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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  • 1st Sep 2018
    lancs
    DSG
    richmond park surrey 01/09/18

    white ash pond: c15 Willow emerald in the trees , some in tandem . 1 emerald damselfly , 5+ migrant hawkers , ruddy darter , common darter . then did  ful lcircuit of the park visiting more ponds and followed the river near the golf course but no further Willow emerald . several hornets and a few butterflys.

  • 1st Sep 2018
    Lincolnshire
    SRo
    Kirby on Bain Gravel Pits.

    A visit to this site today primarily to search for Willow-emerald Damselflies saw the following: Willow-emerald Damselfly - 2(Male and female); Common-blue Damselfly - 5; Blue-tailed Damselfly - 1; Migrant Hawker - 10; Brown Hawker - 3; Common Darter - 4; Ruddy Darter - 5

  • 1st Sep 2018
    hampshire
    DM
    Two Emperor Dragonflies around my pond

    I have recently made a wildlife pond in my garden in The New Forest and i now have dragonflies in my garden for the first time in the 5 years i have been living there.  we were sat watching the pond last night - around 5-7pm time - and two Emporer dragonlies were hunting flies with the occasional tussle.  every now and then my eyes were able to focus on the quick flyers and the colours were amazing. 

  • 1st Sep 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL
    RSPB Fen Drayton - Migrant Hawkers

    100+ Migrant Hawker, 350+ Common Blue Damselfly, 80 Common Darter, 8 Ruddy Darter counted across half of the reserve.

  • 31st Aug 2018
    Cornwall
    MH
    Breney Common

    I made an hours visit to Breney Common whilst on holiday with the family in sunny conditions and noted 5 Common Hawker, 1 female ovipositing, 6 Southern Hawker, 1 female Migrant Hawker ovipositing, 1 Black Darter, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle and good numbers of Common Darter and Emerald Damselfly. Photos will appear on my blog in due course.

  • 31st Aug 2018
    Carmarthenshire
    AW
    WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre

    20+ Southern Hawkers and 1 Migrant Hawker were seen in the Millennium Wetlands today along with Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies.

  • 31st Aug 2018
    Dorset
    AS
    Two Southern Hawkers

    Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, Dorset

  • 31st Aug 2018
    Herts
    TJW
    Fir & Pond Wood Willow Emeralds

    I visited Fir & Pond Wood NR near Potters Bar today, and worked my way through the almost impassable Willow Carr area to find the 3 'Secret Ponds'. Here at one of them I recorded 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly (m). Also seen at these ponds were many Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter and Emerald Damselfly.

  • 30th Aug 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    Classic autumn species this afternoon with a few Common Blue Damselflies, single Southern Hawker, single Brown Hawker, at least 2 Migrant Hawkers and many Common Darters.

  • 30th Aug 2018
    Cheshire
    AG
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly colonising Cheshire

    At Newbridge pool,Winsford(SJ652687)1pr of Small Red-eyed Damselflies mating and a further 6 males noted at this new site.This is a private fishing water but views can be obtained with a scope from the gate.At the nearby Big pond ,Vale Royal Cut(SJ647693) I could only find 1m Small Red-eyed and 1mRed-eyed,5 Common Blue and 13 Blue-tailed Damselflies with 18 Migrant Hawkers and 2 Brown Hawkers and 25 Common Darters with many egg laying females.

  • 30th Aug 2018
    Herts
    TJW
    Willow Emerald Damselfy - Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits

    After my successful discovery of Willow Emerald Damselfly in Enfield on Tuesday, I decided to look closer to home at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits this afternoon, and it was very pleasing to watch many flying on the edge of the scrape, 8 in all including 2 egg-laying pairs. Also seen Migrant Hawker(9), Common Blue Damselfly(15), Ruddy Darter(5), Common Darter(1)

  • 28th Aug 2018
    Middlesex
    TJW
    Middlesex - Willow Emerald Damselfly Sighting

    Today on a visit to Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield, my wife & I were very surprised to discover 4  or 5 Willow Emerald Damselflies  at one end of the lake, and flying and settling on the reeds and the overhanging tree. I can't be sure, but I think this probably is the first ever record of this Damselfly in Middlesex. Also seen Common Darter (6) and singles of Ruddy Darter and Migrant Hawker.  

  • 28th Aug 2018
    Suffolk
    TG
    willow emerald numbers up

    40 x counted at home in Thurston, Suffolk (20 last year). also adjacent renovated pond 8 counted.

  • 27th Aug 2018
    Suffolk
    JPH
    Willow Emeralds established in N Suffolk

    Two individuals and one pair Willow Emeralds in Blyth navigation, Halesworth town park this pm despite poor weather. Good numbers here in previous years but margins now very overgrown - Willow Herb and Himalayan Balsam. 

  • 27th Aug 2018
    Essex
    TPC
    Southern Migrant and Migrants, Canvey way.

    Migrant Hawkers have taken over the ditch from the SMH's. Well over 40 noted along the ditch with 7 tandem pairs. There was however two male SMH (affinis) observed at rest. Good numbers of Ruddy Darter 30 plus and 5 Blue tailed Damselflies.

  • 23rd Aug 2018
    Invernessshire
    PWF
    Glen Affric

    Black Darter abundant at Coire Loch NH 294282 , many mating pairs ovipositing.

    Northern Emerald on bog at NH 198231 across river from upper car park.

    Scotch Argus ubiquitous here, Glen Cannich, and Strathfarrar.

  • 21st Aug 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    Present this morning were Large Red-eyed Damselfly (1), Common Blue Damselfly, Brown Hawker (1+), Migrant Hawker (3+) and Common Darter (pr).

  • 21st Aug 2018
    Northumberland
    AM
    Stocksfield Northumberland

    Southern Hawker - female, brownish with green markings flew into the house. Guided back outside and flew away.

  • 21st Aug 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A four hour visit today at Nethergong from 10:30am in cloudy but improving weather produced an excellent count of 144 Willow Emerald Damselfly. 2 mixed pairings were seen and 1 threesome!. Some very interesting behaviour seen in the mixed pairings which I will post on my blog in due course. Also noted were c20 Emerald Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker and c15 Migrant Hawker. 

  • 20th Aug 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Longham Lakes

    Eventually caught up with a Migrant Hawker which is the 21st species of Odonata I have seen at this site this year.  Also seen Common Blue Damselfly, a Brown Hawker and a probable Southern Hawker.

  • 20th Aug 2018
    Surrey
    DJP
    Female Southern Hawker

    Perched on the Rhododendron bush behind my pond a very nice female Southern Hawker. It then circled the garden and disappeared over the trees.

  • 20th Aug 2018
    Invernessshire
    PWF
    Glen Affric

    Brief flurry of activity in afternoon sunshine: Azure Hawker, Common Hawker, Black Darter on flooded track between Glen Affric and Toll Creagach at NH205259

  • 18th Aug 2018
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    Willow Emeralds around the lake at Baconsthorpe Castle, North Norfolk

  • 17th Aug 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    I made another visit to Nethergong between 10:30 - 3pm in warm sunny conditions and made an excellent count of 131 Willow Emerald Damselfly. At least 40 pairs were seen arriving at the stream in tandem and ovipositing was noted into many Stinging Nettle stems along with Reed and Alder used. Also seen were c30 Migrant Hawker, c15 Emerald Damselfly, 4 Southern Hawker and 2 Brown Hawker. Photos on blog.

  • 15th Aug 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    An afternoon visit to Nethergong between midday and 3pm in mostly cloudy conditions with a few rare sunny spells produced 45 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c25 Migrant Hawker, c10 Emerald Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker and 1 Southern Hawker. 

  • 15th Aug 2018
    Selby, North Yorkshire
    Southern hawker

    Male southern hawker seen in my son's garden. It was sitting on the fence for at least 5 mins, then flew into the trees where we watched it for another 5 mins. There is no water or ponds nearby. Grandchildren were fascinated by what they had seen. I do have pictures of the southern hawker if anyone is interested in seeing them.

  • 14th Aug 2018
    East Sussex
    ST
    Lullington Heath, East Sussex

    A return visit to Winchester's Pond at Lullington Heath yesterday (14th) to search for Southern Emerald Damselfly proved fruitless, but we did count 46 Migrant Hawkers patrolling nearby rides, a couple of Southern Hawkers and, at the pond itself, eleven Blue-tailed Damselflies, a single Emperor Dragonfly and three Common Darters. Not a bad return considering the cloudy weather.

  • 13th Aug 2018
    s. Yorkshire
    MEL
    Southern hawker in Sheffield S. Yorkshire

    The Dragonfly was first spotted on a garden birdfeeder resting and not moving for at least 15 minutes . It was next to shrub and woodland and we have never seen any dragonflies before . I have a photo but only on my mobile. It was quite distinctive with the spots. There is no water nearby.

  • 11th Aug 2018
    Middlesex
    JE
    Small Red eyed Damselfly

    On a morning visit to Springwell Lake in Middlesex ( but near to Rickmansworth in Herts) I found  35 Small Red eyed Damselfly on Lily pads at the north end of the lake. I beleive this species has spread in recent years in the Colne Valley as I have also found several atTroy Mill Lake ( Herts) to the south a few weeks ago.  Also 15 Migrant hawker around the banks .  ( John Edwards)

  • 7th Aug 2018
    Bedforsdhire
    Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

    Seen flying around the Lilly Pond at Askett House (National Trust) near Leighton Buzzard on 7th August. It kept to shaded places and didn't stop hawking. I only had my phone with me, hence the poor photo.

  • 6th Aug 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    Odonata present this morning were Azure Blue. Common Blue and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Brown Hawker (6+), Emperor Dragonfly (1), Ruddy Dater (1) and Common Darters.

  • 6th Aug 2018
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Windmill Farm CWT, Lizard, Cornwall

    Sunday 5: Very hot day no moving air.

    Lesser Emperor 1m. active over water for long period.  Emperor 5m. 4+f. ovi., Golden-ringed 1m., Common Hawker 1 m., Southern Hawker 1m. 2f., Southern Migrant Hawker 1m.,holding territory over water, Broad-bodied Chaser 3f., 4-Spot Chaser 2m., Black-tailed Skimmer 20+ pairs and ovi., Keeled Skimmer 1m., Red-veined Darter 2m., Common Darter 25+ pairs and ovi., Emerald and Common Blue Damsels in very high number for this site, Blue-tailed seen, Beautiful Demoiselle 6.

    Monday 6: Revisited the site today no trace of Lesser Emperor. Southern Migrant Hawker same male as yesterday identified. Other species the same. Similar weather conditions.  

  • 5th Aug 2018
    Surrey
    MAG
    Blue Male Demoiselle

    Several blue male Demoiselle seen on the bank of the Basingstoke Canal in Frimley Lodge Park Surrey

  • 5th Aug 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW
    Willow Emerald Damselfly at Wicken Fen

    My first Willow Emerald of the year at Wicken Fen, a male, was along the boardwalk past the windmill, perched on a reed at the first "viewing point" where the NT have cut the vegetation to allow views of the ditch. Coincidentally, two visitors to the Dragonfly Centre today brought in photographs they had just taken on the reserve of Willow Emeralds, one of a single male and the other of a tandem pair.

  • 4th Aug 2018
    Suffolk
    MG
    Redgrave and Lopham Fen

    Single Male Southern Migrant Hawker

  • 4th Aug 2018
    East Sussex
    ST
    Southern Emerald Damsel at Lullington Heath, E. Sussex

    A visit to Winchester's Pond (TQ539019) at Lullington Health, East Sussex on Sat 4th August produced several species, including a male Southern Emerald Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly (10+), Migrant Hawker (6), Emperor Dragonfly (3), Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Darter (8) and Ruddy Darter (2). I had believed the Southern Emerald to be the green infuscans form of Blue-tailed Damsel, so I was really pleased to learn of my mistake when I checked my photos as well as having snapped it in the first place!

  • 4th Aug 2018
    Powys
    VSL
    Broad-bodied Chaser

    Seen on vegetation along River Vyrnwy, Powys.  Male seen 4th August. Two females seen 22nd June.  

     

  • 3rd Aug 2018
    Suffolk
    DCT
    Ovipositing willow emeralds Trimley, Suffolk

    At least 8 pairs of willow emeralds ovipositing into buddleia and apple bark in my garden this morning, neither of which overhangs my small pond.

  • 3rd Aug 2018
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Willow Emerald

    My first Willow Emerald of the year, a teneral female fluttering up from a tree-fringed dyke at Calthorpe Broad - some ovipositing scars also found. Also good numbers of the regulars along recently restored grazing-marsh dykes including numerous Azure Damsels, 50+ Common Emeralds, ca. 40 Brown Hawkers (small feeding swarms and several females ovipositing into bare peaty soil just above the currently low waterline), 90+ both Ruddy and Common Darters, plus single figures Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue and Bluetailed Damsels.

  • 2nd Aug 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    Odonata present this morning were Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Large Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 2 Southern Hawkers, 15+ Brown Hawkers and 2 Common Darters.

  • 2nd Aug 2018
    Essex
    RG
    Hadleigh Country Park

    5 male Southern Migrant Hawker.

  • 1st Aug 2018
    East Sussex
    TJW
    Southern Migrant Hawker at Pett Level

    My wife & I had a successful search today at Pett Level, at last finding a male Southern Migrant Hawker in a reedy ditch in the cattle field opposite where the Pannel Sewer joins the Royal Military Canal at TQ896156. Many other sightings along the canal included Beautiful Demoiselle(1), Small Red-eyed(12), Emerald(3), Blue-tailed(2), Common Blue (5) Damselflies plus Emperor(1), Migrant Hawker(2), Brown Hawker(6), Black-tailed Skimmer (3), Common(7) and Ruddy(4) Darter.

  • 1st Aug 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Kent

    A return trip to Oare Marshes between 11:15 - 14:30 produced 6 Southern Migrant Hawkers (males) between the East and West flood hides. Also c25 Migrant Hawkers, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Brown Hawker along with Common, Ruddy Darter, Small Red eyed Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly and Black tailed Skimmers.

  • 1st Aug 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    LP
    Willow Emerald, Cambridge

    Pair of Willow Emeralds in Tandem at Halls' Pool, Milton country Park.

    A lot of Emeralds were visible, but not close enough for id. Emerald Damselflies Lestes sponsa also present.

  • 31st Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    Odonata present his morning were Common Blue and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 2 Southern Hawkers, 8+ Brown Hawkers and 1 Emperor Dragonfly.

  • 31st Jul 2018
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Nr. Porthgwarra, Cornwall

    After a reported sighting of a single Southern Migrant Hawker on 22/7, I confirmed 3 males on 23/7 - returned today (31/7) to watch 2 of the known males active all afternoon over dry pool bed.. Also nearby on small cattle trodden stream 2 Golden-ringed males, 20 + Common Darters pairs and ovi. and 7 Beautiful Demoiselles.

  • 27th Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hills: EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park: Southern migrant hawker- three males, possibly four patrolling the pond in Rough Piece Field, Willow Park; Brown hawker- two; Southern hawker- several; Migrant hawker- several; Ruddy darter-many; Common darter-many

  • 27th Jul 2018
    Essex
    PSC
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Colchester Essex

    Found around a dozen Southern Migrant Hawkers at Hythe Lagoons, Colchester this morning. They were all male, patrolling a rapidly drying ditch. 

  • 27th Jul 2018
    Merseyside
    PK
    Lesser Emperor and Common Hawker at Ainsdale, Merseyside, 27.7.18

    A male Lesser Emperor showed well for ten minutes at slack 47, Ainsdale dunes, Merseyside at 12.05pm on 27.7.18. It was continually chased by male Emperors and eventually flew off low to south. Later at the same site, a male Common Hawker appeared and stayed for the rest of the afternoon. The former species is of course a rarity to the area but the latter species is also a rarity on the coast here, this one being only my fifth record for the area.

  • 27th Jul 2018
    Somerset
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawker at Ham Wall

    Male Southern Migrant Hawker along main track at Ham Wall RSPB reserve near viewing platform two on Friday afternoon.

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