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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • River Yare, Cringleford Norwich. Lunchtime………..First three Brown Hawkers of the year, still at least one Hairy and Two patrolling Emperor's and Four-spotted Chaser. So many male Banded Demoiselles, so few females! Red-eyed Damselflies also in abundace

08 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Thursley Common – 200+ Keeled Skimmers, 100+ Four-spotted Chasers, 1Black Darter and a male Emperor (Damselflies not recorded)
  • Thursley Common -200+ Keeled Skimmers, 100+ Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Black Darter and a male Emperor (Damselflies not recorded)

08 Jul 2013
08 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • My first Ruddy Darter and Common Darter this year along with the usual Fourspotted Chasers, Hempton Common, Fakenham.
    A splendid blue male  Broad-bodied Chaser made a visit to our garden pond today

07 Jul 2013
  • Dyfed
  • Cors Caron NNR
  • Cors Caron NNR: 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, lots of Four-spotted Chasers, Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles, 2 Emerald Damselfly, 2 Large Red Damselfly, lots of blue damselflies.

07 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Brown hawker at Thursley Common
  • Thursley Common. Moat pond had brown hawker, downy and brilliant emeralds and four-spotted chaser. Boardwalk had keeled skimmer, four-spotted chaser and blck-tailed skimmer. Azure and large red damselflies throughout.

07 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk Hawker
  • 5 or 6 Norfolk Hawker on Hayling Pit in NW corner. Also Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly. Photos on my blog The Drunkbirder.

07 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Scarce Chasers in Ouse Washes
  • 20+ male Scarce Chasers in the cut at Ouse Washes RSPB.

07 Jul 2013
  • Scotland
  • Balmoral
  • Golden ringed dragon fly perched on the front tire on my car in the visitor parking lot to the Balmoral estate near the river Dee.  A warm sunny day with no breeze. Placed it on a stalk in the shade before we drove away.

07 Jul 2013
  • norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • Several keeled skimmers at holt lowes and my first common darter this year.Scarce chaser and brown hawker at strumpshaw fen today.

07 Jul 2013
  • Hertfordshire
  • Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve, Rickmansworth – 10 + Banded Demoiselles, I female Emperor and 10+ Common Blue Damselflies
  • Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve, Rickmansworth – 10+ Banded Demoiselles, I female Emperor and 10+ Common Blue Damselflies

07 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Crockford Stream and Latchmore Brook
  • Crockford Stream at lunchtime: Large numbers of southern damselfly and keeled skimmer. Also beautiful demoiselle, broad-bodied chaser, emperor, golden-ringed dragonfly and large red and small red damselflies. A few teneral common darters in the heathland between the stream and Crockford Clump car park.

    Latchmore Brook, mid-afternoon. Scarce blue-tailed damselflies in large numbers and easy to find along all the boggy side-streams north of the river. Also keeled skimmer, broad-bodied chaser, beautiful demoiselle, azure, large red and small red damselflies.

06 Jul 2013
  • North Yorkshire
  • Harwood Dale
  • Harwood Dale Forest. First sightings of the year 2 Four spotted chasers on the large pond, one Female two Male Goldring hawking up the track observed the female catch a Bumble Bee. 

06 Jul 2013
  • Dorset
  • Golden Ring Dragonfly
  • Female Golden Ring Dragonfly by the River Tarrant, Dorset sat on wooden post

06 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • River Ouse, Little Paxton, St Neots. Many scarce chasers spotted. One pair copulating (photo taken). Emperor hawkers patrolling lilly pads, female ovipositing. Many banded demoiselle and one red eyed damselfly spotted. 

06 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire (VC08)
  • Golden Pond 6/7
  • At Cadnam Common this afternoon I saw my first Small Red-eyed Damselfly of the year. There were also four Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies.

06 Jul 2013
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Azure Damselflies and Brown Hawkers at Barnstone, Nottinghamshire
  • 6 Azure Damselfly and 2 Brown Hawker at the Football Field, Barnstone

06 Jul 2013
  • Devon
  • Aylesbeare Common, Devon, lots of Odonata
  • Goldenring dragonfly, lots of Emperors at every pond, Broad Bodied Chasers, Keeled Skimmers, a Common Darter, Beautiful Demoiselles, Large Red, Azure, Common Blue and Blue tailed Damselflies. Aylesbeare Common has several ponds, marshy areas and streams, so good for many species. A hot sunny day helped us find them.

06 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Thursley Common Surrey
  • Several Downy Emeralds on Moat Pond, plenty of Four-spotted Chasers also Red-eyed Damsels and Common Blues. Along board walk one Broad-bodied Chaser large numbers of  Keeled Skimmers and Four -spotted Chasers. Several Large Red and a couple of Small Red Damsels

05 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • Probable Scarce Emerald in Wat Tyler CP
  • 2 emerald damselflies (M+F) spotted, plus another which was certainly 'stocky' enough to be a female scarce emerald damselfly.  Sadly didnt have time for closer look and was gone when I returned later.  Also seen 2 four spotted chasers, 1 broad bodied chaser male and an immature ruddy darter.  A banded demioselle was seen by a collegue too, rarely recorded on the site, as there is no running freshwater nearby.

05 Jul 2013
  • Hertfordshire
  • Berrygrove Pond – Near Aldenham, 20+ teneral Common Darters, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 female Emperor ovipositing, 10+ Large Red Damselflies and 10+ Common Blue Damselflies
  • Berrygrove Pond – Near Aldenham, 20+ teneral Common Darters, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 female Emperor ovipositing, 10+ Large Red Damselflies and 10+ Common Blue Damselflies

05 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • River Yare, Cringleford Norwich.  Norfolk Hawker seen again to day patrolling in the 'drainage ditch' where the Hairy Hawkers are usually, although today the three Hairy's were seen on the river with three Four-spotted Chaser's.
    An abundance of Banded Demoiselles, Azure, Red-eyed Damselflies

05 Jul 2013
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Dowrog Common: 2 Scarce Blue-tailed and a good count of 10 Small Red Damsels this Afternoon. Also a male Hairy Dragonfly, 3 Emperors and my first Emerald Damsel of the year.
  • Dowrog Common: 2 Scarce Blue-tailed and a good count of 10 Small Red Damsels this Afternoon. Also a male Hairy Dragonfly, 3 Emperors and my first Emerald Damsel of the year.

05 Jul 2013
  • Berkshire
  • Decoy Heath, Berkshire
  • 1 female Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 1 male Downy Emerald, 4 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, lots of Keeled Skimmer and Four-spotted Chaser, 2 female Emerald Damselfly, 2 Beautiful Demoiselle,100s of blue damselflies and a few Large Reds

05 Jul 2013
  • Northumberland
  • Common Hawker
  • Common hawker sitting on a windowsill in Wylam

04 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • Essex
  • Marsh Farm Country Park South Woodham Ferrers – Emperor dragonfly 3, Four spot chaser, Black tailed skimmer, and Ruddy darter 2 plus 50 Common blue damselflies

04 Jul 2013
  • London
  • Southern Hawker, earliest record
  • In this year, when most things are late, a Southern Hawker emerged from the garden pond this morning. This is the earliest record for this species in the 29 years we have lived in this house near Uxbridge.

02 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Upton Fen and RSPB Strumpshaw
  • Had a nice morning out at Upton Fen,Norfolk followed by a not such a nice afternoon at RSPB reserve at Strumpshaw.The morning at Upton produced 2 Norfolk Hawkers, a few Common Blues and Azures, even fewer Blue tailed D/flies but the most common Blue were Variables which seemed to be all over the reserve. However the most common odonata were Black tailed skimmers which were literally everywhere. There obviously had been a major emergence of Small Tortoishell butterflies as they were by far the most common insect seen. This is a great reserve as we not only had the dragonflies but had 2 Fen Orchids,2 Common Cranes flew over, Marsh Harriers, Hobbies and other lovely flora including Round leaved Wintergreen.. Unfortunately the weather was a little changeable and by the time I had reached Strumpshaw, it had become very overcast and a lot cooler and windier when the sun went in. Not only did the sun go in but so did the wildlife! I eventually saw another 2 Norfolk Hawkers, a few Black tailed skimmers, a few Common Blues, a couple of Large Reds, 2 Common Emeralds and a fleeting glimpse of a Swallowtail butterfly.

01 Jul 2013
  • Pembrokeshire
  • A fine female Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Nine Wells no doubt feeding on the good numbers of Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillaries that were also present. Earlier 2 male Scarce Blue-tailed Damsels at the Dowrog Common.
  • A fine female Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Nine Wells no doubt feeding on the good numbers of Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillaries that were also present. Earlier 2 male Scarce Blue-tailed Damsels at the Dowrog Common.

01 Jul 2013
  • Cornwall
  • Cornwall – Godolphin Woods/ Windmill Farm
  •  After three days of poor weather some hazy sunshine, windy.

    Godolphin Woods NT  – 2 male, 2 female immature Golden Ringed. 5 Black-tailed Skimmers.1 male Beautiful Dem. Several Large Red Damsels plus some Common Blue and Blue-tailed.

    Windmill Farm CWTR – Water activity limited due to late sunshine and wind.

    1 male,  1 female Golden Ringed. 1 adult male Red-veined Darter over water. 10+ Broad-bodied Chasers, including 2 teneral. 15+ 4 Spots. 2 female Keeled Skimmers. Black-tailed Skimmers active at water and over heath. 2 male, 1 female Emperor. 15+ teneral Common Darters. Several Beautiful Dems. Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels showing well, few Large Reds here.

01 Jul 2013
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