Dragonflies: May 2020
Our first Norfolk Hawker of the year was on Worth marshes at the usual spot along the Delf.
It was probably a bit too windy on New Downs to do a full Odonata survey but four Black-tailed Skimmers and three Emperors were seen regardless.
A nice day out exploring the pools on the Estate. There were good numbers of Emperor, Hairy Dragonfly, and Broad-bodied Chaser plus a few Four-spotted Chasers and our first Common Blue Damselflies, Black-tailed Skimmers and Red-veined Darters.
Lovely humid and warm weather on Worth marshes brought the first Emperor Dragonfly and Scarce Chaser of the year.
An early morning stroll along Mary Bax and the Chequers brought singles of Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers, ten Blue-tailed, four Azure, and an excellent 230 Variable Damselflies. Later on at midday there were two Hairy Dragonflies, one Four-spotted Chaser, and 18 Azure and 15 Blue-tailed Damselflies on the Estate.
Our first Banded Demoiselle of the year was on the Delf on Worth this morning, with at least 14 Hairy Dragonflies too.
A few Large Red and Red-eyed Damselflies were on the Estate today.
A couple of Broad-bodied Chasers and Azure Damselflies were reported today but otherwise kind of quiet.
Today was the best day of the year so far with two Hairy Dragonflies, a Four-spotted Chaser, two Large Red Damselflies, seven Variable Damselflies, one Azure Damselfly, and four Blue-tailed Damselflies on Worth marshes.
Two Hairy Dragonflies and our first Azure Damselfly were on Worth marshes this morning. Bit by bit it’s happening.
A male Broad-bodied Chaser was sheltering from the wind in the Whitehouse ringing area, our first this year.
Finally….the Odonata season begins. A Hairy Dragonfly was seen along the Delf Stream on Worth marshes today. Have the cold temperatures delayed emergence this year or is it simply lack of observer coverage due to coronavirus restrictions?