Dragonflies: August 2019
A wander up to the Point and back was grueling in the heat. A total of 16 Migrant Hawkers, one Emperor, 12 Ruddy Darters, and five Common Darters were found along the beach.
Still a few Emerald Damselflies out on Worth today. Two SOUTHERN MIGRANT HAWKERS on New Downs were the clear highlight.
A Southern Hawker patrolling around the bottom of King’s Avenue was only our second record this year. Where are they???
A Willow Emerald Damselfly was along the Green Wall in the morning.
On the Estate a Brown Hawker and 30 Migrant Hawkers were the best dragonflies on offer though at least six Willow Emerald Damselflies were in the Elms, including one in the mouth of a Spotted Flycatcher.
New Downs was rather windy but during sunny spells eight Small Red-eyed Damselflies, ten Blue-tailed Damselflies, eight Common Blue Damselflies, nine Ruddy Darters, one Common Darter, four Emperors, and 55 Migrant Hawkers were recorded. Best of all were signs of egg laying by Willow Emerald Damselfly along the edge of New Downs New Pool.
Not a bad selection on the Estate with a late Variable Damselfly, five Black-tailed Skimmers, nine Emperors, ten Ruddy and Common Darters, and 45 Migrant Hawkers.
Seven Willow Emerald Damselflies on the Estate in the same area as before.
At least four Willow Emerald Damselflies on the Estate today, mostly in or around the nettles by the Haven. A Brown Hawker was nearby which is surprisingly notable with few around so far, as with Southern Hawker.