The opportunity for an unexpected day off does not present itself very often and, as we are coming to the end of most people’s vacation period, I lurched at the chance on Thursday 12-Aug to get out in sunny skies and high temperatures, perfect for dragonflying. Starting at St-Lazare sand pits,and not too many birds to look at but a tatty insect flushed off the sheltered bankside was a Spot-winged Glider, a scarce species in Quebec and certainly not the glider I’d expected to find.
Moving on I pushed out to the Lac St-Francois reserve at Dundee, surely a hotbed of dragonfly life but no, noisy Sandhill Cranes honked from the marsh, invisible in the high vegetation, and the Ospreys sat atop their pole, a breeding habitat seemingly the only place they nest these days but very few odes about and what were there were just common fare. Of note were a couple of Bald Eagles including a juvenile which may be a locally bred bird, perhaps.
After a couple of hours I moved on to the Huntingdon area which was quieter still, the exception being a bridge over a steady river where Powdered and Violet Dancers and Stream Bluets were much in evidence. Further on I tried the Gowan Road area, a place where spring dragonflies almost swarm up off the road, zilch this time.
My last stop was to be Bordelais Bog but, on the off-chance, I stopped off at a working sand pit between the developments of Cedarbrook and Saddlebrook, here I was pleasantly surprised by three Wandering Gliders, Saffron-winged and Band-winged Meadowhawks and several bluets which may turn out to be Vernal, I might have to squint at their goolies to clinch the ID.
Below a few shots. I’m working on the Odonata ID plates and may have a few to upload next week.
Spot-winged (more like what-winged) Glider.
Orange form of the immature female Eastern Forktail
A few shots of Band-winged Meadowhawk
Followed by some shots of Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
The highlight of the day were three very active Wandering Gliders, tough to photograph.
At least one of the gliders was female