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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  • 12th Aug 2017
    Gwynedd
    MT

    12/8/17 Southern Hawker seen hunting under our ash tree. Altitude 200m on the northern flank of Snowdon. Habitat mixed scrub willow, rough acid bog and rough mountain grazing. Unusual to see here. Never personally seen before. Perhaps marks the significance of changing land use. Extensive sheep pasture now being lost to regenerating woodland. 

  • 11th Aug 2017
    Kent

    A short visit led to a count of at least 5 Willow Emerald Damselflies in the margins of the north lake and environs. Also present were Brown Hawker 3, Southern Hawker 1, Common Darter 1, Ruddy Darter 3, Azure Damselfly 10+, Banded Demoiselle 1, Small red-eyed Damsel 1, well as many (100+) Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Common Blue Damsels. 

  • 11th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Dersingham Bog NNR, near Sandringham Norfolk. Around 30 Migrant Hawkers found in two separate suntraps close to the main Car-park.

  • 7th Aug 2017
    Suffolk
    PAH

    Willow Emeralds - a pair dancing between a pear tree and a corkscrew willow in an urban back garden in Suffolk

  • 7th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    GA

    Whilst walking  from Potter Heigham village in Norfolk  to Potter Heigham Marshes to try and find a Bairds Sandpiper, I went along a track at the side of the church towards Middle Wall. The track was overgrown and quite narrow and I had to be careful not to get scratched by brambles or stung by nettles. However after only a short distance along the track, I noticed a damselfly fly up into a willow tree in front of me. It landed and I saw that is was a Willow Emerald. In fact practically along the full length of the track, I was disturbing Willow Emeralds. Although I did not count them, it was clear that there was a healthy popoulation here.Incidentally,I did see the Bairds!!

  • 6th Aug 2017
    Essex
    KT

    Today at Beeleigh i saw at least 3 Willow Emerald and good numberes of Blue Tailed and Common Blue Damselflys hand full of Ruddy Darters and two Brown Hawkers

  • 6th Aug 2017
    Devon
    DS

    Thanks to Dartmoor National Park and the Magnificent Mires Project, the Devon Group was able to gain privileged, relatively easy access to the high blanket bog on Dartmoor. The weather was cool (14C) and mainly cloudy after a sunny start to the day (typical!), so the only sightings of species in flight were a few individuals flushed by the 17-strong group. First at Ockerton Court pond and later in the bog pools at Cranmere Pool we found exuviae and emerging adults of Black Darter, Common Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser. A Large Red Damselfly was also found emerging and a few Common Blue Damselflies were seen at Ockerton. So we found all the expected species for blanket bog, most notably our two main targets for the day, the hawker and darter. Walking back to the vehicles to the source of the River Taw, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly made our sixth species of the day.

  • 6th Aug 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    On 6th July I visited Ravensroost Meadow ponds - part of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Ravensroost Wood complex. This was to try and refind [unsuccessfully] the Southern Migrant Hawker seen the previous day by Damian Pinguey. During the time spent searching and waiting a male Small Red-eyed Damselfly appeared on vegetation in the middle of the pond, spent a few minutes there, then disappeared as quickly as it had come! This constitutes the first record of this species for the reserve and the first record away from Swindon for many years! Image can be seen on the Wiltshire Dragonfly's Facebook group page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/ Also seen were a very late and fresh looking 4-spotted Chaser and a very bright blue female Emperor dragonfly. Images of these also on the Facebook page.

  • 5th Aug 2017
    London
    AR

     Male Southern Hawker patrolling at Gillespie Park, Islington, north London.

  • 5th Aug 2017
    London/Surrey
    NA

    c10 Willow Emerald (at least 3 pr in tandem but no ovipositing seen) at White Ash Pond, Richmond Park. Also in park: 1 pr Emperor, 2 female Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 8 Migrant Hawker, male Black-tailed Skimmer, male Ruddy Darter, several Common Darter, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly + small numbers of Common Blue, Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damsels.

  • 5th Aug 2017
    Anglesey
    JMJ

    Goldren-ringed Dragonfly - 1, Common Hawker - 9, Southern Hawker - 4, Emperor - 1, Black-tailed Skimmer - 1, Four-spot Chaser - 11 at Cors Erddreiniog, Anglesey 05/08/17.  Single Banded Demoiselle as well.

  • 5th Aug 2017
    Essex
    AC

    Ingrebourne Valley: Emperor- 1 male; Southern hawker- 1 male;  Migrant hawker- many; Black tailed skimmer- 1 male; Ruddy darter- Two

  • 5th Aug 2017
    Somerset
    MH

    Compton Dundon Moor: The highlight being a Lesser Emperor flying along a rhyne also seen on moor Emperor , Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Black tailed Skimmer ,Common Darter and Blue tailed damselfly.

  • 5th Aug 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    DP

    On Saturday 5th July Damian Pinguey visited the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's reserve of Ravensroost Wood. There are meadows attached to this wood with ponds in them. At one of the ponds he found a female blue form of a Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) and obtained excellent images of it. Unfortunately no one else was available to see it [including me!] and although several people including myself visited the following day and scoured the area there were no confirmed sightings. This constitutes the first record of this species for Wiltshire - and maybe the only one in the UK of this rare colour form? Images can be seen on the Wiltshire Dragonfly Facebook group pages here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 5th Aug 2017
    Midlothian
    LB

    In the evening of 05/08/2017, around 6.45 Pm in Midlothian, along the Ratho Union Canal Walking and Cycle Route we spotted a light brown dragonfly, perhaps a female Yellow-winged Darter, while we were out with my wheelchair on a family stroll. It looked almost golden when it was flying through a sunny patch! It quickly hunted down something near/under the surface of the water then wooshed away. This sighting happened 0.5 mile after the Edinburgh International Climbing Area's steps down to the canal walk, towards the highway (not towards the Bridge Inn where we started from). We recorded the habitat by taking a photograph that you can see below at a safe link. The spot was also 'marked' by an old piece of metal roofing that found its resting place... in the forest:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzhiPHhoXyvybUVucXdlckdfbGM/view?usp=sharing

  • 4th Aug 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong between 11am - 2pm produced c50 Willow Emerald Damselfly perching on the edge of branches in the sun. Also seen were 2 Southern Hawker, c10 Migrant Hawker and a few Emerald Damselfly and Blue tailed Damselfly.

  • 4th Aug 2017
    Dorset
    MGN

    At the pond behind the Water Gardens in Chickerell, Weymouth, I saw today 5 small red-eyed damsels, one southern hawker and 3 emperors. One of them seemed not to move, but when I put my finger under him, he transferred to my finger for a few minutes, giving me a splendid view of him. Unfortunately no picture of that (too difficult to hold a large camera). Pictures of the small red eyed and southern hawker on my website.

  • 4th Aug 2017
    Essex
    PDW

    Thanks to TPC and others for the updates of the sightings of the Canvey Island Southern Migrant Hawkers.  I saw 21 male affinis in the first 1km of the ditch plus 11 Lestes dryas  (and  6 other Lestes which were probably the same species but moved on too quickly in the windy conditions) and over 60 Sympetrum sanguineum including a triple (male/male/female). I have put some record shots on the blog.

  • 1st Aug 2017
    Essex

    A visit to the ditch on Canvey Island between 12.30 and 2pm: 15+ Southern Migrant Hawker, 3+ Scarce Emerald Damselflies, 20+ Common Darter, 4 Ruddy Darter, 2 Blue - tailed Damselflies. Common Blue butterflies everywhere.    

  • 1st Aug 2017
    Lincolnshire
    SRo

    Crowle Moor NNR.: A visit to the NNR today in not ideal conditions,saw the following being recorded: 222 Emerald Damselfly; 1 Large-red Damselfly ; 8 Blue-tailed Damselfly; 14 Ruddy Darter; 21 Common Darter ; 345 Black Darter ; 1 Black-tailed Skimmer; 4 Common Hawker; 3 Southern Hawker ; 1 Migrant Hawker

  • 1st Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    PWF

    Scarce Emerald Damselfly: a few at the pingos  on Thompson Common including a mating pair, outnumbered by Common Emerald Damselfly. Also present Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies; Emperor, Brown and Southern Hawker, and innumerable Ruddy Darters.

  • 1st Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    PWF

    A dozen Small Red Damselflies seen at midday along the boggy path in the middle of Scarning Fen. Wellington boots required!

  • 1st Aug 2017
    Essex
    AWS

    Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers: Southern migrant hawker, brown hawker, 4 black tailed skimmer and 2 emperor

  • 1st Aug 2017
    East Sussex
    PRL
  • 31st Jul 2017
    East Sussex
    TJW

    A walk today with my wife at Old Lodge NNR in the Ashdown Forest allowed sightings of 3 Golden-Ringed Dragonflies (by the bridge over the stream), 10 Small Red Damselflies (around the small pools), 4 Emperors, 2 Brown Hawkers, 3 Common Darters, 2 Migrant Hawkers, and 15 Azure damselflies. 

  • 30th Jul 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 19 degrees C, broken cloud, very windy. Migrant Hawker X1 male which is the first recorded sighting this year at this reserve. 100's of common blue damselflies during short periods of sunshine. x4 Common Darters, X3 Brown Hawker.

  • 28th Jul 2017
    Norfolk
    PFF

    A day spent at Filby (car park to Ormesby Little Broad), produced a variety of Odonata.

    Both Migrant and Brown Hawkers were in relatively good numbers and several Southern Hawkers were seen too.  Both Common and Ruddy Darter were present along with Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Azure and several Red-eyed Damselflies.

    Willow Emeralds appear to be well esablished here now and at least 12 were seen, with both males and females although no mating was observed.

    White Admiral, Red-legged Shieldbug, both Volucella zonaria and V. inanis and a Red Kite were also of note here.

  • 28th Jul 2017
    Norfolk
    SRJ

    Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk. - 10+ Brown Hawkers, 4 Southern Hawkers, 30+ Migrant Hawkers, 50+ Ruddy Darters, 2 Common Darters, 20+ Common Blue, 6 Azure, 4 Blue tailed, 1 Emerald

  • 25th Jul 2017
    London
    AM

    Vagrant Darter. Sunning itself happily on a bench at the WWT in Barnes, London. [Photo requested] [Id confirmed from photo as an unusually brightly coloured Common Darter by Adrian Parr]

  • 25th Jul 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    NN

    On Tuesday 25th July Nick Nettleingham posted a shot of damselflies on Stanton Park Lake, Swindon, not knowing what they were. It showed 6 pairs of Erythromma viridulum in tandem with the females ovipositing! This is a new location in Wiltshire for the species, the only previously existing site being Coate Water country park. So hopefully they are spreading to new areas across the county and it's just a case of nobody being lucky enough to connect with them so far...

    Images on our Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 25th Jul 2017
    Gloucestershire
    AG

    On Tuesday 25th July I saw a female Emperor ovipositing in a newly constructed pool at the Wildplace Project, Bristol. At least two male Emperors were also present - one patrolling the pool and another apparently intruding. Common Darters also present at the same pool and eleswhere on site.

  • 25th Jul 2017
    Norfolk
    SRJ

    Thompson Common, Norfolk - 3 Emperors, 6m +1f Black tailed Skimmers,1 Southern Hawker, 30+ Ruddy Darters, 20+ Common Blue,4 Blue tailed, 2 Scarce Emerald

  • 24th Jul 2017
    County Down
    RS

    Two Brown Hawker Dragonflies spotted for the first time today, there was one flying around garden pond for about 10 minutes and then it went away, only to return again after about 5 minutes with another one. My Son and I spent about two hours watching them over and around the pond and garden. One of them was very enquisitive and kept coming really close and hovering in front of us, they also spent a lot of time chasing each other. We then came back in and left them to it. Hopefully they will be back tomorrow.

  • 24th Jul 2017
    Suffolk
    TPC

    On a walk across Walberwick Heath,( Church to Bridge) Suffolk in a cold wind and just the odd quick sunny spell i counted 23 Migrant Hawkers still in their immature teneral colours, 2 Southern Hawkers and 11 Common Darters. Saw my first 2 Migrant Hawkers of the year yesterday at Canvey Island.

  • 23rd Jul 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Two Migrant Hawkers and one Southern Hawker on Bullock Hills, Hempton, Fakenham this afternoon.

  • 22nd Jul 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong to survey the Willow Emerald Damselfly colony produced just over 100 in a 150 yard stretch of stream. An excellent total with many seen making their maiden flights and a few seen emerging. Plenty of photos on my blog. Also seen were c40 Emerald Damselfly, 1 Large Red Damselfly and a few Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly. It was also nice to see my first Migrant Hawker of the year. 

  • 21st Jul 2017
    Essex
    TPC

    Canvey Island: Revisited the ditch from the 9th where i found the large numbers of Aeshna affinis (Southern Migrant Hawker), yesterday, 2.00pm - 4.30pm. In less than ideal conditions with sunny spells and a strong wind i still found in excess of 20 males and two ovipositing pairs just walking half the length of the 1.6 km ditch. With the less than favourable conditions lots were found perching. Large numbers ( 100 +) of Common Blue Butterflies were sharing the ditch and on a couple of occassions i observed a male Blue chasing off a SMH when it entered their territory! A risky tactic in view that i saw a a male SMH take a Darter in flight then landed to devour its prey, abdomen first with the unfortunate Darter's head sticking out. (Photo on my rb site). One observaion that occurred to me from both my vists to this ditch was the lack of any sightings of Emperors which are usually seen on other ditches in area. So does that mean the large numbers of SMH present are able to see off intruding Emperors and they don't bother to come back? Or perhaps for whatever reason the ditch is unsuitable for Emperors hence why a large SMH population is successful? Plenty of Scarce Emeralds seen and Ruddy Darters and a handul of Commons.

  • 21st Jul 2017
    Norfolk
    SRJ

    Lynford Arboretum and lakes, Norfolk - w/c 21st July, Weeks random sightings in not too brilliant conditions. 3 Brown Hawkers, 3 Emperors, 4 Southern Hawker, 50+ Ruddy Darters, 100's Common Blue, 20+ Azure, 20+ blue tailed,

  • 20th Jul 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Menadarva/ Bell Lake: Some sunshine between passing bands of cloud with light rain, strong gusty wind, cool. 

    1 m Emperor.  6+ m , 5 f Southern Hawker mostly imm. colouring.  1 f  Common Hawker very imm. colouring.  5 m, 2 f Golden-ringed.  2 m 4 Spot.  1 f  Broad-bodied Chaser ovi.  7 m, 1 imm. m, 4 f Keeled Skimmer.  15 + Common Darter.  4 m, 6 f Beautiful Dem. 1 f Large-red. Azure and Blue-tailed damsel in good number. 

  • 19th Jul 2017
    Essex

    I counted 12 Red-veined Darter tenerals at Hanningfield reservoir, Essex today and estimate there is probably around 40, because some of the area l cannot access. I should add the area is permit only.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 18th Jul 2017
    Surrey
    MB

    Tongham Pool, Surrey at SU8840 4933. Black tailed skimmers, including one cop pair. Emperor dragonflies, including 2 ovipositing females. Ruddy darter. Common blue damselflies including cop and ovipositing pairs. Red eyed damselflies. Small red eyed damselflies including cop and ovipositing pairs. Blue tailed damselflies. White legged damselfly. Banded demoiselles.

  • 18th Jul 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve - 1 (m) Southern Migrant Hawker, 3 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 5 Ruddy Darters, 2 Blue tailed

  • 18th Jul 2017
    London
    Djp

    just wanted to say had a lovely day today in Barnes and hope Kevin and. Nigel will allow me to post the dragons we saw and shared with visitors.

    Male and female Brown Hawkers..the male patrolling for hours and competing with an Emporer but also chasing off the Common Darter. Many Red Eyed Damsells. Two tired Black Tailed Skimmers perching to be photod, as well as an active male. And then an Emperor posing on the reeds. Didn't see but a visitor had photod. Southern Hawker.

     

  • 18th Jul 2017
    County Durham
    EV

    Spring Gardens Wetlands, County Durham: This week I have noted only a couple of Blue Tailed Damselfies and maybe 4-6 Male Blue Azures. 

  • 18th Jul 2017
    Devon
    DS

    A visiting Polish entomologist is certain that he saw a Common Clubtail by the River Otter north of Tiptoin St John on 18 July. This would be the first record for Devon of this species, which has never been seen within at least 100km of the county! The weather is currently (21 July) hopeless (to put it mildly) for checking this, but local observers should keep an eye open over the coming days (and years!). Interestingly, he also saw a male Lesser Emperor nearby in Ottery St Mary on 15 July.

  • 18th Jul 2017
    Perthshire
    LB

    A well developed dragonfly - it was easy to spot even through the windscreen! -, possibly an Azure Hawker was moving above one of the car paths of Three Lochs Forest Drive, Aberfoyle (Perthshire), at 12:41 (fourty-one past noon) on 18/07/2017, Tuesday. The sighting happened between the forest drive's main entry point where the ticketing machine is and the Trail E parking lot (viewpoint), in a dry and very warm weather. 

  • 17th Jul 2017
    Devon
    DS

    I was surprised to find over 40 Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Little Bradley Ponds (DWT Reserve) today: this is a new site record and the first west of the Exe. At the old (eastern) pond, I counted 17 pairs egg-laying plus about 7 additional males, but only one male at the 'new' pond (which is becoming very overgrown and and access to the shore is limited). Both counts were done with a telescope from the dipping platforms. Also present: Emerald Damselflies and a late male Downy Emerald (probably my latest in Devon).

  • 17th Jul 2017
    Hampshire
    KD

    I was just sat in my garden when i spotted something large fly into my house, before i could get into the house my 3 year old grand daughter ran in to investigate. Within seconds she was screaming and running back out of the house. When i went in i saw a huge yellow and black dragonfly which i have now with the help of the internet discovered was a golden ringed dragonfly. With some gentle persuasion we got it out of the house and it flew away.  

  • 17th Jul 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Gunners Park pond, Shoeburyness - 1 Brown hawker, 1 Emperor,2 Ruddy Darters, 4 Blue tailed, 

  • 17th Jul 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon - 1 Migrant Hawker, 6 Blue tailed, 6 Azure

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