Dragonflies: May 2021
It was much the same on Worth again but with at least 20 Variable Damselflies and nine Hairy Dragonflies.
Two Banded Demoiselle, five Azure Damselflies, 13 Variable Damselflies, 40 Blue-tailed Damselflies, four Common Blue Damselflies, one Large Red Damselfly, one Hairy Dragonfly, one Broad-bodied Chaser, and our first Black-tailed Skimmer of the year were seen on Worth marshes.
The first Dainty Damselflies were also seen at a private site.
On Worth in the morning there were three Azure, three Blue-tailed, nine Common Blue, and 20+ unidentified teneral Damselflies plus three Hairy Dragonflies and two Broad-bodied Chasers. A few Azures were also on the Estate.
Another Broad-bodied Chaser was seen, this time on Worth, along with Variable, Azure, and Large Red Damsels. A Hairy Dragonfly was on the Estate too.
Our first Broad-bodied Chaser was in the Haven in the morning.
A Variable Damselfly was in The Elms.
A wander along Roaring Gutter produced 12 Variable Damselflies and nine Blue-tailed Damselflies.
A Hairy Dragonfly in the Oasis was the first on the Estate. Slowly does it….
The summer weather tempted a handful of Azure Damselflies to emerge in Middle Field, plus four Large Red Damselflies and a Variable Damselfly on Worth.
Despite searching around the various dykes and ditches on Worth marshes today in the sunshine, the best we could find was one Common Blue Damselfly and one Hairy Dragonfly. It really is a slow start to the season. To think that Norfolk Hawkers and Red-veined Darters would usually be only a few weeks away in an average year.
The first Odonata of the year was glimpsed on Worth today. A Common Blue Damselfly. We should expect Large Red Damselfly and Hairy Dragonfly to appear any day now.
I’ll also draw your attention to some guided walks we are offering this June to see the Dainty Damselfly. The Warden will be guiding a walk for members only on Saturday 5th June. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book yourself a place.
Two walks will then be run on Saturday 19th June for the general public. Places will be limited due to Covid restrictions and for ease of managing the group. The Observatory will be charging £5 a head for these latter walks. Tickets can be bought at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/sandwichbaybirdobservatory/. Hopefully this will allow us to manage visitors to this sensitive area and also keep everyone happy.
We welcome your photos and records from our Recording Area.
Please send us your sightings at email@example.com