Previous Sightings

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  • 9th Aug 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Langford Beeleigh Falls: Another visit today for better pics of the Willow Emerald 2x poss 3 in the same area as the other day along the river towards the golf club, 2 more i found by the gates to the lock also seen Common, Blue Tailed and Red Eyed Damselflys, Brown Hawkers,Common Darters

  • 7th Aug 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Good numbers of Aeshna affinis (Southern Migrant Hawker) today at West Canvey Marshes, Essex. In warm conditions atound 26C, but very windy up to 12 males were seen and 2 females, though these were very quick fleeting views as they came into males territory and immediately grabbed by male and flew off in tandem. So again still not been able to get that elusive for me female photo.Good numbers of Ruddy Darters also and Blue tailed and one Scarce Emerald.

  • 7th Aug 2016
    Somerset
    MAH

    Hatch Hill Polden Hills at least 300 Migrant Hawker dragonflies hunting over areas of downland adjacent to woodland also 3 Brown Hawkers and 30+ Common Darters

  • 7th Aug 2016
    Somerset
    MAH

    Glastonbury two Red veined Daters with Common Darters.

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Another Visit today at Beeleigh falls turned out a great day 2x Willow Emeralds,  I did not know that this species of Emerald were here untill I met up with a couple of people from the East Midlands.  I walked back with them to the stretch along side the golf course and we found 2. Also seen Common and Ruddy Darters, many Brown Hawkers, Banded Demoiselles, Common, Blue Tailed, and Red Eyed Damsels.

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Essex
    AC

    Langdon Hills: Migrant hawker- many; Brown hawker- 1; Common darter- many

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    The Marl Pit Fishing Lake, Bodham, North Norfolk. This was my first visit after having been shown this site, briefly a few days ago by someone who used to fish here. Over grown for fisherman now and surrounded by over-hanging Willow and Ash, this lake is about 50mtrs x 140metrs, half covered by Water Lillies with good vegetation to its margins. Under a blue sky and hot sunshine it turned out to be dragonfly heaven. Around 300 Common Blues, 150 Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 2 Emperors, one ovipositing, 3/4 Brown Hawkers two ovipositing, 1 Male Southern Hawker, at least 50 pairs of Common Darter, 30 pairs of Ruddy Darter, many Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, 1 pair of Emeralds, Lestes sponsa and Banded Demoiselle plus one Migrant Hawker. The fairly new 'Willow Fishing Lakes' are close by and a very brief visit on the way home found Black-tailed Skimmers and several ovipositing Brown Hawkers. Return visits to both sites soon.

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Essex
    DM

    One male Scarce Migrant Hawker defending a territory along the boardwalk through the reedbed near the end of the road at Wat Tyler Country Park and hanging up on adjacent bushes early afternoon.

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    HJV

    Strumsphaw Fen. One male Willow Emerald along the ditch near the Fen boardwalk. Also a single Scarce Chaser and Variable Damselfly nearby. Many Brown, Southern and Migrant Hawkers around the reserve, with Large+Small Red-eyed, Azure, Blue-tailed and Emerald Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Black-tailed Skimmers, Common+Ruddy Darter

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 24 degrees C, mainly sunny. 7 Emperor Dragonflies (2 laying eggs of which one was Blue form). 5 Brown Hawkers (1 laying eggs), 4 Black tailed Skimmers, Common Darters (40+), Ruddy Darters (10+), Blue tailed Danselflies, hundreds of Common Blue Damselflies, Banded Demoiselles.

  • 6th Aug 2016
    Devon
    PV

    Countesswear swing-bridge basin beside the rowing hut had at least 4x tandem pairs of Small Red-eyed Damselflies which had a preference for Canadian pondweed.  The old sludge beds behind countesswear sewage works had a couple of Common Darter Dragonflies.  A Black-tailed Skimmer made a brief appearance on the gravel tow-path beside the sewage works.  Met a nice lady who was doing a survey of dragons and damsels. link to the Red-eyed Damselflies should be via my initials.

     

  • 5th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Fingringhoe EWT reserve - 4 Brown Hawkers (1 Ovipositing), 6 Southern Hawlers (1 oviposoting), 1m Black tailed Skimmer, 30+ small Red Eyed (on two ponds), 12 Migrant Hawkers, 50+ Ruddy Darters, 4 Common Darters, 4 Azure

  • 5th Aug 2016
    Essex
    AC

    Wat Tyler: Migrant hawker- many; Southern hawker- 1 male

  • 4th Aug 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Today a visit to the rspb West Canvey in search of Scarce Emeralds after a lot of searching managed to see 1 but i think there could of been 2,Also seen in same area were 2x Southern Migrant Hawkers, Many Ruddy Darters m&f, 1x Southern Hawker, and a few Blue Tailed Damselflys.

  • 4th Aug 2016
    Kent
    MH

    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent: Having collected a Willow Emerald Damselfly nymph a few days earlier, I had the privilege of photographing the whole emergence from 10.30 -2am. I'm not sure if this has ever been photographed before in the UK of the whole emergence. Photos on my website.

  • 3rd Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    We must have seen at least 100 Migrant Hawkers today while walking around parts of the 950 acres on the Blickling Estate. We kept coming across groups of around 15 to 20 hawking around the trees in hot sunny shelterd areas. I did wonder just how many other shelterd parts of this huge estate held yet more Hawkers! I dont recall seeing quite so many. Brown Hawkers were numerous along with Black-tailed Skimmers around the large lake, including very mature looking ovipositing females plus Red-eyed Damselflies.

  • 1st Aug 2016
    Kent
    MH

    A return trip to Nethergong in cloudy conditions produced c30 Willow Emerald Damselfly along with c15 exuviae. I also found 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly nymph which I shall photo in the next day or so. Also seen were c30 Emerald Damselfly. Photos on my blog.

  • 31st Jul 2016
    Essex
    SFB

    At least two males and 1 female Southern Migrant Hawkers (inc one pair in COP) at Wat Tyler CP from the concrete ramp behind the pool by the marina from about 10:30 onwards. Also Ruddy & Common Darters and 1 Southern Hawker. An Emerald Damselfly reported from elsewhere in the park. Photos will be appearing on my website shortly!

  • 31st Jul 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Langford Beeliegh: Very pleased got my first ever pics of Brown Hawker also seen today 2x Scarce Chasers, many Ruddy Darters just the one Common Darter, Banded Demoiselle mainly male only found 1 female,and a good few Red Eyed and Blue Tailed Damselflys

  • 30th Jul 2016
    Kent
    MH

    At Nethergong this morning, just  north of Grove Ferry, I saw c80 Willow Emerald Damselfly in a 100m stretch of the stream. Many were tenerals but I also saw a few emerging and found some exuviae. Also noted were c50 Emerald Damselfly. Photos on my Blog.

  • 30th Jul 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Hadliegh Country Park: Cloudy and overcast but still managed to see Migrant Hawker, Common & Ruddy Darters, Red Eyed Dansels and many Blue Tailed Damsels. Could not find the Scarce Emeralds if TPC who put the report in on the 24th could you please email me on kevrt089@gmail.com and tell which part of the park you saw them please.

  • 30th Jul 2016
    Essex
    HJV

    West Canvey Marsh RSPB reserve, mostly the ditch inside the sea wall: 8+ male Southern Migrant Hawkers spread out along the ditch, 10 Scarce Emerald Damselflies, 1 Emerald Damselfly, also Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Large+Small Red-eyed Damselfly, many Ruddy Darter and a few Common Darter and Black-tailed Skimmers

  • 30th Jul 2016
    Suffolk

    Rushmere St Andrew, Suffolk.    Found in garden 30/7/16 female Souther Migrant Dragonfly caught up in surface rooting. Was alive, just, with some wing movement. Placed on plant in sunlight but after a short while fell off. Left on outside table ,  This morning on returning to table found body in bits on grass as if  'something had had a go at it"     Still have the head part body and part wings.   John A.

  • 27th Jul 2016
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    Halecat Woods.  In strong sunshine while watching Silver Washed Fritillaries  2 Golden Ringed and 2 Southern Hawkers were flying up and down the woodland rides.

  • 26th Jul 2016
    Essex
    NDP

    The Southern migrant hawkers have reappeared at Wat Tyler CP.  1 male Southern migrant hawkers seen flying around, from the concrete ramp (detail on the link) by the marina pond, 1 male broad bodied chaser also present there too.  A number of ruddy and common darters too.  Below is the statement from the council regarding visiting the site.

    We are pleased to say that the Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly has been seen once again in Wat Tyler Country Park. Due to issues in previous years with the areas in and around the pond suffering damage from trampling we would like to remind visitors that it is against the park bylaws for you or your dog to disturb the wildlife or damage their habitat in the park. This includes not entering the ponds themselves. Wardens and staff will be keeping a close eye on situation.
     

  • 25th Jul 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Today a visit to Central park, Chelmsford i saw 1x Emperor Dragonfly, 1x Brown Hawker, 3x m Banded Demoiselle and 1 female, a few Common Blue Damsels then walked up to the lake where there are quite a few Lillys and  very happy to see many Red Eyed Damsels.

  • 25th Jul 2016
    Greater London
    SJD

    BDS are on-site all week at the London Wetlands Centre. Seen on Monday 25/7 were 5 emperor (including 2 oviposting females), brown hawker, common hawker, common darter, banded demoiselle, black-tailed skimmer, blue-tailed, azurecommon blue and large red damselflies. There was also a possible southern hawker seen the previous day.

  • 25th Jul 2016
    Berkshire
    MHT

    Over the past 7 days there have been 2 records of Lesser Emperor in the Kennet valley. Two, possibly three, were recorded at Woolhampton Gravel Pits (Rowney Predator Lake) on 19th July, but have not been relocated on subsequent visits. On 25th July two of us had good (albeit brief) views of a male Lesser Emperor at another former gravel pit (no public access) not far from Woolhampton.

  • 25th Jul 2016
    Suffolk
    TPC

    Sudbury common Water meadows, Suffolk. Definately a Brown Hawker day, must of seen at least 30 around the river, stream, ponds and ditches on the large meadow. They are usually so well camaflaged that they fly up from their perch as you walk past. Its rare to find one perched without distubing it. Plenty of mostly teneral Willow Emerald Damselflies about maybe up to 25. The other species around today were 4 Emperors, 3 Four spots, 6 Black tailed skimmers, 30 + Ruddy Darters, 8 Common Darters, 25 + Banded Demoiselles and fair numbers of Blue tailed and common Damsels.

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Devon
    DS

    BDS meeting Dartmoor meeting report: Twelve people turned up at Moortown Bottom (Gidleigh Common, Dartmoor) in mainly cloudy conditions with frequent light drizzle: a typical Dartmoor day! Although the temperature was a mere 16C when we arrived, it did warm a little, but not enough to get dragonflies very active. A few Southern Damselflies were found, plus rather more of our other main target, Small Red Damselfly. We also found a few Large Red Damselflies and Keeled Skimmers, including two of the latter emerging, and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly exuvia. Despite the rather poor dragonfly showing, we enjoyed the superb mire plant communities and a Green Sandpiper, which narrowly avoided a hunting Peregrine after we flushed it from one of the runnels!

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Wat Tyler Country Park: At least 2x Southern Migrant Hawkers today,1x Southern Hawker,Ruddy Darter,Blue Tailed and Azure Damselflys.

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Hadleigh CP and Benfleet Downs Essex, Good numbers of many species today. Included a single male SMH (Aeshna affinis) feeding along hedges Hadleigh marshes and another single on Benfleet Downs. 3 brown Hawkers, 4 Emperor, 8 Scarce Emerald Damselflies and numerous of the following, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter and Blue tailed Damselflies.

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Suffolk
    MF

    Newmarket; Private lake, near Denston, Suffolk, yielded 3m & 1f Emperor, 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 5 Common Darter, 2m Ruddy Darter, 8+Black-tailked Skimmers, 5+ Four-spotted Chasers, 22+ Blue-tailed Damselflies, 5+ Azure Damselflies, 9+ Common Damselflies, 20+ Red-eyed Damselflies, a new site record of at least 12+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies, and 1m Banded Demoiselle

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - Broken cloud, 25 degrees C.  1000's of Common Blue Damselflies still present. 1 Male Migrant Hawker, at least 10 Brown Hawkers, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darters, 4 Ruddy Darters, Black-Tailed Skimmer, Blue tailed Damselflies.

     

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Essex
    AC

    Langdon Hills: Emperor- At least three; Migrant hawker- many; Common darter- many (immatures)

  • 24th Jul 2016
    Lincolnshire
    NPT

    Nettleton Beck valley Lincolnshire: A short walk in an under visited hectad in the northern Lincolnshire Wolds produced ten species - emperor, broad-bodied chaser, brown hawker, ruddy and common darter, banded demoiselle, common blue, azure and blue-tailed damselfly and emerald damselfly. A newly extended cattle drinking pond was very productive with eight of the ten species.

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Northants
    KT

    A visit today to Fermyn Woods was mainly a Butterfly day, but did see many Brown Hawkers and 1 Common Blue Damselfly

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Essex
    AC

    Hyde Hall: Emperor- At least two males; Black tailed skimmer- Many, including a pair in tandem.

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Essex
    AC

    Laindon West: Migrant hawker: At least three around my back garden & environs.

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Hockley woods, Essex. Lots of Southern Migrants Hawkers (Aeshna affinis) flying and feeding in sunny rides in this wood today, (12.00 - 3.00pm). Unfortunately none landed but look out for the very yellow brown colouration of the females which is obvious when compared with Migrant Hawkers. Males have very yellow thorax and very blue eyes.Its differcult to sometimes make postive ids as a lot of these flying in the woods are tenerals/immatures with their adult colours not fully formed. I would like to try and locate their breeding ponds/ditches which i beleive must be fairly local to Hockley woods. I am not sure these at the wood would travel from the populations on the Thames Estuary of Hadleigh, Wat Tyler, Canvey etc.

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Southern Migrant Hawkers ( Aeshna affinis). These are back at West Canvey island reserve Essex. Saw up to 12 fully coloured mature males today. 9 males holding territory along ditch in frequent battles with other males. 3 along pathways feeding.
    I arrived here quite late in the day and most of the ditch activity was between 4.30  -  5.00pm. Walk back to the car yielded the feeding males up to 5.45pm.
    A visit middle of the day in good sunshine should be very favourable to getting good views of this species.

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Lincolnshire
    BH

    Whilst butterfly hunting in Chambers Wood NNR with friend from college we noted a variety of odonata present including at least 8 migrant hawkers, 6 brown hawkers, 1 southern hawker, 1 emperor, 1 banded damoiselle, 20+ common darters plus 10's of common blue, blue-tailed and azure damselflies and a few large reds.  Butterflies included purple emperor, white admiral, silver-washed fritillary and purple hairstreak.

  • 23rd Jul 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton Lakes: many thousands of Common Blue Damselfly across and around the lakes in calm and sunny weather. Also Emerald, Variable, Blue-tailed, Large+Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Banded Demoiselles, 3 Scarce Chasers still, many Brown Hawkers and Ruddy Darters and a few Emperors, Black-tailed skimmers and Common Darters.

  • 22nd Jul 2016
    Suffolk
    TPC

    A walk along Walberwick heath, Suffolk today, saw up to 8 Southern Hawkers and 7 Brown Hawkers with numerous Common Darters.

  • 21st Jul 2016
    Essex
    QG

    Wat Tyler Country Park. Single m Scarce Emerald on small pond by approach road. 3 Common Darters; Common Blue and Blue tailed Damselflies on pond in wildlife garden.

  • 20th Jul 2016
    Kent
    SRJ

    Cliffe Pools, Kent RSPB - 4m Migrant Hawkers, 3f Black tailed Skimmers, 100's of Darters mainly Ruddy, 3 Blue tailed, 20+ Common Blue

  • 20th Jul 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    A private pond very near the Scissers car park, Dersingham Bog, Sandringham, Norfolk. Last year it was a good site for Small Red-eyed Damselflies but on this visit the pond just had brown water, and no blanket green algae anywhere, so not a single red-eyed present. However as last year there where around 15 Black-tailed Skimmers, all males, no females seen, around 80 Common Blues, lots of Emerald Damselflies, Lestes sponsa, 3 Emperor's including ovipositing female.......and Crayfish as last year!.

    Actaully watched an ovipositing pair of Emerald Damselflies completely submerge including the male! 

  • 19th Jul 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Writtle Collage: A visit today i saw 4/5 Small Red Eyed Damsels, Many Common Blue Damsels and 1x Blue Tailed Damselfly

  • 19th Jul 2016
    Hertfordshire
    SRJ

    Rye Meads RSPB - 9 Brown Hawkers, 5m Emperors, 1f Emperor ovipositing, 4 Black tailed Skimmers

  • 18th Jul 2016
    London
    AC

    St. James' Park, London: Emperor - At least three males. Common darter- At least one.

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