The 2016 Ode season has had a slow start so far in southern Nova Scotia. Cool winds from the north and low overall temperatures are no doubt responsible for the lack of activity but it is changing, a general warm up and we should see insects on the wing in numbers soon.
My odeing has been limited to short trips on two quiet back roads, one in Shelburne Co and one in Yarmouth, the Yarmouth one seems the more promising but I have yet to have the time to give it a real look. It has the potential to be the best local site, if it is I’ll duly report it, until then I think I’ll check it out again first before blowing the trumpet.
The Shelburne site is the length of the Clyde River road, some 60km of mixed habitat with a river that really should be more productive, you wonder what gets pumped into it somewhere upstream to keep that frothy top going. I did see a Calico Pennant up there plus a Harlequin Darner although only the pennant posed.
On the side bar is the list of Nova Scotia odes that I am aware of. I marked the ones I’ve found in the year I’ve lived here thus*.
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Here is a Harlequin Darner from my own stock of photos, this one is from QC.