Latest Sightings

Recent items of hot news about Odonata are published here frequently. The most recently received items of news are at the top of the list. Each entry has the date, county and observer's initials (with a link to the observer's website where appropriate). Check back here frequently for information about the progress of the dragonfly season.

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  • 19th Nov 2017
    Kent
    DJS

    Two Common Darters seen near Shuart farm this afternoon.

  • 17th Nov 2017
    Hampshire
    JH

    Waterlooville, Hampshire. A Common Darter flying in the sun. November the 17th.

  • 17th Nov 2017
    Cornwall
    DC

    Carnon Valley Nature reserve Cornwall, mid day 9 Common Darters 9 (male) 2 Common Daters (female) Photos taken.

  • 16th Nov 2017
    Isle of Wight

    20 Common Darter seen in the sunshine on the edge of a copse at Brading Marshes.

  • 14th Nov 2017
    Northamptonshire

    6 Common Darter and 1 Migrant Hawker seen around Barnwell Country Park, Oundle in bright, breezy conditions, c.12 degrees C.

  • 12th Nov 2017
    Suffolk
    DJO

    Spotted a solitary Common Darter basking in a sun trap at the edge of Northfield Woods near Stowmarket this morning.

  • 9th Nov 2017
    Kent
    DJS

    At least 6 Common Darters active early afternoon today during a brief period of sunshine, seen along the railway embankment at Shuart. There was a single Migrant Hawker seen around Shuart farm on Monday 6th November. 

  • 8th Nov 2017
    South Yorkshire
    MJW

    08 November 2017 South Yorkshire: 21 Common Darters observed around Thorne Moors South Yorkshire

  • 6th Nov 2017
    Surrey
    SJM

    6/11/17 Lydling Farm pond, Shackleford, Surrey. At least 10 Common Darter still on the wing - 2 pairs in cop. plus another six on a brief visit.

     

  • 6th Nov 2017
    Norfolk
    CJD

    One Willow Emerald at Norfolk Wildlife Trusts's Thorpe Marshes nature reserve. A female that had settled on some ivy in the sunshine. Photo on http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/thorpemarshes.htm. Also several Common Darters around, to be expected.

  • 5th Nov 2017
    Cambridgeshire

    A short visit to Wicken Fen 5/11/2017 saw 4/5 Common Darters on the wall of Dragonfly Cottage in brilliant sunshine, temp 13/14 degrees

  • 3rd Nov 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Still at least one Migrant Hawker and one Common Darter at the West Cambridge Lake at midday

  • 3rd Nov 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich; Blue sky and warmish sunshine between 1pm and 2.30pm.Two hours to kill, and a visit to my old stamping ground where five years ago I found a new Willow Emerald colony, and checking those same trees that they always favoured, there they were today still cooking! I located ten males, so not really cooking because no females were noted. Im sure there must be others, so many suitable sites along this river. At least 8 Common Darters  noted. Kingfisher always present!

  • 2nd Nov 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common Norfolk. Took a while but I managed to locate one male Willow Emerald this morning high-up in thier favoured ovipositing tree. Its been several days without a sighting....never give-up!!

  • 1st Nov 2017
    South Gloucestershire
    MH

    Emerson Green several dragonflies still on the wing singles of Migrant Hawker and Southern Hawker and upto 10 Common Darters inc 2 pairs mating

  • 27th Oct 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Chigborough Lakes EWT reserve - 20+ Common Darters all in one spot basking on sunny wooden bridge

  • 27th Oct 2017
    Kent
    MH

    Despite the cold north wind, I spent a few hours at Nethergong this afternoon and found 15 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c20 Common Darter and 2 Migrant Hawker. Photos on the blog. 

  • 25th Oct 2017
    Cornwall
    DC

    Ten plus single male Common Darters, ten plus Common Darters in copulation, five single female Common Darters, one female Southern Hawker ovipositing, three male Southern Hawkers, one male Common Hawker. 25/10/2017 Falmouth Cornwall.Photos taken. 

  • 25th Oct 2017
    Kent
    MH

    An afternoon visit to Nethergong in sunny conditions produced 21 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 17 of which were around 2 Alder Trees overhanging the water where egg laying was observed. Also noted were c15 Common Darter and 1 Migrant Hawker.

  • 25th Oct 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Norfolk. Female Migrant Hawker doing the rounds ovipositing as she goes, a male also present. Nine Willow Emeralds, including three ovipositing pairs still very active.

  • 24th Oct 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    A single migrant hawker flew along the margins of the western end of Leg of Mutton Pond, Bushy Park, and then up into the trees. A single blurred image was taken.

  • 24th Oct 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Grove Ferry mid morning in overcast but mild conditions produced 2 Migrant Hawker and c7 Common Darter. Nearby at Nethergong in mild conditions with very brief sunny spells and a strong breeze produced 16 Willow Emerald Damselfly and c20 Common Darter. 

  • 23rd Oct 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Fakenham Norfolk: Still three pairs of egg laying Willow Emerald's along with two single males, plus mating pair of Common Darter's.

  • 17th Oct 2017
    Norfolk
    JRH

    1 pr. of  Emperor Dragonflies watched for some time  patrolling a  sheltered, warm sunny area at Holkham Pines, Norfolk on 17th October  2017.

  • 17th Oct 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    A single male migrant hawker was seen hawking at the eastern end of Hampton Wick Pond in Home Park.

  • 16th Oct 2017
    Cornwall
    DC

    Blowing a hooley in Falmouth today, never the less many male Common Darters, some Common Darters mating and ovipositing, Southern Hawker ovipositing, two Southern Hawkers mating, photos taken.

  • 15th Oct 2017
    Gloucestershire
    PS

    Still good numbers of Common Darters basking on wooden rails arond WWT Slimbridge today, particularly late afternoon as the sun came out. At least 8 seen, mostly by the new dragonfly pond on the South Finger with others near the Hogarth hide. A single Migrant Hawker was hunting near the lesser flamingo enclosure.

  • 14th Oct 2017
    Kent
    MH

    An afternoon visit to Nethergong in warm sunshine produced 28 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 3 Migrant Hawker and c15 Common Darter. Photos on blog as usual. 

  • 12th Oct 2017
    Glamorgan
    DB

    Stopped by BroadPool on the Gower Penninsula observed 4 male Common Hawker  1 female Common Hawker  1 pair in copula  3 male Black darter 9 male Common Darter and 1 male Golden ring All on the 5 sattalite ponds on the east side of the road to Reynoldston

  • 12th Oct 2017
    Carmarthenshire
    PS

    WWT Llanelli: Despite cloudy and rather cool weather, two male and one female Common Darters were basking on a boardwalk in the Milennium Wetlands.

  • 10th Oct 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Fakenham, North Norfolk: Still five pairs of ovipositing Willow Emeralds and two single males in thier favoured Willow. Plus two male Migrant Hawkers

  • 8th Oct 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    No sign of any Red-veined Darters at Moorcourt farm pond today (08.10.17) but there were single males of Blue-tailed Damselfly (my latest ever), Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

  • 8th Oct 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong between 9:30 and 10:30am in occasional sunny spells produced 10 Willow Emerald Damselfly at rest. 2 Common Darter also noted.

  • 6th Oct 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    There was a young female Red-veined Darter at the pond at Moorcourt Farm (c. SU345171) along with simgle males of Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Migrant Hawker and another darter whicch disappeared without identification.

  • 6th Oct 2017
    Cornwall
    PJW

    Penzance, SW466297 - Larrigan round boating pool. Three common darter including ovipositing, one southern hawker at midday. One southern hawker on the larger boating pool at 1530.

     

     

     

     

  • 6th Oct 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    Just a single migrant hawker seen resting on the vegetation in the corner of Heron Pond in Bushy Park.

  • 5th Oct 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    South Hanningfield reservoir EWT reserve - Migrant Hawkers 2m + 1f ovipositing (pond), Male Southern Hawker (pond), 20+ Common Darters (along sunny pathways), 25+ Willow Emeralds around pond many in tandem and ovipositing on brambles and tree

  • 3rd Oct 2017
    Devon
    DS

    A pristine Emperor Dragonfly was hawking and perching up regularly at Dawlish Warren this afternoon in warm sunshine - my latest ever. October records are rare in Devon.

  • 3rd Oct 2017
    Bedfordshire
    REM

    Ledburn Pit (private and actually in VC24) produced a rather late sighting of a female small red-eyed damselfly on 3 October. One of two male common blue damselflies seen tried to mate with it and was rejected. There were at least 16 pairs of common darter ovipositing and one very dilapidated migrant hawker was also ovipositing in the lake margin, although a pristine female was seen away from the lake in scrub.

  • 2nd Oct 2017
    Cornwall
    DC

    Falmouth 02 10 2017: 1 Common Hawker (male), 2 Southern Hawkers (male) Southern Hawkers (M+F) mating, Southern Hawker (female) ovipositing, 1 Keeled Skimmer (male) Common Darters numerous some ovipositing, Catch of the morning Vagrant Emperor (female). I sited my first Varant Emperor on March the 25th 2017 but had no photographic evidence, Today I have.   

  • 30th Sep 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong 12:15 - 1:15pm in sunny conditions produced 33 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c12 Migrant Hawker and c30 Common Darter. 

  • 30th Sep 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Seven ovipositing pairs of Willow Emerald now on Hempton Common, along with two Southern Hawkers plus male and female Migrant Hawkers

  • 30th Sep 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    A few migrant hawkers (4 males and 1 female) seen in the corner of Heron Pond in Bushy Park, Surrey/Greater London border

  • 27th Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT/Braintree Council reserve - 1 Southern Hawker (f), 7 Brown Hawkers (appeared to all be flying downstream for some reason?), 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Common Darters, 5 Willow Emerald

  • 26th Sep 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Windmill Farm CWT Reserve, Lizard, Cornwall

    Mainly sunny day with thin high cloud, light southerly wind increasing, warm.

    Emperor 2m,. holding territory over water, 1f briefly, Golden-ringed 1f., Migrant Hawker 5m. 1f. ovi., also two pairs in tandem,  Red-veined Darter 1f. teneral rising from rushes, 1m. immature over grass, Common Darter 80+ many pairs at water, Common Blue Damsel 10, Blue-tailed Damsel 5.

     

  • 24th Sep 2017
    Bedfordshire
    REM

    Three pairs of willow emerald damselfly ovipositing in willow overhanging the largest pond at Duck End NR, Maulden. At least four single males also seen at this and another pond. Also seen: ovip common darters, in cop ruddy darters and southern hawker male patrolling and hunting.

  • 22nd Sep 2017
    Norfolk
    smr

    Two Willow Emeralds found at NWT Roydon Common.

  • 21st Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Beeleigh Falls, Maldon, Essex. - 3 Migrant Hawker, Willow Emerald 3 pr in tandem and several singletons around wooden bridge

  • 17th Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon - 5+ Migrant Hawker, 2 Common Darter

  • 16th Sep 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong 12.30 -1.30pm in cloudy with sunny spells produced c25 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c12 Migrant Hawker, c5 Common Darter and 1 Emerald Damselfly. 

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