Previous Sightings

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  • 1st Dec 2016
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Cornwall, Marazion Marsh RSPB: Cold clear sunny conditions; Reported to me by the reserve warden, 1 male Common Darter in good condition with fine wings.

  • 28th Nov 2016
    Surrey
    SJD

    Small brown dragonfly, presumably a common darter, flew past me in Bushy Park this morning. Weather was sunny, probably 6/7 degrees, but feeling colder in the wind. A search through the brown ferns and on likely perches proved fruitless.

  • 28th Nov 2016
    Hampshire
    PDW

    Two Southern Hawkers (Aeshna cyanea) still flying in the New Forest today (news from Simon King). Probably the latest for Hampshire.

  • 26th Nov 2016
    Leicestershire
    CK

    I came down this morning to find a male blue tailed damselfly in resting position on a kitchen cabinet door. Looked in good condition. Still alive, movements in abdomen & legs. Found dead on floor later.

  • 25th Nov 2016
    Norfolk
    SR

    A single Common Darter sunning itself at NWT Rondon Common

  • 25th Nov 2016
    Northants
    MT

    A Common Darter was recorded at Summer Leys today on a gloriously sunny day. Not quite the latest for Northants, but close. Let's get one in December!

  • 25th Nov 2016
    Surrey
    DJP

    Caught sight of a dragonfly at the waterfall  by the Frensham Little Pond Waterfall. Patrolling up and down...very green and quite large...a Southern or, less likely, an Emperor. A beautiful day and thrilling sight this time of year.

  • 25th Nov 2016
    Cornwall
    DC

    Falmouth on waste ground three Common Darters spotted one in flight (no photo) two resting trying to catch what little sun was around photos submitted to BDS also on my facebook page.temperature 6c Friday 25/11/2016.

  • 19th Nov 2016
    Kent
    MH

    Despite the temperature only being about 5 degrees celsius, I managed to find 2 Common Darter in a sheltered sunny area today. 

  • 19th Nov 2016
    Kent
    SJA

    One male Common Darter seen mid-morning perching on vegetation and on the ground near the East Hide at Oare Marshes Nature Reserve. Air temperature about 7 degrees C. 

  • 17th Nov 2016
    Suffolk
    PAS

    Minsmere RSPB. Despite cold weather and strong winds, a single Common Darter basked briefly on the boardwalk between the reception building and the North Hide during a brief spell of sunshine and calmer winds.

  • 16th Nov 2016
    Norfolk
    PAS

    A warm sunny day. At least 7 Common Darters basking at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, including 1 female. Mostly on the picnic tables near the start of the Meadow Trail, but a couple also on boards near the Fen Hide. Most weren't keen to move and posed happily for photos.

  • 15th Nov 2016
    Ayrshire
    AH

    An almost totally motionless female Common Darter (photographed) on the clothes line in my garden this forenoon.  My location is Crosshill, Maybole, South Ayrshire (NS326066).

  • 13th Nov 2016
    Kent
    MH

    A trip to Nethergong late morning in sunny conditions produced 9 Common Darter, 1 Migrant Hawker and 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly.

  • 13th Nov 2016
    cornwall
    CAM

    RSPB Marazion Marsh. Warm sunshine, calm conditions. 15+ Common Darters. 1 pair seen, males very active over water, females away from water in warm sunny spots.

     

  • 13th Nov 2016
    Buckinghamshire

    Short visit to North Bucks Stowe National Trust Gardens Octagon Lake and Eleven Acre Lake 13th November 2016. Common Darters 20 sunning themselves on all of the buildings, bridges, monuments and fences around the lakes. Wish I had the time to check other sites on the estate      

  • 11th Nov 2016
    Surrey
    SJD

    Two common darters seen flying over Pen Ponds in Richmond Park. Warm in the sun but temperature at 10 degrees

  • 11th Nov 2016
    South Gloucestershire
    MAH

    At least 4 Common Darter dragonflies at Western Approach ponds

  • 11th Nov 2016
    Cornwall
    DC

    Carnon Valley Cornwall 11/11/2016 midday, five male Common Darters, one pair of Common Darters mating, two male Southern Hawkers (one in very good condition).

    Southern Hawker image on my flicker page www.flickr.com/photos/dave913.

  • 5th Nov 2016
    Norfolk

    WWT Welney 5 Nov 2016 A vist to Welney saw approx 12 Common Darters flying and resting, bright sunshine but very windy Temp 9-10 degrees.

  • 2nd Nov 2016
    Surrey
    SJR

    Bushy Park, Heron Pond - single Migrant Hawker (perched then flew off) and single perched Common Darter. Both male.

  • 2nd Nov 2016
    Gloucestershire
    PR

    Having called time on my season a month ago I was pleased to find a male Southern Hawker patrolling the barges on the Gloucester to Sharpness ship canal at Quedgeley, Gloucestershire this afternoon. There were also a couple of faded Common Drters present.

  • 31st Oct 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Still one ovipositing pair and single male Willow Emerald on Hempton Common Fakenham. Always on one of the three favoured branches.

    Migrant Hawker  male also around same pond.

  • 31st Oct 2016
    Sussex
    DJP

    At Batemans yesterday, A summers day, the weather was brilliant and brought the dragonfly. Against the house a perched Souther Hawker. Over the ponds at least two Hawkers as well as a pair of Common darters in tandem  along with the singles.

  • 31st Oct 2016
    Suffolk
    SRJ

    Lackford Lakes SWT reserve - 30+ Common Darters at least one pair in cop and many flying in tandem some seen ovipositing.

  • 30th Oct 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Wicken Fen Dragonfly Centre volunteers meeting on a very mild day.Walking round Adventurers' Fen we saw Common Darters, a Migrant Hawker and a Willow Emerald Damselfly.

  • 29th Oct 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Fakenham. Still one ovipositing pair of Willow Emeralds, along with a single male. Also male Southern Hawker and two tandem pairs of Common Darter/ovipositing.

  • 28th Oct 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Rainham Marshes RSPB - 3 Migrant Hawkers (2f 1m), 6 Common Darters

  • 28th Oct 2016
    Northamptonshire
    HC

    On a sunny day in Barnwell Country Park the temperature reached 17C and we saw 6 Common Darters in full high-energy mating activity, along with a hunting Migrant Hawker.

  • 26th Oct 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Baddow Park Industrial Estate: 1 Common Darter seen today around the pond

  • 25th Oct 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Fakenham. Some pleasant sunshine today brought out 4 male Willow Emeralds, but only one ovipositing pair today. (Only seen one female in recent days). As usual they stay site faithful to one particular willow tree and its surrounding reedmace stems. I spent 3hrs with them today, they often perched on my hand, camera, my head and shoulder!!.

     

  • 22nd Oct 2016
    Kent
    MH

    Although not looking for dragonflies at the time at Nethergong, I did see 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly and 2 Common Darter late morning today.

  • 17th Oct 2016
    Cornwall
    JW

    One Southern Hawker on Lariggan small boating pool, Penzance and a second at the pond in Penlee Park.

  • 17th Oct 2016
    Kent
    MH

    A look again at Nethergong in sunny conditions today produced c10 Willow Emerald Damselfly including 2 pairs seen ovipositing into stinging nettle stems for at least 45 minutes. Also seen were 2 Migrant Hawker and c15 Common Darter. 

  • 17th Oct 2016
    Northants
    MT

    I found Willow Emerald ovipositing scars (confirmed by Adrian Parr) on a branch overhanging the pond at Finedon last Friday (14th). I returned today (17th) and found another set on a different branch. Not sure if it's new though as I don't recall checking this branch last time. No adults, but plenty of Common Darters, a Southern Hawker and two Migrants including one ovipositing.

  • 17th Oct 2016
    Northamptonshire

    Barnwell Country Park, near Oundle - seen around the ex gravel workings near the river Nene during a breezy but mainly sunny hour were 2 Southern Hawkers, 6 Migrant Hawkers and 17 Common Darters including 1 pair in cop.  At nearby Oundle Mill there were a further 2 female Common Darters.

  • 16th Oct 2016
    Kent
    MH

    7 Willow Emerald Damselfly still on the wing today at Nethergong. Also c10 Common Darter and 2 Migrant Hawker. 

  • 15th Oct 2016
    Norfolk
    SMR

    .NWT Cley marshes 149 ruddy darters many still mating and 9 Migrant hawkers.

  • 14th Oct 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 0 Migrant Hawkers, 6 Common Darters , 1 Willow Emerald

  • 14th Oct 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT/Braintree Council reserve -  5 Migrant Hawkers , 10+ Common Darters (incl pr in tandem), 0 Willow Emerald

  • 12th Oct 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Rainham Marsh RSPB - 1 Southern Hawker, 7 Migrant Hawkers, 20+ Common Darters

  • 12th Oct 2016
    Berkshire
    ARW

    Golden-ringed Dragonfly photographed at Paices Wood (near Aldermaston) on 12th October by Adrian Wallington. This is the latest date that adult Golden-ringed has been recorded in Berkshire.

  • 10th Oct 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Bowers Marsh - 7 Migrant Hawkers , 20+ Common  Darters,

  • 10th Oct 2016
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    Silverdale N Lancs.  While walking in the Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve today in warm sunshine saw - 5 Migrant Hawkers also several Common Darters, some in tandem.  

  • 7th Oct 2016
    Buckinghamshire
    HA

    First records I’ve received for Bucks - Willow Emerald Damselflies.  September 29th discovered by a young very keen naturalist in Milton Keynes. Oviposition has been recorded   

  • 6th Oct 2016
    Norfolk
    RM

    'Infilling' by Willow Emerald: A Willow Emerald was on a dead branch by a garden pond in St Olaves today. There was also a female Southern Hawker ovipositing on a dead Silver Birch log at the poolside. Several pairs of Common Darters were also egg-laying.

  • 5th Oct 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT/Braintree Council reserve -  7 Migrant Hawkers (5m & 2f incl pair in cop), 10+ Common Darters (incl pr in tandem), 5 Willow Emerald (incl pr in tandem)

  • 3rd Oct 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Baddow Park Industrial Estate: 2x Common Darters in tandam plus 2 or 3 singles round the medium size pond 

  • 2nd Oct 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Hanningfield Reservior: 1x Migrant Hawker

  • 28th Sep 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Fine and fairly warm sunshine at Cambridge Botanical Gardens. Willow Emerald damselfly (3, all males as far as I could tell) along with Migrant Hawker (tandem pair, another male) and many Common Darters (mostly males, tandems), ovipositing, abundance over 30.

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