Previous Sightings

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  • 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.

  • 26th Jul 2018
    Kent
    Mgb
    Sevenoaks, Kent

    Across Sevenoaks KWT reserve many Odonata were on the wing. Ruddy Darter (100+) and Common blue damselflies (1000+) were most common. Notable were  White-legged damselflies (2) by the river Darenth. Also on site were red-eyed (40) small red-eyed (30), Azure (2) and blue-tailed damselflies (4). Emperors and Brown Hawkers were on most of the small pools, and a Southern Hawker was over the sheep field. Lastly, there were many black-tailed skimmers on the main lake. 

  • 26th Jul 2018
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Lesser Emperor Blashford Lakes

    A male Lesser Emperor showed for a couple of minutes hawking the trees along the footpath between Ivy Lake and the Silt Pond. I was told that one, possibly two, have been present for a couple of weeks but not often seen. The male Southern Migrant Hawker was still at Titchfield Haven on 24th.

  • 26th Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Kent

    A return trip to Oare Marshes in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius between 10:30 - 14:30pm produced c18 Southern Migrant Hawkers including a mating pair photographed. All were seen in ditches on footpaths towards the East and West flood hides. Also 3 Emperor Dragonfly, c20 Small Red eyed Damselfly, 1 Four spotted Chaser, c10 Black tailed Skimmer and good numbers of Emerald Damselfly, Common and Ruddy Darter. Photos on blog in due course.

  • 26th Jul 2018
    Gloucestershire
    Southern Migrant Hawker and Lesser Emperor on 22nd July 2018

    A male Southern Migrant Hawker was spotted by Mark Hobson on 22nd July at The Barn Owl Centre, Gloucester and reported on The Gloster Birder website, along with photographs. This is a private site.

    A visit to The Barn Owl Centre on 25th July gave us numerous opportunities to observe and photograph the Southern Migrant Hawker. An amazing sight, and the first known record for VC33.

    Also present were Blue-tailed Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Ruddy Darter and Common Darter, and an exuvia of Migrant Hawker was collected.

    On a visit to WWT Slimbridge on 26th July, we failed to see the Lesser Emperor in the morning - it was overcast, but as the afternoon progressed the sun came out and it may or may not have been present. It was present the day before - the 25th.

  • 25th Jul 2018
    Antrim
    SB
    Skimmer/Cruiser

    Spotted in Lady Dixon Park Northern Ireland by my father and myself on Sunday 20th July 2018. We were quite shocked at first as the dragonfly was quite large, long body black in colour with yellow markings. We stood for few minutes watching him fly over the large bush in front of us his wings shimmering as he went past, beautiful sight to see. Im not sure if this is a rare sighting and wanted to let people know who have knowledge of dragonflys. Unfortunately we didnt get at picture although i did have my camera ready incase he landed but he didnt as he was darting back and forward the picture would have been a blurr. [Probably a Golden-ringed Dragonfly - see the BDS page at https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/golden-ringed-dragonfly - GHM]

  • 25th Jul 2018
    Nottinghamshire
    RAE
    Rushcliffe Golf Course

    At least 50 Migrant Hawkers on the wing in the lee of the escarpment 

  • 25th Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Kent

    A visit to Oare Marshes between 9:30 - 12:15pm in hot conditions produced 12+ Southern Migrant Hawkers (all males) in ditches as you walk out to both the East flood and West flood hides. New photos on my Blog. Also seen were 3 Emperor Dragonfly, a few Emerald Damselfly and lots of Common and Ruddy Darter present.  

  • 25th Jul 2018
    Cheshire
    Small Red-eyed Damselflies near Winsford

    A new colony of Small Red-eyed Damselflies has recently been discovered at a pool opposite Valeroyal Cut, near Winsford.

    Today we saw and photographed at least 7 including 1 pair in tandem and 1 pair ovipositing. Also c15 Red-eyed Damselflies, 2 Emperors, 2 Brown Hawkers, 4 Common Darters, 6 Blue-tailed Damselflies and 3 Common Blue Damselflies. Many of these counts are likely to be gross underestimates of the real numbers present.

  • 24th Jul 2018
    Cheshire
    AG
    keeled skimmer in cheshire

    A male Keeled Skimmer today at Mow Cop in S.Cheshire.Also at this sensitive site 5 male Scarce blue-tailed Damslflies and a male Common Hawker along with 7 Blue-tailed and 20 Azure Damselflies(AG,RB).Aphoto of the Keeled Skimmer can be viewed on the Sandbach Flashes website(Recent photos or Insects)

  • 24th Jul 2018
    Kent
    AB
    Willow Emerald

    Single male seen in garden in Sholden, Deal.

  • 23rd Jul 2018
    Somerset
    AT
    Emperor dragonfly found in my kitchen Today!!

    It made my day!  my son shouted for me to come into the kitchen and there it was at the backdoor window!! Not only did we take photos but we could hear the power in his wings! We opened the door and ushered him out - didn't take much persuasion! I wish I could attach the photos, anyway we have a garden pond and although he flew off into the sky and straight past the pond, I hope he'll be back to visit. 

  • 23rd Jul 2018
    Somerset
    LS
    Southern Migrant Hawker, Priddy

    At least one male Southern Migrant Hawker showed well in SE corner of Waldegrave pool near Priddy today. First found several days ago. Also noted: Common Hawker 2+, Southern Hawker 1+, Emperor 6+, Black Darter 2+, Ruddy Darter 2+, Common Darter 1, Black-tailed Skimmer 4+, Four-spotted Chaser 5+, Common Blue Damselfly c10.

  • 23rd Jul 2018
    Bedfordshire
    JCC
    Southern Migrant Hawker in Bedfordshire

    I turned up to a small NR in Bedfordshire, largely to see how much water was left [none], and was happily surprised to see a single Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) coursing over what used to be the pond. 
    Other notables: A White-legged Damselfly, two Brown Hawkers, two Southern Hawkers, C, Emerald Damselflies, D Common Blue Damselflies and D Ruddy Darters

  • 23rd Jul 2018
    Norfolk
    RM
    Southern Migrant Hawker Norfolk

    on 23 July I watched a Southern Migrant Hawker patrolling low down, back and forth along a dried up strip of marsh at the edge of Waveney Forest Fritton, Norfolk. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get a photo of it as it wouldn’t settle in view.

  • 22nd Jul 2018
    Shropshire
    JDN
    Condover

    Southern Hawker hunting in garden with ponds. 

  • 22nd Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Lytchett Bay NR

    Visited dried pools along footpath 12 at Lytchett Bay Nature Reserve in search of 3 Southern Migrant Hawkers found by Ian Ballam yesterday pm.  There were at least 2 male Southern Migrant Hawkers showing well this morning.  Also seen Brown Hawkers and Ruddy Darters,

  • 22nd Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Lesser Emperor in the Bovey Basin, Devon

    While checking a range of fishing lakes and other ponds in the Bovey Basin between Kingsteignton and Bovey Tracey (in the hope of perhaps finding a Southern Migrant Hawker!), I found a male Lesser Emperor patrolling one rather unprepossessing fishing pond - it kept to one side of the pond while a male Emperor kept to the other. It took and ate a Common Blue Damselfly. Incidentally, all five waters I checked had Small Red-eyed Damselflies, with egg-laying observed at four of them.

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Ilford
    SK
    Brown Hawker

    Was looking out of my kitchen window when I saw a large brown dragonfly. Not usually seen in Ilford greater london in a back garden. So pleased to see it hopefully I will see more.

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Longham Lakes

    At least 1 male Lesser Emperor still present this morning favouring the south end of the South Lake and the nearby 'Scarlet Darter' pond. Also seen were Banded Demoiselle, Large and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselfly, Brown Hawker (10+), Emperor Dragonfly (10+), Four-spotted Chaser (1), Black-tailed Skimmer and Common Darter (2+). 

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Northants
    AE
    Grand Union Canal, Whilton Locks

    5+ Beautiful Demoiselle males along the edge of the canal

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Vange Marsh

    Vange Marsh: Emperor- many; Southern migrant hawker- 1 male; Brown hawker-1; Broad bodied chaser-1; Ruddy darter-many; Red eyed damsefly-many

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Kent

    8+ Southern Migrant Hawker (7 male) seen today at Oare Marshes in ditches by the footpaths leading to both the East flood and West flood hides. 1 mating pair seen by another observerPhotos on my blog. Also Four spotted Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly, Emerald Damselfly, Small red eyed Damselfly, many Common and Ruddy Darter present. C10 Migrant Hawker exuviae collected.

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