Dragonflies: July 2020
The warm sunny weather was excellent for Odonata. A trip to private sites in the north of the Recording Area discovered 17 Southern Migrant Hawkers, five Scarce Emerald Damselflies, and seven Southern Emerald Damselflies. On the Estate there was another Southern Migrant Hawker and four Red-veined Darters.
Today saw the first significant emergence of Migrant Hawkers of the year, with 34 on the Estate, plus two Brown Hawkers, and a late Norfolk Hawker.
A late Banded Demoiselle was still on the Estate.
Another good selection on Worth marshes including two late-ish Norfolk Hawkers, 11 Brown Hawkers, and a Migrant Hawker. Another Migrant Hawker and a Willow Emerald Damselfly were on the Estate.
A Willow Emerald Damselfly was in the Gullies.
Four Red-veined Darters were recorded on the Estate.
Despite the mostly overcast conditions there were a few Scarce and Southern Emeralds seen at a private site.
Two Southern Migrant Hawkers, 65 Emerald Damselflies, and one Willow Emerald Damselfly were on the Estate.
A long morning surveying private sites in the northern parts of the Recording Area produced three Black-tailed Skimmers, eight Emperors, one Southern Hawker, four Ruddy Darters, two Common Blue Damselflies, two Azure Damselflies, 46 Blue-tailed Damselflies, four Small Red-eyed Damselflies, ten Scarce Emerald Damselflies, and seven Southern Emerald Damselflies. On the Estate a Migrant Hawker was around the Haven and a Norfolk Hawker in the Whitehouse, with a Willow Emerald Damselfly on the Green Wall.
At least 29 Common Darters were around the edges of the asparagus fields this afternoon in strong winds.
A few more Brown Hawkers were around the Gullies in the afternoon and a late-ish Banded Demoiselle was still on Worth marshes.
A handful of Red-eyed Damselflies, Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies, and Azure Damselflies were in Middle Field whilst another Norfolk Hawker was spied, this time in the Haven.
A Brown Hawker in the Haven was the first this year but a Norfolk Hawker at the Drove was more notable. This is the first time this species has been seen in that area since 4th July 2011 (when previous Warden Ian Hodgson discovered the first record for Sandwich Bay). Also of note was a Southern Hawker in The Elms again.