California's Year 2012 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 Dragonfly discussion group on Yahoo!
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 2011 records are listed at the bottom of the page)
            OC= Odonata Central:  http:/www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/PageAction.get/name/HomePage%20 - please report new county records here also
 
* = 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,

101 species (out of 114 known species) have been reported to this site as flying in CA in the 2012 season.

22 new California county records &/or upgrades to county records have been reported this year

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

1 new California STATE record has been reported this year (see October 2)

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

If you find such a record, please email it to Kathy Biggs <bigsnest at sonic.net>

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> & to Odonata Central: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/records/US_new_records.asp for verification

 

December

 

December 20, 2012
Imperial County
Bob Miller

I walked 4.5 miles in the Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area on 12-20 and had four

*Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum in the middle of the desert. [last report of 2012]

 

December 14, 2012

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Goleta

Variegated Meadowhawk - one

 

December 9, 2012

Santa Barbara County

Montecito

*Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor - one [last report 2012]

 

December 8, 2012

Marin County
David Mozzoni

Point Reyes - Bear Valley Visitor Center

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - OC#:385496 

December 2- 3, 2012
Sacramento County
Tim Manolis
Sacramento 
*Common Green Darner Anax junius [last report of 2012]
Variegated Meadowhawk
…….
Marin County
Lelie Flint
Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas
I was photographing mushrooms at ACR and saw a darner flitting around the yard.  
I was really surprised given the torrential rain over the weekend and the cool day - low 60s.  
However it looked like a *Common Green Darner Anax junius!  [last report 2012]
 
December 1, 2012

Monterey County

Don Roberson & Rita Carratello 
Carmel River mouth - overcast on arrival but clearing, then sunny & mild, but clouding up again when we left... 
we are between storms in a weekend of stormy weather. When the sun was out it was muggy and warm, and odes were flying:
*Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile - 6 males 1 photo'd. 1 female; photo'd  [last report 2012]
Common Green Darner, 5 
Blue-eyed Darner, 7 
 
November
 

November 28, 2012

Orange County

Doug Willick

*Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata [last report 2012]

 

November 24, 2012

Alameda County
StephanTelm
Livermore
*eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) - buzzing in a vineyard near LLL. [last report 2012 – a whole month late but no documentation]

 

November 22 – Thanksgiving week

Riverside County
Matthew Dodder
During Thanksgiving week, Cricket and I were in Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego Desert. Good numbers of Common Green Darners at Unit One of the Sony Bono Salton Sea Preserve, and in the desert pretty much all we saw were Variegated Meadowhawks.

 

November 26, 2012

Sonoma County

Gloria Conley

Ragle Park

Variegated Meadowhawk - one

 

November 23, 2012

Shasta County

Ray & Mary Bruun

Millville Plains

a pair of dragonflies in wheel -a long ways off, so I can't be certain of species, but I'm guessing Variegated Meadowhawk.  Seems kind of late for this activity, at least this far north.

 

November 22, 2012

Sonoma County

Dave Biggs

Our Sebastopol Pond

*Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa – 1 perched near the pond [last report 2012]

Meadowhawk – 1, probably a Variegated but possibly a Cardinal, emerged from the fist tank where I raise pollywogs outside.

 

November 21, 2012

Sonoma County

Alan WightI

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa

Variegated Meadowhawks – 2

…….

Orange County

Doug Willick

Common Green Darner

 

November 17, 2012

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve, Elev. -100’; 7:40-10:40, 65-75F, cloudless to 10% cumulus, calm to light air.

*American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana  1 [last report 2012]

Blue-ringed Dance, Argia sedula  1

*Vivid Dancer, A. vivida  2 [last report 2012]

*Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii  12 [last report 2012]

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  6

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor  5

Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 5

*Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata  2 [last report 2012]

*Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea  2 [last report 2012]

*Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens  1 [last report 2012]

 

16 November 2012

Sacramento County

Ali Sheehey

Bufferlands NWR

Variegated Meadowhawk

November 14, 2012 
Sonoma County
Alan Wight 
Agilent Technologies site on Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa
Blue-eyed Darner – another late male for Sonoma County.
northern Santa Rosa
Blue-eyed Darner - a perched male; I was able to see the appendages and T-spot quite
well.  A  new late record for Sonoma County. 
 
November 10, 2012 
Monterey County
Don Roberson
Laguna Grande Park, Seaside,
*Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula  [last report 2012]
 
November 4, 2012 
Siskiyou County
Dave Payne
a lonely male Variable/Shadow Darner showed up searching for a female.  Missed her by 24 hours.
 
November 3, 2012 
Siskiyou County
Dave Payne
a female Variable/Shadow Darner was observed ovipositing on moist wood around the edge of the pond.  That same female flew over to my arm and began probing my fleece jacket. 
Does that count as ovipositing? 
She quickly flew off and resumed ovipositing or at least probing moist wood once again.
This occurred during the mid afternoon, when the sun was shining on my pond.
 

November 2, 2012

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Lichau Road @ Copeland Creek, Cotati; temperature only 49F when we first arrived and saw Spreadwings! ]ast report 2012]

*Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis – 4 or more males, 1-2 females, a few seen at 10:45 and more again at 1:30.

As with Alan, some were seen right from the bridge over the creek (1:30). Photos to be posted soon. These were a lifer for Sandra – yay!!

Now she can go look for them in Del Norte County where they would be a record!!

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1 or more, in field west of bridge
Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Lichau Creek (private, need permission to enter)
Great Spreadwing – 1 male
Variegated Meadowhawk – 4 or more, scattered, none on water
 

November 1, 2012

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

San Jose Creek in Goleta.

*Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympterum illotum [last report of 2012]

*Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis [last report of 2012]

Vivid Dancer

 

 
 
October   - NEW STATE RECORD MADE (Oct. 2) - 
 

October 28, 2012

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Lichau Road, Cotati

Great Spreadwing - 2-3 individuals, including a female solo ovipositing into the bark of a young White Alder tree
…….

San Bernadino County

B.J. Stacey

Prado Regional Park

*Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa – photo of a male [last report 2012]

Bluets – in wheel

…….

Riverside  County

Peter Gaede

Blue-ringed Dancers Argia sedula {last report 2012]

 

October 27, 2012

Mono County

Barbara & Ron Oriti
Fish Slough

*Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata [last report 2012]

October 20, 2012

Sonoma County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb
Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma 
Blue-eyed Darners - half dozen flying (def. blue faces)
darner - blue colored 
*Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum – one [last report of 2012]
Variegated Meadowhawk – one

…….

Imperial County

Bob Miller
 ttp://blog.southwestbirders.com/?p=46Alamo River Wetlands Project–Shank Rd; 10:21 AM - 11:40 AM 
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog for Android v1.6 About 90 degrees light breeze. 
Roseate Skimmer
Mexican Amberwings
Variegated Meadowhawk
*Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata [last report 2012]
*Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata [last report 2012]
Blue-eyed Darner
Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile 
Rambur’s Forktail
 
October 18, 2012

Sonoma County

Alan Wight
Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

Variegated Meadowhawk  

*Striped Meadowhawk  Sympetrum pallipes [last report 2012]

…….

Mono County

Barbara & Ron Oriti
Green Creek
*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae [last report 2012]
 

October 16, 2012

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson 
San Jose Creek in Goleta
I hadn't checked the concrete-lined section of creek …. for a couple of weeks, and was surprised to find a lot of action …. The Flame Skimmers and Desert Firetails seem to be gone… 
Common Green Darners
Cardinal Meadowhawks Sympetrum illotum
Vivid Dancers,
Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis
Great Spreadwing – I was pleasantly surprised when an adult (male?) made an appearance. I didn't expect to see one on the coastal plain. I put a photo of it in my folder.

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Marin County

Len Blumin
Ft. Mason Community Garden

Variegated Meadowhawk 

 

October 13, 2012

Humboldt County

Tony WestKamper
Van Duzen River Bar 40d 29' 52.11N X 123d 59' 49.80"W
A heavy mist last night made everything damp and as the day warmed up, muggy.  
Even after noon there was still lots of dew droplets on the spider webs, and the air was heavy and smelled like the San Francisco Flower House.
Common Green Darners (6+)
*California Spreadwings Archililestes californica (3+) [last report 2012]
Variegated Meadowhawks (2+)
The numbers are the ones I could positively ID.  
The + indicates that there were others beyond my range which appeared similar in size, shape, and flight habit and were most likely the mentioned species. 
I watched the Darners take many many small flying termites which are currently on the wing around here.  
A quick change of course and tiny gray wings fluttered delicately to the ground, the only evidence of a violent encounter in the air.

 

October 12, 2012

San Bernardino County

Juddy Canello

North Etiwanda Nature Preserve, San Gabriel Mountains

Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis – male photo CA Chart #127, OC# 385195

 

October 6, 2012

Humboldt County

Tony WestKamper
Van Duzen River within 100 meters of 40d 29'54.25N X 123d 59' 48.80"W
Variegated Meadowhawks 2
California Spreadwings 2
several unidentified species.  Although these were unidentified I can say with assurance I saw no Common Green Darners. 
I did watch one largish mosaic darner which was chased away by a spreadwing which subsequently landed near enough that I could make an identification. 
…….
Marin County

Noah Arthur

Drakes Beach at Outer Point Reyes

RED-VEINED MEADOWHAWK - adult male in the willows

 

October 4, 2012

Modoc County

Kevin McKereghan

Cottonwood Creek, 3 miles (or so) south of New Pine Creek

*Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum - a female photographed, CA Chart #124, OC#  382094 [last repot 2012]
Striped Meadowhawks - many 

*Band-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum semicinctum  - a few [last report 2012]

Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae - at least 1 
Common Green Darners - a few
Aeshna type darners - some, likely Shadow Darners, which were fairly abundant here at Labor Day. 

…….

Orange County

Doug Willick

*Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennis 2 [last report 2012]

 

October 2, 2012

Riverside County

John Green
His Riverside ranch (Black Widow Ranch)
**Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa) – new state record, species #114 CA Chart #123, OC#382034
Although we do have a small pond on our 5.5 acre spread (The Black Widow Ranch), the pondhawk was photographed in our vegetable garden(!). … it was present only that one time 
 
September

 

 

September 28, 2012

Mono County

Barbara & Ron Oriti
Fish Slough
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis 

 

September 23-24, 2012

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol

Variegated Meadowhawk – male

Cardinal Meadowhawk – young male on 24th

Aeshna sp. – males and female

 

September 22, 2012

Santa Cruz County

Scot Peden

Rancho del Oso
#Common Green Darner - scores and scores of them today
#Paddle­-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata – male photographed flying over Waddell Ck. .5 miles from the ocean, CA Chart#113, OC# 382231
….  

David Simson

#Variegated Meadowhawk - male

…….

Marin County

Tania Pollak
a couple ponds around Abbott's Lagoon 
*San Francisco Forktail Ischnura gemina  - these are at small stock ponds and a road side swale -- separate from the core Abbott's Lagoon population, but same part of Pt. Reyes.  [last report 2012]
Am hoping to get up for one more day there to sample some more ponds.  The population at Abbott's Lagoon is strong, as it was last year.  

…….

Monterey County

Don Roberson & Rita Carratello 
Carmel River
#Paddle-tailed Darner A. palmata in flight over small ankle-deep puddles near the mouth of the Carmel River
The only prior location for Monterey County was a small pond at Elkhorn Slough NERR near Moss Landing, from 22-29 Oct 2006 
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/Paddle-tailedDarner.html
 

September 19, 2012

Inyo County

Barbara & Ron Oriti
Owens Dry Lake
*Comanche Skimmer Libellula comanche [last report 2012]
 

September 16, 2012

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Andreas Canyon, Indian Canyons, Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, N33.76046 W-116.54852, Elevation 850’; 8:20 – 11:00, 85-95F, cloudless, calm to light air.

American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana 21

CA/Aztec Dancer, looked like Argia agrioides 1

*Sooty Dancer, Argia lugens 3 [last report 2012]

Vivid Dancer, A. vivida 15

Common Green Darner, Anax junius 1

*White-belted Ringtail, Erpetogomphus compositus 2 [last report 2012]

Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennis 2

Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata 6

*Red Rock Skimmer, Paltothemis lineatipes 9 including ovipositing female. [last report 2012]

*Pale-faced Clubskimmer, Brechmorhoga mendax 5 [last report 2012]

 

September 15, 2012
Siskiyou County
Ray Bruun, Kathy & Dave Biggs
Soda Springs on Squaw Creek, McCloud
Meadowhawk sp - 1-2
Common Green Darner - ~12, all females or young males
Pondosa, Big Bear Flat (far SE edge of county, off Hwy 89) – 12:30-2:30. ~80F
This is a large marshy area fed by springs with a series of permanent ponds with running water between them. Nearby is a seep where Ray has found Petaltails in season.
Vivid Dancer - ~12
No/Bo Bluet - ~6
Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula – 2 m 
*Western Forktail Ischnura perparva – 6, m & f [last report 2012]
Common Green Darner - ~12
Shadow Darner – 2-3, 2 males in hand, photographed
Blue-eyed Darner - ~3
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis – 1-2 
*Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella – 1-2 [last report 2012]
*Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa – 1-3 (difficult to separate from the multitude of black-winged grasshoppers!) [last report 2012]
Blue Dasher/Western Pondhawk – 1
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1 m
Meadowhawk sp (Variegated?) -  `5
Autumn Meadowhawk - 1-4, maybe more. Ray caught one female which we kept as  a voucher since this area is ~100 miles east of the only other Siskiyou County record for this species – near Happy Camp
 
September 14, 2012
Siskiyou County
Ray Bruun, Kathy & Dave Biggs
Fruit Growers pond, Hilt (private property, received permission to enter from Terry Silvestri)
Tule type Bluet - some
Western Forktail – 1 seen by Ray
Common Green Darner – 2-3
Darner sp. – 2-3
Blue-eyed Darner - ~3
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1-2
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 1-2
Flame Skimmer – 1-2
Also seen on the pond, one River Otter photographed
At a nearby spring fed wet ditch – 
Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis- 1 m [last report of 2012]
Shasta Valley Wildlife Management Area (east of Montague) 
B=Bass Pond, Five=stop 5 (recently filled pond), T=Trout Lake (terribly windy by this stop)
Tule Bluet – some
No/Bo Bluet – some
Pacific Forktail – a few (T)
Western Forktail – a few
Common Green Darner 
Blue-eyed Darner - ~3
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1-2
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 1-2
Flame Skimmer – 1-2
Widow Skimmer – 1 m
Striped Meadowhawk - 1-4
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1-4
Band-winged Meadowhawk – 1 m (Five)
Black Saddlebags – 1-2 (B)
 

September 13, 2012

Inyo County

Barbara & Ron Oriti
Owens Dry Lake
*Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata [last report 2012]
 
September 12, 2012
Santa Clara County
Leslie Flint
Monte Bello Pond. noon to 1:00.  Temp around 75 degrees.  
Striped Meadowhawk - 10
California Spreadwing - 12
Common Green Darner - 2-3
It was pretty hot down by the pond, and I didn't have time to check all around the edges; the meadowhawks and the spreadwings were constantly being annoyed by bees.
…….
Siskiyou County
Dave Payne
#Klamath River from Wingate Bar to Independence Bridge.. We were greeted by another small swarm of 
Common Green Darners over the water at Wingate Bar. They showed up as the sun had just started to light up the water.  
Canyon shadows had just receded.  There were about 75 dragons flitting about.  They escorted us downriver to the confluence with Clear Creek. 
After that I did not notice them again. It was calm and just beginning to heat up when we encountered them at about 11 am.
At the end of the day I found an adult Common Green Darner in the parking lot of the market in Happy Camp.  This guy had been beheaded by an auto collision.  It was literally still kicking, and a perfect specimen, but just minus a head. 
…
Kathy & Dave Biggs
McCloud dragonfly Roost backyard pond, 4700’
*Variable Darners Aeshna interrupta - 1-4 or more,  [last report 2012]
 …….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
school field in Goleta
 Common Green Darners apparently ovipositing on a school field. As I mentioned before, there is great stream habitat within a few hundred yards of the site.
There were at least 3 pairs flying around the field. They would land frequently, and I attempted to sneak up on them but could only get within a few feet. 
The female would move her abdomen around just as she would do in water, suggesting that ovipositing was indeed taking place.
I checked out the soil under the grass, and it was slightly damp.
Earlier in the day I visited the nearby San Jose Creek
Common Green Darners were ovipositing in a more traditional fashion. 
However, I did see a lone female land on the concrete bank of the creek, and I took some pictures of her as she seemed to attempt to oviposit in a rough section of the concrete. Hmmm...
This section of the creek--about 30 feet in length, concrete lined, and with a trickle of water running through it-- has held 11 species of odes in the past 10 days: 
Red Rock Skimmer
Flame Skimmer
Black Saddlebags
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Common Green Darner
*Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea [last report 2012]
Vivid Dancer
Black-fronted Forktail
Vivid Dancer
CA/Aztec Dancer
*Desert Firetail Telebasis salva, a few apparently quite uncommon in our neck of the woods. I've included a photo of the firetail in my album on CalOdes. [last report of 2012]
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Mono County
Ron Oriti
Dechambeau Ponds
Black Meadowhawk – photographed
Blue-eyed Darner- photographed
*Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener – photographed [last report 2012]
 
September 9, 2012
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Rattlesnake Canyon
*Great Spreadwings  Archilestes grandis
*Walker's Darners Aeshna walkeri - 5 [last report 2012]
Pacific Spiketail – 1
 
September 7, 2012
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Goleta, a school within a couple of hundred yards of San Jose Creek. 
Common Green Darners flying in tandem and ovipositing in the creek in the past week, but today
Common Green Darners -  flying over the playing field, some of which were in tandem. 
I was surprised to see the pairs frequently landing on the grass, the females apparently egg laying. 
I got close to a few, and the females appeared to be pushing their abdomens into the dirt below the grass.
 
September 6, 2012
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs

Nagasawa Park in northern Santa Rosa. 2:15-3:15, 75-74F
Things were slow there except for the Blue-eyed Darners which seem to be everywhere right now.
Vivid Dancer - 1m
Tule type bluets - 2 dozen
Pacific Forktail -  1m, 1f
Blue-eyed Darner - 1 dozen or more males
Green Darner – 1-2 m
Flame Skimmer - 1-3m
*Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis - a dozen [last verified report 2012]
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1-2
Black Saddlebags - 1-2

Turns out Alan Wight was there just ahead of us. He saw all but the Vivid Dancer (seen away from the water) and added

Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1m
and at our Sebastopol backyard Bigsnest Pond -
Pacific Forktail - 2
Blue-eyed Darner - a few every few mins, don't know whether one came by repeatedly or what...
Flame Skimmer - 1m for a few seconds
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1m for a few seconds

 

September 4, 2012

Yolo  County

Stephan Telm

North Davis Pond: 1600, 99F, sunny with a slight NW breeze

Tule bluets: many (several dozen)

Familiar bluets: argia emma – many [last report 2012]

*Emma's dancer : many

Pacific forktails; several

Flame skimmer: 1

Widow skimmer: over a dozen (one female was seen eating a damselfly)

Blue dashers: about a dozen males (decreasing from earlier in the year) and my first female sighting

Common green darners: over a dozen One landed for a picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36618387@N06/7935059392/


September 3, 2012

San Bernardino County

Jan Hintermerster

ODD BEHAVIOR: I visited Blair Ranch in preparation for a hike that I will lead with Karen DeMello on Sunday. 

Blair Ranch is a not-yet-open-to-the-public property adjoining Rancho Canada del Oro off McKean Road between Morgan Hill and San Jose. The destination point of the hike is a stock pond.  

Part of the pond  has been trampled by cows and has somewhat dried out. 

The cow hooves have left deep circular depressions, maybe eight or so inches deep and several inches across. 

As I walked through this area, I saw a female mosaic darner fly out of one of the pits.  This surprised me a bit, but a few seconds later,

I saw a female mosaic darner fly into one of the pits (sorry, I did not attempt to id),  When I peered inside I could see the darner on the wall in the shadows ovipositing into the damp sides of the pit. 

These pits are a few feet from vegetation and open water and although the surface is dry enough to walk on, the sides of the pits are damp. 

I did not realize that darners would oviposit in soil.  Is this a common practice?  

 

September 2, 2012

San Bernardino County

Peter Siminski

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Elev. 2500’; 7:20-9:30, 57-82F, 25% cumulus, gentle breeze.

Vivid Dancer, Argia vivida >25

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor 6

Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennis 1

Shasta County
Ray Bruun. 
Lake McCumber

Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum) - Female

…….
Siskiyou County
Bob Claypole
Klamath River on the Klamath River
Pacific Spiketail – female ovipositing in backyard under a sprinkler!

…….

Modoc County

Steve Rottenborn
North Emerson Lake, southwest of Eagleville in the South Warner Mountains; at an elevation of approximately 7750 ft,
this site is pushing the known elevation limits in the state for Spotted Spreadwing and Saffron-winged Meadowhawk, according to Manolis’ Dragonflies and Damselflies of California. 
I think ode numbers were low due to the late date at this elevation; this would be an interesting spot to check earlier in the season:
Bluet sp. – 1
Spotted Spreadwing – 4 (including one tandem pair)
Variable Darner – 10
Common Green Darner – 2
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1
*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum – 2 – last report 2012
Striped Meadowhawk – 3 (including a female ovipositing in sedges above the current waterline)
Stough Reservoir, north side of Highway 299 at Cedar Pass:
Northern/Boreal Bluet – 5
50+ darners (Variable > Paddle-tailed > Shadow)
…….
Sonoma County
Leslie Flint
Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood, which leads to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park  4:00
a swarm of Odes just off the deck - flew like gliders - that jerky flight... no binoculars, - wandering or spot-winged, but there were at least 50 
…….
Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Benton Crossing
**Great Basin Snaketail Ophiogomphus morrisoni – a few -  last report 2012 & New Late date, old date 8/24/2001
 
September 1, 2012
Shasta County
Ray Bruun

Old Cow Creek Meadow

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Female

…….

Humboldt County
Tony WestKamper
Common Green Darner...too many to count
Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica – last report 2012
*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis (1) [last report 2012]
Widow Skimmer 1 male, two females (Photo posted)
American Rubyspot 1 male
Sooty Dancer several individuals inc. a blue-form female one pair mating

…….

Peter Siminski

Thousand Palms Oasis, Coachella Valley Preserve; Wilhelm and McCallum groves and ponds; Elev. 560’, 7:30-9:45, 80-95F, cloudless, light breeze NW.

CA/Aztec Dancer, Argia sp.  1

Vivid Dancer, A. vivida >25

*Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 4 [last report 2012]

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii 10

Common Green Darner, Anax junius 8 including one pair in tandem.

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor 3 including one pair in wheel.

Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata 1

Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 7

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis 5

Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 6

Flame Skimmer, L. saturata 4

*Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 1 [last report 2012]

Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 4

Spot-winged Glider, Pantala hymenaea 1

…….

Modoc County

Steve Rottenborn
Three Springs Ranch, along CR 48 on the southwest side of Goose Lake:
Northern/Boreal Bluet – 1
Western Forktail –
a few
Variable Darner –
15
Common Green Darner
– hundreds slowly flying southward along the edge of Goose Lake in late afternoon; they were flying slowly as though foraging, and flying into the southerly wind, but they were all moving in the same direction as though migrating
Blue-eyed Darner – 1
Eight-spotted Skimmer –
1
*Hoary Skimmer Libellula nodisticta –
3 (last report 2012)
Black Meadowhawk
– 1 male
Band-winged Meadowhawk
– a few
Householder Reservoir, Forest Service Road 47N37, north of CR 73/181, northeastern Modoc Plateau:
Common Green Darner – 5
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
– 15 (some tandems, some ovipositing in shallow water)
Band-winged Meadowhawk
– 3
Striped Meadowhawk
– 20 (including tandems)
Green Spring Reservoir, south of CR 73/181, northeastern Modoc Plateau:
Spotted Spreadwing – 1
Bluet sp.
– a few
Variable Darner
– 20
Common Green Darner
– 20
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
– 4
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
– 40 (some tandems, some ovipositing in shallow water; included 2 tenerals that probably emerged that day,the only tenerals of any species I saw during the trip)
Striped Meadowhawk
– 15
Small pond on north side of CR 73/181 at milepost 7.00, northeastern Modoc Plateau:
*Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus – 1 (last report 2012)
Variable Darner – 10
Common Green Darner
– 20
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
– 2
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
– 1
Striped Meadowhawk
– 15
Willow Creek and associated pond at about milepost 0.6 along CR 73/181, southeast of Crowder Flat, northeastern Modoc Plateau:
Bluet sp. – a few
Western Forktail –
a few
Variable Darner –
a few
Paddle-tailed Darner
– 5+
Shadow Darner –
15+
Twelve-spotted Skimmer –
1
Striped Meadowhawk
– hundreds

 
August
 
August 31, 2012
Modoc County

Steve Rottenborn
County Road (CR) 38 east of Eagleville, Surprise Valley:
Spotted Spreadwing – 1
Band-winged Meadowhawk – a few
Striped Meadowhawk – hundreds
CR 1 just north of the Modoc/Lassen County line, southern Surprise Valley:
Common Green Darner – 10
Blue-eyed Darner – 3
Western Pondhawk – 2
Flame Skimmer – 2
Band-winged Meadowhawk – 8
Black Saddlebags – 1
Applegate Hot Springs, along CR 15B northeast of Cedarville, Surprise Valley:
Black-fronted Forktail –25
Western Forktail
– 25
Tule Bluet
– 2
Common Green Darner
– 1
Western Pondhawk –
50
Comanche Skimmer
– 20
*Bleached Skimmer Libellula composita – 4 (2 males, 2 females, one ovipositing); (last report of 2012)for what it’s worth, these 4 were all in shallow-water areas with relatively short-grazed vegetation

where the water spread out into the meadow, whereas the Comanche Skimmers and Western Pondhawks were concentrated more along the defined channel with

deeper water and taller emergent vegetation upstream from where the Bleached Skimmers were
Flame Skimmer – 1
Variegated Meadowhawk
– 2
Band-winged Meadowhawk
– 6
Lake Annie, northeast of Ft. Bidwell, northern Surprise Valley:
Paddle-tailed Darner – 2
Tule Bluet
– hundreds
Pond on SW side of CR 9 just west of CR 1, in North Warner Mountains SW of Ft. Bidwell:
Northern Spreadwing – 1
Western Forktail
– many

Variable Darner – 40
Common Green Darner
– 10
Blue-eyed Darner
– 5
*Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia
– 3 [last report 2012]
Striped Meadowhawk
– 8

…….

San Luis Obispo County

Peter Gaede

private home, 35.3795°, -120.0652°, Elev. 2036 feet

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata – 1 male, CA Chart #112, OC# 382215

 

August 29, 2012

Mono County

Ron Oriti

Dechambeau Ponds

Black Meadowhawks - some photographed.       

…….
Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder

The two ponds along East Bayshore Road in Palo

Common Green Darner (many, including several in tandem, and ovipositing. I saw a pair perched up close)

Blue-eyed Darner (fewer than I has seen on previous visits, but still second only in abundance to CGDarner)

Variegated Meadowhawk (maybe 6, incluidng two pairs coupled and ovipositing)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (only one male staked out at a tiny puddle behind the utility buildings)

August 28, 2012
Siskiyou County
David Payne
Klamath River - floated from Wingate Bar to Ferry Point on the Klamath River. 
#We put-in around 1000 hrs on a smokeless morning.  
Upon immediately hitting the water I noticed we were in the company of a moderate size swarm of Common Green Darners.  
There were over one hundred dragons flitting about over the river, as they were backlighted by the morning sun. 
Most seemed to be heading downriver or at least congregating in the area of Wingate Bar. 
We floated a short distance and stopped.  The breeze had picked up and I quickly lost track of the dragons. 
At the end of day I noticed one lone Common Green Darner at Ferry Point, some six miles downriver. The winds had picked up and were strong and steady upriver all afternoon.
Not sure where the green darner swarm ended up, but they were fun to float through when we started out. I had the sence that they were on the move to somewhere. 
These are among the first common green darners I I have noticed along the river and by far the most concentrated group. Many looked fresh and only a few had blue abdomens.
…….
San Diego County
Jamie Simmons
Elfin Forest, Escondido Creek
Red Rock Skimmer - 1 male (photos)
American Rubyspot - 3 (2 males photographed)
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 2 (marginal photos of one in flight) 
Flame Skimmer - 1
California Spreadwing - 1 (photo)
Vivid Dancer - 1 female with deformed wings? (photos)
Bluet spp. (photo as yet unidentified; may remain as such)

 

August 27, 2012

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Benton ( private 1,000 acre ranch owned by the Eastern Sierra Land Trust,  with meadows, small springs/creeks, and two large ponds.  We do an ode survey here for ESLT twice a year).

*Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum  --  2  - last report of 2012

 
August 26, 2012
Humboldt County
Tony WestKamper
Van Duzen River – I waded a couple of miles up stream from my usual haunt.
Common Green Darners (Many)
Western River Cruiser (several)
*Bison Snaketail Ophiogomphus bison (several) [lst report 2012]
Clubtail - 1 Unidentified (photo posted in my photos) Note abdomen 9/10 all black, thorax mostly dark.
Sooty Dancers (many)
American Rubyspot (several)
Damselfly -1 Unidentified (note short abdomen)
 
August 25, 2012
Santa Barbara County
Peter Gaede and Hugh Ranson 
Santa Ynez River along Paradise Road between the Lower Oso Picnic Area and Red Rock Trailhead (0945-1430). 
Familiar Bluet - 1.
Northern/Boreal Bluet - 2.
bluet sp. - 6.
*California Dancer Argia agriodies - 3 (one examined in hand). [last report 2012]
Sooty Dancer - 13.
Vivid Dancer - 3.
*Giant Darner Anax walsinghami- 1. Seen flying at the stream crossing below the Red Rock Trailhead parking area. Last report 2012
Common Green Darner - 8.

Blue-eyed Darner - 2.

Gray Sanddragon - 2. Found at one of the three location -- the Red Rock stream crossing.
*Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis - 3. Best spot for viewing/photographing was the stream crossing just above the Falls Picnic Area. [last report 2012]
Flame Skimmer - 22.
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 1. Seen flying along the stream below the Lower Oso Picnic Area.

Red Rock Skimmer - 12.

…….

Sacramento County

Ethan Winning

Sacramento

common green darner – a teneral female perched on the side of the house

August 23, 2012

Santa Clara County
Ken A. Wilson
CHRP, Fremont
Blue-eyed Darner (photo in flight: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/7849006206/in/photostream)
 

August 22, 2012

Alpine County

Leslie Flint

Near Blue Lakes Road

White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum- (ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/7849006206/in/photostream) [last report 2012]

 

August 21, 2012

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Big Pine area

**Desert Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis deserticola – 1  - last report 2012
 
August 20, 2012
Madera County
Steve Summers
Jackass Meadow boardwalk area, Sierra N.F., off Beasore Rd.
Striped Meadowhawk - several

…….

Mono County

Leslie Flint

Whitmore Hot Springs

Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata - - (photo obtained) [last report 2012]

 
August 19, 2012
MonoCounty
Leslie Flint 

deChambeau ponds

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk

…

Tuolumne County

Siesta Lake near White Wolf in Yosemite

*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum

 
August 18, 2012
San Francisco County
Don Roberson
Ft. Point - 5 p.m.  
SF Forktails - at least 4 male (got nice photos without disturbing them at all)
Western Forktail -a male, and a couple females not yet sorted
…….
Humboldt County
Tony Kurz
Onion Lake
Shadow Darner 
Paddle-tailed Darner 
 
August 15, 2012
Siskiyou County
Bob Claypole
Fire Lookout atop Mt Bolivar above the Scott Valley and the  tiny town of Callahan
Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens - sight record, CA Chart #33 - he had 3 flying around the lookout, instead of having only Pantala sp., we can now upgrade it to species
……..
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Lake Ralphine
Tule/Arroyo type Bluet – some
*Arroyo Bluet Argia praevarum – 1 seen well this species, but historically Tules outnumber Arroyos at this site [last report 2012]
Blue-eyed Darner – several males 
Darner sp. (non-Rhionaeschna type) – several, probably Shadow Darners
Eight-spotted Skimmer – a few
Widow Skimmer - many
Flame Skimmer – many
Common Whitetail – a few
Blue Dasher – 1 female, possibly some males
Western Pondhawk - many
Variegated Meadowhawk – 2 males
Blue-eyed Darner
Variegated Meadowhawk
…….
Los Angeles County
Ron and Barbara Oriti’s daughter Debbie 
Los Angeles Arboretum
Mexican Amberwings - a couple of them
 
August 12-14, 2012
Del Norte Los Angeles County

Stephan and Justin Telm

Family vacation:

Darlingtonia Bog off Hwy 199 near Gasquet (104F, sunny):

Vivid dancer

Western forktails Ischnura perparva – a female photographed for upgrade of Blitz’s Sight only record, CA Chart # 115, OC #381259

Emma's Dancers  

Snaketail sp. -- looked like bison or sinuous

Middle fork of the Smith River about 4mi west of Gasquet (91F, sunny)

Sooty dancers (three or four)

Bison snaketail (1) while I was swimming in the Smith River (of course) -- no pics

For vacation pics, including a few odes see:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36618387@N06/sets/72157631133919074/ 

 
August 13, 2012
Sonoma Los Angeles County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol
Flame Skimmer – 1 male
Cardinal Meadowhawk – 2 males
Blue-eyed Darner – males and females
…….
Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder

Matadero Creek along East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto

Blue-eyed Darner (first time I'd seen one perch! Also copulation wheel, ovipositing)

Common Green Darner (in-tandem ovipositing)

Variegated Meadowhawk (very quarrelsome today, chasing Common Green Darner away)

Tule Bluet

…….
Humboldt Los Angeles County

Tony Kurz

Myer's Flat along Eel River

Gray Sanddragon

Pale-faced Clubskimmer

 

August 12-14, 2012

Humboldt Los Angeles County

Stephan and Justin Telm

Family vacation:

12th -  1 Black saddlebags at Dry Lagoon (high 50s & foggy) -- no pics

13th -  Black saddlebags at Moonstone Beach (high 50s & foggy) -- no pics

14th - Several Mosaic darners (Species not ID) cruising high at campground b/w Prairie Creek and Lost Man Creek exits (70s)

 
August 12, 2012
Humboldt Los Angeles County
Sandra Hunt-van Arb & husband Mitch
Christmas Prairie Lake (just south of hwy 299 as the crow flies); 80's (noon-3pm). 
Thirteen species were found- not bad at all for a remote lake at ~2300' 
The lake is probably just over 5 acres in size surrounded by sedge meadow/bog and 
praries as well as forest. 
The lake is on private timberland behind a couple locked gates.
Paddle-tailed Darner*- Many- mostly patrolling lake edge-one in wheel-Had three 
in hand to verify species- the only darner species found.
Common Whitetail- Many along the lake edge
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - Many along the lake edge
*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata - Few along lake edge and prairie [last report 2012]
Flame Skimmer-two perched on vegetation at the edge of the lake
Striped Meadowhawk*- many-likely into 100's- mostly in prairie or tall grass 
along the road and in lower branches of trees- Many in wheel
Cardinal Meadowhawk - few- along the shore
Blue Dasher_- few- along shore in one small area-only observed males
*Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis*- several in sedges along the lake (lower elevation than 
mentioned in Tim Manolis' California book as well as Kerst & Gordon's Oregon book) Last report 2012
Black Saddlebags - one female- flying high and then cruising along north end of lake
Northern Spreadwing* - hundreds- possibly into 1000s. 100's in wheel or tandem. 
Could constantly hear the wings in the sedges when they were ovipositing. All 
along shore in sedges and nearby prairie.
Tule Bluet*- 5-6
Western Forktail- Many - lakeshore vegetation
Pacific Forktail- 1 female - lakeshore vegetation

in hand)

…

Tony Kurz

while kayaking the Eel River 
Bluet sp.
Emma's Dancer
Sooty Dancer
American Rubyspot
Darner Sp.
Western River Cruiser
Bison Snaketail
Gray Sanddragon* quite a few -  started near Hidden Springs campground on the gravel bar and all through Myer's Flat area
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Flame Skimmer
Pale-faced Clubskimmer* many - They were actually one of the most abundant dragonflies.

…

Tony Westcamper

Van Duzen River

California Dancer (Argia agrioides)(First I've seen here)
Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) (2)
Western River Cruiser Wheel (Macromia magnifica) Several 

…….

Santa Clara County

Matthew & Cricket Dodder

Sandy Wool Lake, and Spring Lake at Ed Levin Park in Milpitas, very hot and windless

Blue-eyed Darner

Black Saddlebags

Blue Dasher

Variegated Meadowhawk

Tule Bluet

SPRING LAKE:

Blue-eyed Darner

Black Saddlebags

Variegated Meadowhawk

Tule Bluet (copulation wheel)

Vivid Dancer (very pleased when we were able to see the arrowheads along the abdomen…)

 
August 11, 2012
Marin Los Angeles County

Kathy & Dave Biggs +MO

Five Brooks, Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Flame Skimmer

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Striped Meadowhawk

Blue Dasher

Western Pondhawk

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Black Saddlebags

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Pacific Spiketail

Northern or Boreal Bluet
Western Forktail

…….

Trinity County

Tony Kurz

Mad River near Ruth Lake Dam

Blue-eyed Darners

 
August 10, 2012
Santa Barbara County
Peter Gaede and Nick Lethaby
Cuyama Valley

Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener – 6,  male photograph, CA Chart #112. OC # 378608

Black-fronted Forktails 
Pacific Forktails
Widow Skimmer - one 
Common Whitetail – one

…….

San Luis Obispo County
Twitchell Reservoir

Desert Forktail Ischnura barberi – male photograph, CA Chart #112. OC # 378609

 
August 9, 2012
Humboldt Los Angeles County
Tony Kurz
Eel River down in Humboldt Redwoods State Park - William's Grove north of Myer's Flat along the Eel.  mid 70's with a wind speed of 1-4 mph I 
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 2 males patrolling over the river in their small territories chasing away any dragonfly that flew into its territory; also a single female that flew in to lay eggs dipping her abdomen in the river.
Pacific Spiketail
Bison Snaketail LOTS!
Darner sp.
American Rubyspot
Emma's Dancer
…….
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti 
Owens River at Benton Crossing 
Saffron-winged Meadowhawks 
 
August 8, 2012
Marin County

Len Blumin

Bolinas Lagoon is tidal (i.e. not really a "lagoon"), so no odes in it, but a few nearby ponds can be productive.

At the north end of the lagoon there is a poorly marked intersection where the Bolinas-Fairfax road enters from the right.

Drive in 120 yards to view a pond on your right.

I watched 2-3 male Twelve-spotted Skimmers in a "king-of-the-pond" skirmish. They would occasionally pause to rest in the nearby vegetation, where they were easily spotted.

No damsels there, and one lonely Cardinal Meadowhawk.

Repair of the boardwalk at the Martin Griffin Preserve's Monday/Tuesday ponds prevented access.

Next canyon North is Garden Club Canyon, with Parson's Pond, which had Blue-eyed Darner but no visible damsels. Water very low.

 
August 7, 2012
Los Angeles County

Dave Welling

Piru Creek at Frenchman’s Flat, 100 deg, winds calm 10:30AM - 12:30PM

serpent ringtails - 25+ in a 200' sq area -no mating pairs yet - lots of shy guys I guess

california dancers - several & many tandem pairs

pale-faced Clubskimmer - a lone male (lonely)

common green darners -  several

giant darners - 2

blue-eyed darners - 2-3

flame skimmers - several

dancers/bluets -  tbd

…….

Siskiyou County

Leslie Flint

Gumboot Lake

*Crimson-ringed Whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis –last report 2012

 

August 5, 2012
San Francisco County
Michael Plank & wife
Fort Point 
San Francisco Forktail - a photo in blues magic album on CalOdes shows one caught by one thin thread of a web. It worked its way to freedom. 
Vivid Dancer 
Familiar Bluet
Black-fronted Forktail
…….
Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder

Arastradero Open Space Preserve

Common Green Darner (4) (also saw in tandem, ovipositing)

Blue-eyed Darner (8) (also saw copulation ring, in tandem, ovipositing)

Flame Skimmer (4)

Blue Dasher (10) (also saw copulation ring, ovipositing)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (4) (also saw ovipositing)

Black Saddlebags (4) (also saw in tandem)

Pacific Forktail (3) (also saw copulation ring)

Tule Bluet (2)

Vivid Dancer (1)

 

August 4, 2012

Imperial County

David Welling

El Centro City park pond and nearby pond 

Mexican amberwing - visual only, many flying

 

August 3-6, 2012

Del Norte County Blitz

Southern team 1= Sandra Hunt-von Arb, Tony Kurz (Tony the younger), Chris Heaivilin, Tony Westkamper

(Tony the Elder), and Ken Mierzwa

Northern team 2 = Kathy & Dave Biggs, Leslie Flint

key  to places (in order visited by team) :

LP=Lagoon Pond- off Lagoon Creek along HWY 101 North of Klamath River 41°35'36.43"N  124° 5'53.66"W, – visited August 2, 2012, Tony Westkamper en route to Blitz. Too foggy on the 3rd.

MP=Mill Pond just S of mouth of Klamath River- Southern coastal edge of county – visited August 3, 2012, team 1 only 41.52321° N 124.04807° W

MCA=Mill Creek Acquisition- Gravel Pit Pond, (Elkhorn Slough Rd off Hamilton Rd) southern Del Norte County, just north of the Klamath River on US101 – visited August 3, 2012, Team 1 only (2nd most spp in one location on Blitz)

MC=Mill Creek- across road from above pond – visited August 3, 2012, team 1 only

KC(R)=Knopki Creek (Rd), northern Del Norte County, off US199 – visited August 3, 2012, team 2 only (Dipper also seen)

DSK=Darlingtonia seep along Knopki Creek Rd. (aka 18N07) – visited August 3 & 6, 2012 (dueling Petaltail vs Spiketail seen by Team 1)

EP=”Emerald Pond” (5000’) Knopki Creek Rd/18N07 just before Youngs Peak road split – visited August 3 & 6, 2012 (large bright blue colored shrimp & Newts also seen)

SL=Sanger Lake (5100’), ~15 miles up Knopki Creek Rd to 18N02, NE edge of county – visited August 3 & 6, 2012 41.90177° N 123.64879° W

RVD=Rudy Van Deventer County Park -Smith River North Bank Road – camped there August 3 - 6, 2012 (Marbled Murrlets heard) 41.85324° N 124.12200° W

PGB=Peacock Gravel Bar Smith River – North Bank Road to South Tanoak – visited August 3, 2012, team 1 only

SC=Sand Camp (South Fork Smith River) off Go Road – visited August 4, 2012

DSG= Darlingtonia seep along Go Rd. (aka South Fork Road, aka Co Rd 427, aka 15N01) – visited August 4, 2012 (NEW site for Black Petaltail!)

DL=Dry Lake (1500’) - Go Rd, to Big Flat Rd (CoRd 405) – visited August 4, 2012 (most spp in one location during Blitz; osprey & nest seen)

P=Pond on Big Flat road/ Associated with Hurdygurdy Creek (aka CoRD 405) between GO Road and Dry Lake.

RL=Rattlesnake Lake (1575’), off Go Rd. & USFS 15N02 – visited August 4, 2012 (bullfrogs :-()

TD=Tolawa Dunes State Park Ponds - North End – visited August 4, 2012 (Cinnabar moths and caterpillars)

DT=Darlingtonia Trail - off Hwy 199 north of Gasquet – visited August 5 & 14, 2012 (HUGE alligator lizard)

PF=Panther Flat, Middle Fork Smith River, off Hwy199 – visited August 5, 2012 (Stream Orchids and Scarlet Monkeyflower) 41.84162° N 123.93283° W

M=Madrone (Middle Fork Smith River) off Hwy 199 – visited August 5, 2012

GF=Grassy Flat (Middle Fork Smith River) off Hwy 199 – visited August 5, 2012

RQ= Rock Quarry - off Hwy 199 – visited August 5, 2012

EMC=Short Dead End Road w/ Bridge @ Eighteen Mile Ck. off Hwy 199 (old Hwy 199- just West of Rock Quarry- north side of Hwy) – visited August 5, 2012 (larval form Pacific Giant Salamander & Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs)

WL=Whiskey Lake (4900’), ~17 miles up Knopki Creek Rd. (41.9221948/-123.6452627) – visited August 6, 2012 41.92232° N 123.64538° W (Bolander’s Lily)

SM=Sedge Meadow (~5000’) unnamed at fork of 18N07-Sanger Lake/Youngs Valley Trail Rd. – visited August 6,

  Species list with place abbreviations (photos can be seen on Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/home/Dragonfly%20Blitz2012 )

*California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus – MCA CA#119 OC# 381181, first report of year, team 1
Northern Spreadwing L. disjunctus – EP, DL, TD, WL OC#:379412, SM
*Emerald Spreadwing L. dryas
– EP, SM, SL  [last report 2012]

*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus – MCA, SC [last report 2012]
California Dancer, Argia agrioides
 – DL
Emma's Dancer, Argia emma – RVD CA # 121 OC # 378335, PGB, SC, DT, PF
Sooty Dancer, A. lugens – PF (OC# 379415)
Vivid Dancer, A. vivida
– DSK, DSG, DL, RL, DT, PF, M, RQ, EMC
*Northern Bluet, Enallagma annexum – specimen record - DL CA Chart #7, OC # 381288, RL [last report 2012]
*Boreal Bluet, E. boreale - MCA, SL OC# 379414), WL, SM (Aug. 6, last definite report of 2012)
Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula – LP, MP, MCA, DL, TD
Western Forktail I. perparva – LP, MCA, MC, DL, TD, DT – CA #115, OC# 381259

   (4 county record damsels)
*Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni – DSK, SL, DSG last report 2012
Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta – specimen record – SL, WL (CA #7 OC #
379399 & 379409), EP
Common Green Darner  Anax junius – DL, RL, TD, PF
*California Darner Rhionaeschna californica
-  MP, MCA, DL, TD  (last report 2012)
Blue-eyed Darner R. multicolor
– MP, MCA, DL, RL, TD, PF
*Grappletail Octogomphus specularis
– MC, KC, PF (OC# 379416) [last report 2012]
Bison Snaketail Ophiogomphus bison
– SC, , DSG, PF
Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis
– DSK, DL, RL, EMC
*
American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffii
– EP, WL,SL [last report 2012]
*Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis
– EP
Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata (ungrade from sight record only) – MP CA# 119,  OC# 379497, DL, P
**Chalk-fronted Corporal Ladona julia – new late flight date by one day, but old late date was from 1953 – 59 yrs ago!! – SL (OC# 379413379413), RL
*Crimson-ringed Whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis
– SL last report 2012
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis – MCA, DL, P, RL
Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella – specimen record – RL, WL CA#7 OC# 381287
Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata
– WL CA #7,OC# 379410, EP
Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata
– RVD CA# 121 OC#
 379498, MCA, DL
Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis
– MCA CA#119 OC# 381182 , DL, P
Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia
 – MCA, CA#119 OC# 379500
; MP, MCA, DL
Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – RVD, MCA , KC(R), RL, GF
Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum
– MCA, DL, RL, TD
*
Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum
– MCA, P – last report 2012
Striped Meadowhawk Sympeturm pallipes TD CA #122, OC# 381155381155, MCA, DL, P, TD
**Autumn Meadowhawk Sympeturm vicinum –– MCA CA# 111, OC#
381183381183 -- specimen record, first report of year (unexpected!!) new early date by 23 whooping days, team 1 - 3 teneral females]
Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata – MCA CA# 111, OC#  381184, TD, WL
    10  county record dragons
10+4=14 county records
(photo records unless otherwise mentioned)
37 total species seen; county list increased from just 29 species to 43 (2 records were upgrades of sight only records)

From 4th lowest species list in CA (58 counties, many as large as eastern USA states) to a respectable 40th placement

 
August 3, 2012
Del Norte County (day 1, Interior Group, CalOdes Blitz)
Kathy & Dave Biggs, Leslie Flint
Knopki Road - 3 Darlingtonia seeps right next to the, adorned with Tiger Lilies and 5-finger ferns.
Black Petaltail at 2nd and 3rd seep.
At 2nd seep we watched a male Black Petaltail (Tanypteryx hageni) in a face to face duel with a male Pacific Spiketail (Cordulegaster dorsalis). 
They circled that way for nearly a full minute before the Spiketail gave it up and moved on. Was this territorial, or was someone hungry?
At a tiny pond, barely the size of 3 standard picnic tables, we risked broken bones getting down the scree slope. 
There we found 3 species of "Emeralds": American, Mountain and Spreadwing (Cordulia shurtleffii, Somatochlora semicirularis and Lestes dryas)! 
A 4th species at this site was the Northern Spreadwing (L. disjunctus). We named the pond, which was surrounded by tall sedges, "Emerald Pond".
Sanger Lake (5100') hosted plentiful Chalk-fronted Corporals (Ladona julia), many Boreal Bluets (Enallagma boreale) and a few Crimson-ringed Whitefaces (Leucorrhinia glacialis). 
But, alas, no darners would enter our nets, which was maddening because we were quite certain they were Variable Darners (Aeshna interrupta), which would be a first record for the county. 
Our "also seen" list included Grappletail (Octogomphus specularis) and an American Dipper on Knopki Creek found on the way in towards Sanger Lake.
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Santa Clara County 
Karen DeMello

As a consolation for not being able to go on the Odes Blitz this weekend, I asked 2 Palo Alto friends to accompany me to Foothills Park in the Palo Alto hills (Foothills Park is open only to Palo Alto residents and guests).  Believe it or not this is the first time I've looked at odes this summer -- and it's already August!    We walked around the pond from 5 to 6:30 PM and saw:

Mosaic (species) Darner

Common Green Darner (several males)

Flame Skimmer (LOTS; several in tandem & ovipositing)

Eight-spotted Skimmer 

Widow Skimmer (LOTS; many perched on cattails)

Black Saddlebags (LOTS; several in tandem)

Variegated Meadowhawk

Blue Dasher (LOTS; males)

Much to my surprise there were almost no damselflies.  We saw a California/Aztec Dancer near the dam, and some sort of

Forktail (Black-Fronted?  Only had a brief look and then it flew off) near the waters edge by the boat ramp.

 
August 2, 2012
Inyo County
Dave Welling

Black Rock Springs south of Bishop - Inyo County.

*Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus – photos taken, last report 2012

 
August 1, 2012
Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder

Matadero Creek along East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, San Mateo County during lunch.

Work on the creek itself meant I concentrated on the still water beside the channel:

Common Green Darner (5) saw a male grappling female as she oviposited.

Blue-eyed Darner (3)

Black Saddlebags (2) in a squabble with the Common Green Darner

Variegated Meadowhawk (3) 

Meadowhawk sp. (1) It did not look like Variegated or Striped because i saw no stripes on thorax. It also had very little red on wings so I did not consider Cardinal at first, but perhaps it was a female, or a young male Cardinal. Any thoughts?

Several bright blue Damselflies were working the edges of the creek. They were too distant for me to identify, but appeared to be California / Aztec Dancers

No Eight-spotted Skimmers were seen today, although two days ago one was present.

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Modoc County 
Kevin McKereghan
Cottonwood Creek, 3 miles s of New Pine Creek

*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae

 
July
 
 
 
July 31, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
The Ode highlight was MANY Ringed Emeralds, most just emerging. Wildflowers, butterflies and Cascade Frogs were great too. 
ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/26704961@N03/7693813022/in/photostream/We visited Gumboot Lake (GL) off Road 26 off of Lake Siskiyou Rd, ~18 miles west of Mt. Shasta City
ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/26704961@N03/7693627556/in/photostream/Little Gumboot Lake (LGL) about 1/4 mile hike in from GL.
Gumboot Creek (GC) about 1/3 mile further off Road 26 from the turn off to GL.
"Sweet Spot" (SS)  - a mossy spring another mile up Road 26 from GC with a pond and then a wet meadow below it.
*Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener - one male in hand by Dave at GL
Northern Spreadwing - many on north side of GL, many emerging
Vivid Dancer - several at GC & SS, the ones here are always quite differently marked than elsewhere, esp. the females
Pacific Forktail - very few GL
Western Forktail - very few GL
Grappletail - 4-6 at GC, perching on rocks in the creek 
Common Green Darner - only 2 or more GL
Variable Darner - by far the most common darner, at least a dozen in hand at GL & LGL; one at GC
California Darner - one male in hand GL
Black Petaltail - some at all sites; over a dozen seen, a few landed on us. 
Emerald sp. - some at GL & LGL. Mt. Emeralds were seen at this site many years ago....
American Emerald  - 1 in hand GL
*Ringed Emerald Somatochlora albicincta  - many at LGL including a female ovipositing within feet of where a male was emerging; a few at GL (in hand) ONLY report 2012
A nymph of this species was seen at LGL looking for an emergence site. This was in a shallow muddy area of the lake, right next to where a Ringed Emerald was emerging
Chalk-fronted Corporal - 4-6 seen at GL 
Crimson-ringed Whiteface - 10-20, all but 2 seen at GL, 2 at LBL 
*Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica - ~10 L, most so dark we had to have them in hand to see the red atop abdominal segments (last report 2012)
Eight-spotted Skimmer - some at GL & LGL
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - some at GL & LGL
Four-spotted Skimmer - many at GL & LGL; few at SS
Meadowhawk sp.  - one at LGL by Dennis, possibly a Variegated Meadowhawk 
20 species - wonderful day. Monk's Hood was blooming everywhere.
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San Luis Obispo County
Peter Gaede
I visited a small seep north of Soda Lake on the Carrizo Plains and found and photographed 
*DESERT WHITETAIL Plathemis subornata -  a female seen  CA CHART #112 OC# 378288 - potentially the furthest west this species has been recorded 
DESERT FORKTAILS - four, which brings number of locations this species has been found in SLO to three. 
All of these locations are in alkaline areas less than 10 miles from each other. The species was first recorded in the county about 7 miles west of this location on May 14 of this year. 
All locations are in the eastern part of the county, and at least two are completely dry most of the year.
Desert Firetail Telebasis salva (6) 
Vivid Dancer (many)

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata (10) Photo record CA Chart #112, OC # 382215

Cardinal Meadowhawk (2)
Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis (3) Photo record CA Chart #112, OC #378289
 
July 30, 2012
Shasta County
Michael & Muriel Plank
McCumber and Thatcer Mill Pond in the afternoon. Both are off of Hwy. 44 between Shingletown and Mt. 
Thatcher Mill Pond:
Red-veined Meadowhawk
*Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta – last report 2012
Western Pondhawk
Hoary Skimmer- A first for us.
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Four-spotted Skimmers
Northern Bluet
Pacific Forktail
Northern Spreadwing
Lake McCumber:
Band-winged Meadowhawk
Red-veined Meadowhawk
Striped Meadowhawk
*White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum 
Black Saddlebags
Western Pondhawk
Common Whitetail
American Emerald
California Darner
Common Green Darner
Northern Bluet
Western Forktail
Northern Spreadwing
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Marin County
Leslie Flint and Len Blumin
Audubon Canyon Ranch - we checked out the ponds to see what Odes we could find.  
At what we call Monday/Tuesday ponds there were blue-eyed darners and cardinal meadowhawks along with Vivid Dancers.  
Garden Club Canyon where the stream is still 
Pacific Spiketail. I found one female ovipositing in the creek.  Then, we saw a beautiful male skimming close to the surface of creek, but never stopping of course for a photo.  
Parson's pond 
red-veined meadowhawk - a new Ode for me at ACR.
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San Francisco County
Leslie Flint
Ft. Point in SF .  The fog was rolling in and the temp was just around 60
SF Forktail  A lifer.  When the temp dropped to 57 and the fog was fully in, there were no damsels to be found in the ditch.  
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Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder and wife

Matadero Creek along Frontage Road: July 30, 2012

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

Striped Meadowhawk

California / Aztec Dancer (not certain, too distant)

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San Diego County
Ken
A. Wilson

Mission Trails Regional Park 
*Mexican Amberwing  Perithemis intensa 
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Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti 
Dechambeau Ponds, north of Mono Lake
Saffron-winged Meadowhawks 
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Tulare County
Steve Summers
Sequoia N.F.--Log Cabin Meadow
Vivid Dancer
Mountain Emerald
 
July 29, 2012

Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder and wife

Coyote Point Marina and Freshwater Marsh

Striped Meadowhawk (not absolutely certain about this one…)

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Tulare County
Steve Summers
Tule River spillway below Success Dam
Desert Firetail - 1 
 
July 28 & 29, 2012
Nevada County
Jim Laughlin
Stopped by the two rest areas on I-80 just west of Truckee and checked out some of the odes on both lakes. 
Variable Darner
Shadow Darner
*Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
American Emerald
Emerald Spreadwing
Northern Spreadwing
Western Forktail
Bluet spp?
 
July 28, 2012
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis - photographed – an upgrade from sight only record for the county. CA chart #120 OC #378602

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San Diego County

Vic Berardi

Batiquitos Lagoon just south of Carlsbad

Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis  – a male

Blue-eyed Darners - a few

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San Mateo County

Matthew Dodder and wife

Russian Ridge pond by visitors center:

California / Aztec Dancer

Black Saddlebags

Skyline Ridge OSP Horseshoe Pond

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Black Saddlebags

Montebello OSP (Gate 5 Pond): July 28, 2012

Blue-eyed Darner

Blue Dasher

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Flame Skimmer

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail

Common Green Darner

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Shasta County

Teri & Jay Thesken

Cold Boiling Lake, Lassen National Park, about .7 mile from the Kings Creek picnic area parking lot, at about 6800' elevation

Crimson-ringed Whitefaces  - ~60

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Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti  and  Dave Welling
Owens River at Benton Crossing 
Great Basin Snaketail - OC# 382335 – a female
Saffron-winged Meadowhawks - OC# 382337- several mostly somewhat teneral
*Cherry-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum internum – OC# 382336 - males and females photographed, last report 2012
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Trinity County
Tony Kurz
Mad River south of the town of Ruth

Sooty Dancer (female)

Walker’ks Darner

Pacific Clubtail Gomphus kurilis – last report 2012

**Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis – NEW LATE FLIGHT DATE  last report 2012

Red-veined Meadowhawk

Striped Meadowhawk

Western Pondhawk

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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Siskiyou County
Alan Wight
Collier’s Rest stop, I-5

*Sinuous Snaketail Ophiogomphus occidentis – 5+  Last report 2012

 

July 27, 2012

Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder and wife

Palo Alto Flood Control Basin and Adobe Creek

Blue-eyed Darner

Blue Dasher

 
July 26, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
Martin’s Dairy, wet meadow off Harris Creek Rd. and Juanita Lake, all west of Macdoel (off Hwy 97)
Spreadwing sp (not Emerald) – ONE at JL
Vivid Dancer – several
Familiar Bluet – some at JL
Pacific Forktail – a few at JL
Western Forktail – MANY at JL
**Canada Darner Aeshna canadensis – one female who had fallen into the water after emergence at JL. 
This is the 3rd known site for this species in Sisk. Co. and new early flight data by 2+wks – ONLY report of this species this year!!
California Darner – many feeding swarms at both MD and meadow. 11 in-hand or seen well, 3X as many females as males.
Probably some of this species and Blue-eyed in feeding swarms at JL
Blue-­­eyed Darner – a few in hand, both males and females found
Interestingly no other Darner species were found, not even a Common Green!
Snaketail sp. – one at JL, totally unexpected.
Pacific Spiketail – males and an exuvia found at meadow
Dot-tailed Whiteface – abundant at JL
Eight-spotted Skimmer – abundant at JL
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – abundant at JL, some at MD
Common Whitetail – some males and females noted at JL
Variegated Meadowhawk – only one or two seen all day
Red-veined Meadowhawk – several found
Striped Meadowhawk – several found
Black Saddlebags   - one seen at the Sharpe/Ball home in Big Springs
Also seen: American Dipper – a family at MD, 3 old nests under the bridge over Creek and one in recent use
And, in our McCloud home pond on the 27th, instead of a 12-spotted Skimmer:
Splish splash - a Bear in our Pond!!
 
July 25, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
McCloud River, Camp 4
Bluet sp. - few
Grappletail – 1-2 males
Darner sp. (Aeshna type) – a few
Pacific Spiketail – female ovipositing, male on territory
Dragonfly Roost Pond, McCloud 
Darner sp. (Aeshna type) - several
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – males; females ovipositing
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1
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San Francisco County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb
Fort Point, mid morning, overcast relatively warm (~68deg?), calm.  
*San Francisco Forktail Ischnura gemina- 3 females and 4 males.  They were moving quite slow, likely due to lack of sun (I easily caught one of them with my fingers...no net).  
I suspect there would have been more with favorable weather.
vivid dancer - 1 female  
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Ventura County
Peter Gaede
Matilija River
Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis – male CA Chart #112 OC# 378653
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Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti 
Dechambeau Ponds, north of Mono Lake
Saffron-winged Meadowhawks 30th.   We have also seen them at the Owens River at Benton Crossing, July 28 and August 9.
 
July 24, 2012
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
*Cherry-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum internum – males and females photographed
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Tulare County
Steve Summers
Atwell Island BLM--Ton Tache Wetlands
Familiar Bluet 
Black-fronted Forktail (possibly this species)
 
July 23, 2012
Tulare County
Steve Summers
Sequoia NF--Upper Grouse Valley (upper pond)
Familiar Bluet 
Black-fronted Forktail
Common Whitetail – 1 male photographed
Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella – male photographed CA Chart #92, OC# 377971
Blue Dasher
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Tule River--about 400 feet downstream from the Globe Dr. (Mountain Road 172A) bridge
American Rubyspot – 40
Emma’s Dancer – male photographed
Sooty Dancer – several seen
Pacific Spiketail – male photographed 
 
July 22, 2012
Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

I spent a couple of hours looking at odes along Manzana Creek by the NIRA Campground up in the San Rafael Mountains.

American Rubyspot – common

Vivid Dancer – common

*Lavender Dancer Argia hinei – fairly common, photographs confirmed by Tim Manolis [ONLY report 2012]

California/Aztec Dancer – at least a few

Serpent Ringtail – 16

Gray Sanddragon - 7

Flame Skimmer – 10+

Red Rock Skimmer – Single female seen egg laying and another found dead

 
July 19 & 20, 2012
Marin County
Len Blumin
along the creek below the road at Laurel Canyon, just west of the Nicasio Reservoir dam.
*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis  (20th) last report 2012
shore of Bon Tempe where the creek comes down from Lake Lagunitas
Cardinal Meadowhawk (19th)
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Lassen County
Ray Bruun
I ran into a budding young entomologist accompanied by his parents and three brothers.  
The boy (about 8 years old) had a small insect net. When I asked as to his luck, he happily produced from his backpack a bug cage teeming with grasshoppers, as well as three dragonflies. 
Among the latter was a Spot-winged Glider.  Had I been thinking, I would have photographed it, as I later found out this species only has a sight record for Lassen County.  Now I guess there are two.
 
July 18 & 20, 2012
Del Norte County
Tony Westkamper
Van Duzen River - couple of hours of warmish muggy weather following two rainy days and all the insects were taking full advantage of it
rubyspot - my first of the season. Interestingly enough I always spot a female first by a week or so 
Emma's Dancer Argia emma (county sight record upgraded at Blitz)
Sooty Dancer 
Western River Cruisers 
a large Ode - predominately blue in color, flies very fast, and never alights [sounds like a Blue-eyed Darner –kb]
Common Whitetail – 2 females
 
July 18, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
Road into Mt. Bolivar fire look out
Darner sp. – several
Pacific Spiketail – ~4
Glider sp. – several, again just a sight record….darn!!
Pond along road into Kangaroo Lake (rd closed for construction)
No/Bo Bluet – some
Pacific Forktail  - few
Western Forktail – few
Aeshna type darner - some
Common Green Darner – some
Dot-tailed Whiteface – some
Crimson-ringed Whiteface - one
4-spotted Skimmer – some
12-spotted Skimmer – some
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Alameda County 
Alice Cavette 
Fremont 
*Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri – two 
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Humboldt County
Tony Kurz
Four-spotted Skimmer
 
July 16, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball; Stephan & Justin Telm 
White Deer “Lake” – Heidi George led us to this under redevelopment site. Large shallow lake had already dried up to be just a dugout pond. 77F – but a fierce wind developed. 10:30-noon
Darner sp. – at least 12
Blue-eyed Darner - two in hand, one of each sex, perhaps all were this species. Of note is that everywhere we went, darners were found in small groups of 12 or so….they seem to be forming feeding swarms
Common Whitetail – 2 males
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 1 male
Meadowhawk sp. – 1 male
Also seen there were Mountain Bluebirds and a Red-breasted Sapsucker feeding a newly fledged young.
Due to a punctured oil pan, Stephen and Justin had to leave the group at this point.
Pumice Stone Well 4-4:30, Fierce wind, temp dropped from 70 to 63F; 80% overcast; by the time we left, no Emeralds were flying.
Emerald Spreadwing – quite a few
*Lyre-tipped Spreadwing Lestes unguiculatus – quite a few; all just newly emerged and very yellow in color (none seen on the 11th) ONLY date reported in 2012
Western Forktail - two pruinose females
Darner sp. - 1
Emeralds - ~6
American Emerald - one in hand; it is likely that Mt. Emeralds were also present
Crimson-winged Whiteface -1-2 mature males 

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Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Law’s Canal

Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus – one  - photos taken

 
July 15, 2012
Siskiyou County
Steve Rottenborn
Collier’s Rest stop, I-5

*Sinuous Snaketail Ophiogomphus occidentis -quite a few there.

 
July 14, 2012
Siskiyou County
Steve Rottenborn
Collier’s Rest stop, I-5
*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis (last report 2012)
 
July 13-18, 2012
Plumas County
Rob Thomas
Family vacation so no hardcore odeing but did manage a fairly good list as we explored the Sierra Valley and surrounding area.  
No bluets and few darners were ID'd to species. 
Little Truckee River, Sierra Co, 14 July
(very disappointing as we explored three good looking areas)
*Great Basin Snaketail Ophiogomphus morrisoni – 1 
Lake of the Woods, Sierra Co, 14 July
Bluets
Paddle-tailed Darner
unID'd darners
American Emerald
Chalk-fronted Corporal
Crimson-ringed Whiteface
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Red-veined Meadowhawk
Cold Creek, Sierra Co, 14 July
Pacific Spiketail
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Four-spotted Skimmer
Marble Hot Springs Road, Plumas Co, 13 July
bluets
Pacific Forktail
Western Forktail
Blue-eyed Darner
unID'd darners (many)
Dot-tailed Whiteface
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Band-winged Meadowhawk (thousands)
Black Saddlebag
Sierraville Cemetery Ponds, Sierra Co, 13 July
Emerald Spreadwing
bluets
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Four-spotted Skimmer
Common Whitetail
 
July 13, 2012
Humboldt County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb and Chris Beatty & wife, Tony Kurz
I had the fortune of being able to go out with Chris Beatty (Santa Clara University) and his wife to collect Black Petaltails for his genetics study. 
Tony Kurz was also with us for the Horse Mountain Sites. We started at the Horse Mountain Rock Quarry Site. 
Gary Bloomfield had gone there to revisit the site last weekend and found an additional wet area above the original site and had a couple of adults.  
Second we went to another fen nearby but in a different watershed- below the radio towers.  
There we went to the suspected this site (both wet areas). site I had visited with the RRAS field trip participants.  We found MANY adults as well as many nymphs. 
The fen actually goes a few hundred meters below the road along the power lines.  This is the largest site in Humboldt County to date.
Third we visited the Big Hill Site on Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation- after getting permission to go there (I work there part time, Chris was allowed to go with me as his guide).  
I had gone there yesterday to scout and see if I could find a larger fen associated with the roadside seep. 
There is a larger fen above the road and I saw ~6males and at least 2 ovipositing females yesterday.  Today we found several Adults and nymphs here- as well as several exuvia.
Fourth we went to a site I just discovered on yesterday's Scouting trip based on a suggestion of the Senior Biologist-on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in upper Pine Creek. 
Yesterday I had one ovipositing female.  It's a very small site and it is suspected that there may be many of these micro-sites along one of the roads (I will investigate that later, we ran out of time).  
We did find a couple of nymphs at two "micro" sites.  We are still not sure if these two spots should be split or lumped... they are 0.4miles apart as a dragonfly flies, but on opposite sides of the ridge.
I also had a sighting report from a coworker at Hoopa- in Mud Springs, not far from the Big Hill site.  Different water source, and likely a separate site.  
So- in summary... Since June 27th, Humboldt County has gone from zero confirmed Petaltail sites to Four (maybe 5) confirmed sites. 
1 additional site that needs verification, and a couple more areas that need to be checked out based on potential habitat.  AWESOME!
Titlow Hill Rd
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
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Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Tule Bluet - 1
Common Green Darner - 1
Blue-eyed Darner - 1
Darner sp. - 2+
Black Saddlebags - 2+
Flame Skimmer - 2+
Eight-spotted Skimmer - 4+
Common Whitetail - 2
Western Pondhawk - 3+
Blue Dasher - 5+
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1
 
July 11, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Medicine Lake Highlands entered from the Bartle area on Hwy 89, taking Harris Springs Rd. and then Medicine Lake Rd, looping back to Harris Springs Rd. by going by Little Mt. Hoffman 
and Little Glass Mt. to Pumice Stone Well. 
All species were seen at all locations unless otherwise noted:
Warm day without wind, 84-86F
Blanche , Bullseye , & No Name Lake (that truly IS its name!), Paynes Springs, all ~6,000-6,500'  11:00 -2:30.
These are all small lakes and we had hoped for Petaltails at the Springs, but yet again, no, and we've never found them there. 
The habitat seems ideal, but it is not on serpentine soils...
Emerald Spreadwing - some at all locations, but 10,000-50,000 at No Name Lake!! Most amazing!!
No/Bo Bluet - many all locations
Western Forktail - just one or two pruinose females at each site
Darner sp., not Anax - only 1-2 at each location
American Emerald - a few at the inlet to Bullseye lake (in hand
Crimson-winged Whiteface - about 1/4 the # of Dot-tailed (in-hand IDs)
Dot-tailed Whiteface - many
12-spotted Skimmer - many at all locations
*Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum palllipes – just 1 or 2 immature females at each location
Little Medicine Lake 3-4:00
Same species as above, inc. American Emerald, many
Pumice Stone Well 4:30- 5:00 (we hope to return to this location again on Monday as it was late and slow there and we want to search again for the Sedge Sprites we found last year)
This site is a small dug (LONG ago) pond with a greater sedge marsh that dries up as the season advances.
Same species as above, plus
Pacific Forktail - 1 mature male
Darner sp. - 1-2
Blue-eyed Darner (one dead on water surface this species)
Emeralds - 2-3 dozen
*Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis  - 1 in hand, usually we find ! 1/5th of emeralds to be this species there
(no Crimson-ringed Whiteface at this site and no Meadowhawks this late visit)
Also seen:
Mature BALD EAGLE circled and circled Pumice Stone Well. It was HUGE and each circle overlapped the previous by about 1/8th as it slowly departed. 
There are no fish in Pumice Stone Well.
A single PIKA was seen at Jot Dean Ice Cave and another heard across the road. These are the first PIKAs we've been able to find there in a decade
....but perhaps that is because this trip we went the loop the opposite direction as usual and hit this site 'early' at ~10:00 and spent a half hour there.
Quite a few Great Arctic Butterflies were seen, a few at most stops.
 
July 9, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Soda Springs/Squaw Creek, 2 miles south of McCloud off Squaw Creek Rd. 3-4PM, 86-88F, breezy
Northern Spreadwing – 1 young male 
Pacific Forktail – mature and immature males and females in small #s
Western Forktail – mature and immature males and females 
Blue-eyed Darner – 1 male
Aeshna-type Darner – 1 male
Pacific Spiketail – 1 ovipositing female
Western Pondhawk – a few males
Twelve-spotted Skimmers  – 12+ males, 2-3 females ovipositing
Common Whitetail  – 24+ males, 2 females ovipositing
Variegated Meadowhawk  – 1 male 
?-faced Meadowhawk  – 1 male, facing away, either a Cherry-faced or White-­faced (we’ve never seen either species there before)
And, at our McCloud home’s pond the Variable Darners keep emerging and the 12-spotted Skimmers keep ovipositing.
Only other odes this week there were a female Cardinal Meadowhawk (no male in sight this week and she hasn't been ovipositing) and a mature female Pacific Forktail.
 
July 8, 2012
Modoc County
Michael Plank and wife 
Ash Creek Campground, Southeast of Adin Off of Highway 299. A beautiful warm day. We went to see Pacific Spiketail and the Great Basin Snaketail. New for us. We were not disappointed. Lots of birds also
River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis
American Rubyspot
Vivid Dancer
*River Bluet Enallagma anna last report 2012
Western Forktail
California Darner
Pacific Clubtail
Grappletail
Great Basin Snaketail
Pacific Spiketail
Western Pondhawk
Eight-spotted Skimmers
Twelve-spotted Skimmers
Common Whitetail
Band-winged Meadowhawk
 
July 7, 2012
Trinity County
Sean McAllister and Amber Transou 
headwaters of the Mad River … about 13 miles upstream of Ruth Lake, above Three Forks, upstream from the small bridge that crosses the river there
GRAY SANDDRAGON (Progomphus borealis) – 1 photo record, CA chart #117, OC# 377302
Flame Skimmers - two

Emma's Dancers - a few

unidentified Bluets some

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Fresno County

Tony Kurz
Huntington Lake It was beautiful weather and pretty warm for 7500 feet. Temp- 88F
afternoon wind 10-15mph down along lake, Clear sunny skies
On Rancheria Falls Rd which turns off of highway 168 just after China Peak Ski Resort and just before the town of Huntington 
MOUNTAIN EMERALD Somatochlora semicirularis – one. Photo record. CA Chart #119, OC#??  
I think this species that was eventually expected to show up in the county since they are in Tulare County.  
The Emerald was about 2.8 miles up Rancheria Falls Rd at 8090 feet just cruising along the road in Red Fir Lodgepole habitat.  
The only other species I had along that road in several locations higher up – 
Darner species, a female
The last species I got towards the end of the day around 1715 in the remaining light along the lakeshore edge was
WESTERN RED DAMSEL Amphiagrion abbreviatum (lifer)  
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Kings County
Steve Summers
Private-Westlake ponds: irrigation run-off settling ponds.
Desert Forktail Ischnura barberi – at lease 30 seen, PHOTO RECORD CA Chart #92, OC # 377263
 
July 1-7, 2012
Mendocino County

Noah Arthur

Wente Boy Scout Camp (private and inaccessible to the general public) man-made

EIGHT-SPOTTED SKIMMERS - swarms of males, only five or six females

WIDOW SKIMMERS - present but uncommon. 

ODD Skimmer – 4 males seen, 2 collected; no females.

 

July 5, 2012

Los Angeles County

Dave Welling and Ron Oriti

Piru Creek @ Frnechman’s Flat; 86 deg, sunny, slight breeze - from 10:30AM to 2:00PM

Lavender Dancer

Gray Sanddragon

Giant Darner

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Tulare County

Tony Kurz

Bartlet Park (below Dam of Lake Success)1130-1300; temp- 85F; no wind
exact location- 11 S 0326718  using NAD83  3991964
Bluet Sp.
Desert Firetail
Common Green Darner
White-belted Ringtail (lifer)
Variegated Meadowhawk
Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk
Widow Skimmer
Flame Skimmer
Black Saddlebags
Upper Globe Dr. Springville; 1330-1430; temp- 88F; no wind; exact location- 11 S 0336344  using NAD83   3997526
American Rubyspot
Sooty Dancer (lifer) 
Widow Skimmer
Pale-faced Clubskimmer (lifer) 
on Fork of Tule River near Wishon Campground; 1520-1645; temp- 93F; wind- 1-5mph
Vivid Dancer 
*Aztec Dancer Argia nahuana (lifer) [last verified report 2012]
Bluet sp.
Darner sp.- probable Shadow because of its behavior staying in the shadows.
Grappletail 
Pacific Spiketail

 

July 4, 2012

Siskiyou County

Tim & Annette Manolis, Kathy & Dave Biggs

Dragonfly Roost Pond, Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud – the Biggs’ private yard

*Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta – a female emerged, and at about 9 am when she flew, she went up at about a 70-80° angle, clear up until she went out of sight!

Four other new darner exuvia found on the pond were keyed out by Tim to this species

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella – two emerged this morning, one crawling 45 ft from the pond, crossing the gravel driveway to emerge on a boulder.

Later that morning another was found on the planting bed on the side of the house, ~15’

Two dueling males and a female ovipositing were also seen

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Tim & Annette Manolis

Gumboot Lake

*Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa – 1 dead on lake surface

I brought 8 exuviae home with me. It looks like I have:

Aeshna interrupta 3

Libellula quadrimaculata 3

Libellula pulchella 2

which squares relatively well with what I saw flying (good numbers of the two skimmers, a few Aeshna out over the lake I couldn't ID for sure -- although you and I know well from our observation of that female interrupta emerging from your pond that they can leave their emergence site and disperse far away very quickly!

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Tulare County 

Tony Kurz
Springville, 1030-1200, Temp- 93F, no wind, clear sky, Location- 11S 0332667 UTM 3997551
Bluet Sp.
Black-fronted Forktail (lifer) 
Desert Firetail (lifer) 
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner 
Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk
Widow Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Flame Skimmer
Black Saddlebags 
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Sacramento County

Jon Martin, Tim Manolis’s son-in-law found a male dragonfly in the parking lot of the Crocker Art Gallery this afternoon,

It was in remarkably good shape (for a dead one)

*Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus – one dead male, ID by Tim Manolis

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Shasta County

Michael & Muriel Plank

Stillwater Creek just off of Old 44 Dr. which is just east of Redding

Flame Skimmers
Pale-faced Clubskimmers
Black Saddlebags
Western Pondhawks
Widow Skimmers
Twelve-spotted skimmers
Common Green Darner
White-belted Ringtails--A tip from Ray Bruun
Gray Sanddragons
Sooty Dancers
American Rubyspots
 
July 2, 2012
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Leslie Flint
Monte Bello and Alpine Ponds along Skyline Blvd. - coolish and a bit windy.   
Alpine Pond has been "cleared" of a lot of the shoreline cattails so there aren't as many Odes there as in the past and if they are there, they aren't easy to find anymore.  
In contrast, the pond at Monte Bello is really overgrown so you can't even really get to the edge.  However there were several dragonflies present.  
*Swift Forktail Ischnura erratica  - Monte Bello pond - last report 2012
Cardinal Meadowhawk 
8-spotted Skimmer 
Red-veined Meadowhawk (Santa Clara)
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Alameda County 
Alice Cavette 
Fremont 
*Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri – one female 
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Humboldt County 
Tony Kurz
Albee Creek Campground HRSP
Spot-winged Glider 
 
July 1, 2012
Humboldt County
Stephen Telm

Cold Canyon Reserve 1030-1430 71-91F Occasional light breeze

Very little Ode activity in the valley. Down by the Now-dry creek, there was nothing.

At one hole that was still wet (after the Homestead Trail crosses the creek), two Emma's dancers were seen (and two common garter snakes, as well)

One the trail between here and the former goat shed, another two Emma's dancers (male) and three Vivid dancers (1M/2F) were seen

At the fork, we took the Blue Ridge Trail

Here we saw dozens of Black Saddlebags patrolling.

Also patrolling was a clear-winged species that stayed too far away for easy ID, but I think they were Variegated Meadowhawks (immature coloring)

 

 

June
 
June 30, 2012
Humboldt County
Redwood Region Audubon Society Dragonfly Trip Led by Sandra Hunt-von Arb,  Attending:  Gary Bloomfield, Rob Fowler, Pete Haggard, Tony Kurz 
(the die hards who came on this field trip despite the 100% chance of rain!- Thank you guys for coming!)
Weather:  warm, muggy, partly cloudy turned to intermittent rain
Location: USFS Route 1 (Titlow Hill Rd), From Hwy 299, to Horse Mountain, to Spike Buck Mountain.
Horse Mountain:  Showed the group the Petaltail burrows and nymphs- these were located based on notes taken by Gary Bloomfield from early June 2002!!  
Located on 5N38 road which is technically closed due to natural occurring asbestos- but the nymphs looked good.  
Consider this a micro-site based on descriptions of habitat I've seen/heard about.  
See pictures for habitat and burrows- most burrows were at a base of a large boulder-very interesting.  
No flying animals seen, but the weather was not optimal.  Did see one teneral female damselfly flitting around, but could not get ID as it kept moving.  
Checked out some other serpentine springs on the gated road that comes off 5N36 road.  Looks similar to other site, but no burrows were observed- will check it out on a sunnier day.
Spike Buck Mountain- Buck Flats. 2 pothole type ponds in prairie. 
A two dragonfly nymph species (one darner species, one unknown), and probably 2 damselfly nymph species (based on coloration/pattern of late stage nymphs with swollen wing pads).  
Several sizes, including some without visible wing pads.  
Skipped nearby Mud Lake, as the day before I'd checked it out and it was only as big as a dining room table and filled with tadpoles fighting to finish their transformation in time.
Shady Pond (Self named:  between Spike Buck mountain and Clear Lake along the road)- 3 ponds with large trees and lots of downed logs and surrounded by large rock formations.  
No adult dragonflies, nor any nynphs- but Tony reported having seen Whitetials here in the past, as well as a darner patrolling the pond edge (I suspect it was a shadow darner- based on habitat).  
Skipped Clear Lake due to rainy conditions- but based on my previous day's visit, it looks like a good Emerald spot- will look there on a sunnier day.
Willow Creek Pond- headwaters of Willow Creek (the creek, not the town) (private)- along Titlow Hill Road a few hundred meters south of Caltrans Station/Hwy 299–3 landowners-
Rob had permission from several years ago so we went with that- One landowner specifically said no to me, so middle part of this long pond is technically "off limits".
Four Spotted skimmer- few (one seen whirring and then flew off) 
California Darner- few (including one patrolling between the cattails)
Pacific Clubtail- many- all very teneral and looked like they probably emerged that morning.  Many Pacific Clubtail exuvia found both on logs and at the base of cattails 
(ID based on comparing exuvia taken that still had a clubtail perching on it).  
Cardinal Meadowhawk- single male- cold and wet
Eight-spotted Skimmer- single male- cold and wet
Northern Bluet- one confirmed in hand—few NOBO's
Pacific Forktail- many
Although the weather was not ideal (to say the least)- it did turn out to be a great trip.  
We already have at least one more CalOdes member from this event, and it looks like we'll be getting more regular reporting from Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties 
(that's where we all work and or tromp around!!)
 

June 29, 2012

Humboldt County

Tony Kurz

Briceland Rd west of Garberville

Western River Cruiser- Briceland Rd west of Garberville

Common Whitetail - Briceland Rd west of Garberville

American Rubyspot, Tooby Park

Flame Skimmer, Tooby Park

Western Pondhawk, Tooby Park

 

June 27, 2012

Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Hoopa Reservation (Big Hill Road near Mud Springs--County Road so public may access).

Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni – 1 male photographed, CA Chart #111, OC# 376578

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Colusa County
Leslie Flint
I decided to do some birding first so went north to Maxwell and from Sites, north on Peterson Road.  There was a small stream where I had 
12-spotted Skimmer
Western Pondhawks
Widow Skimmers
Flame Skimmers.  
Along this road I saw hundreds (maybe thousands) of 
Variegated Meadowhawks [#possibly a migratory related event? – kb].  (All were fairly yellow rather than red.)  It seemed as though every stalk had one perched on it.
From there I traveled down the Lagoda Road to Leesville and then Bear Creek Road south.  I had never ventured on this road above the Hwy 20 bridge so what at wonderful surprise to find spots 
along the creek where one could just walk down to the edge (without battling the star thistles).  
One particularly good spot just north of the Wilbur Springs Bridge had little waterfalls and riffles so I spent quite a bit of time there, where I saw...
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 4
White-belted Ringtail – many 
Gray Sanddragon – many 
Flame Skimmer - many all along the creek
Giant Darner - one here and about 3 at the Bridge
Common Green Darner
Black Saddlebags - 6-10
American Rubyspot - many
Sooty Dancer - many
Bluet sp. - also many but I didn't really look at them.
I checked the creek at the Hwy 20 bridge where there were lots of predominantly
Flame Skimmers
Giant Darners
Green Darners 

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Mono County

David Welling

De Chambeau ponds 
*Alkali Bluet Enallagma clausum - photo of the one male seen ONLY report 2012
 

June 26, 2012

Shasta County

Peter Gaede

Grassy Creek, northwest of Juniper Lake, LVNP

American Emerald – 15

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Contra Costa County

Susan Nelson

El Sobrante driveway

Pacific Spiketail - fuzzy picture of it sitting on her driveway!

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Santa Clara County

Steve Rovell and sons

Ogier Ponds

Pacific Forktail - many
Exclamation Damsel - many
Desert Firetail - 3 (two in wheel) 
little blue damsels - got to check my photos
Blue-eyed Darner - many
Common Green Darner - 8
Western Pondhawk - 4
Eight-spotted Skimmer - 4
Widow Skimmer - 2
Flame Skimmer - 8
Blue Dasher - 1 female
Black Saddlebags – 1
 
June 25, 2012

Lake County

Michael and Muriel Plank

“Guenoc” pond

Flame Skimmers

Widow Skimmers

Eight-spotted Skimmers

Western Pondhawks

Blue Dashers

Black Saddlebags

Common Green Darners

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Colusa County
Bear Creek the wind was blowing and temperature was not real warm. 
American Rubyspot
California Dancer
Emma's Dancer
Vivid Dancer
Gray Sanddragon
Common Green Darner
Giant Darner
Western river Cruiser
Widow Skimmer
Flame Skimmer
Variegayed Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags

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Plumas County

Peter Gaede

Willow Lake - Winds and cold temps seemed to keep odes down, so overall numbers very low. 

Tule Bluet – many; two males in hand

Western Forktail – some

Pacific Forktail – several

Beaverpond Baskettail – 2; one female and one male netted. First time I've seen these at this location.

Chalk-fronted Corporal – 1

Four-spotted Skimmer – 10

Dot-tailed Whiteface – 1

Hudsonian Whiteface – 1

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Tehama County

Ray Bruun

Bennet Creek just upstream of Round Valley Rd, 5.7 air miles SW of Paskenta,

Northern Bluet Enallagma annexum – Photo record, CA Chart #55, OC # 376466

 

June 24, 2012

Sonoma County

Dave and Kathy Biggs; Len Blumin, Leslie Flint and Linda Pertulias + MO

a field trip for Madrone Audubon - Pine Flat Rd, east of Healdsburg.
STILL NO BLACK PETALTAILS. The site at MM10 has not produced one for 4 yrs. now. They have a 5 yr. nymph stage, so there is a BIT of hope...
Great day, only 10 species, but a much nicer day than that indicates..
Our first stop was at Ferguson Springs where Vivid Dancers were all we found. The spring is grown over about 6' high with Tisal - Hoary Skimmers wouldn't stand a chance there now.
Then we stopped at "Doug's Seep", just above the Ribizzo Ranch. The Grappletails were out in FORCE. We saw males, females, wheels, young ones...at least a dozen...AND, Linda felt something on her bare ankle (she was in sandals) - she looked down just in time to see Rattles disappear off her foot and into the foliage. Thank goodness that Rattlesnakes aren't aggressive, and that none of us stepped on it! There were plenty of Vivid Dancers there too.
Our next stop, for lunch, was at Little Sulfur Creek and the pond on city of Santa Rosa Property. There we were able to compare Cardinal and Red-veined Meadowhawks with each other and a Flame Skimmer. Both the Cardinal and the Flame demonstrated their preferred ovipositing techniques. Northern/Boreal Bluet were also seen as were some either Rainbow Trout &/or Steelhead.
At MM10 site, well, the change is UNBELIEVABLE. A Cardinal Meadowhawk was in the pool where Alan Wight once photographed a female Petaltail ovipositing. There were a few Vivid Dancers there too.
No Odes were present at MM1 site on our way down the road (well, except one female Bluet).
We paid the day fee of $5/car at the Alexander Valley Campground on the Russian River. There we found many American Rubyspots and Emma's Dancers, but darn, no Cruisers or Bison Snaketails, etc.

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Plumas County

Peter Gaede

Little Willow Lake, LVNP

Northern Bluet – 2 in hand, plus about 20 No/Bo that may have also been this species.

Vivid Dancer – a few.

Western Red Damsel – a few.

Western Forktail – a few.

Crimson-ringed Whiteface – Abundant. 100+ seen; 8 males netted and examined in hand. This lake is approximately 1 mile northwest of Willow Lake, the known location for Belted Whiteface, so I wanted to check for them here.

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Yolo County

Todd Easterla and Kevin Guse

Davis Creek Reservoir

these dedicated and insane birders hiked about 16 miles along Rayhouse Road from the low water bridge at Cache Creek to Davis Creek Reservoir (near the Homestake Mine) and back.

The road is closed to vehicles from Yolo County.  They started the hike around 4:00AM and returned around 4:30PM. 

The area is in the northwestern mountains of Yolo County.  The habitats include lake and stream, shallow wetlands, pine-oak woodland, and chaparral. 

The weather was cooler than average.

Todd noted the following Odes:

Common Whitetail

Widow Skimmer

White-belted Ringtail

Black Saddlebag

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

Giant Darner

Mosiac Darner

Vivid Dancer

Emma’s Dancer

Sooty Dancer

Wish I had more time to Ode and had a net and camera ready.

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Humboldt County

Tony Kurz

Crannell Rd

Cardinal Meadowhawk

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Santa Cruz County

Alex Rinkert

Soda Lake

Arroyo Bluet - One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)

Vivid Dancer- One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)

Exclamation Damsel - One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)
Black-fronted Forktail - One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)

Western Forktail - One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)

Pacific Forktail - One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)

Blue-eyed Darner - One specimen taken (now residing at the UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections)

 

June 23, 2012

Yolo County

Stephan Telm

North Davis (Northstar) Pond:1300-1330, low 70s, breezy

Blue dashers -- numerous

Common whitetails -- numerous

Widow skimmers -- numerous

Black saddlebags -- a few

Flame skimmers -- 2 (the first of the season in this location)

Pacific forktails -- 4 few

UC Davis Arboretum, Ruth Storer garden:1345-1415, low 70s, breezy

No odes seen, though a few Black saddlebags and immature Variegated Meadowhawks were patrolling along the creek/pond 

Putah Creek Reserve, more east than last time, hiking west -- near the California Raptor Center 1430-1600, low 70s, breezy, though somewhat shielded

Blue dashers -- numerous/patrolling

Common whitetails -- numerous/patrolling

Widow skimmers -- numerous/patrolling

Black saddlebags -- numerous/patrolling

Variegated Meadowhawks  -- a few immatures patrolling

Emma's dancer -- 1

CA/Aztec dancer -- 2

Vivid dancer -- 2

Tule bluet -- 1

Pacific forktails -- a few

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Sonoma County

Dave & Kathy Biggs; Ken A. Wilson + MO

Pepperwood Preserve, NE of Santa Rosa.

The day was cool and breezy, but at least by the afternoon fieldtrip portion of the workshop, we had temps. of 64-66F.
This is a private preserve; reservations must be made for admittance. We visited Turtle, and the upper Twin Pond. *=both ponds
We were able to show many of the participants dragonflies in-hand, and to observe many behaviors. All in all we saw 14-16 species:
Black Spreadwing - MANY emerging, a few mature males and females seen, many nymph found*. In hand.

Vivid Dancer - 1 mature male at Turtle Pond. In hand.
Bluet species - 1 male at Twin Pond
Pacific Forktail - 1 male at Turtle Pond. In hand.
Western Forktail - immature and mature males and females. In hand.
Common Green Darner - 2 males at Twin Pond
Western Pondhawk - MANY at Twin Pond. We observed them preying on other Odes, mating, ovipositing, the whole deal!
Blue Dasher - a few males and one ovipositing female. Twin Pond. In hand.
Eight-spotted Skimmer - 1 mature male at Turtle Pond.

Common Whitetail - 1 female at Twin Pond.
Cardinal Meadowhawk - a few, including tandem ovipositing. Twin pond. In hand.
Red-veined Meadowhawk - some. * In hand.
Stripped Meadowhawk - MANY, most just emerging, none mature.* In hand.

Black Saddlebags - 1 male, Twin Pond
Also seen: Darner sp. (not Anax); possible Glider sp. alongside driveway
At Turtle Pond, we had at least 7 pond turtles.
At Twin Pond Kathy netted (from the water) many salamander/newt puppies and also Chorus Frog Pollywogs
At the small pond above Twin Pond we saw mating Water Pennies.
This is a lovely place to teach a workshop with a state-of-the-art education center and thousands of acres of wildlands.

 
June 22, 2012
Tuolumne County
Leslie Flint
Tuolumne Meadows, just across from the Visitors Center.
*American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffii – a female photographed 
4-spotted skimmer (also seen here on June 19) 
Both odes were numerous in the Meadow.
 
June 21, 2012
Mono County
Leslie Flint
Dechambeau Ponds
90 minutes from 11:00 - 12:30.  The temp was in the upper 80s and the wind was howling.  There were lots of Odes on all the ponds but there were probably many more in the brush given the wind.
*Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta – (2) - really a surprise and got great looks [last report 2012]
Black Saddlebags - a few
8-spotted skimmers - dozens everywhere
Blue Dasher - many
Western Pondhawk - a few
Flame Skimmer - only a few which surprised me because they were everywhere in the Owens Valley yesterday.
Common Green Darner - 1
Variegated Meadowhawk – 2 
Bluets - many
Pacific Forktail - many
Western Forktail - a few
Vivid Dancer - many
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Los Angeles County

Dave Welling

Piru Creek near Frenchman's Flat
Cloudy and cool till about 11AM. Odonate activity got pretty good around 11:30AM - stayed till about 2:30PM. Became sunny, slight breeze and about 85 deg.
northern bluets (enallagma annexum): many and many in copula
sooty dancers (argia lugens): >20
american rubyspots (haeterina americana): >25 and many in copula
zygoptera - a few others, but could not id.
common green darners (anax junius): >20 many in copula
GIANT DARNERS (anax walsinghami): at least three males patrolling - could not get photos 
*SERPENT RINGTAILS (erpetogomphus lampropeltis): at least three males
flame skimmers (libellula saturata): >15 appeared to be all males
plus garter snake hunting tadpoles and small fish 
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Siskiyou County
Tim and Annette Manolis
Copco Lake

We saw the Eastern Phoebe at the fish hatchery (calling on one of the wires across the river just upstream from the one-lane bridge)

Sinuous Snaketail Ophiogomphus occidentis -quite a few there. 

At Collier Rest Area were the usual suspects, lots of jewelwings and rubyspots (got some poor quality pix of males of each perched on the same tule stem).  All the spot-winged skimmers I definitely IDed there were 8-spots, and they were common (one nice Flame Skimmer there, California Darner over the river, Emma's Dancers, etc.).

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Shasta County
Michael Plank & wife 
Coleman fish Hatchery Rd.. East of Cottonwood, Very windy.
Dot-tailed Whiteface
Flame Skimmers
Spot-winged Glider--1
Blue Dashers
Western Pondhawks
Widow Skimmers
Common Whitetail
Twelve-spotted Skimmers
Eight-spotted skimmers
Common Green Darner
Pacific Clubtail
Sinuous Snaketail
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Tehama County
Peter Gaede

Before heading over to Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP), I made a quick stop just north of Red Bluff and walked along the Yana Trail from Jelly's Ferry Road

Highlight was seeing a Bison Snaketail along the trail.

Widow Skimmers were abundant.

Wilson's Lake, Stopped here for a couple of hours

Four-spotted Skimmer – 8

*Chalk-fronted Corporal Ladona julia – 25

*Crimson-ringed Whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis – 4 

Hudsonian Whiteface – 1 male

Dot-tailed Whiteface – 200+

Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 15

Common Whitetail – 1 male

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Plumas County

Drakesbad Meadow, LVNP, north of Chester, June 21:

Tule Bluet – a few

BLACK PETALTAIL – 1 

Hudsonian Whiteface – 1

 

June 18-20, 2012
Siskiyou County
Kathy Biggs & Nancy Bauer
On the 18th - Shasta River at Hudson Rd. It was cool that day, only in the 70s with a breeze. We arrived around 11, but it tookawhile for the Jewelwings to appear.
River Jewelwing - maybe a dozen or less. Few females seen
American Rubyspot - fewer than Jewelwings
Emma's Dancer - many, and many emerging this day
Vivid Dancer - a few along the road
Western Forktail - 1 male, 1 female
Pacific Clubtail – many
Sinuous Snaketail - some, mostly females seen
Common Green Darner - at least one male
Rhionaeschna species, probably California Darner, at least one male seen
Common Whitetail - 3 males seen (one with only 3 wings), 1 female
Also seen: the Chats were quite noisy!!
…
On the 19th we went to Gumboot Lake, Celise Sharpe joined us.
Although there was no snow, it was still early there. Weather was in the 70s, mild.
We walked into Little Gumboot too. Checked out Gumboot Creek where it crosses the road and also a 'secret' pond above that.We hoped for Black Petaltails, but found none
*Boreal Bluet Enallagma boreale - common and exuviae piled up on top of each other all along the shoreline
Emerald sp. - 1 seen looked like it could have been a baskettail, 2 others might have been American or Mountain Emeralds
Common Green Darner - 1-2
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - a few, one emerging
But the wildflowers were gorgeous already! And the butterflies were plentiful!!
…
On the 20th we stayed near our McCloud pond. 79F, mild
No/Bo Bluet - 1 female
Pacific Forktail - 1 male
Darner sp, 1, probably CA Darner
12-spotted Skimmer - 2-3 males, 1 female who came in about once an hour in the afternoons for 10 mins at a time. 
She seemed to try to slip in under the male's 'radar', but when grabbed, willingly formed a wheel. 
Then he'd hover guard her. When she went to leave, he'd try to get her back to the pond, but she just wouldn't.
I swear, I could hear her say, "Not now honey, I laid them all. Give me time to make some new eggs."
Common Whitetail - 1 male last wk, not seen this week
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1 male, only seen this week
Also seen: Great Arctic (butterfly), White-headed Woodpecker, Blue Grouse, Common Nighthawk, and 5 types of warblers
 
June 20, 2012
Mono & Inyo Counties
Leslie Flint with Ron and Barbara Oriti 
INYO County: 
Great Basin Snaketail at the Owens River (wow); Band-winged Meadowhawk at some ponds near Bishop;
MONO County:
Desert Whitetail at Whitmore Hot Springs 
Hoary Skimmer!! at "Pond 3" along Fish Slough 
plus oodles of other things I have already seen but great to see in a new county. 
Most of the damsels were vivid dancers, but we really didn't look at them much - all bluets and dancers; nothing not blue!

 

June 19, 2012

Humboldt County

Tony Kurz

Mill Creek

Eight-spotted Skimmer

 

June 17/18, 2012
Trinity County

Sean McAllister and Amber Transou

We checked out a couple of spots in the Hayfork area and easily tallied 23 species (*photographed):

Salt Creek, two brief stops(one each on the 17th and 18th), a few miles south of Hayfork along Hwy 3.

American Rubyspot

Vivid Dancer*  

Emma’s Dancer*

Pacific Clubtail*

Grappletail*

Bison Snaketail*

Western River Cruiser

Ewing Reservoir (June 18th only); This is an excellent location for odes and ode-ing. It is a large reservoir with emergent vegetation throughout the entire near-shoreline, which has easy access along the entire perimeter (several miles)

Sooty Dancer

Northern (type) Bluet*

Tule (type) Bluet*

Pacific Forktail*

Common Green Darner*

California Darner*

Beaverpond Baskettail*

Dot-tailed Whiteface*

Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis * Photo record, CA Chart #116, OC # 376397

Western Pondhawk*

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer*

Widow Skimmer*

Common Whitetail*

Flame Skimmer*

Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata SIGHT record, CA Chart #116

 
June 17, 2012
Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

I got permission to check Zaca Lake today. This is the only natural lake in the county and I was hoping there might be some relict populations of odes from times when some species had a wider distribution prior to people draining many of the state’s marshes, especially as the lake is free of agricultural runoff (but not introduced fish). Unfortunately I only saw common species. I will probably try this location earlier in the year to check for species like Black Spreadwing and California Darner. All odes were at the Lake unless stated:

Sooty Dancer (second stream crossing) – 1

Vivid Dancer (second stream crossing) – 6

Pacific Forktail – very common

Familiar/Tule Bluet – very common

Northern/Boreal Bluet – 2+

Blue-eyed Darner – 3+ (one confirmed in hand)

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 10

Flame Skimmer – 15

Widow Skimmer 2-3

W. Pondhawk – 2 females, no males seen despite checking many Blue Dashers

Blue Dasher – very common

 

June 16, 2012
Colusa County
Jim Laughlin
Spent the morning at Bear Creek in Colusa County Saturday and wasn't disappointed. Lots of flies! 
American Rubyspot abundant
Sooty Dancer abundant
Bluets abundant
Common Green Darner (2)
Giant Darner (3)
Blue-eyed Darner (2)
White-belted Ringtail Many
Gray Sanddragon Many
Flame Skimmer Abundant
Pale-faced Clubskimmer (1)
Black Saddlebags (3)
Common Whitetail 
Also two weeks ago I visited Butte meadows and the *Black Petaltails Tanypteryx hageni were out in full force
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Modoc County

Steve Rottenborn

South Fork Pit River, 16 June 2012, along CR 64 east of Likely, approximately 0.5-0.8 mi west of Jess Valley:
Emerald Spreadwing – 1
Western Red Damsel – 2
Great Basin Snaketail – 2
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1
Common Whitetail – 1
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 15
 
June 15, 2012
Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

*Band-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum semicinctum, Bishop Millpond

*Pacific (Desert) Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis deserticola, in our Bishop yard

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Modoc County

Steve Rottenborn

Sand Creek, the ½-mile reach upstream from County Road 18 northeast of Cedarville in Surprise Valley – as I walked upstream from CR 18, there was no water at all for the first Ό-mile or so (as opposed to last year, when there was plenty of water in July), then I began seeing a few pools, then pools with fish, and eventually flowing segments of creek.  Nearly all the odes were in the wet reaches, as expected.
*River Bluet Enallagma anna – 10+ males, all in upstream segments of the channel that were flowing; all 20 bluets examined in-hand (then released) from isolated pools farther downstream were Northern Bluets, but 5 of 8 examined in the hand in the flowing sections were River Bluets.  After seeing how distinctive the males’ cerci were in the hand, I was able to ID individuals through the camera lens without needing to capture them.
Northern Bluet – aside from the aforementioned River Bluets, all other bluets were likely this species (23 were identified in-hand and released)
Western Red Damsel – 1
Vivid Dancer – 3
Western Forktail – 300+
*Pale Snaketail Ophiogomphus severus – 3 -  ONLY report 2012
Common Green Darner – 7
California Darner – 10
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1
Desert Whitetail – 2
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 30
Seyferth’s Hot Spring, along CR 15B southeast of Lake City in Surprise Valley:
Northern/Boreal Bluet – 2
*Paiute Dancer Argia alberta – 50 [last report 2012]
Western Forktail – 15
Pacific Forktail – 1
Pale Snaketail – 1
Variegated Meadowhawk – 2
Desert Whitetail – 15
Hoary Skimmer – 4
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 15
Comanche Skimmer – 3
Western Pondhawk – 6

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Los Angeles County
Brian Daniels
San Gabriel River - hoping to find the Grappletails reported about one week earlier by Robb Hamilton.  
They were seen at the Santa Ana Sucker Fishing Platform along Cogswell Road.  
This paved road is open to the public but only for hikers and bikers (or campers with special permits).  
The Santa Ana Sucker Fishing Platform is 3.9 miles from the trail head parking on Hwy 39. 
I arrived at that fishing platform (there are 2 or 3 others along the road) at about 0815 and explored the area until 1000 but did not see any odes (it was sunny but still a mild day).  
Under some time constraints, I decided to search for my own odes on the hike back to the car (arrived there at 1330 - 82 degrees).
Grappletail one at a bridge crossing over the West Fork (this is the 2nd bridge in from Hwy 39 - about 1 mile). 
Pacific Spiketail - one patrolling the stream at this location (Robb also saw this species near his Grappletails).  
Other odes on my walk include
American Rubyspot - 4
Sooty Dancer - 8
dancer sp. - 10
Red Rock Skimmer – 12

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Humboldt County

Tony Kurz

Willams Grove HRSP

Western River Cruiser

Emma's Dancer

Pacific Clubtail

Del Norte County

Crescent City

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata  - many behind the safeway store – Sight record only CA Chart #119

 

June 14, 2012
Siskiyou County
Greg Kareofellas
Colliers Rest Stop, I-5, 8 miles north of Yreka

Calopteryx aequabilis River Jewelwing

Epitheca canis Beaverpond Baskettail - I caught a couple, just because they were acting a little different, but they all checked out as E canis.

Ophiogomphus occidentis Sinuous Snaketail

*Ophiogomphus morrisoni Great Basin Snaketail

Gomphus kurilis Pacific Clubtail -  I caught (males and females of all 3 clubtails).

I did not ID any of the small damsels this time, was really trying to get pix of the Calopteryx. The temp was perfect yesterday, but there was a little wind that made it hard to get things “not moving”.

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Tuolumne County

Ron Oriti

Yosemite – Summit Meadow, which is on the Glacier Point Road

*Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica -- just a few

skimmers - a couple unidentified - very disappointed that there were not more dragonflies around.

 
June 13, 2012
Santa Cruz County
John Garrett
along the railroad tracks at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, ~ 1 pm
Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes - a male, photo record CA CHART#116, OC# 375983
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johngarrettbirding/7370197100/in/photostream
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Solano County
Leslie Flint
90-95 degrees and windy in the a.m.
Putah Creek starting at Stephan Telms' spot on Putah Creek Road, driving to the base of the Berryessa Dam then Lake Solano County Park and lastly at the Pedrick Road 
section of the UCDavis Putah Creek Reserve. 
It was a really hot day, especially once I got to the Pedrick Road area.
At the pond adjacent to Putah Creek along Putah Creek Road
Black Saddlebags - at least a dozen pairs. I enjoyed watching the female drop below the male to oviposit and then when rising up, the male was there to catch her again.  
Flame Skimmer - 10
Western Pondhawk 2
Common Whitetail - 2
bluets Many
On the river adjacent to the pond
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 1 - I have never seen this Ode so it took me a bit to figure it out but the obvious white on the abdomen and the otherwise nondescript appearance gave me a clue.
Below Lake Berryessa Dam (I was surprised there were so few Odes here)
Flame Skimmer - 2
Lake Solano County Park (also very quiet except for the damsels)
Exclamation Damsel - many
Bluet sp. many
Flame Skimmer - 2
Black Saddlebags - 1 at the children's fishing pond but nothing else!!
also a beaver swimming by and an osprey perched close.
UC Davis Putah Creek Preserve - at Pedrick Road (a glorious spot - put my feet in the water to cool off!!)
American Rubyspot - 20
Vivid Dancer - many
Bluets - many
Emma's Dancer - 1
Flame Skimmer - 4
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - this Ode never came very close but I saw that diagnostic white spot on the abdomen.  Shortly after viewing it, a Black Phoebe ate it!!
 
June 12, 2012

Del Norte County

Tony Kurz

Mill Creek Watershed
Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus

 
June 11, 2012
Colusa County
Dave & Kathy Biggs
Bear Creek @ Hwy 20, quarter mile down Bear Ck Rd., 5-5:10, 92F, still air.
All odes seen from the road above the creek
American Rubyspot – 3 males
Sooty Dancer – 1 male
Bluets – some
Common Green Darner – 1 male
Giant Darner – 2-3 males
Blue-eyed Darner – 1 male
Pacific Clubtail – 1 male
Flame Skimmer – abundant
Common Whitetail – 1 male
…….
Santa Cruz County
Leslie Flint
Quail Hollow Ranch, Santa Cruz  … access to the pond was limited and one couldn't get around it.  
Desert Firetail - one landed near me on a bit of grass 
Common Whitetail -1 sat over and over again on the same stick allowing me to digiscope him
Many other skimmers seen
…….
Del Norte County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb + MO
ponds around the Lake Earl Wildlife Area
*Northern Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus – photo of sub-adult male; new county record. CA Chart #111, OC # 375919
No/Bo Bluet
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Siskiyou County
Michael Plank & wife
Shasta River @ Hudson Rd. It was very warm and the wind came up late in the day. 
My wife and I spent the afternoon there 
River Jewelwing
American Rubyspot
Emma's Dancers
Familiar Bluets
California Darner
Pacific Clubtail
Sinuous Snaketail
Common Green Darner
Western Pondhawk
 
June 10/11, 2012
Siskiyou County
Dave & Kathy Biggs
McCloud home's Dragonfly Roost pond:
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - first one showed up on the 10th, on the 11 we had 3 males in the morning before we left
Common Whitetail - 1 male, on 10th and 11th. Only the 2nd time they've showed up at our pond.
Blue-eyed Darner - 1 male on the 11th
 
June 10, 2012

Solono County

Stephan Telm

Winters.  Evidently I haven't learned my lesson about the wind.  After meeting some friends, I decided to check out a publicly accessible portion of the creek from Putah Creek Road, the Solano County side of the Creek

1115-1245, Mid to high 80s, wind NNE @ 25-30mph (slightly sheltered down in the creek, but not completely.

Lots of wind-blown dragons were seen, but none landed:

Flame skimmer (many)

Common whitetail (a few)

12-spotted skimmer (1)?

8-spotted skimmer (1) 

Widow skimmer (1 male)

Black saddlebags (many)

Blue Dasher (several males)

variegated meadowhawk (1 Immature dead male)

Tule bluets (several)

CA/Aztec dancers (a few)

Pacific forktails (a few)

Desert Firetail Telebasis salva (several) new Solano County record, CA Chart #115, OC #375927

Western Forktail-1 male, 1 female

Cool non-Odes: Western fence lizards, California toads, Green herons (one pair that is upset with me), swallows

.......

San Diego County
Gary Suttle
Pine Valley Creek, 11:15-1:30, clear, light breeze, 75 degrees.
American Rubyspot  
*California Dancer Argia agrioides 
Vivid Dancer
NoBo Bluet
Western Forktail
Grappletail 1 M  (Seldom seen in San Diego County)*
Pacific Spiketail 
Flame Skimmer
*Grappletail previously found along this quarter mile stretch of Pine Valley Creek on May 28 and May 29, 2009 (2), June 3, 2010 (1), June 15, 1010 (2). 
Several visits in 2011 and 2012 yielded none, until today. 
Grappletail found at a point along the creek about an 8 minute walk from the trailhead, just off the creekside path (piled dry brush next to the trail at the place where it was last seen). 
Walked softly in the creek to follow its movement.  Grappletail often perched for several minutes, then flew to a close-by spot, within a four foot radius, sometimes in the sun, other times in dappled shade, 
repeating this behavior for nearly an hour. 
Allowed close approach for photographs.  Despite its impressive club-like tail and pale yellow highlights, the relatively small, dark, delicate-looking creature blends into surroundings, making it hard to find.
 
June 9, 2012
Siskiyou County
Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball, and Kathy’s brother Bob Claypole (who had permission to go onto the Fruit Growers site)
We all met at 11 at Collier's Rest Stop on I-5, about 8 miles north of Yreka. It had only been 44F when Dave and I left our 
McCloud home and a FIERCE cold cold wind was blowing. By time we reached the rest stop it had only warmed up to 52F and we weren't very encouraged. 
We decided to stall and let the day warm up further (hopefully) and went out across the lawn towards the Klamath River to see if any Clubtails could possibly be out. 
Right away we scared one up and soon we realized they were all over the place!! We found both Pacific Clubtails and Sinuous Snaketails to be plentiful, and soon Rubyspots, then Jewelwings 
and finally Emma's Dancers showed. 
An interesting but gruesome find was when a Pacific Clubtail caught a male Rubyspot and began eating it - quite the meal. He ate the flight muscles first, then the head and went on to the thorax....we had to leave!
Then we saw a Baskettail! But it was a female, and the nets were in the cars...but we did get a few photos, which I hope to have access to soon.  
"Also seen" were Lewis's Woodpeckers. 
Bob, the author of the "Klamath River Bird Finder" had told us that they are becoming much less common, but this was a reliable site. And then Celise found their nest hole when one entered it!
It was natural hole in a large tree. 
Our report for this site (note - all these species can be found at the Hudson Rd/Shasta River site nearby, which is MUCH more beautiful and often 'magical', but 
Collier's is a great stop if you're on an I-5 road trip):
Collier's Rest Stop, 11-12:30 52-56F, breezy wind 10mph
River Jewelwing - m&f, 12+
American Rubyspot - dozens, only males seen
Emma's Dancer - 12 females
Vivid Dancer - 1 male
Pacific Clubtail - abundant
Sinuous Snaketail - dozens, m&f
Baskettail sp. - 1 female photographed, probably a Beaverpond Baskettail
Next Bob wanted to stop and show us a pond (possibly ephemeral) in Henley. This pond is also in his bird guide - it didn't disappoint us or him - only the 2nd Great-tailed Grackle for the Klamath River watershed.
and we added 6 more Ode species to our day list:
Main Street Pond, Henley, 12:45-1:20, 63F
Emerald Spreadwing - dozens
Pacific Forktail - few,, immatures seen
Western Forktail - few, immatures seen
Eight-spotted Skimmer - 1-2 teneral female
Common Whitetail - 2-3 males
Meadowhawk sp. - several tenerals on maiden flights and one mature, or immature over water (fly by)
Also seen were Wood Duck and Cinnamon Teal.
Still stalling and awaiting warmer weather we stopped at Honker Lake in Henley (?) - where the Tufted Duck was earlier this year.
We added a few more species of Odes:
Honker Lake, Henley, 1:25-1:35, 63F
Western Pondhawk - 1 female ovipositing
Common Whitetail - several
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1 male
Then it was time & we headed on up to Hilt to look for the breeding ground of the Spiny Baskettail. 
When we arrived the wind was blowing FIERCE, hundreds of Pacific Forktails were sheltering on the lee side of the mill pond. 
Nothing else was about and we had just about given up hope when we decided to try a smaller pond just to the west of the main pond. 
At first we didn't see anything else there, but then - a Baskettail!! Kathy swung at it and missed; 
she threw the net to Dave, he swung and missed and the Baskettail headed off. Oh no! 
After 15 mins. and no reappearance, we were losing hope, when 2 interacted nearby. They appeared much darker than Beaverpond Baskettails and we were encouraged.
We spread out and yelled for Dennis, who had chosen to circle the main pond while we went to the smaller pond. 
Dave and Bob had 2 baskettails interact between them, but lost sight of them. 
Just then Dennis appeared over the hill, and we think he scared it right into Dave's clutches as he caught it just then! I ran over, and as they pulled it from the net, 
I grinned - the straight appendages of a Spiny Baskettail! 
We kept him as a voucher specimen. All in all we think we saw 4-6 Spiny Baskettails. 
We were not able to find any exuvia, but we really suspect that this IS where they are breeding. Our report from this site (again, this is PRIVATE PROPERTY):
Fruit Grower's Mill Pond, and smaller pond to the west of millpond, HILT, 2:00-3:30, 60-64F in still areas, but wind chill factor made it feel like 50 or less
Emerald Spreadwing - some
Pacific Forktail - abundant, many male-colored females seen, immatures seen
Western Forktail - a very few
California Darner - 1-2 assumed this species
Common Green Darner - 1-2 males (very low #s of darners this day!!)
*SPINY BASKETTAIL, EPITHECA SPINIGERA - 4-6, we think only males [upgrade of photo record –CA Chart #7, OC# 375940]  last report 2012
Dash/Hawk - seen by Dennis at a distance
Flame Skimmer - 2 males seen on east side of large mill pond by Dennis
Meadowhawk sp - 1 seen by Dennis on east side of mill pond
Our group parted ways at this point.
Dave and Kathy drove up the road another mile or two where it loops back to recheck another pond and the creek we'd accessed on May 13th.We found a few more species:
Hilt Hungry Rd, 61F, breezy
Western Red Damsel - dozens at the small cattail swamp on east side of the road
Vivid Dancer - some on creek
Blue Dasher - 1 female at the small cattail swamp on east side of the road
Amazingly, with a day that started out with our fearing we'd see no Odes at all, our species count came to 20 or 21 (maybe 22-23 when I get to see the photos)!! 
AND, we found the Spiny Baskettail. What a lovely day!!
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Inyo County
Ron Oriti 
Blackrock Wetlands
Bleached Skimmer

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Humboldt County

Tony Kurz

Red-veined Meadowhawk – young

Eight-spotted Skimmer Female

Pacific Forktail

 
June 8, 2012
Mono County
Ron Oriti
Fish Slough 
Spot-winged Glider 
 
June 7, 2012
Imperial County
Gary Suttle
Westside Main Canal, just north of the Highway 98 bridge crossing, 10:40-11:40, clear, light breeze, 95 degrees.  
*Powdered Dancer Argia moesta  >50 [ONLY report 2012]
Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula 1 
Blue Dasher  3
Western Pondhawk  10
For the third year in a row, re-grading of the dirt roads that parallel the canal have reduced the size and quantity of tall, eye-level arrow weed that formerly provided nice shade and cover for the 
Brimstone and Russet-tipped Clubtails 
and good opportunities to view them.   
Early season for clubtails, trip made with aim of an early flight date.
Westside Main Canal around the Lyon Road bridge crossing (located .07 mile down the dirt road from the intersection with Drew Road/ S29), 11:50--1:30.  
And few larger patches of arrow weed growing
along the small Wormwood Canal, which parallels and is immediately east of the Westside Main Canal, about .05 mile north of the bridge. 
Powdered Dancer  >30
Blue-ringed Dancer  2
**Brimstone Clubtail  2M [new early date by 8 days but only report for 2012 –kb]
Clubtail or Ringtail  unidentified 1 
White-belted Ringtail  3
Blue Dasher  1
Western Pondhawk  >