This weekend the weather has been very nice hear in southeast Minnesota but unfortunately the birding has not been so great. Even when I was up in two harbors on yesterday I ran into a few birders who were lamenting the quiet fall migration that we have seen so far this year. In the past few months I have supplemented the blog with dragonfly pics when ever the birding was slow. Unfortunately dragons are now in short supply with winter approaching.
Fortunately I still have quit a few posts that I took earlier in the summer with dragons in them so hopefully I will be able to continue to provide some variety even when mother nature seems to be a little short, at least around where I live.
These pictures were taken on my first trip to Maplewood Nature Center back on July 31st. The first two pics are of meadowhawks. Most likely they are white-faced meadowhawks due to the pearly white face.
This other dragon is I believe a red-waisted whiteface. I was not able to get a photo of the face to tell if it was indeed white but because it has a long thin abdomen with white, pruinose, at the base it would only fit either a red-waisted or frosted whiteface in this area. Since there appears to be red on the back then that would eliminate the frosted which leaves only the red-waisted. This was the only probable red-waisted whiteface that I found all summer.