Saw the first of the season Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) on October 12 in Explore the Wild. I haven’t seen another, but keep your eyes open, it’s that time of year again.
Although I have seen these meadowhawks in May, their typical emergence occurs in the fall. The earliest that I see them is October, the latest, December.
They like to perch in sunny areas, usually from about waist high to just inches from the ground. You very well may see one perched on the railing of the boardwalk or the main Wetlands Overlook, as pictured.