Dragonflies: May 2019
A good selection today despite the strong wind. Three Broad-bodied Chasers and a few Variable Damselflies were along the Haven, a Banded Demoiselle was in the Elms, a Black-tailed Skimmer was on Restharrow Scrape, and best of all a NORFOLK HAWKER was found outside Middle Field; the first record this year and first ever record for the Estate. On Worth our first Red-eyed Damselfly and Scarce Chaser were also found.
Three Broad-bodied Chasers on the Estate and one at Mary Bax was a relatively good count for us. Two Four-spotted Chasers were also noted on the Estate and at least 60 Variable Damselflies were in the grass along the path between the Drove and Mary Bax.
A Variable Damselfly in the Haven was a good record as we don’t get too many away from their stronghold on Worth.
Far and away the best day of the year so far with nine Odonata species recorded on Worth. A record count of seven Large Red Damselflies were recorded, mostly in the ditches around the Great Wood, and good numbers of Azure, Variable, and our first Common Blue Damselflies were around. Four Banded Demoiselles were nice to see along the Pinnock Wall, six Hairy Dragonflies were patrolling the ditches, and our first five Black-tailed Skimmers (all tenerals) had emerged.
Another day another new species. An afternoon wander on Worth produced a Banded Demoiselle.
An afternoon’s walk around New Downs saw our first Four-spotted Chaser of the year, a traditional site for this species.
A few more Broad-bodied Chasers now out with singles on the Estate today and Worth yesterday.
A burst of activity in the morning sun saw single Hairy Dragonfly and Variable Damselfly on Worth, and Broad-bodied Chaser, three Azure Damselflies, and four Blue-tailed Damselflies on the Estate.