Saturday, 25 September 2010

Late Sepember Update

Still plenty of dragons flying, with Migrants, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter along with Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies at Wilsons Pits on Wednesday 21 Sept. I also disturbed a teneral Darter that flew into the trees. I was hoping it was a Red-veined Darter as around now is the expected emergence time. I took a grab shot from quite a distance, but it was a Common Darter. Still, this is quite a late emergence although given the predictions of cold weather coming, its future may not be too bright.

Darryl visited Brackmills Industrial estate in Northampton and saw the following: 7 Migrants, including two males by the fishing pond, and at least two females hunting in the glades; 3+ Common Darter.

Friday, 17 September 2010

14 degrees C and four species flying at Ditchford

The weather really is changing and this lunchtime it was only 14 degrees at Dtichford, with some sun. Still, four species were flying in these cool temperatures: Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Common Blue Damselfly. I suspect that this year won't be noteworthy for late sightings, although Anglia News weather said temperatures are set to reach 22 degrees next week!

Yesterday (16th), Doug Goddard and Bob Bullock saw an Emerald Damselfly. This is a good late date, despite the cooling weather.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Thrapston Lakes

Walking the Mother-in-Law's dog around the lake at Thrapston, we saw 100+ Migrant Hawker, buzzing around the open areas by the lake and between the lake and the river. Quite an impressive sight. Also around were a few Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker and several Common Blue Damselflies.