Sunday, 31 August 2014

End of August update

Not great weather recently, so limited opportunities to get out dragonfly spotting. Still, today was good, so at the end of a shopping trip to Riverside Retail Park on the A45 near Northampton, I popped to the Abingdon Meadow pond. Many Migrant Hawkers were flying in the fields and a few at territory, along with a couple of Brown Hawkers. Common Darters were also present including an ovipositing pair. Of more interest were the 20 or so Small Red-eyed Damselflies, that are a regular sight here. Unfortunately, the pond margins are becoming too overgrown and soon there won't be any viewing gaps left.

We took a walk around Summer Leys in the afternoon, and were joined by 100+ Migrant Hawkers along the paths, feeding in the hedgerows. I always enjoy seeing Migrants swarming in the late summer sun. A few Brown Hawkers were present and some Common Darters and a single Ruddy Darter. Damselfly-wise, we only saw a few Common Blues including several in-cop.

Female Common Darter

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker

Male Common Darter

Male Ruddy Darter