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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- 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.
- Golden Ring Dragonfly
Female Golden Ring Dragonfly by the River Tarrant, Dorset sat on wooden post
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.
- 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.
- Azure Damselflies and Brown Hawkers at Barnstone, Nottinghamshire
6 Azure Damselfly and 2 Brown Hawker at the Football Field, Barnstone
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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
- Common Hawker
Common hawker sitting on a windowsill in Wylam
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thompson Common – ruddy darters and emerald damselfiles
Must have been a mass emergence of emerald damselfiles and ruddy darters from the ponds at the northern end of Thompson Common, with large numbers of tenerals seen all afternoon. Also large numbers of azure damsels, smaller numbers of mainly immature blue-tailed damsels and a single four-spotted chaser. No sign of any scarce emeralds.
- North Lancs/South Cumbria
- North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings
River Conder, North Lancs where it runs beside the Lancaster Canal near Conder Green. Lots of Banded Demoiselles, male and female over the water and on the riverside vegetation. Some sunning themselves on the reeds. Also Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselflies
- Damselflies on River Wyre.
Several large red damselflies, two blue-tailed damselfly and territorial male and female banded demoseilles seen on the River Wyre at St Michaels yesterday, despite the cold winds and rain showers.
- Fen Drayton sightings
Good numbers and variety around Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB and along the River Ouse: Banded Demoiselle (100), Large Red Damselfly (1), Common Blue Damselfly (thousands), Variable Damselfly (20), Azure Damselfly (20), Blue-tailed Damselfly (100), Red-eyed Damselfly (50), Brown Hawker (1), Emperor (2), Hairy Dragonfly (10), Four-spotted Chaser (15), Scarce Chaser (20), Black-tailed Skimmer (10) and Ruddy Darter (1)
- Downy Emeralds at Wake Valley Pond, Epping Forest
5+ Downy Emeralds, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 20 4-Spot Chasers and 4 Emperors on wing over Wake Valley Pond. Also good numbers of Azure, Large Red-eyed and some Large Red Damsels.
- 3 Hairy dragonflies, 20 Banded Demoiselles, 1 Red-eyed damsel seen at Cornmill Meadows, Essex
3 Hairy dragonflies, 20 Banded Demoiselles, 1 Red-eyed damsel seen at Cornmill Meadows, Essex
- Bystock Pools
Bystock Pools, near Exmouth. 12 Small Red Damselflies (10 male, 2 female), also Downy Emerald, Golden Ringed, Emperor, Blue Tailed, Azure, Large Red, Keeled Skimmer
- River Avon south of Pershore
River Avon south of Pershore. A warm and sunny day. Several Scarce Chasers were seen including a mating pair, a huge number of Banded Demoiselles, and a few male Red-eyed Damselflies perched out on the lily-pads. Also Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies but only a very few White-legged.
- Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk
Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk. 4 Norfolk Hawkers, Several Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, Azure, Blue -tailed and Large Red Damsels.
Avon. There was an impressive number of Banded Demoiselles flying by the river. Also saw several Scarce Chasers as well perched on the bank-side nettles.
- Banded Demoiselle, Four Spot Chasers copu/ovip, Large Red, Azure & Blue tail damselflies seen, garden wildlife pond, Norwich
Norwich. It was the warmest day of the year so far (temperature 24c) and two Four spotted Chasers were seen copulating over the garden wildlife pond, and then the female starting laying eggs. At 2.50pm I was totally surprised to see a Banded Demoiselle visit the pond. I managed to get a few photos, before it flew off (it was only by the pond for less than a minute). I live on a housing estate in Norwich (and the nearest river is several miles away), so very, very surprised and delighted to see this Banded Demoiselle visit the pond! Large Reds and Azures were ovipositing and a Blue tailed damselfly was also seen. Photos of the Banded Demoiselle can be seen on my website by clicking the following link: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html
- Dragonflies New Forest
New Forest. An afternoon at Crockford Bridge produced 1m Golden ringed Dragonfly; 4 Keeled Skimmer; 2 Broad bodied Chaser; 1 Four Spot Chaser; 4 Beutiful Demoiselle; 1 Large Red Damselfly and numerous Common Blue Damselfly