Along the Rogue River… Photos by Marilyn Keigley

By Marilyn Keigley

Widow Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Redwing

Redwing

Meadowhawk

Meadowhawk

Baby Redwing

Baby Redwing

There is some great bird and insect activity along the Rogue River this summer.  In June the Redwings made warning calls as people passed by along the trails in downtown Rockford.  Their babies grew up and were fed along the lower levels of the cattails on the river’s edge.

This July, the river offers the usual duck and swan activity, while the beautiful dragonflies are not as frequently noticed by most people.

Some sources say dragonflies fly between 19-38 mph, which doesn’t give the human eye much time to study them. Many will land for brief moments when you can catch a glimpse of their magnificent wings.

The black and white Widow Skimmer has clear, white and black wing bands.  The Autumn Meadowhawk is a little smaller and very red, seldom stopping.

A dragonfly’s eyes are compound with 30,000 lenses that allow them to see in all directions.  They can see ultraviolet (invisible to humans) and polarized light.

 

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