Friday, 29 April 2011

A visit to Wilsons Pits during the Royal Wedding

I was so disappointed that the weather this morning wasn't up to much as I had big plans to go spotting instead of watching the Royal Wedding. By lunchtime, though, the sun was poking through so I stepped out to nearby Wilsons pits for an hour or so. Here, I saw 3 Hairy Dragonfly, 100+ Azure Damselflies, 30+ Red-eyed Damselflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies and 5 Common Blue Damselflies.

Broad-bodied Chaser

Doug Goddard reports seeing this Broad-bodied Chaser at Yardley Chase. This is then a record for Northants with 9 species recorded before the end of April. I suspect there may be quite a gap until the next species emerges which is usually Downy Emerald.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Red-eyed Damselfly at Southfields Farm Marsh

I took a walk up to Southfields Farm Marsh this lunchtime, without the camera. It was sunny but with a cool breeze. I managed to see a Large Red and Banded Demoiselle on the River Ise and at the marsh, Azure Damselflies, Large Red, Blue-tailed and a single teneral Red-eyed Damselfly. This makes our total 8 species before the end of April, which is the same as the record year of 2007. It is possible that Broad-bodied Chaser may also be out somewhere, so keep those eyes peeled around small shallow ponds (especially garden ponds).

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Azure Damselflies at Finedon

Doug Goddard reports seing Azure Damselflies and Large Red Damselflies at Finedon Country Park.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Banded Demoiselle on the Nene

On Easter Sunday, I took a walk around the main sailing lake at Thrapston and found 7 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Hairy and 1 Common Blue Damselfly.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Large Reds abd Blue-tails at Salcey Forest

Chris Emary reports both mating pairs of Large Reds and Blue-tailed Damselflies at Salcey Forest.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Mass Emergence of Hairy Dragonfly

Graham Bentley texted me tis morning about a mass emergence of Hairy Dragonfly at Ditchford. I dashed off immediately an met Graham there filming an adult. We counted 20+ adults and watched several take their maiden flight into the trees. While hunting for more, we saw 20-30 Common Blue Damselflies emerging and flying into the grasses.

While walking the Mother-in-Law's dog around Thrapston Lakes, I caught a fleeting glimpse of a recently emerged Banded Demoiselle taking its maiden flight.

More Dragonflies appear

With the hot weather still with us (and set to continue for a while), the Spring emerging dragonflies are starting to appear. In a normal year, only the Large Red Damselfly will have emerged so far. This year though, I have received the following extra records:

Graham Bentley reports a Four-Spotted Chaser at Fermyn Wodds Country Park on 21 April (see photo above).

Darryl Sutcliffe found a recently emergered Hairy Dragonfly at Stanwick Lakes on the same day.

The last good April ws in 2007, when we saw 8 species on the wing by the end of the month. With three so far, we are on track to meet this. Mind you, the remainder of 2007 was poor with severe floods over many parts of the UK, so I hope this spell of good weather doesn't signal the same event this year.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

First Large Red Damselfly of the year

David Warner reports seeing the first Large Red Damselfly of the year at Storton's Pits. This is about a week earlier than normal, but not surprising considering the good weather recently.