[Tweeters] dragonflies (off topic)

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Sun Jul 7 10:42:00 PDT 2013

Hello, tweets.

If there are any of you out there with a fairly serious interest in dragonflies, this is for you.

Netta and I spent three hours at Quincy Lakes WMA yesterday, and I think it was the most dragonflies I have ever seen! If you want a really fine experience with these critters, I would highly recommend that area. We spent most of our time at the west end of Burke Lake and at various nearby ponds.

You can access Quincy Lakes by heading over to George on I90, then going north on hwy 281, west on Road 5 NW past a golf course, and south to the lakes where 5 starts bending NW (there are public hunting and public fishing signs on that corner). The south entrance to the lakes is now closed.

Heading south, you can stop anywhere at all by the water, but an especially nice spot is a shallow edge of Burke Lake with a pulloff to the left, just opposite a public toilet. When we left at around 2:30, the dragonflies were literally swarming over the lakes. Here is a list of species seen:

Spotted Spreadwing - few
Vivid Dancer - common (only at running water, as at head of Dusty Lake Trail)
Boreal Bluet - abundant
Tule Bluet - common
Pacific Forktail - common
Western Forktail - few
Common Green Darner - common
California Darner - few
Blue-eyed Darner - common
Western Pondhawk - abundant
Dot-tailed Whiteface - common
Eight-spotted Skimmer - abundant
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - common
Blue Dasher - abundant
Common Whitetail - common
Variegated Meadowhawk - few
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk - few emerging
Band-winged Meadowhawk - common
Black Saddlebags - fairly common

Nothing especially rare, but the sheer numbers made for a spectacular experience just about everywhere.

Dennis Paulson
1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115
dennispaulson at comcast.net

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