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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Yorkshire
  • Orange yellow dragonfly seen 7th of December 2019
  • Orange yellow dragonfly seen 7th of December 2019. Judy Woods, Bradford, West Yorkshire. [Almost certainly a female Common Darter at this time of year – GHM BDS]

07 Dec 2019
AL
  • Norfolk
  • A single Common Darter braved the sunshine today at Sutton Fen
  • A single Common Darter was soaking up the sunshine today at Sutton Fen, probably my last sighting for the year.

04 Dec 2019
TCN
  • Kent
  • Late Common Darters
  • A visit to Nethergong in cold (6 degrees Celsius) but sunny conditions produced 2 Common Darter sunning themselves in a sunny shelterd area. Considering it was -2 last night, I’m surprised these have managed to survive. My latest record for this species.

30 Nov 2019
  • Hampshire
  • Making the most of the winter sun
  • Common Darter
    Holmhill Bog New Forest
    SU268 022

29 Nov 2019
SRB
  • Kent
  • Vagrant Emperor in Kent
  • An early morning visit to Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory produced 1 Vagrant Emperor found at the base of a tree where it’s been resting up. It was barely alive. Just the odd leg and wing pulse. I tried to hang it back up but it just fell down again. I took the Emperor back to the Observatory where it was on show to the visitors after it had passed. In other news, I saw 2 male Common Darter resting on the sunshine at Nethergong late morning. Probably my latest date for this species. Photos on my blog.

23 Nov 2019
  • Kent
  • Vagrant Emperor in Kent
  • 1 female Vagrant Emperor in pristine condition seen and photographed today in the Elms at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory. A new dragonfly for me. New photos on my blog.

19 Nov 2019
  • Devon
  • Devon
  • At least four Common Darter, including a pair in cop, over the Main Pond at Dawlish Warren

16 Nov 2019
KRy
  • Isle of Wight
  • Vagrant Emperor
  • Female Vagrant Emperor found freshly dead outside house in Yarmouth. Specimen retained by CDR. Fifth record for the Isle of Wight and second for 2019.

14 Nov 2019
JC
  • Sussex
  • Common Darter
  • 12 November 2019, Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/discover-east-sussex/countryside-sites/ouseestuary/

12 Nov 2019
  • Isle of Wight
  • Still a Common Darter About.
  • A Common Darter in the back garden at Freshwater.Disturbed from it’s sunny spot and fluttered away over the hedge.

11 Nov 2019
  • Cheshire
  • Sunbathing Darters
  • Today in Delamere Forest at Doolittle Moss(SJ54328 71452) we found 5 Common and 2 male Black Darters. At nearby Black Lake(SJ53772 70922) we had a further 4 Common Darters.All our sightings were of the Darters perched on the trunks of pine trees in stunning November sunshine adjacent to water.When we felt the bark it was warm and the Darters were fighting for the sunniest spots. Photo’s submitted to the Cheshire recorders.

10 Nov 2019
AG
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Dragons in Nottingham
  • Common Darter at Bulwell & marlin country park Nottingham afew in heart (wheel)position and tandem ovipositing wow and single males

10 Nov 2019
D'S
  • Flintshire
  • late flyer!
  • Common Darter – male flying near scrub and phragmites on a private nature reserve

10 Nov 2019
PT
  • Suffolk
  • chilly flier
  • during a brief autumnal sunny interval yesterday 10/11/19 I spotted a lone common darter while I was walking around the garden in Thurston, Suffolk. I can’t remember seeing one so late especially as it was so cold that day.

10 Nov 2019
TJG
  • Kent
  • Common Darter
  • A single common darter seen at Shuart Farm in a warm, sunny glade on a chilly day in east Kent

10 Nov 2019
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
  • A three hour visit to Nethergong at 11am in sunny, windless conditions but the temperature around 7 degrees celsius produced 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly and 28 Common Darter.

09 Nov 2019
  • Somerset
  • Still going strong
  • At least 20 common darters, including some pairs, on the wing at RSPB Greylake in Somerset. Six seen sitting in the sunshine on a wooden bench, who can blame them.

05 Nov 2019
  • Essex
  • Late Southern Hawker
  • Nice surprise when I came across a male Southern hawker at Daws Hall in Essex. 1st I’ve ever seen in November and the latest in the year I’ve seen one. (Photo here on twitter https://twitter.com/UK_Wildlife/status/1193455014943055874)

    3 common darters also seen

05 Nov 2019
  • Devon
  • Emerald? Or Hawkekr?
  • Not very good at identification – this dragonfly was large and green. Flying around my garden pond today 5th November. Property edge of town. [As you describe it as “large” it is more likely to be a Hawker. At this time of year and given the location a late flying Southern Hawker is most likely – GHM BDS]

05 Nov 2019
lm
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
  • I spent a productive 3hrs at Nethergong this afternoon in beautiful sunshine, light winds and about 12 degrees celsius. I was rewarded with 22 WILLOW EMERALD DAMSELFLY, 23 Common Darter and 2 Migrant Hawker.

03 Nov 2019
  • Devon
  • Vagrant Emperor
  • Probable female Vagrant Emperor, feeding above the dune pond, Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve

03 Nov 2019
SJA
  • Newport
  • Like a summers day…
  • Spotted at least 15 common darters (including 2 pairs mating) and 3 migrant hawkers males. Possibly a very fast emperor, but didn’t get a good enough siting to positively identify. All sited on a sunny morning at Rspb wetlands Newport.

03 Nov 2019
AR
  • Lincolnshire
  • HALLOWEEN DELIGHTS
  • 4 FEMALE & 2 MALE COMMON DARTER DRAGONS SEEN ON THE VIKING WAY JUST OUTSIDE DONINGTON ON BAIN BY THE LAKE. 31/10/19 AT NOON SUN BATHING.

31 Oct 2019
BJN
  • Derbyshire
  • Zippy and Hawkeye
  • Bolsover, off Woodhouse Lane, Hawker patrolling overhead near pond and Common Darter zipping back and forth near reeds last month.

31 Oct 2019
C M
  • Hampshire
  • Vagrant Emperor, Lepe CP, Hants
  • Single individual photographed on edge of creek. Very torpid.

30 Oct 2019
RW
  • Sussex
  • Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger), Hove
  • Just found my first UK Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger), whilst walking my dog today. A rather torpid female in Dyke Road Park, Hove ( 50.836562°, -0.155512°), 16:30, 30 October 2019.

30 Oct 2019
KDPW
  • Kent
  • Vagrant
  • Female Vagrant Emperor, seen well for several minutes at Foreness Point early afternoon, down to six feet at times.

28 Oct 2019
BJH
  • Dorset
  • Migrant Hawker taking advantage of Brexit delay!
  • Male Migrant Hawker at Queen’s Park, Bournemouth. Photographed.

27 Oct 2019
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
  • Despite 40mph gusty winds and heavy cloud cover, I managed to find 9 Willow Emerald Damselfly at Nethergong today. Most were males sheltering but I did see one ovipositing pair and a lone female getting blown heavily whilst egg laying high up a tree.

26 Oct 2019
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Just when yu thought it was a over1
  • Circa 2 dozen Common Darters mating, ovipositing in new development offset ponds on a sunny October afternoon.

23 Oct 2019
IA
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