Monday, March 31, 2014

Death in the Afternoon: A Forktail Fatality

The Gilbert Water Ranch (GWR) continues to be a source of lively odonate activity, in addition to the usual bird sightings.  In fact, the species list has grown in the last couple days, with the addition of the Flame Skimmer, Western Pondhawk, and Mexican Amberwing.  The amberwing has been seen a couple times here at our home since March 10, but this was our first sighting of it at the Water Ranch.

Here's the latest odonate species list for the GWR:

Familiar Bluet
Rambur's Forktail

Common Green Darner
Flame Skimmer
Roseate Skimmer
Mexican Amberwing
Western Pondhawk
Variegated Meadowhawk
Red Saddlebags
Wandering Glider
Spot-winged Glider

One sad note on our last visit – the first thing we observed on arriving was a male Rambur's Forktail being devoured by a jumping spider.  Here's a picture:

It was painful to watch, but an integral part of nature, nonetheless.

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