Dragonflies, Spiders And Splendid June Weather At Community Park.
A cold front passed through our area here in Hazle Township, Luzerne County last week on Tuesday evening. It brought some much needed rain, and a couple of days of splendid June weather. I awoke to clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 40’s Wednesday morning. It was cool but refreshing. It was perfect walking weather and I decided to enjoy the sunshine and take a couple of afternoon hikes in the Community Park not far from my home.
I walked along the shores of the lake and found a couple of critters who were also enjoying the splendid June weather. This young painted turtle was sunning itself on a rock. I believe it had just hatched earlier this year and didn’t know enough to slink into the water when a big critter approaches.
I am sure that it was trying to capture a dragonfly or other insect for a quick meal. And there were dozens of dragonflies hovering, darting and flying along the shores of the lake. Occasionally they would rest on a log, rock branch or even on the grounds near the lake. There were many different species, and thanks to help from the Facebook insect identification page I can identify a couple of them, this is a common white tail skimmer,
and this a slaty skimmer. I found a few more species, which no one has yet identified. Here is a link to a gallery with some more of the dragonflies I saw on my hikes. Community Park dragonflies June, 23, 24, 25 2021
On my walks I also encountered a couple of spiders. This one is an interesting six-spotted fishing spider. It was on a lily pad on the lake,
and this goldenrod crab spider captured a much larger bee. I often find these spiders on the daisies growing on one of the nearby trails. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the spiders. Community Park spider June 23, 24, 25 2021.
There was not a lot of bird activity in the park last week. No Canada geese or ducks on the waters of the lake and eagles or ospreys soaring overhead. The only birds I saw on my hikes were chipping sparrows,
and this flock of cedar waxwings.
I love exploring Nature, so much to see, especially on sunny June days. I love Summer. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hikes. Community Park June 23, 24, 25 2021.