This morning while walking our dog near a beaver pond in Marathon, I observed and subsequently netted a male Red Saddlebags. I photographed and released the individual and spent a few minutes watching the other odes present - Common Green Darner (2); Four-spotted Skimmer (20+); Twelve-spotted Skimmer (2); Chalk-fronted Corporal (9); Belted Whiteface (50+).
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|Male Red Saddlebags. Marathon. July 5, 2012.|
|Tramea, Marathon, July 5, 2012|
The beaver pond (48.73231, -86.38441) is about 200 m. at its widest and is no more than 2 m deep. The bottom is covered in a thick mat of Chara. This is the same site where I observed Common Green Darners laying eggs - a District first - in May of 2010. Its close proximity to the Lake Superior shore may contribute to its attractiveness to migrant skimmers and darners.
|July 10, 2012. Marathon, ON.|