Plastered down by surface tension at the water's edge, and flight muscles too cold from the water to do much anyway, I'm sure. It may have been old and dying, but best to spend your remaining time comfortably, yes?
variegated meadowhawk. Amazing at full size
variegated meadowhawk. Learned that another common name is robust pink skimmer, which doesn't sound familiar to me...
The default sortkeyless sorting comes out so arbitrary. If I were implementing this, I'd make the newest one automatically go to the bottom.
Later: I think Variegated Meadowhawk. They all showed up so suddenly, and they seem to be gone again...hung around the searocket, though I doubt they like bees. Very mysterious.
Still Later: I read that they seem to like going for a big migration down the coast in response to an east wind, but that nobody knows what they're up to, exactly, like... where they end up or anything. Isn't it amazing how many things we haven't gotten around to discovering?
I think the V.M.s were back today, some reddish because they're more mature. Nobody was patient enough with me to give me a good look, though. 1 of 2.
2 of 2 today, though if I recall correctly, not the same individual
None of the pictures were as good as ones I already had, but I wanted to report that we got the east wind (not too strong) and the warm inland air (Finally), and the v.m.'s were streaming south. At the neck -- or whatever you call it -- of the bay, so many going by... Oh, along with this orange and brown/black butterfly (less numerous), which I haven't seen before and haven't identified yet...