

American Emeralds - some in the shrubbery

Mountain Emerald - 1

4-spotted Skimmers - some

 

July 16, 2014

Santa Barbara County 

Hugh Ranson

along the upper Santa Ynez River between 11:30 and 2 pm I checked four spots. Temps ranged from 69 to 75 degrees F, quite cool for this location.

The highlight, for me, was the first of season Western River Cruisers. There were no ringtails and sanddragons--too cool, perhaps?

Lower Oso

California Dancer  20+ along a trail away from the river

Vivid Dancer   2

Wandering Glider   1

Flame Skimmer    4

Falls picnic area

Red Rock Skimmer   1

Flame Skimmer   4

Live Oak

Western River Cruiser    1

Wandering Glider    1

Western Pondhawk   1

Blue Dasher   1

Common Green Darner   1

Flame Skimmer   4

Red Rock

Western River Cruiser   1 ovipositing

Giant Darner   1 or 2

Flame Skimmer  5

bluets I pretty much ignored them.

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Their Dragonfly Roost pond, McCloud yard

Bluets

Pacific Forktails

Shadow Darner – 1 teneral found floating in the pond

The Darner exuvia count is at ~150!!

Darner sp – one adult male

Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 2 tenerals, 1 young male

 

July 16, 2014

Colusa County 
Tim Manolis and Sacramento Audubon Society field trip 
Bear Creek - We worked various spots along the creek upstream from the Bear Valley Road turnoff of Hwy 20 to the side canyon creek up to Wilbur Hot Springs, 
from around 9:30 a.m. to Noon.  Weather was warm and sunny.

Giant Darner -- a couple of patrolling males at two different spots, and a female appearing to search for ovipositing sites.

Black Saddlebags -- about 8-10 at various spots along the creek.

Spot-winged Glider -- Fairly common along the creek, also seen enroute in open country, including rice fields, flying over the road.

Flame Skimmer -- common along the creek.  Many patrolling males.  We also saw a couple of teneral recent-emergers, ovipositing females, and a tandem pair, the female of which was as red as the male.

Widow Skimmer -- only a single male seen.

Common Whitetail -- one patrolling male and one female away from water seen.

Variegated Meadowhawk -- Extemely abundant, 100s seen along the creek, including tandem and ovipositing pairs.  Also common along the drive foraging over the road in open country.

California Dancer -- fairly common, a number netted.  Probably also saw Vivid Dancer, but none netted, also possibly saw one or two Sooty Dancers.

Familiar Bluet -- fairly common, a few males netted.

Tule Bluet -- fairly common.

Northern Bluet -- a few males netted, probably fairly common.

Pacific Forktail -- modest numbers seen.

Western Forktail -- fairly common.

Black-fronted Forktail -- fairly common.

Overall diversity seemed lower than in past years, but some species were in excellent numbers (Flame Skimmers, Black-fronted Forktails).  Usually Widow Skimmers and Common Whitetails are in much better numbers. 

…….

Inyo County

Ron Oriti

Bishop area

We have a great dragonfly location at which I've seen at least a dozen different species in the last three days, and during the season a total of at least 18 different species (not counting damselflies).

The location is along the Upper McNally Canal just north of Bishop, and just east of Laws.  There is a seldom used maintenance road west of the canal that is flanked by River Willows.

As I walked down that road (about 4;00 p.m.) I saw at least a couple of hundred dragonflies in a couple hundred yards. There were

Band-winged Meadowhawks, tons

Black Saddlebags, scores of both overhead, as well as sitting in the willows.

Darner sp, several hang perching in the willows.

I went back to the same location at 11:00 p.m.; and walked down the road with a bright wide angle flashlight hoping to see any number of dragonflies hanging up in the willows. 

I expected to see dragonfly wings glistening in the light.

I expected to see some of them fly out of the willows spooked.  But I saw none, not even one!  What happened to them?  Where do they go at night?  Help!!

 

July 15, 2014

Inyo County

Ron Oriti

Laws Canal

Gray Sanddragon – male photographed in the willows, and that is not where we normally see sanddragons.

Black Saddlebags - 1 female photographed
Bleached Skimmer – male photographed

 

July 15, 2014

Inyo County

Ron  & Barbara Oriti

multiple sites

Black Saddlebags - multitudes for the last two or three weeks. Some photographed
Common Green Darner
- photographed
*Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus –
photographed [last report 2014]
Darner sp- 
photographed
Red Saddlebags
– many, photographed
Spot-winged Glider
- photographed
Wandering Glider
- photographed

July 13, 2014

Sonoma County
Stephan Telm

Austin Creek, near Cazadero, 12:00-12:30, Mid to upper 80s, very little breeze

A grand total of 3 dragonflies!

Flame skimmer 1

*Pacific Clubtail Gomphus kurilis 1 [latest date ever for Sonoma County]

variegated Meadowhawk 1

I expected a bit more

 

July 12, 2014

Santa Cruz County

Scott Peden

Rancho del Oso, BBRSP

*Grappletail Octogomphus specularis 2  [last report 2014]
Vivid Dancers mating (do they ever stop except when there is ice?)

 

July 11, 2014

Humboldt County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb
Trinity River in eastern Humboldt County between Hoopa and Willow Creek
Saw Emma's Dancers ovipositing with a Tule Bluet harassing them as they do. 
This lasted for several minutes and I got a photo when the Tule Bluet actually landed on the Dancers.
Blue type Darner
8 spotted Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Flame Skimmer
Variegated Meadowhawk
American Rubyspot
NoBo Bluet
Tule Bluet
Emma's Dancer
Vivid Dancer
Snaketail? still researching this one.

…….

Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Goleta, CA

Red-tailed Pennant Brachymesia furcata – a male photographed, CA Chart # 120, OC # 424440

…….

Plumas County

Paul Johnson

Ridge Lake

*Crimson-ringed whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis  [last report 2014]

 

July 9, 2014

Lassen County

Paul Johnson

near Cooper Swamp

*Chalk-fronted corporal Ladona julia [last report 2014]

 

July 6, 2014

Siskiyou County

Kathy Biggs

Amazingly, I collected another 34 Darner (probably all Variable Darners) exuviae today!
That brings our 23'X30' pond's # of darner exuviae to over 100!!
There have been a few Skimmer exuviae too, probably 12-spots. Also amazingly, there are damsels emerging too, but I still suspect that the darner nymph ate all the polliwogs and salamander pups!!
There are flying 12-spotted Skimmers on the pond now (plus a few tenerals on the 'shore'), with females ovipositing.
And I've found a few teneral Variable Darners too, and had a few adult darners flying. Lots of Pacific Forktails and Northern Bluets too.

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs, Tim & Annette Manolis

Orr Lake, we met them there yesterday afternoon and looked at Odes too. It seemed a bit early for there, but there were tons of Bluets and Forktails.
Blue-eyed Darner
California Darner
Snaketail sp. -
a female landed on Dave's cap! Probably a Great Basin Snaketail.
Western Pondhawk
Dot-tailed Whiteface
Eight-spotted Skimmer
(abundant)
Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata  
Common Whitetail
Variegated Meadowhawk
*Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum
- a female in-hand  [last confirmed report 2014]
Black Saddlebags
Spreadwing sp. (Lestes)
Northern Bluet
(one, Tim in-hand)
*Boreal Bluet Enallagma boreale
(Tim, several in hand) – last report 2014
Pacific Forktail
Western Forktail

 

July 4, 2014

Orange County

Steve Sosensky‎

Thomas Riley Wilderness Park

Roseate Skimmer – male photographed

 

July 3, 2014

Siskiyou County

Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Park’s Rd, west of Weed

Great Basin Snaketail Ophiogomphus morrisoni, females ovipositing, photos taken

 

July 2, 2014

Nevada County

Leslie Flint 

Donner Encampment along Hwy 89. It took me a while but I finally found some small remnant pools

*Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum - at least 12 pairs were mating. [last report 2014]

Pacific Spiketail – 1 at the still-flowing stream, resting on a small willow.

Vivid Dancers, many, all dancing away from me except for this female who kept landing nearby to check me out.

 

July 1, 2014

Sierra County

Leslie Flint 
Sand Pond 
*Chalk-fronted Corporal Ladona julia – lots  [last report 2014]
4-spotted Skimmers - lots
12-spot - 1
American Emerald - 1
…….
Siskiyou County
Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
Stewart Springs Rd. to the little meadow 
Black Petaltail – 1
…….
Lassen County 
Peter Gaede
*Alkali Bluet Enallagma clausum  
 
June

 

June 29, 2014

Colusa County

Greg Kareofellas with Nicole, Ziad, (Ent students from UCD)

Bear Creek - I parked in the “normal place” along the road where the fence is down and easy access to Creek.

The water is WAY WAY down to just a trickle running. A lot of the creek bed is exposed. Besides being hot and dry, there was hardly any activity. 

Libellula saturata - the only thing approaching “numbers” with maybe 2 or 3 in sight most of the time.

Erythemis collocata - one

Anax walsinghami - maybe 2 (I never saw more than one at any time together)

Hetaerina americana - one

Argia lugens - maybe 3 or 4

Blue damsels (not determined which yet) – a lot

The only thing really interesting was Nicole saw a L saturata dip into the water and catch a small minnow which he carried away eating.

I have never seen that before?? Ziad, the other UCD student with us, said he had seen something similar with a dragonfly in his home in Lebanon.

Naturally, it was not something we could have taken a pic of L

..

Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Cowboy Camp, Bear Ck

Giant Darner

Western River Cruiser

…….

San Diego County

Jay Keller 
Dairy Mart Pond near San Ysidro, which is at the southern edge of the county about 5 miles from the beach
Roseate Skimmer - a male was squabbling with a
Red Saddlebags and a 
Black Saddlebags – this from a favorite perch.  
This is the third time in the last year I have noted the species near the coast locally, which I understand is quite uncommon.  
Last year I had one very near this spot and had at least a pair together near Carlsbad.  Photo below:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14375815340/
Blue-eyed Darners, were a couple 
Common Green Darner, 1 and 

Damselfly, a quick view of an unidentified female

…….

Tuolumne County

Hugh Ranson

Tuolumne Meadows

S. semicinctum Band-winged Meadowhawk

 

June 28, 2014

San Mateo County

Jan Hintermeiser and Karen Demello, Matthew Dodder & MO
Dragonfly presentation and walk at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, a small group of docents and guests found the following species:
Blue-eyed Darner
Widow Skimmer
Flame Skimmer
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk
Black Saddlebags
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Vivid Dancer
Pacific Forktail
Bluet sp.
…….
Tehama County 
Peter Gaede
*Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus

 

June 27-30, 2014

Modoc County

CA Blitz crew (Kathy & Dave Biggs, Kevin & Tera McKereghan, Sandra Hunt-von Arb, Leslie Flint, Dave Welling, Matthew Matthiessen, Dennis Deck, Norm Barrett)
Preliminary report (species only)

1. *River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis   [last report 2014]    

2. American Rubyspot  

3. Emerald Spreadwing   

4. *Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener

5. *Western Red Damsel  Amphiagrion abbreviatum

6. Paiute Dancer - Applegate Trail Hot Spring, photo (first NoCal report)

7. Emma's Dancer

8. Sooty Dancer  

9. Vivid Dancer    

10 Boreal Bluet  

11. Tule Bluet    

12. Pacific Forktail 

13. Black-fronted Forktail

14. Western Forktail       

15. **Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa – new early date. Old early date 7/10/2007 in Sonoma Co. – ID by Dennis Paulson       

16. Common Green Darner    

17. California Darner                                              

18. Blue-eyed Darner

19. * *Pale Snaketail Ophiogomphus severus [only report 2014]

20. Pacific Spiketail exuvia (confirmed by Tim Manolis)            

21. American Emerald           

22. *Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicirularis

23. Western Pondhawk       

24. *Crimson-ringed Whiteface  Leucorrhinia glacialis – upgrade to photo record: male and female photographed at Mineral Spring in the Warner Mts.

ID by Jim Johnson. [last report 2014]

25. *Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica  [last report 2014]

26. Dot-tailed Whiteface           

27. Comanche Skimmer       

28. Bleached Skimmer        

29. Eight-spotted Skimmer                                

30. Hoary Skimmer

31. Twelve-spotted Skimmer 

32. Four-spotted Skimmer   

33. Blue Dasher – WHERE WAS THIS SEEN? ANY PHOTOS? It is rare in Modoc Co. 

34. Glider sp.

35. Common Whitetail       

36. Desert Whitetail               

37. Variegated Meadowhawk

38. *Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum ?? Did we see one or not??? Most if not all photos have turned out to be Red-veineds.

39. *Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae

40. Cardinal Meadowhawk    

41. * *Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) – photo of female IDed by Jim Johnson  [ONLY report 2014]

42. Striped Meadowhawk 

43. Red-veined Meadowhawk (Sympetrum madidum) – photo of female IDed by Jim Johnson                                          

44. * Band-winged Meadowhawk  Sympetrum semicinctum     

45. Black Saddlebags               

Out of 67 species! 2/3rds!!

……..

June 26 & 28, 2014

Lassen County

Many of CA Blitz crew (Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb, Leslie Flint, Dave Welling, Matthew Matthiessen)

Only the species NOT seen in Modoc

46. *River Bluet Enallagma anna

47. Arroyo Bluet    

48. Grappletail (flying adults)          

49. Great Basin Snaketail

50. Pacific Clubtail - Blue Lake on 28th

 

June 25, 2014

Los Angeles County

Eric R. Mintz 
Long Beach 
*Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis – a male photographed

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Dragonfly Roost Pond, McCloud, 5470’

*Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta – I collected no fewer than 70 exuviae from the pond, most this species. One darner sp. flew over, seen from afar, no ID.

Skimmer sp – exuvia found assumed to be a 12-spot

Meadowhawk sp – exuvia found assumed to be this genus

…….

Lassen County

Dave Welling

Ash Creek Campground, just south of Adin. Got the following within 200 yards of bridge on both sides of bridge and both sides of creek.

Was there from about 10AM to about 1PM  (all following were photographed)

grappletails (octogomphus specularis)- over 30 - all over some in wheel and found a few individual females

pacific clu(btail (gomphus kurills) - 2 males

*great basin snaketails (ophiogomphus morrisoni)- about 5 males

Twelve-spotted skimmers - males and females - 3-4 males; 2 females

four-spotted skimmer (libellula quadrimaculata)- 1 male

emma's dancer (argia emma)- several (lots of damsels but did not concentrate on them)

California darners – perhaps others

 

June 22, 2014

San Diego County

Jay Keller and BJ Stacey 

Potrero

Desert Firetail – male photographed

Live Oak Spring, Campo

Desert Firetail – female photographed

Vivid Dancers  – 2 males photographed

…….

Mariposa County

Matthew Matthiessen

A small pond on the west side of Hwy 49 a couple miles south of the town of Mariposa, CA. The location is across the highway from the county fairgrounds.

Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum  - male photographed. CA Chart #101 OC# 426345

 

June 21, 2014

Sierra County

Greg Kareoefelas

Pulloff, Big Springs, Hwy 49 approx. 2 miles South West of Bassatts Station. Springs, seepy area

Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni OC# 423358, CA Chart #28 (& see also OC#:423433 )

……..
Orange County
Bruce Aird

from the butterfly count

small reed-choked pond at Thomas Riley Regional Park, in Santa Margarita

Roseate Skimmers, at least two males, but possibly more. They were moving around a lot, and much of the ponds surface was not visible due to the high reeds. OC#426165

Green Darners, at least 3 or 4,

Flame Skimmers, 3-5

Neon Skimmer, at least one male

*Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa, 1 – last report 2014

In the nearby meadows

Blue-eyed Darners, at least two

Wandering Glider, 1

Holy Jim Creek below the main parking area at the top of the road

Lavender Dancer, a single male observed. There were about 15-20

Vivid Dancers, (mostly males, but a handful of females in tandem and laying eggs)

O'Neill Regional Park. In the dribbling outflow beneath the mesa

Vivid Dancers,  at least 8-10 including several pairs in tandem.

On a dry side canyon away from any water by at least a quarter mile,

*Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax, 1 patrolling a fairly small area.

…….

Siskiyou County

Don Roberson & Rita Carratello
along Shasta River just upstream of confluence with Klamath River 1-2:35 p.m.
mostly looking for the dirt portion of Hudson Road; checked about a half-mile of river that was full of odes and singing YB Chats. Hot, calm, great conditions
Am Rubyspot   20
*River Jewelwing 
10 -- many fewer than the Biggs's had here in mid-May
Vivid Dancer 
1 male away from river (ph)
Calif. Dancer 
4-6, both f & m (ph)
Emma's Dancer 
4
"Northern"-type Bluets 
20 lots of ovipositing pairs
Bluet, sp 
10 females away from water
C. Green Darner 
5: 4 m, 1 ovipositing f
Pacific Clubtail  
at least 25 males, maybe more... really dominant here both on rocks in river and on brambles along the road (phs)
Com Whitetail 
15
Widow Skimmer 
1 fem (ph)
Flame Skimmer 
4
8-Spot Skimmer 
20
but no snaketails despite much effort, except a couple 'possibles' that got away at a distance....so we went to
Collier Rest Stop, 2:45-3:10, very hot, calm  [and time running out... needed to get to Sacramento by evening]
Am Rubyspot  1
Vivid Dancer 
1
Emma's Dancer 
3
Sooty Dancer 
1 (maybe)
Flame Skimmer 
2
8-Spot Skimmer
2  and, finally
*Sinuous Snaketail Ophiogomphus occidentis 
1 m (photo'd) -- a lifer for Rita  [last report 2014]

 

June 20, 2014

Yuba & Nevada Counties

Don Roberson & Rita Carratello

Oregon Creek Day-use Area, 11 am-noon
Middle Fork of Yuba River at confluence of Oregon Creek
The Yuba River here is the county line; we were on the Yuba Co. shore
Am Rubyspot  2
"Northern"-type Bluet 1 m
Sooty Dancer  5
Emma's Dancer  1 imm male
Grappletail 2 m
WESTERN RIVER CRUISER Macromia magnifica - at least 2 males, maybe 4, sometimes chasing each other; one was photo'd; the Cruisers were back and forth across the river often, so on both the Yuba & Nevada Co. side.  This upgrades Nevada Co. from sight record to photo CA Chart # 29, OC # 423589


June 19, 2014

Sierra County

Don Roberson & Rita Carratello
Yuba Pass, 2-3 pm, mostly birding, but these odes - all a long distance from water
*Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta - 1 fem (photo'd)
Striped Meadowhawk  - 1 fem (ph)
Red-veined Meadowhawk -  1 fem (ph)

 

June 18, 2014

San Francisco County

Leslie Flint

Fort Point in SF - The day was warm and sunny with little wind (a change from the normal weather at Fort Point!).

* *San Francisco Forktail Ischnura gemina - a lifer for all but me, at least 12 in a small section of the seep and probably many more we couldn't see since they perched low in the rushes and close to the water.  [ONLY report 2014]

…….

Tuolumne County

Jan Hintermeister and Karen DeMello

We drove through Yosemite on 120 en route to the Mono Lake Chautauqua. 

We stopped at Siesta Lake a little west of White Wolf at 8000 feet.  Here we saw many

*Crimson-ringed Whitefaces Leucorrhinia glacialis - by far the most common dragonfly there.  Almost all the whitefaces were male, although there were two mating pairs.

Karen and I have made this trip most years in the last 12 and this is the first time we've seen whitefaces in this location. 

The trip is always around the middle of June, although this trip may have been a few days later than usual.

On our return trip on 22 June, we again saw Crimson-ringed Whitefaces around Tuolumne Meadows.  We spent a short time there, but noticed that almost all the whitefaces we saw were female.

I suspect that at Siesta Lake we were seeing males waiting for females to arrive and that at Tuolumne Meadows, we were seeing females getting ready for mating and that the males were elsewhere waiting at appropriate breeding habitat. 

But I was also wondering whether there is any evidence that either males or females emerge earlier.  Or is emergence always completely random with respect to gender?  Any comments on timing of emergence would be welcome.

 

June 15, 2014

Yolo County

Stephan Telm

North Davis Pond (aka Julie Partansky Wildlife Area); Approx 4:00-4:30; Upper 80s, SW breeze
Widow skimmers: dozens of males
Blue dashers: dozens of males, 1 female
Flame skimmers: 3 or 4
Pacific forktail: 3 or 6
California darner: 2
Other wildlife: 1 green heron
UC Davis Arboretum/Putah Creek Pond "Lake Spafford"); Approx 5:00-5:30; Upper 80s, SW breeze
Widow skimmers: 2
California darners: several

 

June 14, 2014

Imperial County

Jay Keller and BJ Stacey 

IID Wetlands, Niland,

Comanche Skimmer – male photographed

Yuha Cutoff

Familiar Bluet – male photographed

*Brimstone Clubtail Stylurus intricatus – male and female photographed [last report 2014]

**Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus – male and female photographed; new early date by one day

White-belted Ringtail - male photographed

Tecate Peak

California Darner - males photographed

Blue-eyed Darner - males photographed

 

June 13, 2014

Sierra County

Ken A. Wilson

Sand Pond near Bassetts Station

Four-spotted Skimmer
*Chalk-fronted Corporal Ladona julia

 

June 12, 2014

Modoc County

Rob Santry

Annie Lake

Pacific Spiketail - a young female. It must have flown a few miles; no likely habitat nearby. https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/14233541309/

This may be only the 2nd report of the species in Great Basin habitat in that county.

…….

Sierra County

Ken A. Wilson

Highway 49 near Vista Point going towards Yuba Pass Summit
Red-veined Meadowhawk (male & female)
Four-spotted Skimmer

Calpine Rd,
Eight-spotted Skimmer

 

June 9, 2014

Siskiyou County

Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

a little fen along the side of Stewart Springs Rd, Weed

*Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni - male

*American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffi   [last report 2014]

…….

Shasta County

Dave Barry

Hat Creek

*Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta - male photographed

Eight-spotted Skimmer - male photographed

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - male photographed

Widow Skimmer - male photographed

Flame Skimmer - male photographed

*Bison Snaketail Ophiogomphus bison - male photographed

Pacific Clubtail - male photographed

Common Green Darner- male photographed

Bluets (probably Northern) – pair in wheel photographed

…….

Sonoma County

Leslie Flint and Len Blumin

Nagasawa Park

Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus -  [last report 2014]

 

June 8, 2014

Imperial County

BJ Stacey and Jay Keller
CANAL AT YUHA CUTOFF (98 & Drew Rd west of Calexico)
*Brimstone Clubtails Stylurus intricatus 2-3 https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14378211154/
   https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14200628918/
Russet-tipped Clubtail (Probable)  (quick view)
Red Saddlebags
Western Pondhawk (1, dining on a damsel) https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14407407693/
American Rubyspot (5)
Blue-ringed Dancer (3-5) https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14200797697/
*Powdered Dancer (many)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14200628178/ - last report 2014
Familiar Bluet (several)
Tule Bluet (Probable) (by range, though correct if I am mistaken)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14200797477/
HOLTVILLE HOT SPRINGS & NEARBY CANAL
*White-belted Ringtail Erpetogomphus compositus (4)   https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14387248455/
Roseate Skimmer (1)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14364162306/
Widow Skimmer (2)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14407425433/
Blue Dasher (several)
Common Green Darner (1)
Powdered Dancers (many)
Blue-ringed Dancer (several)
American Rubyspot (1)
Familiar Bluet (gobs)
Rambur's Forktail (a few)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14387249075/
PINE CREEK (PINE VALLEY)
Mosaic Darner (1 pair, wouldn't land)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14192602340/
Flame Skimmer (2)
Blue Dasher (2)
Bluets - Unidentified  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/14379162985/
…….
Siskiyou County

Michael Plank and wife
Shasta River at Hudson Rd. Beautiful day with a bit of wind.

River Jewelwing

American Rubyspot

Emma's Dancer

Vivid Dancer

Familiar Bluet

Tule Sp.

Western Forktail

Common Green Darner

California Darner

Pacific Clubtail

Sinuous Snaketail

Common Whitetail

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

 

June 7, 2014

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Elev. -100’; 7:05-11:25, 80-100F, cloudless, gentle breeze NE.

Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 6 including one pair in wheel.

Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile 1

Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii  >30

Common Green Darner, Anax junius 10 including one ovipositing pair.

*Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata 20

Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >50

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >50

Mexican Amberwing, Perithemis intensa 1

*Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 13

*Bleached Skimmer, L. composita 3

Widow Skimmer, L. luctuosa 4

Flame Skimmer, L. saturata 3

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea 7

Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata >30  including 2 tandem ovipositing pairs.

Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta 8

Black Saddlebags, T. lacerata >20 including three tandem pairs.

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens 3

Spot-winged Glider, P. hymenaea 1

…….

Shasta County

Ray Brunn

Brokeoff Meadow near Viola. I found outstanding habitat for Hudsonian Whiteface and Taiga Bluet, with good numbers of both species.  Some photos:

Brokeoff Meadow = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14374296754/in/photostream

*Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica

Male = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14345981526/in/photostream

Andromorphic female = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14368051154/in/photostream

Gynomorphic female = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14345860216/in/photostream/

Habitat = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14374622042/in/photostream/

* *Taiga Bluet Coenagrion resolutum [only report 2014]

Male = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14182312338/in/photostream/

Female = https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruunphoto/14368974715/in/photostream/

…….

Inyo County

Ron &/or Barbara Oriti

Keough's Hot Ditch

Gray Sanddragon           

Giant Darner

Big Pine Canal            

Western River Cruiser - possibly this species

 
June 4, 2014
Sonoma County
Leslie Flint
Lake Nagasawa in Santa Rosa . At one spot I had 11 species all at the same time!
Flame Skimmer - 10+
Cardinal Meadowhawk - abundant
Black Saddlebags - 12+ (3 pairs ovipositing at the same time)
Blue Dasher - abundant
Western Pondhawk - saw 12 but probably lots more
Common Whitetail - 10+
8-spotted Skimmer - abundant
Blue-eyed Darner - 10
Common Green Darner - 5
Bluet sp - looked like Tule - 10+
Pacific Forktail - 1
Forktail sp. - green female - Western? - 1
Black Spreadwing  Lestes stultus - 12+ at a dried up seasonal pond near the parking lot 

…….

Inyo County

Ron &/or Barbara Oriti

Bishop backyard        

Pacific Spiketail        

 

June 2, 2014

Mono County

Ron &’or Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough

Giant Darner

Eight-spotted Skimmer

 
June 1, 2014
Santa Clara County
Leslie Flint

Monte Bello Pond - The pond is quite low and the edges very dry and difficult to reach so my hopes of finding spreadwings were dashed. Although I do include a pic of a teneral spreadwing which may be CA.

Flame Skimmer - 1
Cardinal Meadowhawk -
2
Striped Meadowhawk -
4 (including a caramel colored one photographed)
Common Whitetail -
12+
Eight-spotted Skimmer -
12+
Blue-eyed Darner -
1
Mosiac type blue darners -
5
Tule/Arroyo Bluet
- 20+
California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus
– 2

…….

Inyo County

Ron &/or Barbara Oriti

Blackrock Wetlands

Four-spotted Skimmer

 

 
May
 

May 31, 2014

Sonoma County

Dave & Kathy Biggs +MO inc. Dave Barry

Laguna foundation pond, Hall Rd (L) & Bigsnest Pond, Bloomfield Rd, (B) Sebastopol

Dancer – a teneral (L)

Bluets – No/Bo type – several males (L)

Pacific Forktail – males seen at both ponds

Western Forktail – females seen at both ponds

Common Green Darner – a male (L)

California Darner – a male (L)

Blue-eyed Darner – several, females seen ovipositing twice (L), 1 male (B)

Pacific Spiketail – 1 male (B)

Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1 male (L)

Flame Skimmer – 3 males at once at both ponds, 1 or more females (wheel & ovipositing)

Common Whitetail – 2 males (L)

Blue Dasher – both ponds, 3 males at once (B),1 or more female (wheel & ovipositing) (B)

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 1 male (L), several males, 1 or more females, (wheel & ovipositing) (B) ovipositing) (B)

 

May 30, 2014

Sacramento County

Dave Johnson

pond off Illinois Avenue, Sailor Bar, American River Parkway. I had my best day there in the odes department with 13 species:

Common Green Darner
Common Whitetail
Flame Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Widow Skimmer

Western Pondhawk
Blue Dasher
Black Saddlebags
Familiar Bluet
Pacific Forktail
Western Forktail
Desert Firetail (LIFER!)
California Dancer

…….

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park, Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – 1

Bluet sp. – none

Black Spreadwing – 4

Blue-eyed Darner – 1

Darner sp. - >= 3

Pacific Clubtail – 1

Western Pondhawk – several

Blue Dasher – several

Common Whitetail – 4-5

Eight-spotted Skimmer – 6

Flame Skimmer – 3

Common Whitetail – 4

Eight-spotted Skimmer – several

Black Saddlebags – 1, teneral

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 2

The striking thing between these two visits was the huge reduction in numbers of Pacific Forktails and Bluets.  Perhaps most of these small damselflies became food for the abundant dragonflies?

 

May 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Santa Ynez River along Paradise Road. Temps ranged from 84--89 degrees.

Lower Oso (first river crossing)

*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis    3

Flame Skimmer    20+

Common Whitetail   2 males--the first I've seen along the river

Western Pondhawk   3
Sooty Dancer   
4

California Dancer    at least 50, probably in the 100s

Vivid Dancer   15+

Pacific Forktail    1

Western Forktail    1

Desert Firetail      4

Arroyo Bluet   50+

Upper Oso (spring-fed stream)

Lavender Dancer   20+  (all the ones I photo'd had water mites)

Vivid Dancer     30+

California Dancer    10+

Flame Skimmer   1

Live Oak

California Dancer    10+

Arroyo Bluet   20+

No/Bo Bluet 10+

Flame Skimmer  3

Gray Sanddragon

No Serpent Ringtails or River Cruisers yet. 

 Interesting to me is that there were several sightings of Giant Darner along the river in mid- to late-April (involving several individuals), but none on several visits since in very warm weather.

…….

Sonoma County

Dave & Kathy Biggs

Bigsnest Pond, Bloomfield Rd, Sebastopol

Black Spreadwing – 1 male

Pacific Forktail - many

Western Forktail - many females

Common Green Darner – a 2nd exuvia found

Pacific Spiketail – our foy was on the 19th, now the eyes are blue, a male photographed

Flame Skimmer – 3 males at once

Blue Dasher– 3 males

Cardinal Meadowhawk – several

…….

Inyo County

Ron &/or Barbara Oriti

Waterways, westside Owens Dry Lake          

Hoary Skimmer

Desert Whitetail          

 

May 24, 2014

San Joaquin County

Mathew Dodder

Cosumnes River Preserve in Lodi

Blue-eyed Darner
Common Green Darner
Black Saddlebags
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk
Spot-winged Glider
Familiar Bluet

 

May 23, 2014

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park, Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – several

Bluet sp. – several, likely Tule

Black Spreadwing – 4+

Western Pondhawk – a few

Blue Dasher – several

Common Whitetail – 4-5

Eight-spotted Skimmer – 6

Flame Skimmer – 5

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 2+

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1

Black Saddlebags – 1

Common Green Darner – 1

Darner sp. – 2

 

May 22, 2014

Sonoma County

Ken Wilson

Mayacamas Mountains 
Pacific Spiketail 
 

May 21, 2014

Alameda County

Leslie Flint

Sunol Regional Wilderness in. I haven't been there this year so was anxious to see what Odes I might see. Alameda Creek is running pretty well and had a lot of water.

I searched the creek behind the Visitor's Center and upstream from there.

Then hiked to the "swimming hole" (no swimming allowed they say). Dragonflies were few; damsels were many. Temps were in the upper 70s with a slight breeze. This is what I saw:
Flame Skimmer - 1
Cardinal Meadowhawk
- 3
Mosiac-type Darner -
1
Bison Snaketail -
1
Emma's Dancer
- 20+
Vivid Dancer -
hundreds - many in tandem; lots of tenerals
*Sooty Dancer Argia lugens
- 1
Tule/Arroyo Bluet
- 30+
*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis
- 20+ (nice surprise; haven't seen it here before)  [last report 2014]
American Rubyspot
- 20+

 

May 19-24, 2014

Sonoma County

Dave & Kathy Biggs

Bigsnest Pond, Bloomfield Rd, Sebastopol

Black Spreadwing – 3 males at once

Pacific Forktail

Western Forktail

Common Green Darner – a male emerged on 22nd

Blue-eyed Darner

Pacific Spiketail – our foy on the 19th, 2 males on the 24th

Flame Skimmer – 3 males at once, 1 female (wheel & ovipositing)

Blue Dasher– 3 males

Cardinal Meadowhawk – several

 

May 17/18, 2014

Colusa County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb – 17th

Bear Creek @ Hwy 20

*Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica – one exuvia found, FOY

Pacific Clubtail – one landed right next to her

…

Kathy & Dave Biggs – 18th

Bear Creek. 80F, 4-4:30; very windy
No more Cruiser exuvia on the bridge supports (Sandra’s is FOY), BUT, we think we saw 'her' guy cruisin' ...if it was a male's exuvia. Here's what we did see:
teneral damselflies - lots and lots taking maiden flights
Vivid Dancer - a few
Western Forktail - a young orange female seen; a few males seen
Western River Cruiser - 1 male
Flame Skimmer - quite a few but not real high #s yet
note - no darners seen at all!!

 

May 16, 2014

Siskiyou County

Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Shasta River @ Hudson Rd., ~6 miles north of Yreka off the old Highway (27?), We accessed just a ~100 yd stretch of the river from 2:30-4:50; 82F

This site is a ‘life-time experience type of place. Almost magical! While you ode, you listen not only to the gurgle of the river (water a pleasant temperature), but also to Chats and Canyon Wrens and various warblers singing.

You see the most activity if you get into the river and walk about. A net or hiking pole is good for stabilization.

River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis – about 150. Fantastic sight! Males females, courtship, territorial skirmishes, mating, ovipositing inc. some underwater.

American Rubyspot – about a third as any as Jewelwings

Emma’s Dancer – dozens. Most males still blue, not yet violet/lavender

Vivid Dancer – 1-2 up on the road. This is always the case, they are never on the river. They breed in smaller amounts of water

No/Bo Bluets – many; small swarms above the underwater vegetation

Western Forktail – many mature pruinose females, the most we’ve ever seen there in ~15 yrs. of visiting this site. Few males.

California Darner – several, one male in-hand

*Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis – dozens; 8-10 males; one in hand – last report 2014

Pacific Clubtail - several just emerged taking maiden flights, many immatures, some on territory; probably ~15 in all

Sinuous Snaketail – none found

Flame Skimmer – 2 females seen along the road in the rock scarp

Collier’s Rest Stop, 4 miles north of the Hudson Rd. site.5:00-5:30, 82F Accessed from either Hwy. 273 or I-5. If all you want to do is tick off species, this is a good site.
Drive to the very end of the reststop and walk along the river fencing and towards the maintenance area.

We went here because we thought we’d have a chance at seeing Sinuous Snaketails. It took some searching but we did find one.

Vivid Dancer – 1
River Jewelwing - 1
California Darner – a few flying seemed to be this species
Beaverpond Baskettail – a few flying seemed to be this species
Pacific Clubtail - several 
Sinuous Snaketail – one female found in the blackberry brambles
….

Dave Payne

Klamath River, Sarah Totten Campground, sunny mid 80's

Bison Snaketail - just emerged and in process of drying wings.  Got to compare with emerging Sinuous Snaketail and Pacific Clubtail.

Sinuous Snaketail - first flights and tenerals in the willows

Pacific Clubtail - first flights and tenerals hanging in the willows 

*Northern Bluet Enallagma annexum

Vivid Dancer

Western Forktail

Blue eyed Darner

…….

Monterey County

Ken A. Wilson

Mal Paso Canyon in Carmel
Pacific Spiketail – a female photographed
 

May 15, 2014

Siskiyou County

Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
Gumboot Lake (G), Cedar Lake (C) – both high elevation (6100 & 5750) west of Mt. Shasta City 
Larry Wehmeyer Environmental Area (L) - North Shore Rd., Mt. Shasta City
We spent about an hour and a half walking around the Gumboot Lake. The Odes were JUST starting! We saw fewer than half a dozen on the wing, except for tenerals on maiden flights. 
But as we walked around the shoreline, looking into the emergent reeds, there were Damsels by the scores and dragons by the dozen! 
Most of the dragons were 4-spotted Skimmers, but we were excited to find about 8 American Emeralds emerging and watch one take its maiden flight. 
We could see the green metallic shine on the front of the thorax on the emergers, and the white 'waist' line. This turns out to be about 10 days earlier than ever reported before in CA. 
There were also some 12-spotted Skimmers emerging, and they didn't show any color at all on the wings yet, but one or two with wing spots were flying on the lake. 
We didn't hike up to Little Gumboot Lake, as it was getting quite windy. 
No/Bo bluets were emerging in droves, but the wind didn't bode well for them. 
We also saw about a dozen mature Pacific Forktail males. Also seen was a mature Bald Eagle
We then drove in to Cedar Lake, but even at 'only' 5,720' it had even less flying. We did see a Co. Green Darner there. You NEED high clearance and 4w drive to go there. 
Next we decided to try the L.W. Environmental Center pond just north of Lake Siskiyou as it is at such a lower elevation, ~3,000'. 
We added Cardinal Meadowhawk and Black Saddlebags to our day list, which ended at 13 species. We tried for one more low elevation pond, but Hammond Lagoon was dry!!
Western Pondhawk - 1M @ L
*Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella - 6-8 G (emerging)@G, 1-2 @ C - FOY
Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata - MANY emerging @ G, few @ C
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1M @ L
Black Saddlebags - 1M @ L
**American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffii - 6-8 emerging @ G, one took maiden flight. New early date by 10 days, old date 5/25/2009.
Common Green Darner - 1M @ C
California Darner - a few @ G, C & L
Blue-eyed Darner - 1M @ G
Dancer sp. @ L
No/Bo Bluet - hordes of them emerging @ G, some @ C, few @ L
Arroyo/Tule  Bluets - a few @ L
Pacific Forktail - a few males seen G, C & L

Posted our pix on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26704961@N03/sets/72157644736225253/

…

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

Klamath River - high overcast, warm, high 80's to strong afternoon winds

*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis - several males and 1 female along the Klamath River in the vicinity of Ft Goff 

Pacific Clubtail - several emerging, numerous first flights, several "cripple wings"

Sinuous Snaketail - heavy emergence of individuals from Portuguese Creek down to Seattle Creek.

Everything from walking nymph, splitting exuvia, first flights, and "cripple wings".  A very fun day to be on the river.

…….

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson and Nick Lethaby

Near Vandenberg Airforce Base

Exclamation Damsels - several at the same site where Nick first discovered them in 2007.  (this is the most southern site for the species)

Pacific Forktails – including a male-colored female who looked oh-so-much like a female Exclamation Damsel.
 

May 14, 2014

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

Happy Camp - sunny, low to mid 90's

Eight Spot Skimmer - a male came by to check out my backyard pond

 

May 13, 2014

Siskiyou County

Dave & Kathy Biggs
Dragonfly Roost Pond, Echo Way, McCloud
Darner sp. – 1 flyby
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1 m
 

May 12, 2014

Colusa County

Dave & Kathy Biggs
Bear Ck @ Hwy 20 - about 20 mins. at 1:00. It was 85F. The creek was low and slow, and there wasn't much activity:
No/Bo Bluets (many)
CA Dancers (few)
CA Darners 1-2
Blue-eyed Darners 1-2
Co. Green Darners - 1-2
Flame Skimmers - half dozen

.......

Marin County

Leslie Flint and Len Blumin

Lake Lagunitas  - We started just below the dam in the small creek that flows between Lagunitas and Bon Tempe.  

We found a gaggle of Grappletails on the rocks, logs, and on the ground along with Exclamation Damsels!  

The lake was filled with Odes as was Bon Tempe where it seemed there were hundreds/thousands of bluets skimming the water and sitting in groups of 10 on each little emergent grass

Flame Skimmer - 6

Blue Dasher - 6

Western Pondhawk - 10

Common Whitetail - 20+

8-Spotted Skimmer - 50

Beaverpond Baskettail - 8

Blue-eyed Darner - 10 

California Darner - several

Grappletail - 12-14

Vivid Dancer - too many to count

Tule Bluet - hundreds/thousands (Bon Tempe was coated with them)

Exclamation Damsel - 20

Pacific Forktail – 4

…….

Inyo County

Ron &/or Barbara Oriti

COSA Ponds  - 'California Open Space Area.'     These are new ponds, just a couple years old, on Paiute land right  behind the BLM building on West Line Street.  

Eight-spotted Skimmer  

 

May 11, 2014

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve, Elev. -100’; 7:00-10:25, 61-71F, cloudless, fresh breeze NW with gusts to 30mph,much dust in the air.

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii 1

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  2

Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 2

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis  10

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea 1

*Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 1

Red Saddlebags, T. onusta 1

Spot-winged Glider, Pantala hymenaea 4

Note: High winds kept the odes in the sheltered areas, not a good day for odes.

…….

Sonoma County

Dave & Kathy Biggs

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond – Mother’s Day delight!!

Pacific Forktail - many

Western Forktail - many

Desert Firetail – 2 males, the first time we’ve ever had 2!!

Blue-­eyed Darner

8-spotted Skimmer – a pair went into wheel and then he guarded while she oviposited

Flame Skimmer – 2 or more males

Blue Dasher – 3 males

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 3 or more males, a few females and ovipositing

…….

Shasta County

Ken A. Wilson

McCloud Bridge on Gilman Rd

Grappletail -  the first I've ever seen, a young male

 
May 10, 2014
San Mateo County
Leslie Flint, Liam O'Brien and Amber Hasselbring 
Edgewood Park 
Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis
…….
Shasta County
Ken Wilson
Volante Park in Anderson
*Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes – young female photographed
 
May 9, 2014
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

At the Agilent Technologies site in Santa Rosa

Vivid Dancer – many

Beaverpond Baskettail – 1

Flame Skimmer – 1

*Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis – 1, first of year

Western Pondhawk – 1

Darner sp. – 1

 
May 8, 2014
Sonoma County
David & Sunshine Beilling
Russian River below Forestville at Steelhead Beach 
*Emma’s Dancer Argia emma – a few dozen alighting on the sandy trail, a female photographed [new early date for Sonoa Co]

 

May 5, 2014
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Pupfish Pond, Fish Slough
Mosaic Darners -  a couple
Western Pondhawks
*Hoary Skimmers Libellula nodisticta 
Flame Skimmers 
Four-spotted Skimmer
*Desert Whitetails Plathemis subornata

 

May 4, 2014

Sacramento County

Tim Manolis

His Sacramento home
*Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa
Flame Skimmers 
Blue-eyed Darners
…….
Monterey County
Steve Rovell
San Lorenzo Creek in eastern Monterey County (east of King City).
Giant Darner 
 
May 3, 2014

Alameda County

Michael Dodder +MO

Sunol Regional Wilderness - Photos of some supplied by Brooke Brooke A. Miller: http://idbirds.smugmug.com/Trips/2014-Outings/20140503

California Darner

Flame Skimmer

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Western Pondhawk

Pacific Clubtail

Vivid Dancer

…….
Monterey/San Benito County border  

Steve Rovell

San Lorenzo Creek bridge

Giant Darner – 1

…….

Placer County

Kevin McKereghan

small orchard in the backyard of a home in semi-rural Auburn where we attended a wedding

**Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceous – male – the only Dragonfly seen at the location. an early flight time, by over a month, old date 6/20/1996.

 

May 2, 2014
Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Korbel Ponds

*Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas – many, just emerging
 
May 1, 2014
Alameda County

Ken A. Wilson

Sunol Regional Wilderness 
*Bison Snaketail Ophiogomphus bison 
Pacific Clubtail
…….
Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Santa Ynez River 
Lavender Dancer - 3
Vivid Dancers - c 100
California Dancers - c 50 
Western Forktail  - a mature female; new for this site
Flame Skimmers
Goleta
Roseate Skimmer - still there!

…….

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

Morgan Point (4 miles east of Happy Camp) - sunny, mid-80's

Sinuous Snaketail,  this was a recently emerged dragon that had not yet taken a first flight.  My FOY.

 
April

 

 

April 30, 2014
Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol – 10 species – a new ‘high count’ for the pond!!

*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus – a male and a female, seen separately
Pacific Forktail - many
Western Forktail – many, many emerging, one teneral taken down by a Water Strider!!
Desert Firetail – 1 male – only the 2nd time in 16 yrs to have one on the pond, that we know of anyway!
Exclamation Damsel - a few
Blue-eyed Darner- 1 male, plus several new exuviae that are probably this species
Western Pondhawk – 1 immature or female fly by
8-spotted Skimmer – 1 male fly by
Flame Skimmer – 2 males
Cardinal Meadowhawk – at least 5 pairs plus 2 males at one point!!
Plus several species of butterflies and flowers in bloom – put an ablum up on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26704961@N03/sets/72157644443368592/

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Marilyn Craven

Lake Nagasawa in Santa Rosa

Blue Dasher:  20

Pondhawk:  3

Cardinal Meadowhawk:    12

8-Spot:           6

Flame Skimmer:  8

Whitetail:   3

Didn't see any darners

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San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

Alpine Pond

Blue-eyed Darner - 1-2

California Darner - 3-4

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 5

Pacific Forktail - hundreds

Bluet sp.  Never could get a good look at one

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Santa Cruz County

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve - Santa Cruz County section - numbers were probably higher as there were odes flying over Moon Pond but I couldn't get close enough to ID

Blue-eyed Darner – 1- 2

California Darner - 3-5 including a pair in wheel

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 3

Common Whitetail -

Vivid Dancer - 4

Pacific Forktail - dozens

Western Forktail - 20+

*Swift Forktail Ischnura erratica – female photographed [last report 2014]

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San Francisco County

Paul Saraceni 

atop Battery Godfrey (a historic artillery battery in the Presidio just south of the Golden Gate Bridge overlooking the Golden Gate Channel) during a significant movement of western migrants (birds)

Red Rock Skimmer - at least 1 male repeatedly flying low over the battery walls between 8:30/9:30 AM during warm, easterly winds.

California Darner - 1

 

April 29/30

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

I had a remarkable couple of visits to the Goleta, CA ranch pond where I am a lunchtime fixture.

Yesterday I took photos of what I presumed to be a very blue bluet--I have never seen CA/Aztec Dancers here, so was just going on what I expected.

So it was a surprise to check out my photos and see what appears to be an Aztec Dancer, which now is confirmed, and is a new county (Santa Barbara) record.

Jim Johnson thinks it's good for Aztec: S2 spot, brownish upper veins on the wings.

Today I went back in the hope of netting one, but I was stopped in my tracks when a pink dragon flew by. Roseate Skimmer! This was one I had only dreamed of seeing locally.

*Aztec Dancer Argia nahuana – male photographed: OC #  421973, CA Chart # 120 (April 30)

Roseate Skimmer  Orthemis ferruginea – male photographed: OC # 421974   tbd, CA Chart # 120120 (April 29)

 

April 28, 2014
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb 
Sonoma Horticultural Gardens, Sebastopol 
Today was what winter dreams are made up of - longing for this....over 200 Exclamation Damsels counted; I'm certain there were more! 
And such a lovely place. Everything was in bloom and the birds were singing....it was like being in heaven!!
In 16 years of visiting this garden, this was the FIRST time we've ever found the Exclamation Damsels breeding in the pond on the south side of the gardens
 ....normally they were just in and about the mud-banked creek and the “Yellow Garden” on the north side.
I've had them breed in my own pond, but I thought it was acceptable because I had recirculating water.
I put up an album of photos - http://jalbum.net/en/browse/user/album/1494632
And you can learn more about the gardens - http://sonomahort.com/
I think if you live anywhere in northern CA, a visit would be worthwhile....and we're only 2 miles away!!
Exclamation Damsel - over 200 counted
California Darner - 1 (only -we usually see more)
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1 pair + 1 lone male
No other Odes seen there today, but in other years we've had a few more species.
It was special to then come home and find our first of year Flame Skimmer waiting to greet us!!
Bigsnest Pond, Sebastopol:
Pacific Forktail
Western Forktail
Exclamation Damsel
California Darner
Flame Skimmer – our foy
Cardinal Meadowhawk 
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Santa Clara County

Leslie Flint

Ogier Ponds -  The temperature was 70-75 deg. and the winds were strong.  The numbers of odes were low but obviously the species count was high.  

I started early looking for Exclamation Damsel - I found some rushes out of the wind with some sun, and there they were!  Very happy to have found them.  

They and Blue Dasher, Cardinal Meadowhawk and 8-Spotted Skimmer were first-of-season for me. 

8-Spotted Skimmer - 2

Common Whitetail - 1

Flame Skimmer - 4

Blue Dasher - 4 (one male)

Variegated Meadowhawk - 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1

Beaverpond Baskettail - 1

Blue-eyed Darner - 3-5

Common Green Darner - 1

Pacific Clubtail -2

Northern/Boreal Bluet - 4-6

Vivid Dancer - 10-15

California/Aztec Dancer  - 2

Exclamation Damsel - 10

Pacific Forktail - 10-12

 

April 28, 2014

Napa County

Ken A. Wilson

Aetna Springs Lane

*Red-veined Meadowhawk (Sympetrum madidum)

 

April 26, 2014
Marin County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb & M.O.
The dragonfly field trip for Pt Reyes Birding and Nature Festival (location five brooks pond) went well considering less than ideal weather conditions. It was partly cloudy with bouts of wind. 
Pacific Forktails- 100's
Boreal Bluet- 1 in hand , handful that looked like Boreal/Northern-
Western Forktail – Possibly this species
California Darner (1 female in hand, several males in flight- looked more consistent with California than blue-eyed but didn't get good looks)
Western Pondhawk Many teneral/immature (only green one's seen, none that had pruinosity)
Blue Dashers several (all very teneral--ie: emerged today)
Several exuvia (most looked like Sympetrum, although none were seen flying-- and a single Darner type).
Of note- not a single Beaverpond Baskettail nor Arroyo bluet, nor Meadowhawk was observed.

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Santa Cruz County

Scot Peden

Waddell Creek in Rancho Del Oso

Vivid Dancers

Bluets

Swift Forktails

California Darner

 
April 24, 2014
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Pupfish Pond, Fish Slough
California Darner Rhionaeschna californica  - photo record; OC# 421999, CA Chart # 100
*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata 
 
April 23, 2014
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosas
Pacific Forktail – many
Vivid Dancer – 1
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis – 5-6
Flame Skimmer – 3
Blue Dasher – 1[new early date for Sonoma County]
Western Pondhawk – 3
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 2
California Darner – 1
Darner sp. – 2
Beaverpond Baskettail – 3

 

April 22, 2014

Santa Cruz County

Scot Peden

Norris Pond in SW Bonny Doon I as well as 
Pacific Forktails - 2 mating, at least 15 more males (no other females except in a wheel)  
*Desert Firetails Telebasis salva – three 

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Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

I walked coast-side on the Hammond Trail between the airport and Clam Beach 
California Darner - a single patrolling the flooded creek area by the Clam Beach southern parking lot 
spot-winged glider - 1 patrolling the trail. 
It was quite the comical image for those that saw me chasing the glider to get a better look with two leashed dogs in tow.... comical for them anyways!
 

April 21, 2014

Santa Clara County

Ken A. Wilson

Ogier Ponds near Morgan Hill

Beaverpond Baskettails - 2

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Leslie Flint

Ogier Ponds - same site, different time
Tule/Arroyo Bluet
- 2
Pacific Forktail
- 1
*California Dancer Argia agrioides
- 1
Variegated Meadowhawk
- 2
Flame Skimmer
- 2
Common Whitetail
- 2
Common Green Darner
- 1
Blue-eyed Darner
-1
Beaverpond Baskettail
- 2
Pacific Clubtail
- at least 8, maybe more - all on the ground

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Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Santa Ynez River, and a pond in Goleta at lunch time

At the river I saw at least three Giant Darners, and an interesting, which I presume is a *Lavender Dancer Argia hinei.

At the pond I saw my FOS Blue Dasher and a, which I presume is a mature male Variegated Meadowhawk.

 

April 19/20, 2014

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Bigsnest Wildlife pond, Sebastopol

Pacific Forktail

Western Forktail

Exclamation Damsel

California Darner

Cardinal Meadowhawk

All these species were seen ovipositing except the Exclamation Damsels, it was their first appearance at the pond this year.

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Imperial County

Bob Miller

SE Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley 
Blue Dasher - numerous teneral, Saturday, in the salt flat vegetation near the mouth of the Alamo River and one teneral that had just come out Sunday morning at the Alamo River Wetlands project east of Brawley. 
Desert Forktail - were also on the salt flats near the Alamo River delta. 
Red Saddlebags - single individual were seen in scattered locations.

 

April 19, 2014

Imperial County

Jay Keller and BJ Stacey - https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/sets/72157644248209983/
Salton Sea at intersection of Garst & Hatfield
Spot-winged Gliders (1-2)
Wandering Gliders (1-2)
Variegated Meadowhawk
One distant fly-by all-black non-Black Saddlebags
IID Wetlands near Niland
Blue-ringed Dancers (a few)
New River Wetlands
Familiar Bluets (many)
Western Pondhawk (one recent emergent)
Blue Dashers (several)
*Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa (a few)
Rambur’s Forktails (several)
Red Saddlebags (1-2)
Black Saddlebags (one)
Holtville Hot Springs
Common Green Darner (one)
*Powdered Dancers Argia moesta (several)
Blue Dashers (2-3)
Blue-ringed Dancers (several)
Sunbeam Lake (Seeley)
*Double-striped Bluet Enallagma basidens (4-5) [last report 2014]
Familiar Bluets (many)
Rambur’s Forktails (several)
Blue Dashers (3-5)
Mexican Amberwings (a couple)
Yuha Cutoff
Powdered Dancers (many)
Blue-ringed Dancers (a couple)
American Rubyspots (5-6) (first SoCal date)
Unidentified Dancer
Unidentified Bluet

 

April 18, 2014

San Joaquin County

Matthew Dodder

Lodi Lake

Exclamation Damsel (mating)

Flame Skimmer (female)

California Darner

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San Diego County

Jay Keller

Tijuana River Valley

Blue-eyed Darner

 

April 13, 2014

Siskiyou County

Kathy Biggs

Soda Springs/Squaw Creek, McCloud

*Swift Forktail Ischnura erratica – one female, only one, and I walked around the WHOLE wetland!!

 

April 10, 2014

Inyo County

Ron and Barbara Oriti

Death Valley, at the Golf Course pond in Furnace Creek area [~-190’]

We have been so excited about the Roseate Skimmers that we went back… and got more photos. 

Saw no less than 10 again, including young males, older males with the nice purple thorax, and a couple females.  

It is a nice pond, with tules and cattails..........and a muddy bottom, which the guides say is what the Roseates like. 

There is actually an observation deck overlooking the pond, which I think is for bird watching.  You need to get closer to the pond to better observe the dragonflies though.