female Halloween Pennant (right)
At McKeough, the highlight was a Baltimore Checkerspot. I had them there in 2008. A good find for this area in any case.
At McKellar on Bickford Line, not as many dragonflies this week, but I spotted a Bronze Copper from the viewing stand along a pond. I went down for a closer look and found a pair! These are certainly one of the nicer butterflies to look at.
male Bronze Copper
female Bronze Copper
While there, I noticed a family of Hooded Mergansers! Obviously reared in the woodlot nearby. Another excellent find for the area. Actually the first, I think, I have ever seen in the breeding season around here.
Two of four young Hoodies
Moore WMA was flooded due to the heavy rains this week. Hopefully the water will recede by late this coming week to look for dragonflies.
At Reid CA, the hairstreaks are appearing. Yesterday I had the Coral Hairstreak, but not today. Several Banded were out, and a single Edwards'.
Northern Broken-Dash, Peck's, Long Dash, Silver-spotted were working the dogbane as well.
Silver-spotted Skipper (US)