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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Lizard, Cornwall
Lizard, Cornwall, Very warm, windless but mainly overcast.
Brays Cot area: 2 Common Hawker male. 3 Southern Hawker male. 1 Emperor male. Some Common Darter, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damsels.
Clearer sunshine late afternoon to early evening – good activity considering the late hour.
Windmill Farm: 5+ Emperor male and 4 ovipositing female, some looking well worn. 15+ Black-tailed Skimmer, a few pairs and ovipositing females. 1 Four Spot male. 1 Keeled Skimmer female. 2 Golden Ringed male and 1 female. 1 Migrant Hawker immature female. 2 Red-veined Darter male. 50+ Common Darter, pairs and ovipositing. 5+ Beautiful Dems. Many Emerald Damsels, pairs and ovipositing. Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels present.
- Wicken fen
Today I visited Wicken fen and saw many Brown Hawkers and Ruddy Darters 1x Common Darter,1x Southern Hawker
- Southern Hawker in Garden at Langar, Nottinghamshire
1 male Southern Hawker spent around 20 minutes this morning in my garden at Langar, Nottinghamshire including a period resting in a clematis on a south facing wall.
- Langdon Hills
Langdon Hills: Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.
- 25 August 2013 female southern hawker placing eggs in rotten wood and moss beside our garden pond in Derbyshire
Female southern hawker placing eggs in rotten wood and moss beside our garden pond in Derbyshire. We have previously recorded Southern Hawkers emerging from our small garden pond. So it was good to see a female depositing eggs near the pond, thus ensuring that next year or in two years we will see more. Time was about 5 pm, a bright sunny and windy day.
- Southern Hawker at Chalford
Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea, seen on brambles and nettles, Ashchurch, Nth Glos, on 23 August 2013.
- Broad-bodied Chasers
Still one remaining male Broad-bodied Chaser at the Whitestones ponds, Twywell Hills & Dales, with very tatty wings. His flight was a pale imitaiton of the males seen here three weeks ago, and he could only manage short flits between territorial perches which were mostly on teh ground rather than the usual over-water vegetation. This is the latest recorded sighting in Northants. Also present were 5 Southern Hawkers, a few Ruddy Darters and Emerald Damselflies.
Old quarry behind 'Royden Common' NNR. Five hours of non-stop activity.
Emerald Damselfly approx100 males and around 30 tandem pairs.
2 maybe 3 male Black Darters. 7 male Southern Hawkers. 5 Migrant Hawkers. 8 Brown Hawkers with ovipositing females.
Ruddy Darters everywhere, at least 50+ males and at least 25 pairs in tandem, always been a good site for this species.
Common Darter and Common Blue Damselfly noted
- Parkhall CP
Today at Parkhall C.P., Stoke-on-Trent, dozens of Common Blue Damselflies and 2 or 3 Brown Hawkers at Bolton Gate Pool.
- Breconshire VC42
- 9 species at Mynydd Illtyd Breconshire
On Mynydd Illtyd SN92 totals at three pools and along the Camlais stream: Emerald Damsel 130+, Azure damsel 3, Common Hawker 38, Southern Hawker 4, Golden-ringed 3, Four-spotted Chaser 20, Keeled Skimmer 1, Black Darter 84, Common Darter 43.
- West Sussex
- Common darter
Common darter seen today by small garden pond in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex.
- Purwell ninesprings
Today at Purwell ninesprings in Hitchin many Common Darters and 1 Brown Hawker
- woodwalton fen
A morning walk rouund Woodwalton Fen we saw Brown Hawkers, S Hawkers, Ruddy Darters M/F (In cop),Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters M/F, Blue Tail, Common Blue, & Emerald Damselflies.
- Lestes viridis, Willow Emerald, Sudbury, Suffolk
Found Lestes viridis, Willow Emeralds, 20 plus at Sudbury common meadows, Suffolk today.
- Navestock, Essex Common Blue, Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker.
Navestock, Essex: on Lady's Pond (despite the name a large lake) hundreds of damselflies low over the lake mainly Common Blue Damsels with 12+ Small Red-eyeds and 5+ Red-eyeds (close in but others too distant to id which species). Also several Migrant Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawkers and 1 Southern Hawker.
- West Glamorgan
- up to 30 Hawker dragonflies at bottom of Caswell Valley, near Swansea
At the mouth of Caswell Valley, near Swansea, which is thickly wooded with deciduous trees about 30 dragonflies flew around us. They were more active when the sun was not behind a cloud. They disappeared in to the trees when the sun went behind a cloud. They flew among us for up to 15 minutes. Their golden wings were so distinctive as they flew. [Most probably Brown Hawkers – Ed]
- Sightngs at Sutton Fen today:
Sightngs at Sutton Fen today: Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Norfolk Hawker, Southern Hawker, Black-Tailed Skimmers, Ruddy Darters and Common Darters Dragonflies. Azure, Blue-Tailed, Emerald and Variable Damselflies plus a first for the Reserve, which I extracted from a Spider's Web, a Small Red-Eyed Damselfly.
- Comon Hawker and Common Darters in Langar Churchyard, Nottinghamshire
1 male Common Hawker and 1 each of male and female Common Darters in Langar Churchyard.
- Thursley Common
Today I went to Thursley Common fantastic day and saw many Black and Common Darters, 5x Keeled Skimmers, 5/6x Small Red Damselflys, 1x Emerald Damselfly, 1x Common, Brown, Southern Hawkers and have to add Grayling Butterfly
- Small Red Damselflies still in North Devon
Small Red Damselfly was confirmed still to be present at Meeth Quarry DWT Reserve, although only half a dozen males were seen in a very restricted area of some old settling lagoons. Whether Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly still remains now the old clay pits have flooded remains to be seen, as none was seen (although it's late for them now). A reasonable range of other species was present: lots of Emerald and Common Blue Damselflies and Common Darters, plus a few Large Red, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Migrant and Southern Hawkers, Emperor and Golden-ringed Dragonflies and Four-spotted Chasers. DWT will be advised on how to improve the area for dragonflies.
Elsewhere in Devon, Small Red-eyed Damselflies have been reported in the last few days from known locations at Dawlish Warren (but location inaccessible!) and Lower Bruckland Ponds, with a new site near the latter at the Borrow Pit, Seaton Marshes. Surely they must be at other locations between the Axe and Exe?!
- Pair of Common Darters in Cop in garden at Langar, Nottinghamshire
I had to take a break from gardening this morning in Langar, Nottinghamshire when a pair of Common Darters in cop landed on my shoulder and remained there for more than 5 minutes before flying off still in cop.
- About 100 Common Blue Damselflies seen on the grassy banks of Axbridge Reservoir on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
About 100 Common Blue Damselflies seen on the grassy banks of Axbridge Reservoir on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
- Otmoor, 18th August
Otmoor: 100s of Ruddy Darter and good numbers of Common Darter, Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker all over the RSPB reserve. A Four-spotted Chaser along the visitor trail to second viewing screen. Several Emerald Damselfly along visitor trail, a few Blue-tailed Damselfly including a female of the form rufescens, and a few Common Blue Damselfy.
- RSPB Fen Drayton – many Common Darters (30+), Brown (10+) and Migrant Hawkers (20+). Small numbers of Common Blue Damselfly. 6 Southern Hawkers
RSPB Fen Drayton – Sunny warm day. Wind strong at times. Lots of Dragonfly activity across the Reserve. Good numbers of Common Darters (30+), Brown (10+) and Migrant Hawkers (20+). 6 Southern Hawkers. Small numbers of Damselfly: Common Blue. Single Banded Demoiselle.
- Common Hawker in Peterborough
Please can SF check the identification of their posting for Common Hawkers in Peterborough. It is highly unlikely that they were that species and more likely A.mixta.
- 20 common darters and numerous common blues at Bardney.
About 20 common darters and loads of common blue damselflies at Bardney, Lincs on the Canal. Also, last weekend 2 golden ringed dragonflies.
- Female Golden Ringed Dragonfly in Carshalton, Surrey
A female Golden Ringed Dragonfly came through our garden at about 11:00 am. Rested on privet hedge for about 5 – 10 mins before flying off.
- approx 100 common hawker seen in garden
Approx 100 common hawker dragonflies seen flying around garden in Peterborough,
- Nine species at Wheatfen
A couple of very happy hours spent at Wheatfen this morning. After a cool and cloudy start the weather warmed up just enough for a few species to start to show themselves on the wing. First to be encountered where Blue-tailed Damsels, with perhaps ten or so popping up during the course of a circular walk. These were joined by a handful of Brown, Migrant and Southern Hawkers as the weather warmed further. On the path furthest from The Thatch hide, adjacent to a ditch were perhaps half a dozen late and rather tired looking Scarce Chasers. On the return journey through the fen, both Common and Ruddy Darters were seen perching and flying low over the mown paths (these two species appeared in greater numbers on or near the boardwalk where one enters the reserve). An emperor was seen hawking around the fringes of willow scrub and over open fen. A single Banded Demoiselle and Common Blue Damsel fluttered by over a ditch near the end of the walk.
- My first two Migrant Hawkers of the year at Quickwell Hill St Davids. 12 Small Red Damsels including 2 pairs ovipositing at the Dowrog Common St Davids.
My first two Migrant Hawkers of the year at Quickwell Hill St Davids. 12 Small Red Damsels including 2 pairs ovipositing at the Dowrog Common St Davids.