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Tuesday 17th

A breezy but sunny morning enlivened by a good deal of odonata activity. Ruddy Darters were numerous; they seem to be having an excellent summer with double figures in all parts of our recording area. Three Migrant Hawkers were at the Point including one teneral individual indicative of local breeding. An Emerald Damselfly was unusual in Waldershare Gully whilst one-two Norfolk Hawkers were seen along the Delf on Worth yesterday. The biggest news however was the discovery in the morning of our first ever SOUTHERN MIGRANT HAWKER. This species is undergoing a rapid change in the UK from extremely rare vagrant to now a very localised breeder with the only resident population known from the Thames estuary.

Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant Hawker (S.Walton)

Sunday 8th

2-3 Norfolk Hawkers were buzzing about on the Delf Stream, continuing the recent spate of records of this expanding species. The photo is by Andrew Lipczynski.Norfol Hawker July 18 AML