On Saturday, July 2nd I drove to Sherwood Pond at the corner of Wear and Sherwood roads near Belleville to again photograph dragonflies. I'd been tipped off that I might find banded pennants here. I didn't find banded pennants but, amongst other odes, I found halloween and calico pennants. I spent about an hour and a half slowly walking the east, southeast and south shorelines of this small lake.
Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) in flight over the pond.
A better shot of the Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella).
Female twelve-spotted skimmer laying eggs over the pond.
Above and below: female Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)
A stalk over the pond popular with bluets and with a couple of exuvia attached.
A large fish in the shallows guarantees that many ode eggs get eaten.
Above and below: I had a chance to improve on my shots of the male Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis).
Above and three below: The beautiful male Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa).
Above and three below: Another beauty, male Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina).
I was running out of time, but following Oakwoods I went anyway to Point Mouillee where I again found halloween pennant - both male and female.
Above: Male Halloween Pennant
Above and three below in poor light: female Halloween Pennant.
On the trail I made the following three photographs.
Above and below: I've been through both my beginner's guide and the Paulson guide and I had to ask for help. These damsels are not identifiable by photo being probably either teneral female Enallagma sp. or Argia sp.
Male White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Another less rushed trip back to Point Mouillee on Monday morning, the 4th, I found both male and female halloween pennants again as well as many of the other dragonflies that I've already shown. I did see a couple of new bluets but, being windy, was not able to get a photo in focus. The video below is of a female halloween pennant hanging on to her stalk in the wind. If your volume is up you will hear the wind and a swamp sparrow chipping in the background.
Although I did not see Banded Pennant, Sherwood Pond was get lost-in-time fun and I'm sure I missed a lot. Another trip is needed. Proud Lake was disappointing but I don't know the SRA at all and maybe I was just not in the right area. A kayak trip down the river would be interesting, but I don't have a kayak and it was super busy on Sunday as I'm sure it is most weekends. I did not go to Point Mouillee at all last summer so I was way overdue for a visit. I'm glad I went. There is always plenty to see. I did not make it out to the banana or even near, but others reported that the shorebirds are starting to add up there.