Wickford Park and Dogue Creek

Wickford Park is located near Telegraph Road, in the Wickford subdivision, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Dogue Creek flows through Wickford Park. I explored the park and creek for the first time during a photowalk on 26 June 2014.

Signage at Wickford Park

Signage at the entrance to Wickford Park.

I walked alongside a man-made concrete drainage ditch that runs through Wickford Park and saw several species of common odonates right away. Imagine my surprise when I spotted a Common Sanddragon dragonfly (Progomphus obscurus) perched on a sandbar in the drainage ditch — sanddragons are anything but common in Fairfax County!

This individual is a male, as indicated by its terminal appendages and the shape of its hind wings. Editor’s Note: Composite image used with permission from Ed Lam, author and illustrator of Damselflies of the Northeast.

The drainage ditch is a “tributary” of Dogue Creek. I walked to the end of the drainage ditch and followed a path alongside Dogue Creek. Near the mid-point of my walk along the path, I was able to get a one-off shot of another male Common Sanddragon before it flew away.

Common Sanddragon dragonfly (male)

Farther downstream, I spotted another male Common Sanddragon perching on the opposite side of the creek.

I followed the path along the creek until the path ended; the vegetation was impenetrably thick and thorny beyond that point. I decided to revisit the drainage ditch, where I spotted a male Common Sanddragon perched on a gravel deposit. It’s possible this individual could be the same one I spotted earlier in the day, since it was the only sanddragon I saw along the entire length of the drainage ditch.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


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3 Responses to “Wickford Park and Dogue Creek”

  1. Charlie@Seattle Trekker Says:

    Great information, the photos are quite stunning.

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