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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Lizard, Cornwall
Lizard, Cornwall: Very heavy downpours during week; sunny with heavy clouds passing on fresh wind.
Bray's Cot/Gwendreath : 3 male Emperor. 1 4-spot. 2 male Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 overmature female. 6+ Keeled Skimmer, inc. 1 pairing. Several Common Darter, inc 1 pair seen. 1 female Common Hawker feeding over meadow. 1 Large-red Damsel, some Common Blue & Blue-tailed. Some Silver Washed Fritillary.
Windmill Farm CWTR : Reduced activity at water in windy conditions. 5 male Emperor, 1 worn female ovipositing. 1 male Broad-bodied Chaser. 5+ 4-spot. 15+ Black-tailed Skimmer, inc some pairs and ovipositing. Many teneral and immature Common Darter mainly over heath. 1 male Red-veined Darter. 1 female Southern Hawker. 5+ male Golden-ringed. 15+ Beautiful Demoiselle. Many Emerald Damsels, also blue species, pairs and ovipositing.
- Northern Emerald
Female Northern Emerald seen next to forestry commission car park near Calgary on Mull (NM 39531 51930).
- Southern migrant hawker at Wat Tyler
2 male Southern Migrant Hawkers at Wat Tyler Country Park. 1 male was spotted a 4pm yesterday (Thurs 1/8/13) by Dave Gonning, who then told me today before pointing out 2 today on the boardwalk.
Also seen were black tailed skimmer, ruddy darter, common darter, blue tailed damselfly, southern hawker and migrant hawker
Photos and more details here: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/southern-migrant-hawker-aeshna-affinis-at-wat-tyler-park-essex-2013/
As with last year I will appreciate any sightings to be reported either on here or sent to me via methods shown on the link above as I am putting together something on this species.
- Male Golden-ringed Dragonfly flew into my house this afternoon; in Mid Holmwood, Surrey, TQ163462
Male Golden-ringed Dragonfly flew into my house this afternoon; in Mid Holmwood, Surrey, TQ163462
- Friday – August 2nd- Brown Hawker
A good number of Brown Hawkers – Roman Lakes, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire
- Hundreds of Small Red-eyed Damselflies in Wapping, Greater London
Well over a hundred Small Red-eyed Damselflies, including many tandem pairs ovipositing, at Hermitage Basin, Wapping, East London, with at least 60 more along the adjacent ornamental canal. Also hundreds of Common Blue Damselflies, 5 male Emperors patrolling territories and a few Common Darters.
Dersingham Bog NNR. near Sandringham Norfolk. At least 15 male Black Darters present plus four tandem pairs and three ovipositing pairs.
Six male Keeled Skimmers noted along with one mature female. One tandem pair of Emerald Damselflies, and two other females present.
One male Southern Hawker put in a brief visit
- Dragonflys and Damselflys
RSPB West Canvey Marsh today 1 Emperor, 1 f+m Ruddy Darter, also 1 Black Tailed Skimmer 1 Four Spotted chaser. Then onto RSPB Rainham marsh 2 Ruddy Darters,2 Emperor, Blue Tailed and my first Small Red Eyed Damselfly
- Lower Moor Farm, Wiltshire – brown hawkers and clouds of common blue damsels
At Lower Moor Farm in the Cotswold Water Park, vast numbers of common blue damselflies on all vegetation around mallard lake, forming clouds when disturbed. An amazing experience. Also large numbers of brown hawker, several emperors, black-tailed skimmers and four-spotted chasers and a ruddy darter.
Cawston Heath: I revisited two ponds within the large pits in the woodland on the north side of the heath on a really hot afternoon. Southern Hawkers were very active with at least 5 males occupying the shaded banks and a female ovipositing into a dead tree trunk in the pond a foot or so above the water. Two or three Brown Hawkers patrolled overhead in the sun. Two Four-spotted Chasers still on the wing (they were abundant here in early July). Now several Ruddy Darters among the reedmace. Just a few Common Blue Damsels, a single Large Red Damsel and a rather out of place male Banded Demoiselle. 14 species recorded here to date.
- A short dip in Wellow brook brought up a C.Virgo larva. Two or three matures seen nearby.
A short dip in Wellow brook brought up a C.Virgo larva. Two or three matures seen nearby.
- Wat Tyler CP
Odonata has become thin on the ground as many ponds are drying out in Wat Tyler CP. Today 2 scarce emerald damselflies spotted, common darter, ruddy darter and blue tailed damselflies on the wing.
In the last week southern hawker and migrant hawker have been seen, and a broad bodied chaser on 31st July.
No sign of Southern Migrant Hawkers so far at Wat Tyler CP (or elsewhere in Essex from what I've heard), but they didn't appear until 8th August last year. Will put word out if I see or here of any about.
- Greater London (Essex)
- 1st August: Dragonflies and damselflies at Noak Hill and Dagnam Park LNR, plus Migrant Hawkers Romford GC in evening. Total 13 species locally today.
Noak Hill, Romford: on the small lake at the Priory at least 15 Small Red-eyed Damselflies. Also Red-eyed, Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed just into double-figures, plus 1 Emerald Damselfly, 4 Brown Hawkers, 1 male Emperor and 3 Common Darters. Nearby at Dagnam Park LNR the highest number of Small Red-eyeds I have ever seen at the site: 270+ on the Perch Pond with many groups of tandem/ovipositing pairs and another c50 on Lily Pond (but even at the latter very few Red-eyeds). Also 2 Southern Hawkers, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 6 Ruddy Darters, 2 Emperors and a small number of Common Blue Damsels, Azures and Blue-taileds. In the evening at 20.45hrs on Romford Golf Course 5 Migrant Hawkers over one small area near some trees hunting midges.
- Roydon common
Roydon common: A few black darters, common emeralds on the pond. Also one mature female keeled skimmer near entrance, first time i have seen one here.
Woodham Fen EWT Essex
Red eyed damselfly 28 singles and 4 pairs – new colony
- First Migrant Hawker
On a day with warm sunshine here in Whittlesey today the garden pond has produced another emergent Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and our first Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) of this season was hunting over the water.
- Red-veined Darter and Keeled Skimmer in FoD
On a visit to the new "pondscape" behind Woorgreens Lake in the Forest of Dean on a warm afternoon with a mixture of sun and cloud, a male Keeled Skimmer and two Red-veined Darters were seen and photographed. A male Keeled Skimmer has been seen on various days since first spotted by John and Viv Phillips on 21st July. On 30th July, a total of 14 species were recorded: Emperor – male and ovipositing female; Common Hawker, – 3/4 males and one ovipositing female; Southern Hawker – one male; Four-spotted Chasers – 3/4; Broad-bodied Chasers – 3 male and 2 ovipositing females; Common Darters – males and females well in evidence, with ovipositing pairs; Black-tailed Skimmer – one ovipositing female; Emerald Damselflies – numerous, with ovipositing pairs; also – Large Reds, Common Blues, Azures and 2 Blue-tails present. An excellent afternoon Odonata spotting!
- 2 common hawkers, 2 southern hawkers, 70 emerald damselfliese at GIlfach.
2 common hawkers, 2 southern hawkers, 70 emerald damselfliese at GIlfach.
- Dowrog Common: my first Common Hawker of the year, along with 6 Small Red Damsels and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.
Dowrog Common: my first Common Hawker of the year, along with 6 Small Red Damsels and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.
- at Wolferton and grimston
At Wolferton, about a mile or so from the board walk a hidden pond, so many emerald damsels I lost count,, also a half eaten? darter…just the head, first segment a a wing, but still clinging to a stem, azure damsels, and a common darter along the path
At Grimston, a single Southern hawker along the old railway track, at the little pond Blue tailed Damsels
- Golden Ringed Dragonflies – Mating Wheel in Flight : Cape Cornwall
A pair of Golden Ringed Dragonflies were seen in flight, in the mating wheel position, on the coastal path at Kenidjack (leaving St. Just via track to Bosavern Pottery, towards Cape Cornwall).
Southern Hawker also seen along the same stretch of path.
- S Cumbria/N Lancs
- S Cumbria/N Lancs sightings
A walk around Myers Allotment, Silverdale photographing Purple Hairstreak butterflies we saw 2 Common Hawkers, several Brown Hawkers along with many Common Blue Damselflies. Also 2 Brown Hawkers in our garden at Ashton With Stodday quite near Lancaster Canal.
- Small Red-eyes @ Strumpshaw RSPB
At Strumpshaw RSPB, Norfolk, Monday 29th July, a very bried visit early afternoon to the small pond by the visitor centre revealed several pairs of Small Red-eyed Damselflies in cop, in tandem, and ovipositing. Of interest also a Swallowtail and White Admiral there too.
Marsh Farm CP South Woodaham Ferrers this afternoon.
Migrant hawker, Southern hawker, Black tailed skimmer 3,Blue tailed damselfly 59, Emperor 4,Azure damselfly 20, pair Red-eyed damselfly, Small red-eyed damselfly 6, Ruddy darter 4, Common darter 5 and Common blue damselfly 3.
- Small Red-eyed Damselflies
About 20 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on the little pond at 945362, which is less than 2km west of Chiddingfold. Plenty of other pools in the area, but no access available to them. Could be a larger population here. Also a few White-legged Damselflies.
- North Yorkshire
- Southern Hawker in the NorthEast
Flew into the house and was able to catch it to release it back to the wild. Never have seen anything like this before. Thanks to your website we were able to find out what kind of dragon fly we had just encountered. Very large a vibrant green and blue colours. Nunthorpe Middlesbrough
- at Lakenheath Fen
Lakenheath Fen: Many Ruddy darter, both m + f, even in the down pour, heading for shelter, Brown Hawker, Four Spot Chaser, Blue tailed damsel, Variable damsel, a bright beginning but then thunderstorms and very wet.
Another walk around Amwell today i saw 1x Brown Hawker,1x Ruddy Darter,many Common Blue,Blue Tailed Damselfly also 2x Banded Demoiselle
- Isle of Wight
- Isle of Wight sightings
At Walters Copse,Newtown,plenty of dragonflies along the woodland rides.Four Southern Hawker including one female,several Ruddy Darters,two male Beautiful Demoiselle,and three male Migrant Hawkers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/9392747779/in/photostream/
- New Forest 28 July
New Forest: Rushbush Pond, Ipley Cross: several each of Black-tailed Skimmer, Keeled Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser and Emerald Damselfly. At Crockford Bridge / Upper Crockford stream: several Golden-ringed Dragonfly, many Keeled Skimmer, some Common Darter, many Beautiful Demoiselle, some Southern Damselfly, 1 each of Large and Small Red Damselfly.