Keyser Lake, Randolph NY

Calico Pennant MaleDate:  Sunday, June 15, 2008
Time:  2:30pm – 3:30pm
Observers:  Just me
Weather Conditions:  Sunny, warm, very breezy

Species Seen:

  • Common Baskettail
  • Eastern Forktail
  • Sedge Sprite
  • Variable Dancer
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Common Whitetail
  • Frosted Whiteface
  • Prince Baskettail
  • Lancet Clubtail (I think)
  • Calico Pennant
  • Widow Skimmer

Common Baskettail
Baskettails can be tricky to ID.

 Common Baskettail Profile
This is a male.

Common Baskettail - Terminal Appendage
For Baskettails, you must examine the shape of the terminal appendage – from a side view!  This shape matches the picture in the field guide for the Common Baskettail.




Dragon in the GrassComments:
Sure wish those clubtails would let me close enough to catch one and verify the species!


June 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm 3 comments

Audubon – Various Locations

BaskettailDate: May 29, 2008
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Observers: Jennifer Schlick, and many others
Weather Conditions: Warm (60s), sunny

Species Seen:

  • Baskettail
  • Common Green Darner
  • Eastern Forktail
  • A couple of other pond damsels – not sure which kind


Hunting DragonsI’ve been co-leading an afterschool program for 4th graders.  We’ve dipped in the ponds, turned over logs, checked bird boxes…  We’ve been waiting for the weather to be warm enough and sunny enough to hunt dragons.  There were a few flying, and many emerging today.  Before the group arrived, I caught a Baskettail, which I photographed and released.  I might have kept it for an hour, if I had known it would be the only dragon capture we would have all day.  The kids caught plenty of damsels, though.

May 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

Terry’s Backyard, Bemus Point, NY

Dragon 1Date: April 30, 2008
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Observers: Jennifer Schlick, Terry Saye, Mozart
Weather Conditions: Cool (50s), sunny

Species Seen:

  • Beaverpond Baskettail

I’ve been seeing Common Green Darners which I assume are returning migrants, and emerging forktails by the droves near the ponds at Audubon.  This is the first stout-bodied dragon I’ve seen this spring.  It was a teneral, and I didn’t have my books with me…  I forgot to photograph the terminal appendage.  It may be a Common Baskettail.  I don’t really know for sure.  But when I did check my books, it looked like the Beaverpond starts emerging a tiny bit earlier than the Common, so that’s why I picked it.  If it is a Beaverpond Baskettail, the eyes will get blue as the teneral body matures.

Dragon 2

Dragon 3

April 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Audubon Meadowhawks

This isn’t an official survey form… In fact, I’ve turned in all my survey forms for this season. But man-o-man have the meadowhawks been plentiful at Audubon these sunny fall days.  Just thought I’d post this closeup that one of them let me take.

See - We have Antenna

I’ll be back in the spring with more surveys!

October 31, 2007 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

My Backyard, Jamestown NY

Darner 4Date:  September 18, 2007
Time:  4:30 p.m.
Observers:  Jennifer Schlick, Maddie Schlick
Weather Conditions:  Warm, sunny

Species Seen:

  • Shadow Darner

Darner 2Comments:

This dragon was hunting mosquitoes in my backyard, flying back and forth in predictable patterns making it easy to net! After the in-hand photo shoot, it hung out on the bark of the tree for a few more natural shots.

September 18, 2007 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

College Park, Jamestown NY

Shadow Darner Thoracic StripesDate:  August 2, 2007
Time:  5:15 – 6:00
Observers:  Jennifer Schlick, Bob Schlick, Lolli
Weather Conditions:  Very hot, hazy, still

Species Seen:

  • Ebony Jewelwing
  • Shadow Darner
  • Common Whitetail
  • Eastern Pondhawk

Shadow Darner ThoraxComments:
There were at least four of these big darners swooping around near the creek at the park.  The light was perfect to see them snagging smaller insects right out of the air.

August 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Maple West Pond – Audubon – Jamestown, NY

Meadowhawk Sp Eggs Coming from OvipositorDate:  July 30, 2007
Time:  2:15-2:45
Observers:  Jennifer Schlick, John Wilson, Kimberly Green, Robert Lincoln, Kathleen Carolus, Caleb Johnson
Weather:  hot (mid 80s), very light breeze, sunny

Species Seen:

  • Widow Skimmer
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Meadowhawk
  • Eastern Forktail
  • Fragile Forktail
  • Slender Spreadwing
  • Common Whitetail
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Unknown Bluet

Lucy and Ethyl in the Candy FactoryIt was just a day for dragonfly eggs.  After seeing the Pondhawk at Turtle Pond (see previous post), now we saw a Meadowhawk species with eggs.  In this species, the eggs came out in two rows, single, not at all sticky.  The speed and manner that they came out reminded me of Lucy and Ethyl in the candy factory.

July 31, 2007 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

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