California's Year 2017

Dragonfly Reports

 

 

Sightings are listed in order from MOST recently to LEAST recently seen! 
Please send your sightings, with date, county and location as displayed below to Kathy Biggs and/or the CalOdes Yahoo! Dragonfly discussion group 
date (month/day/year) 
County (name of county where seen) 
your name 
place, etc. 
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc.  
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc. 
See examples below (after dates start)
THANK YOU

 

Note: A Facebook Western Odonata group is a wonderful place to get help with IDs, etc. Check it out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/WesternOdonata/ 
 
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  (any new, but prior to 2016 records are listed at the bottom of the page)
           OC= Odonata Central
* = first/last sighting of species of year in CA 
** = new flight data for species in CA
# = probably a migratory event
MO = many observers (usually means a field trip full of observers)
 
As of the most recent date below,

66 species (out of the 114 species known to have occurred in California) have been reported to this site as flying in California in the 2017 season.

1 new California county record has been reported/discovered/upgraded this year. (this # includes upgrades of previous ‘sighting only’ & photo records)

In 2015, new county records were found by accessing specimens in museum collections or late reports. All were entered at Odonata Central by “Calif Records”.

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

 

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

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

EVERYONE is encouraged to record flight data for their home &/or favorite county and to upload such files to CalOdes: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CalOdes/files &/or Odonata Central.

 

June
 

June 22, 2017

Siskiyou County
Kathy Biggs and Nancy Bauer
Dragonfly Roost Pond, Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud, 4570’, 1

No/Bo Bluet – many pairs + single males

Western Forktailmale and female

12-spotted Skimmer – 2 males, 3 ovipositing females at the same time!

Flame Skimmer – a male, species #18 for the pond

 

June 21, 2017

Colusa County
Greg Kareofellas
Lestes sultus, 1
 
June 18, 2017    
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Big Pine Canal
Variegateds –TONS
 
June 17, 2017    
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
McNally Canal
Variegateds -TONS

 

June 16, 2017

Shasta County

Michael and Muriel Plank

Lake McCumber  near Shingletown - 110 outside at 4PM.

First day looking for dragonflies this year due to weather and remodel of our home.

It was a great day.

*Boreal Bluets Enallagma boreale by the hundreds

Familiar Bluets by the hundreds

Common Whitetails

Four-spotted Skimmers

Twelve-spotted Skimmers

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Red-veined Meadowhawk

*Mountain Emeralds Somatochlora semicircularis

Pacific Clubtails

At Withrow Rd. below Shingletown

*Hoary Skimmers Libellula nodisticta  

Flame Skimmers

 

June 14, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy Biggs, Doug Karalun

We followed Alan Wight's route from last week and found Doug’s 2 desired species:

Exclamation Damsel - 1 male where Blutcher Creek crosses Bloomfield Rd.(the nursery was closed or we'd have gone there)

San Francisco Forktail - 1 male next to Stormy's Tavern at Bloomfield Creek. Another along this creek where it passes under Valley Ford Rd.

Also seen there - Cardinal Meadowhawk, darner sp., Western Forktail

Also looked at another site ~ half mile north of there where Tim Manolis and I had seen them before. Found another male SF Forktail at the site by a farmhouse.

About a mile south of Bloomfield, where Estero Americana Ck passes under Valley Ford Rd, we found about 15 SF Forktails, including a pair in wheel where the female is andromorphic. 464394

 

June 13, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Big Pine Canal

Western River Cruisers - several

 

June 12, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Sebastopol backyard

*Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri

 

June 11, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Bartlett Spgs

Comanche Skimmers - couple

 

June 10, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs and the SF Photography Club

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol

Pacific Forktail- many

Western Forktail - many

Pacific Spiketail - Kathy saw it do 3 quick flybies in the back

Flame Skimmer - males

Blue Dasher – males, female, ovipositing

Common Whitetail – a quick flyby

Cardinal Meadowhawk– males, female, ovipositing

Striped Meadowhawk – our foy, young male (it’s been a few yrs since we’ve had one here)

Alan Wight

I looked for San Francisco Forktails at the known locations in Bloomfield, Sonoma County.  I didn’t find any.  This was mainly because the deep ditch south of Valley Ford Road is now fenced off so I wasn’t able to look along the ditch.

I then drove back toward Petaluma and stopped where Americano Creek crosses Valley Ford Road just west of the north end of Carmody Road.  I saw two San Francisco Forktails on the south side of the road and at least four on the north side.  This is a little over a mile from the Bloomfield location.

Here’s a photo of one:http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/san_francisco_forktail_0159.jpg

Also, I saw two Exclamation Damsels along Blucher Creek where it crosses Bloomfield Road.  This has been a fairly reliable spot for this species over the years (I check here each year in June while doing my annual breeding bird census).

 

June 8, 2017

Calaveras County

Beulah Brown

private pond in Avery, at 4,200 feet

California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica)

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) - male photographed

 

June 5, 2017

San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Got out to Deep Creek for the first time this year.  Water is definitely deeper than last year.

Splinter's Cabin Day Use Area

Northern Bluet >10

Vivid Dancer Present in decent numbers. It is our default Argia along streams.

Western Forktail 6

Pacific Forktail 10 or so

Blue-eyed Darner One.

Bison Snaketail Numerous and first ode seen today

Grappletail Saw one away from water perched on a branch. 

Red Rock Skimmer Numerous

Devil's Hole 

American Rubyspot 1

Bluet sp. Abundant

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Western River Cruiser

Flame Skimmer 2

Red Rock Skimmer 3

 

June 4, 2017

San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Plunge Creek today to see what has changed in the last few weeks.

Vivid Dancer 20+

*Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax 1

Flame Skimmer 5

Red Rock Skimmer 1

…….

Sonoma County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Lake Sonoma-We camped in the Yorty Creek arm, but this is at the very end of the Brushy Creek arm

Exclamation Damsel – photographed, 4-5, all males

 

June 3, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Bartlett Spgs

Desert Whitetails - lots                                          

*Hoary Skimmers Libellula nodisticta – some

Inyo County
BJ Stacey

Big Pine Canal at Reynolds Rd
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis 
168--Owens River (Inyo County)
American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana 
395--Division Creek Rest Area  
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis 
Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea 
Cottonwood Rd (Off 395)
Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata  June 2, 2017 Modoc NWR
Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia 
Bluets (Damselflies) Genus Enallagma 

June 2, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol

Pacific Forktail

Western Forktail

Pacific Spiketail

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Widow Skimmer – first one since 1996!!

Flame Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Common Whitetail

Cardinal Meadowhawk

9 species in one day ties the pond’s diversity record.

…….

Inyo County
BJ Stacey

395-Rest Area--Lassen County
Vivid Dancer Argia vivida 
Western Forktail Ischnura perparva 

 

June 1, 2017

Colusa County

Greg Kareofellas

Near Fout’s Springs

Epitheca canis - 100-200, I have never seen so many before

*Tanypteryx hageni Black Petaltail. Just about ready to take a pic when a female flew by and off the male went.

Unknown Sympetrum,

probable   Rhionaeschna multicolor

Phanogomphus kurilis

 

May

 

May 30, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Dragonfly Roost backyard pond, Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud

Four-spotted Skimmer – EIGHT emerged from the pond today!

 

May 29, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Soda Springs/Beaver pond on Squaw Creek, McCloud

There were a few more species flying, but the Swift Forktails  were mighty hard to find.We thought we'd found the first Western Red Damsels of the year until we talked to Celise Sharp who had them yesterday at her pond!

*Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum - a few: first of year seen yesterday in Big Springs by Celise Sharpe and Dennis Ball

Bluet sp.  - 1 m

Swift Forktail - a  few

Pacific Forktail - a few

Western Forktail - abundant

Co.Green Darner - 1 or more

CA Darner - 1 or more, 1 seen well while perching

Blue-eyed Darner - maybe one of this species

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - several males

Common Whitetail - many males

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1-3 males

At our backyard pond in Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud

Western Forktail - a few

Darner sp - possibly a CA Darner

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - 2 males

Common Whitetail - 1 male

and the first exuvia of the year found on the pond.

 

May 28, 2017

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

 the middle Santa Ynez River:

Pacific Forktail  2

Northern Bluet  2 netted

Arroyo Bluet    2 netted

Bluet sp.  20

California Dancer  1

Variegated Meadowhawk 10 (including several teneral)

Cardinal Meadowhawk  3

Flame Skimmer  12

Red Rock Skimmer  3

Giant Darner  2

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

River Spg,   

*Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata - couple

DeChambeau Ponds

Black Saddlebags - couple

 

May 27, 2017

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Paradise Road, the gateway to the middle Santa Ynez River

This, finally reopened yesterday. The road had been blocked by landslides, and the river crossings were covered by debris. Since I became interested in dragonflies 5 years ago, this has been one of my go-to places. The watershed has also been in drought for these same 5 years, meaning that odonata activity was restricted largely to isolated pools in the river bed. In those years numbers of odes gradually diminished. For example, three years ago I saw 17 Serpent Ringtails in one binocular sweep, but I saw only one last year. Much the same was true for Gray Sanddragons and Western River Cruisers.

I saw very little along the flowing river today. There was only one dancer, a California, where they are usually common. There is not much emergent vegetation yet, and I'm sure it will take time for the river to "restock" with odes after their decimation. I wonder how long. I also wonder if the scouring action of the river, when it was really flowing, could have washed away many of the remaining nymphs. 

One of my favorite pools at Live Oak Day Use area no longer exists because the river changed course there. It is now dry where there used to be a deep pool.

There were quite a few Variegated Meadowhawks about, including some tenerals and some old ones. The highlight was seeing two Giant Darners.

 

May 25, 2017

Colusa County

Leslie Flint

Several spots along Bear Creek. I have never been there this early and the creek was very high and some of my favorite spots were barely accessible. I couldn't get into the reeds so my species list is small:

Gray Sanddragon - 12+ (more than I have ever seen at one time)
Pacific Clubtail - 1 (brief)
Variegated Meadowhawk - 2
Flame Skimmer - 12+
Common Whitetail - 2
No/Bo Bluets - many
*Sooty Dancer Argia lugens - 6

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Greg Kareofellas

Shasta River @ Hudson Road, 12-3:30. 76-81F, calm, but water very high and fast

River Jewelwing -  many dozen, they were everywhere we looked

American Rubyspot -  maybe 10

Western Forktail - several

*Emma's Dancer  Argia emmamany
Vivid Dancer – some
No/Bo Bluet – a few
Western Forktailssome

Co. Green Darner - 1 m seem by Kathy & Dave

California Darner – several males
Pacific Clubtail – several dozen, the males were quite abundant
Klamath River at 1st ‘put in’ ~1 mile upstream from the Highway Bridge
River Jewelwing – some
Vivid Dancer – at least one
Sinuous Snaketail – a few emerging
Pacific Clubtail – a few emerging
Baskettail sp – probably Beaverpond Baskettail – 2 m seen by Kathy
 

May 24, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Soda Springs, McCloud, 4-4:30 80F - pond mostly already in the shade

Pacific Forktail - several

Western Forktail - several

*Swift Forktail Ischnura erratica - 3 m & 1 orange teneral female (photo)

*Walker's Darner Aeshna walkeri - 1 m (possibly this species, bright white wide side stripes but I couldn't see a spine on the appendages, no photo)

Co. Green Darner - 1 m

12-spotted Skimmer - 2 m & 1 f

Co. Whitetail - 2 m

…….

San Bernardino County

Tom Benson

Seven Oaks Reservoir

Common Whitetail – OC#463004

 
May 23, 2017 
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Keoughs     
Gray Sanddragons - a few 
 
May 21, 2017
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 2 males inc. one pair in wheel
Bluet sp (Northern or Boreal)
…….
Mariposa County
Matthew Matthiessen
This location is on private property, physically closest to (and east of) the town of Midpines
Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis - ~20 photo of a female CA Chart# 101, OC#463317
 
May 20, 2017
Colusa County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bear Creek, 1:30-2:00, 89F, breezy, lots of water!
American Rubyspot – 1 m, 1 f
California Dancer – 1 m photographed
Tule Bluet
No/Bo Bluets
California Darner
Blue-eyed Darner – more abundant the the CA Darners (no Anax seen at all)
Pacific Clubtail – 1 male photographed
*Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica – 1-3 males seen, photographed. No exuvia under the bridge though
Flame Skimmer – dozens, but probably less than a 100
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson 
Seaside Nursery in Carpinteria
Rambur's Forktail – a male. This is now the fourth year these beasts have appeared (emerged) at the tiny pond there. Also present were three 
Pacific Forktails, a 
Blue Dasher, and a 
Flame Skimmer
…….
Sacramento County
Tim Manolis & Sacamento Audubon field trip members
American River Parkway,  Stuff this year is very late, not surprising, all the rivers are running high and cold.  Very few dragonflies seen today or in recent weeks.  are flying at the American River spot, though.
Sinuous Snaketail (Ophiogomphus occidentis) – only one
Exclamation Damsels – some

……. 

Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

Big Pine Canal 

Giant Darners – a couple

 
May 18, 2017
Colusa County
Greg Kareofellas
Little Stony Creek 
*Grappletail Octogomphus specularis – 1 male photographed
…….
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Their Sebastopol backyard
Cardinal Meadowhawks – males guarding, females ovipositing 
Flame Skimmers - males guarding, a female ovipositing 
Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis 1 female hunting in the backyard
Blue Dasher – 2 immature males
Pacific Forktails – MANY
Western Forktailsome
Vivid Dancer – in backyard, not at pond
No/Bo Bluet – 1 male
Black Spreadwing – 1 male
Common Whitetail – 1 male flyby late in the afternoon
Alan Wight
Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa
Pacific Spiketail - my first of the year.  One of my favorites!  It was a male.
 
May 17, 2017
San Mateo County
Jennifer Rycenga
Park where Bay Meadows Track used to be
Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus first one reported in county in decades
 
May 15, 2017
Sacramento County
Tim Manolis
American River Parkway
*Sinuous Snaketail (Ophiogomphus occidentis) - a couple along the at my usual spot behind Rio Americano High School 
 
May 14, 2017
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 7:00-12:40, 66-90F, altostratus clearing by end of walk, light air. 4.25 miles.
Paiute Dancer, Argia Alberta 1
Powdered Dancer, A. moesta 1
Blue-ringed Dancer, A. sedula 2
Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii 2
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 1
Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >20
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >40
Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 10
Bleached Skimmer, L. composita 2
Widow Skimmer, L. luctuosa 1
Flame Skimmer, L. saturata 8
Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 15
Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 2
…….
Siskiyou County
Dave Payne
Shasta River @ Hudson Rd. The river remains high and chilly.
*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis 1 female sunning in the grasses along.
Pacific Clubtails, only a handful 
bluets, a few teneral 
…….
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Their Sebastopol backyard
Cardinal Meadowhawks – males guarding, females ovipositing and 2 emerging
Flame Skimmers - males guarding, a female ovipositing and 1emerging
*Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis 1 female hunting in the backyard
David Hoffman
Willow Creek
American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana – 1 male photographed
 
May 12, 2017
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Blackrock Wetlands  
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1
 
May 11, 2017
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough,      

Flame Skimmers – a few

 
May 8, 2017
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson
t Sailor Bar (with photos) on the American River Parkway
*Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella - a male
 
May 6, 2017
Solano County
Rita LaRoy
Rockville Hills Regional Park
*Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum
 
May 5, 2017
San Bernardion County

Matthew Grube

Redlands at San Timoteo
*Desert Firetail Telebasis salva – is it on the year list yet?  I had one today.  Pretty sure all the others I saw have been recorded this year, but the highlight for me was a
Giant Darner
 
May 4, 2017
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, I saw the following:

Pacific Forktail – several

Bluet sp. – several

*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus2+

Beaverpond Baskettail – 3

Pacific Clubtail – 1, first of year

California Darner – 1

Darner sp. – 1

Flame Skimmer – 2

Western Pondhawk 3

Blue Dasher – 4+, first of year

*Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia3, first of year

Eight-spotted Skimmer – 4+

Striped Meadowhawk - 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 2

 

May 1, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave & Kathy Biggs
Graton in a yard with no pond, but several vineyard ponds nearby

Vivid Dancer - 1 male

Flame Skimmer - 1 male

8-spotted Skimmer - 1 male

CA Darners seen nearby

Our Sebastopol Pond

Cardinal Meadowlarks in skirmishes with

2 Flame Skimmer males (we think at least one emerged from the pond while we were gone)

Pacific Forktails

 
April
 
April 30, 2017

San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Made my first trip of the year to the confluence of the Mojave River and Deep Creek.  Lots of water this year.

Familiar Bluet 

Western Forktail

Pacific Forktail

*California Dancer Argia agrioides

Vivid Dancer

Giant Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis

Flame Skimmer

Red Rock Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

Hesperia Lakes was full of anglers but a few odes were lurking on the mossy ditch that drains the Lake.

Tule Bluet

Black-fronted Forktail

*Aztec Dancer Argia nahuana

Variegated Meadowhawk

 
April 29, 2017

Orange County

Rich Schilk

Visited Ralph B. Clark Regional Park with my daughter Arabella yesterday afternoon and got a few odes, the best of which was a Giant Darner. Temperature was in the high 80s - low 90s.

Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile  OC# 462323
Common Green Darner, Anax junius
Giant Darner, Anax walsinghami  OC# 462322
Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis
Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata
Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta

 

April 27/28 2017

Siskiyou County

Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

The Sharpe –Ball backyard pond in Big Springs – 28th

CA Darner – one emerged during the morning (below freezing the night before)

Pacific Forktails – several

Dave & Kathy Biggs

McCloud River walk, between Lower and Middle Falls – 27th

Variegated Meadowhawk - 1

 

April 25 2017
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Keysight Technologies site on Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa

Vivid Dancer – 5+

Darner sp. – 1

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1

*Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes – 1http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/temp/striped_meadowhawk_8231.jpg

 
April 23, 2017
San Benito County
Steve Rovell
Pinnacles NP
Vivid Dancers 4
Variegated Meadowhawk 1
…….
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 6:45-11:35, 70-97F, mostly cirrus clouds, calm air. 3.6 miles.
Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 11
Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 1
Common Green Darner, Anax junius  2
Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor 1
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 2
Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >25
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >50
*Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 2
Flame Skimmer, L. saturata >40 including a pair in wheel and an ovipositing female.
*Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 5
Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 16 including one pair in tandem.
Note: Only one forktail seen, very odd for this location.

Peter Gaede

Dos Palmas Preserve this morning too, but stayed a little later into the day (0830-1330).

I kept a list independently, and had 17 species. Temps hit 100° F by the time I left.

Rambur’s Forktail—4.

Desert Forktail—7.

Citrine Forktail—6 (ph).

*Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)—1 blue female (ph).

Blue-ringed Dancer—24, including several pairs ovipositing (ph).

Paiute Dancer—3, including one in hand.

Common Green Darner—3.

Flame Skimmer—40+.

*Bleached Skimmer (Libellula composita)—4 (ph.; one in hand).

**Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)—I teneral female (ph).

Comanche Skimmer—11 (ph).

Mexican Amberwing—1 male (ph).

Western Pondhawk—16.

Variegated Meadowhawk—1.

Blue Dasher—60+.

Black Saddlebags—10, one pair ovipositing, one in tandem.

*Marl Pennant—7 (ph).

…….

Tom Benson

San Bernardino County

Glen Helen Regional Park

*Giant Darners Anax walsinghami  - two OC# 462183

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough

*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata - One

 

April 21 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy Biggs

Took a quick dash out to the Bloomfield Rd site to look for SF Forktails (Ischnura gemina). Found one male out and got images of him.

*SF Forktails (Ischnura gemina)

Pacific Forktail - 3M

Western Forktail - 1M

CA Darner - 1M

They were all seen in the roadside ditch along Petaluma-Valley Ford Rd. between Bloomfield Rd and Bloomfield Ck. on the east side of the road. It's interesting because I believe that this ditch is ephemeral. There are many ephemeral ditches about the tiny town and it would be wonderful if someone could check them out soon. I can't as we'll be gone this next week, infact, I only had 20 mins to spend at the site today. It would also be interesting to find out if the SF Forktails at Fort Point are up and about already too.

….

Alan Wight

 Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – many

Western Forktail – 1 female

Bluet sp. – 6+

Vivid Dancer – 1

Black Spreadwing – 8+

Beaverpond Baskettail - 5+

Darner sp. - 4+, likely California

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 4+

Flame Skimmer – 1 female, first of year

*Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis – 2+, first of year

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata – 2-3, first of year

 

April 19, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Rawson Ponds

Black Saddlebags – a few

 

April 15, 2017
Santa Bernardino County 

Doug Karalun

Weather was in the 80s so more odes are coming out.

Plunge Creek

Rhionaeschna sp. 2

Vivid Dancer 15

East Highland Reservoir

Tule Bluet 10

Pacific Forktail 20

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Blue Dasher 3

Flame Skimmer 2

*Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa 1

 
April 11, 2017
Santa Barbara County 
Hugh Ranson

Lake Los Carneros, Goleta

Flame Skimmer (2)
*Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta (1)

Common Green Darner (1)

Blue-eyed Darner  (4)

Blue Dasher  (1)

Tule Bluet  (10)

Familiar Bluet (5)

Pacific Forktail (3)

Santa Ynez Valley

Wim Van Dam

*Northern Bluet photographed

Western Forktail photographed

 
April 10, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave and Kathy Biggs
Pine Flat Rd., east of Healdsburg
*Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum
Cardinal Meadowhawk
 
April 9, 2017
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 7:00-11:55, 60-68F, mostly cirrus clouds, breezy NW. 3.6 miles.
*Paiute Dancer, Argia alberta 2
Blue-ringed Dancer, A. sedula 8
Vivid Dancer, A. vivida 1
Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii 10
*Desert Forktail, I. barberi 2
Common Green Darner, Anax junius  2
Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor 1
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 2
Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 11
*Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >75
*Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata 16
*Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 2
…….
Napa County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

We had to go to Napa, to pick up a new kayak. Decided to make the most of it and hike in Skyline Park while there. Some wildflowers, but some Odes too!!

Beaverpond Baskettail (4-12) FOY

Pacific Clubtail (1 y m). FOY

Calif. Darner (1-3)

Vivid Dancer (5 y m)

Pacific Forktails

a lone female Bluet

 
April 4, 2017
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson

Sailor Bar on the American River Parkway

California Darner - 3-4 male

*Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens  - 1

Pacific Forktails - 10-15

Western Forktails - 10-15

Tule Bluets - several

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough

Common Green Darners - Couple

*Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata - One

 

 

MaRCH

 

 

March 31, 2017
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa,

Pacific Forktail – many

Western Forktail – 2-3, females

Tule Bluet – 1

*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus – 2-3, by ephemeral pond, first of year

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 1, female

Darner sp. – 1

Beaverpond Baskettail – 2

 
March 30, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Sebastopol backyard pond – a new record # of Odes on the pond today!!
Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum 20 emerged plus one mature on territory (new record # of emergers)
Pacific Forktail – 2 males and a female
*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis – 29 males, 7 females plus one tandem
Brian Webb
Santa Rosa Creek
*Pacific Clubtail Phanogomphus kurilis
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Alan Wight
Santa Rosa- Keysight Technologies on Fountaingrove Parkway
Beaverpond Baskettail
 
March 29, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Sebastopol backyard ponds

Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum, - only a teenager - not all the way 'colored up' to the Cardinal Red he'll mature to. Only the first Cardy of the year can hold a territory while still so young....
California Darners have continued to emerge each nite for a week now.

..

Gloria Conley says they had their first one of the year too on their pond here in Sebastopol, Sonoma Co., CA

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – many

Tule Bluet – 12+, first of year (http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/tule_bluet_7626.jpg)

Vivid Dancer – 1

California Darner – 3, my first of year

*Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis 1, first of year

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 1, my first of year

….
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson

Sailor Bar on the American River Parkway

1 male California Darner

10-15 Pacific Forktails

10-15 Western Forktails (the earliest that I have seen this species at Sailor Bar (April 9 previous early record)).

 

March 19, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

we were surprised by what we saw at one of the canals  --  a few Common Green Darners, a few Mosaics, sp., but at least 30 #Variegated Meadowhawks.  We have never seen that many before in March.  This early it is usually just an occasional ode or two.

Ron also found some teneral damselflies.   Ode season is starting, and with all the water this year, it could turn out to be really interesting!

 
March 18, 2017
San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun with Matt Grube

Plunge Creek

Nothing

East Highland Reservoir

Pacific Forktail

Tule Bluet

Flyby of a large darner

Badger Basin

Pacific Forktail

Black-fronted Forktail

Vivid Dancer

# Common Green Darner Anax junius

Rhionaeschna Darner

Variegated Meadowhawk

Lost Lake

Familiar Bluet

*Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

Cajon Creek 

Nothing

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Owens River

*Common Green Darner Anax junius – a few

 

March 17, 2017
Sonoma County
Jacki Sones
a beach in Bodega Bay
#*Pantala, 1, likely Pantala hymenaea, cruising along (arrived 2 days before a warm storm)

 

March 13, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bloomfield

Hunt for SF Forktails. With an early date of 3/8/1980, and our terrific weather and their known haunt just 7 miles down the road (, I convinced Dave to take us there to hunt for them. We found 7 Forktails, all males, but the 5 who we were able to ID were

Pacific Forktails, and the other 2 appeared to be no different. Earliest day in last 2 decades is 4/1, so we'll try again around then. Also found 2 Pacific Forktails on our own pond today. But no Cardinal Meadowhawks.

 
March 12, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave Biggs
Our backyard pond, Sebastopol
*Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum – 1 teneral on maiden flight
…….

San Diego County

Doug Aguillard

Paradise Hills. San Diego,

while covering a house fire, a

*Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes flew by and started flying low, up and down the street where excessive water was flowing down the street.

 
March 11, 2017
Sonoma County
David Hoffmann
Salmon Creek Road
*California Darner Rhionaeschna californica– 1female photographed
 
March 10, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Our backyard pond, Sebastopol
Pacific Forktail – 1 mature male
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa
Pacific Forktails (15) along the shore of the lake, including a pair in wheel. 
*Western Forktail Ischnura perparva– 1 male photographed
………
San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Temperatures were in the 80s in Highland today. - 7 species

East Highland Reservoir

*Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum 10

Pacific Forktail 20

Plunge Creek

Unidentified Darner 1

Church Street Drainage

*Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis 50+

*Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile        2

Vivid Dancer          2

Variegated Meadowhawk    2

 
March 9, 2017
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson
Sailor Bar, American River, Sacramento
Pacific Forktail – 1
 
March 2, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Ellis Creek Wetlands, Petaluma
Pacific Forktail – 2 maiden flights observed, surely this species. No mature forktails seen.
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
I took a walk along the rushing San Jose Creek in Goleta today.
A week ago the creek was roaring--the first time it has done so in many a year--and I wondered how dragonfly nymphs could survive such a pounding and scouring.
I didn't think I'd see any odes, but was pleasantly surprised to come across one
Vivid Dancer--a survivor.
 
March 1, 2017
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa
Pacific Forktails (30+) along the shore of the lake, including a pair in wheel. 
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1
 
February
 
February 28, 2017
Sonoma County
Gloria Conley
Her Sebastopol backyard pond
*Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula – 1 maiden flight observed, surely this species.
 
February 26, 2017
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 7:55-10:50, 58-60F, cloudless sky, calm air. 3.6 miles.
Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 1
*Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii  1
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 3
 
--California HAD RAIN AND FLOODS ALL MONTH….THUS THE SCARSITY OF REPORTS--
 
January

 

 

January 29, 2017
Humboldt County
Tony Westkamper
Van Duzen River.
Variegated Meadowhawk -My arrival was heralded by a small dragonfly which I was delighted to see. For the last 4 or 5 years I've been ID'ing this species.
It seems to overwinter here, or at least they stop on their migrations.
Dragonflies being warm weather critters this is most unusual and I have often been the last in a year and the first in the next year to report a dragonfly in all of California.
I noted 3 or 4 specimens, but none of them were interested in getting their portraits done.
In fact they were extremely skittish.
I got one and only one shot and thank goodness for a long lens and high pixel count so I could crop the image.
The big thing here is they survive the cold overnight temperatures. How or why remains a mystery.
 
January 16, 2017
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
More Mesa -,right along the coast.

I saw my first ode of the year today--you guessed it, a Variegated Meadowhawk-It was a quite fresh-looking individual. I saw another distant ode at the same location, probably this species, too.

 
January 10, 2017
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Keysight Technologies site on Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa
I saw my first Variegated Meadowhawk of the year
 
January 8, 2017
Santa Barbara County
Wim Van Dam
Alamo Pintado Creek in Solvang

*Vivid Dancers Argia vivida

*American Rubyspots Hetaerina americana

…….
Santa Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Took advantage of the 75 degree weather to get out.  In Highland in a flood control ditch I saw a

*Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum male.