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My first Common Darter of the year
Fresh female, Littleworth Common, Esher, Surrey found during my first 'whole site' survey visit of the year. First of many no doubt :-)
Single specimens of Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser and Four-spotted Chaser seen around the rainwater balancing ponds at the Monk's Cross shopping centre on the outskirts of York today, plus the usual Damselflies.
A delightful time at Sutton Fen today with sightings of Azure, Banded Demoiselle, Blue-tailed, Large Red, Red-eyed and Variable Damselflies plus Broad-Bodied and Four Spotted Chasers, Hairy, Norfolk Hawker, Common Darter, Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmers. A Hairy was spotted catching a Large Red Damselfly and promptly eating it! I managed to photograph that incident as well.
Backwarden EWT reserve Danbury
6x 4-spot (2 ovipositing), 1 Hairy, 2 Broad bodied (1 ovipositing), 25+ Azure, 4 White-legged (around heather area)
7 emperors were the highlight of a lunch time walk around Esher Common. Broad-bodied chaser, four-spotted chaser, black tailed skimmer, large red and azure damsels and a single banded demoiselle were also seen
On the River Colne at Fordham were a few Beautiful Demoiselle and couple of hundred Banded Demoiselle. Very little else, singles of Large red, Blue tailed and Common blue damselflies. The mud was littered with the wings of Banded Demoiselles that had been predated by the resident Grey wagtails.
Two large reds in our conservatory, well joined together and acting as if they could fly through the glass. Decided to move them outside, gently, rather than let them bake as it was too hot to even sit in there.
Excellent day spent at Kenfig NNR, Glamorgan producing my best ever count of Hairy Dragonfly - (from any South Wales location!) - approximately 40 recorded. Confirmed sightings of two male Red-veined Darter and also the seasons first immature Ruddy Darter. Exceptionally good numbers of Black-tailed Skimmer evident with seven seperate sightings of pairs in-cop. Other dragonflies seen included Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser.
Temperatures were in the mid 20c with hardly any breeze and the odonata were making the very best of it...as was I...we can never have too many days like this!
A visit to Westbere Lakes in east Kent produced 2 Norfolk Hawker patrolling a small stretch of the river. Also seen were 2 male Scarce Chaser, 2 Hairy Dragonfly and good numbers of Variable and Blue tailed Damselfly along with Bandwd Demoiselle.
My first Emperor Dragonfly of 2016 today, Wednesday - in our Cringleford garden - a garden first too! A teneral male, high in the front hedge
Scarce Chaser found at Walton Common SSSI in North Somerset. First record for the reserve ... and a distance from any known populations.
Very hot evening 17:00-19:00 along the footpath beside the railway line leading from the RSPB carpark behind the Swan's Nest PH.
Saw 4 male Broad-bodied Chasers (no females) and 100+ Azure damselflies, predominantly male with a scattering of females.
Strumpshaw Fen produced my first Black-tailed Skimmers of the year, plus lots of Norfolk Hawker, Scarce Chaser, Four-spot and Hairy. Larged Red, Azure, Blue-tailed and Banded Demoiselles also seen.
Ten Small Red Damselflies on Thursley main bog.
1 female Emerald, 2 Large Red, 4 Blue tailed, 50+ Azure, 3 male Broad bodied Chasers, 1 Hairy
Following return from a very successful trip in search of Azure Hawkers (3rd June), visited Thompson Common, Watton, today, Tuesday
Notable were several freshly emerged Scarce Emerald Damselflies, and Common Darters. Also present were several Hairy Dragonflies, and scores of Fourspot Chasers and Azure Damselflies
Yesterday(Monday) evening, at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB there were Scarce Chasers, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spot Chaser, Norfolk Hawker, and several Hairy Dragonflies
River Wissey, Fordham, nr.Downham Market. I was in heaven today, a glorious hot day with a wealth of female Scarce Chasers along a 200mtr stretch, the purpose of this visit. Plenty of mature males along the rivers edge becoming more and more territorial. I was informed by a gentlerman who watches this stretch every day that they first emerged 14 days ago.
He has been waiting for the first mating pairs which might determine how long it takes them to mature. Well if your reading this, around midday it started with gusto, suddenly I was aware of many tandem pairs, just as you said, it should be around 14 days.
Several Hairy Dragonflies noted along the rivers edge, Large red-eyed Damselflies, Four-spotted Chasers, and Emperor. A splendid five hours spent.
On a circular walk from the car park at Savill Gardens via Cow Pond I saw several Common Blues near to the ornate bridge at the far end of the pond and a Red Eyed damsel on the lilies. I still feel that the work four years ago missed the need to keep some vegitation and cover alongside the pond, it does seem to me to have been designed for dog walkers and not nature. Anyway, on the walk back a well comoflaged female "blue" hidden in the grass.
Monmouth: probable Club-tailed Dragonfly taking its maiden flight and several White-legged Damselflies.
Also around 35+ Banded Demoiselles and a single female Broad-bodied Chaser.
Hockley Woods, Essex.
1 Male Hairy Dragonfly
Warren Heath, Hants:
10 Downy Emerald, 5 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Keeled Skimmer, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Emperor, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, lots of Azure and Large Red Damselfly; all on or around the two ponds at SU774596.
Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers. Things picking up at long last but still cold N wind. In the borrowdykes:
20 Azure damselflies, 6 Common blue damselflies, 8 Blue tailed damselflies, 3 Hairy dragonfly, Emperor dragonfly, 2 Four spotted chasers, and a Broad bodied chaser.
RSPB Fen Drayton -Warm with clear sky, strong breeze, 20 degrees C.
Hundreds of Common Blue Damselflies on the reserve : emerging, tenerals, adults in tandem and cop. Small numbers of Blue tailed (20) and Variable (3).
Red-Eyed damseflies increasing in numbers (10+ at one location).
Hairy Dragonflies, Scarce Chasers and Banded Demoiselles in small numbers.
Blue tailed damselfly: at least16 (14 males & two females).
Wat Tyler Country Park:
Common blue damselfly: many.
Large red damselfly: at least two (pair in tandem).
Hairy dragonfly: one.
Four spotted chaser: three ( pair, sometimes in tandem. Female was egg laying; male kept on chasing off the third dragonfly, another male).
Visited Swinley Brick Pits Sunday 5 June, between 12:55 and 14:40 hrs. Perfect dragonfly conditions. No less
than 5 Hairy, 4 males and an ovipositing female, which I think is the first breeding record
for the species in Bracknell Forest. Also 3 Brilliant Emerald and 7 Downy Emerald present. Supporting cast: lots of 4-Spot, and Large Red, Azure Damsels plus a mating pair of Blue-tailed Damsel.
A visit to this superb reserve for the first time produced c30 White-faced Darter at one small pool. Mainly males seen but quite a few pairs seen in cop. Good numbers of Four spotted Chaser and Large Red Danselfly also seen. Lots of photos on my blog.
Today at fishing lakes in Great Wakering my first Common Darter found emerging, also 10 large red and 30+ blue tailed damselflies.
Langdon Hills (EWT Dunton)
Red eyed damselfly-12+
Blue tailed damselfly-4+
Common blue damselfly-1
Cherry Orchard CP Essex.
1 Male Broad bodied Chaser, 7 Red eyed , 5 Common blue
Yesterday 3 June 2016, scarce chasers on great western canal not far from swing bridge outside Tiverton, in the direction of Halberton. Around noon, several males on vegetation sallying forth and occasionally skirmishing with other males. No females seen.
Visited Loch Maree on Friday/Saturday and saw several pristine Azure Hawkers on both days at Slattadale, including three males on one stump together. Minimum of 3 males and 1 female seen there. A bit further south, at Allt Mhuic reserve, and nearby, we saw more Azure Hawkers on Saturday and Sunday. Also a few Chequered Skippers there - but not many - only about 4.
On a visit to The Bishops Palace Garden in Wells, Somerset, I saw and photographed an Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella. It was resting on long grass. Weather conditions: Warm and sunny.
In Wat Tyler CP: No adults seen on the wing, but during pond dipping 40+ darter nymphs growing rapidly and eating newt tadpoles and anythign else they can catch in the pond trays and 1 black taied skimmer nymph with full wing buds waiting fr the warm weather to return.
In the warm weather last week broad bodied chasers, 4 spot chasers, blue-tailed damsel, large red damsel and azure damselfly were all on the wing.
At Testwood Lakes (Hampshire WT) in cold,windy and damp weather an immature female, a teneral and a pre-flight emergent Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) were at the new ponds near the roundhut. 30 Emperor (Anax imperator) exuviae were collected in the last three days of May with two day-time emergents seen on 26th.
Foulshaw Moss - White-faced Darter numbers head towards 2000.
Thanks once again to Heather and Tony Marshall, the exuvia count still continues to rise and is now over 1700. This makes no allowance for those we have simply missed, or that are at pools we do not monitor.
Visit to the River Wye near Monmouth, produced two sightings of Common Club-tail possibly on maiden flights. Also reasonable numbers of Banded Demoiselle with the males outnumbering females, the former reaching a count of 80+ and the latter approximately 30+. White-legged Damselfly appeared to be down on their usual numbers, hardly reaching double figures, it could still possibly be a case of late emergence. Solitary female Broad-bodied Chaser also seen.
m Club-tailed dragonfly, by the bridge, resting on cranesbill vegetation just above bank around 1pm. After we returned from a walk at hartslock nature reserve the club tail was still present around 4pm. A male and a female banded damoiselle was also seen along the river in the late part of the afternoon.
The River Eau,North Lincolnshire.: A visit yesterday,29.05.2016.,to this site primarily to survey the Variable Damselfly population resulted in poor numbers being recorded in not ideal weather conditions.The following numbers and species were observed:23 Variable Damselfly,with 80% of these being males and 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Black-tailed Skimmer 2 individuals sighted & photographed at HMWT Amwell Sunday 29/05/2016. Male Broad bodied Chaser and plenty of damselflies also seen.
Warm, dry misty with good sunshine. Red River LNR/Menadarva Camborne:- 1 immature female Emperor, 10+ imm. Keeled Skimmer, 5 female Broad Bodied Chaser, 3 Beautiful Demoiselle. Azure Damsel: 70+ inc. some pairs & teneral, Large Red Damsel: 25+, Blue-tailed Damsel: 5+.
Thursley Moat Pond - Teneral male and teneral female Brilliant Emerald, Emporer exuvia and a Downy Emerald yet to emerge.
Thursley Forked Pond - Banded Demoiselle
Langdon Hills, pond at Great Berry: Red eyes damselfly- 5
Found and photographed a Black-tailed Skimmer, an immature male I think. This was at Lound, Idle Valley Nature Reserve,, Nottinghamshire.
I made a trip to Pittswood to catch up with a few dragonflies and Damselflies that we do not get in east Kent. Despite not very good conditions I noted 6 White legged Damselfly, 6 Beautiful Demoiselle and 1 very brief Downy Emerald in flight. Photos on my site.
1 Downy emerald and 1 Red eyed damselfly at the Stew Ponds, Epsom Common
RSPB Fen Drayton - warm and sunny. In excess of 100 Variable Damsels and 100 Blue Tail Damsels near to Ferry pond. 2 Red Eyed damsels and 12+ Banded Demoiselles at same location.
A male Scare Chaser in the garden late in the afternoon, quite a distance from closest known emergence sites.
Thursley Moat Pond - A quick late morning visit in the warm sunshine counted around a dozen Downy Emeralds, several Large Red Damselflies including a mating pair and a Brilliant Emerald exuvia which on later close inspection showed it to be a male.
Paices country park: Numerous white legged damselflies and 6 downy emeralds
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