This year the activity level was really quite low, but there was a surprise for us. As we walked along one of the grassy paths back from the shore we suddenly spotted a very small, dark, delicate dragonfly. It was a male Black Meadowhawk. A few minutes later we saw a female as well. We've only seen Black Meadowhawks at Rainy Pass and near Winthrop – never in our usual areas near Puget Sound. Though we weren't looking for one, it turns out that a Black Meadowhawk in Whatcom County is indeed a county record.
Here are photos of the Black Meadowhawks at Lake Terrell:
|A male Black Meadowhawk perched on the ground.|
|The same male at a different location on the walking path. These dragonflies are so small and dark that they are hard to keep track of when they take wing.|
|A female Black Meadowhawk in the same area where the male was observed.|