That and the fact that I'm completely obsessed with ProjectNoah.com. It's a fantastic site to talk to people who do a lot of what I do here.
Anyway, on Memorial Day, May 31, I hiked all three ponds on one of the very first 90 degree (F) we had this year. The weather has been very slow to warm up which has kept the cold-bloodeds in hiding for a long, long time. They're *just* making their way out now, as the migratory birds (the warblers and some of the finches, etc...) make their way up and out of the city.
|Sign of Summer|
I'll need to go back and check my posts from last year, but I think I was identifying all the bright red dragonflies like this as Red Saddlebags, but while checking this a few dozen times before putting it up on Project Noah (I *love* that people there will correct you if you get a spotting wrong, but I'd prefer to get it right myself the first time if I can.) Anyway, it turns out that this is, in fact, a Carolina Saddlebags. You can tell because a Red has these clear patches on their wings right where they attach to the body. This one is red to the abdomen, so it's a Carolina. Another tell is that the last couple segments on the Carolina are dark brown or black. They're the same red as the rest of the tail on the Red Saddlebags.
|First Spotting of a Twelve Spotted|
|Red Ears with Their Eyes on Me|
|A Bee on a Bud|
The bees are making their way out too. Here's a honey bee checking out the early goldenrod.
Okay, so this guy clearly isn't cold-blooded, but I was really chuffed over this sequence of shots I got of him coming in for a landing.