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A fishing lake in Chelmsford, Essex yielded 5 species of Damselfly today including Large red, Blue-tailed, Azure, Common blue and Red-eyed.
Benfleet Downs, Essex. Sunny intervals but continual breeze. 4 Large Red, 6 Blue tailed, 20+ Azure,
Several Large Red Damselflies and a couple of Variable Damselflies were enjoying the sun at Sutton Fen today.
A teneral emerged from Priory Meadow - confirmation of id from Steve Cham.
Surprised to find a broad-bodied chaser sitting on bluebells in the Woodland Gardens of Bushy Park. Large red damselflies were also seen around the gardens.
North-east Yorkshire (VC62): I saw four Four-spotted Chasers fly away from two adjacent ponds on Strensall Common near York at lunchtime today and found two Azure Damselflies sheltering nearby in long grass. Elsewhere on the Common, well away from any ponds, I stumbled on a sunny sheltered spot where about 50 Large Red Damselflies were maturing nicely.
Exminster Marshes afternoon turned up approx half dozen each of Azure and Large Red damselflies, with a possible female Variable damselfly. Intermittent sun and cool NE'erly, so most damsels were low down sheltering.
Late afternoon around the southern end of John Merrick's Lake, Watermead Country Park, Leics. Many teneral Azure damsels, plus a couple of teneral Blue-tailed and a single teneral Common Blue. Also one near-mature Blue-tailed (violacea).
A total of four Four-spotted Chasers taking their maiden flights at Town Common this afternoon. Photos as always on the blog presently
Sculthorpe Common near Fakenham, after five visits/days of searching, 90+ Large-red Damselflies decided today was the day to emerge all along the winding ditch. Most still with thier exuvia.
3 immature male Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo at Shalfleet Stream and a Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa at Laundry Lane, Brading Marsh RSPB Reserve. Jim Baldwin
I visited Sandpool this afternoon, part of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts Lower Moor reserve complex. I was delighted to see and photograph my first ever Wilts female Hairy Hawker! Also seen were 3 male and 1 female Downy Emeralds. Also a mass emergence of Common Blue Damselflies was taking place, with clouds being disturbed with every footstep. Thousands if not tens of thousands must have been involved. Also a few Large Reds and a single teneral male Azure Damselfly were seen. Images on our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/
A walk around Crowle Moor Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, turned up 25+ Four-spotted Chaser...Libellula quadrimaculata, my first Dragonfly sightings of the year! Also, 100's of Large Red Damselflies. The weather was very breezy at times with sunny periods and temps of around 14c.
A first for me this year, a female Hairy Dragonfly at Norfolk's Strumpshaw Fen. With clound and a cool wind today dividends paid off by searching the brambles in a sheltered area beside the ditch along the woodland trail.
20+ Large red and 1 Azure Damselfly on Benfleet Downs today.
Variable Damselfly recorded Sunday 30th April by Martin Green at private site (part isolated backwater off Thames, fed by groundwater) just SE of Barton Fields nature reserve in Abingdon, Oxon. Vice County 22 Berkshire.
Common Blue Damselfly seen during the first visit of the year to Southford, Whitwell, Isle of Wight, also one Large Red Damselfly present. This equals the earliest reported sighting of Enallagma cyathigerum for the Isle of Wight. The previous record was of two teneral at Haseley Manor in 2007.
A visit in sub-optimal conditions to the Cotswold Water Park today turned up one odonate only - but it was a new one for the year. A very teneral female Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas). Image on our Facebook Group page.
Fen Drayton RSPB along central ditch and river:
5 Hairy Dragonflies, 50+ Common Blue, 3+ Variable, Blue-tailed Damselfly and 1 Banded Demoiselle
One Downy Emerald emerging from nymph and two empty exuvia nearby. Several Large Red Damselflies flitting about too. Thursley Common. I captured several images of the emerging Downy Emerald and have uploaded them to my National Geographic page.
Newly emerged Hairy Dragonfly in sunny glade along River Gipping at Pipps Ford Suffolk TM108538
Hairy Dragonfly seen several times briefly, hawking over slightly obscured ditch, heading from Grove Ferry to Stod marsh, late morning.
No damsel or dragons all afternoon at Countesswear sludge beds, Highlight was a watershrew which swam under our board-walk. weather sun/showers, chilly Northerly (we had 5 mins snow north of Honiton yesterday!).
First visit of the year to Littleworth Common, Esher.
Air chilly, but sun strong & hot. Sheltered bays in the meadow next to the ponds yielded a few finds.
Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula: 1x Male, 1x female. Plus several Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella: males & females.
Libellula Depressa Female sighted at Woking Wetlands, Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey.
At first I thought it was a large wasp, but when it landed on a dead stalk in the middle of a gorse bush, I realised it was a female Libellula Depressa. It blended perfectly with the living and dying gorse flowers. It stayed there sunning itself for at least 15-20 minutes, maybe longer. It was still there when I walked on. Absolutely beautiful.
A female Banded Demoiselle was seen in Morden Hall Park, SW London, 18 days after the very early first one, and I have been looking for them in the meantime.
A few large red and blue-tailed damselflies were seen and photographed on the Longford River in Bushy Park. The blue tailed all looked to be recently emerged.
Female Hairy Dragonfly at Fen Drayton Lakes. My first Dragonfly sighting this season. Plus around 50+ Damselfly sightings, all the ones that I could identify seemed to be common blues, many of them teneral.
5 blue tailed Damselflies with 10 large reds on Benfleet Downs in Essex today.
Just one Common Clubtail exuvia found today along the Thames Promenade in Caversham, Reading.
Ravensroost Meadow Wilts Wildlife Trust reserve - a single teneral Large Red Damselfly near the main meadow pond.
Large red damselflies started hatching from garden pond in Llechryd, Ceredigion.
About 20 Large Red Damselflies were seen around the boardwalk on Borth Bog (aka Cors Fochno), part of the Dyfi NNR. Also a largish Dragonfly which didn't stop to be identified but by a process of elimination was probably a Hairy Dragonfly.
Red River LNR, Nr. Camborne. Clear cold night, clear sunny day, very warm in shelter. Large Red Damsels 40+, Azure Damsels 2 female blue form, Broad Bodied Chaser 1 female feeding around sunny gorse flowers.
2 x Variable damselfly, teneral males. At Grove Ferry on vegetation along riverside.
Shapwick NNR 4 Hairy dragonflies and 20+ Variable damselflies.
Both Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle seen today along the River Stour near Kidderminster
I came across a teneral male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) early afternoon between the River Blackwater and Little Testwood Lake at Testwood Lakes HWT. My earliest sighting of this species - the previous was at the same site on 24/4/2014.
Though sunny a very cool breeze ~11C as we saw 4 Large Red Damseflies take maiden flights at Woodwalton Fen.
Marazion Marsh, Cornwall: Bright morning, rapidly becoming overcast, cool. 5 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 4 Large reds.
1 Variable Damselfly seen at Orton Pit. I was looking for Large Red Damselfly but saw a 'blue' damselfly instead. Close inspection confirmed Variable damselfly - photo taken. This is my earliest record for this species.
30+ teneral Common Blue damselflies rising from the shores of Long Lake, Bramshill Plantation today along with a count of 200+ Large Red throughout the reserve. Photos etc will appear on the blog imminently
Only one Large Red Damselfly, Exminster Marshes, 5 hrs of looking. Near the Turf locks on a bramble hedge.
2 Broad-bodied Chasers emerged from garden pond in Cresselly, Pembs ,this morning 18April. Also, 5 Large Red Damselflies emerged and an additional 4 LRD exuviae were present. Weather was sunny from 9am to 1.30pm ,14'C and NE breeze bringing cloud and lower temperature later.
Large Red Damsel on Hawthorn bush close to a pond near the Fishers Green area of Lea Valley Country Park, Essex. 8 Red Damsel empty nymph casings found around the pond too.
Teneral Azure found at NWT Roydon Common
An Azure Damselfly emerged from my pond in east Kent today.
A 3rd female Hairy Dragonfly emerged this morning after I went out for a family outing and a check of the pond later also produced 1 Variable Damselfly.
Sculthorpe Common, near Fakenham this afternoon under grey skies and cold wind I managed to locate a further six Large-red Damselflies around the pond, all with very limited colour and still with their exuvia, and very well hidden from the elements.
A 2nd female Hairy Dragonfly emerged from the pond after dark tonight. Photos on blog.