First stop the roadside and again at least two male ruddys were present with quite a few common darters bathing in the sunshine on the road and fence.
One cheeky individual used my trusty chariot as a perch (in exchange for some good photos,) but the ruddys weren't so obliging, being very difficult to approach.
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I had a look on the pond where half a dozen tandem pairs of common darters were dipping in the waters to oviposit, and one unnattached female was doing the same. All told I would estimate the number of common darters to be in the region of forty, a good count.
Another individual at the pond was I'm sure a female ruddy, having a stubby yellowish abdomen, but was chased away by a common darter before I could be certain.
Damsels present included about a dozen emeralds, 8 or 9 common blue and a single blue-tailed.
Back at the roadside I again tried to get close to a ruddy darter, but again found them to be much more nervous than their common cousins, one in particular of which I got at point blank range on the fence for some lovely detailed shots.
An overmature female also posed nicely
But once again I didn't get any really decent shots of ruddy darter, but on checking the snaps I did get I can see there were at least three different males present today.