With some level of variation in the top of the thorax, I thought it might be two Ladona species, but I guess this is the only one that occurs in DE.
50+ eastern pondhawks in force in all sunlit forest clearings. By far, the most abundant ode seen.
Sunlit forest patch.
Arg, I'm feeling rusty -- could this possibly be a yellow-sided skimmer? Or is this the needhami vs aurippenis, with needhami being more likely b/c of the brackish habitat. Not sure if I recognize the thumb, but again, rusty...
I was thinking this might be some new-to-me skipper that perches upside down under leaves, alas...
I would have loved to get a better look of this bird than I did. Originally, I thought this might be a yellow-breasted chat, but the wingbars and pale neck exclude the chat. Then I thought blue-headed vireo because of the prominent eye pattern and the double wingbars, but I think the white-eye vireo is an even better match. Even in this incomplete view, the white eye is still visible.
Sad situation -- it appears as if the scoter's lower mandible and toungue appear to be hanging loose. At first, I thought it was a fishing lure. I can't imagine it can eat very well like this, and one wonders how it survived this long to occur in this area later than usual. It was strong enough to take flight though.