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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Radley Lakes, 21st September

Red-eyed Damselfly 3
Brown Hawker 1
Southern Hawker 4
Migrant Hawker 8
Common Darter 14+
Ruddy Darter 4

Migrant Hawker © David Hastings

Ruddy Darter © David Hastings


Trap Grounds Willow Emerald Update 22nd September

Lunchtime today at least 5 male Willow Emerald around the Swan pond at the Trap Grounds: 1 along the east side and 4 in the NW corner. All seemingly holding small territories which they defend from each other whilst waiting to snare a passing female. There were probably more but in breezy conditions they were a bit reclusive.

Also seen:
1 Southern Hawker
1 Migrant Hawker
Several "red" Darters



 

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Trap Grounds update - 20 September

Again at least 6 Willow Emeralds; more likely 10+  . Swan Lake

Ovipositing observed for third day in a row - bodes well for next year!

Nicola Devine

Willow Emeralds ovipositing (c) Nicola Devine




Saturday, 19 September 2020

Trap Grounds - 19 September

 6+ Willow Emeralds - probably into double figures at Swan Lake

Nicola Devine


Willow Emerald Damselflies (c) Nicola Devine


Friday, 18 September 2020

Trap Grounds - 19 September

 c. 6 Willow Emeralds
Migrant Hawker
Southern Hawker

Nicola Devine

Southern Hawker (c) Nicola Devine

Willow Emerald (c) Nicola Devine


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Trap Grounds - 17 September

 3 Willow Emeralds 
1 Migrant Hawker (m)
1 Southern Hawker
5 Common Darters 

Willow Emerald Damselfly (c) Nicola Devine

Southern Hawker (c) Nicola Devine


Orchard Lake, Radley - 16th September

 

Ruddy Darter (above and below) © Peter Law


Many Ruddy Darter and some Common Darter
Several Migrant Hawker
Still a few Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Common Blue Damselflies

NB - The Barton Fields fishing pond is now difficult to access as the margins are becoming overgrown and the site looks like it is no longer being maintained as such.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Trap Grounds - 16 September

 3 Willow Emeralds 
1 Migrant Hawker (m)
1 Southern Hawker
5 Common Darter

Nicola Devine


Willow Emerald Damselflies (c) Nicola Devine


Common Darters (c) Nicola Devine


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Trap Grounds - 15 September

 3 Willow Emerald Damselfly

Nicola Devine

Male Willow Emerald Damselfly (c) Nicola Devine

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Trap Grounds, Oxford - 13 September

 c. 4 Willow Emerald Damselflies

Nicola Devine

Willow Emerald Damselfly (c) Nicola Devine


Otmoor Noke End - 13th September

 A female Willow Emerald Damselfly at 16:45 pm beside the bridleway opposite the black sheep field

Approx SP 55221 13198

Willow Emerald (fem) ⓒ Peter Law (above and below)



Trap Grounds, Oxford - 12 September

 2 male Willow Emerald Damselflies again at Swan Pond

Nicola Devine

Male Willow Emerald Damselfly (c) Nicola Devine


Saturday, 12 September 2020

R Thames at Farmoor, 12th September

Blue-tailed Damselfly 2

Southern Hawker 3

Migrant Hawker 5

Common Darter 13+

Migrant Hawker ♂© David Hastings

Southern Hawker ♀© David Hastings


Radley Lakes - 10 September

 A slightly belated posting from Thursday:

At the location where a Red-veined Darter was seen on 4 September SU5248297453:

1 Migrant Hawker
1 Southern Hawker
1 Brown Hawker
Ruddy/Common Darters

No sign of any RVD for the second time.

Common Darters (c) Stephen Burch


Friday, 11 September 2020

LESSER EMPEROR - on Lake north of the Drayton to Sutton Courtenay Road - 26 August

Adrian Parr has just been in touch to point out that the apparently old or worn female Emperor, reported by Brian Walker on 26 August, was in fact a female Lesser Emperor!

This is the first record of Lesser Emperor in the county since 2011, and quite possibly the first record ever of a female!

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Female Lesser Emperor eating a wasp (c) Brian Walker

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Willow Emeralds Trap Grounds - 10 September

At least 3m & 1f Willow Emerald Damselflies inc 1 pair in cop.

First confirmed breeding in Oxfordshire!

Nicola Devine

Male Willow Emerald (c) Nicola Devine

Willow Emeralds in cop. and potentially ovipositing (c) Nicola Devine

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Willow Emerald - Trap Grounds - 8 September

 1m Willow Emerald Damselfly -  much lower down over the Main (Swan) Pond

Nicola Devine


Male Willow Emerald Damsefly (c) Nicola Devine


Willow Emerald, Trap Grounds 8th September

One Willow Emerald found early afternoon on the Trap Grounds. This was on the low overhanging willow branch on the main (Swan) pond in front of the main viewing area.

Willow Emerald


Monday, 7 September 2020

Trap Grounds - Willow Emerald - 7 September!

 1m Willow Emerald Damselfly - in a tree overhanging the Heron Pond.

First site record

Nicola Devine

Male Willow Emerald Damselfly (only second Oxon photo of a male) (c) Nicola Devine



Saturday, 5 September 2020

Otmoor, 5th September

Not a lot at Otmoor this afternoon, but I did find my first UK Western Willow Spreadwing (aka Willow Emerald). It was a female, along the bridleway at about SP 56983 12952.

Also seen: 

Common Darter 2
Ruddy Darter 6
Migrant Hawker 4

Western Willow Spreadwing ♀© David Hastings

Radley Lakes - 5 September

10:45 - 12:45. At Wayne's RVD location from yesterday:

1m Southern Hawker
1f Migrant Hawker
Ruddy/Common Darters

No sign of any RVDs!

Stephen Burch

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Southern Hawker (c) Stephen Burch


Friday, 4 September 2020

Radley Lakes 4th September - Red Veined Darter

1 imm RED-VEINED DARTER

From Thrupp Lane, walk past Thrupp Lake on your right, turn left on to gravel track (old railway line).

The darter was in brambles c. 20 foot beyond the metal gate on the left. SU 5248297453


Red-veined Darter (c) Wayne Bull



Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Farmoor - 1 September

 5-6 Small Red-eyed Damselfly - from the wooden bridge at the back of Shrike Meadow

Geoff Wyatt

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Geoff Wyatt


Friday, 28 August 2020

Lake north of the Drayton to Sutton Courtenay Road - 26 August

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1 Lesser Emperor Dragonfly

12 Common Blue Damselfly
1 Blue-tailed Damselfly
1 Common Darter
2 Ruddy Darter

Brian Walker

Female Lesser Emperor eating a wasp (c) Brian Walker

Common Blue Damselfly without an abdomen but alive and moving (c) Brian Walker

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Otmoor - 26 August

 Roman Road and Pill area:

Emerald Damselfly (1 Roman Rd, 2+ Pill)
Migrant Hawker
Brown Hawker
Ruddy Darter

No sign of Willow Emerald or SMH.

Stephen Burch

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Emerald Damselfly [focus stacked] (c) Stephen Burch

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Otmoor - 24th August

 Along the Roman Road 16:00 - 17:30:

1 common Emerald Damselfly (male)
2 Migrant Hawker
1 Ruddy Darter
Several Common Darter

But I was shown where to look for the Willow Emerald next time

Monday, 24 August 2020

Otmoor - 22 August

Some photos from Otmoor on Saturday, all courtesy of Stephen Kill. Note the female Common Emerald Damselfly was on the Roman Road at the same location at the Willow Emerald but lower down near the ground - a potential source of confusion for the unwary! 

Female Willow Emerald Damselfly (c) Stephen Kill

Female Emerald Damselfly (c) Stephen Kill

Mating pair of Small Red-eyed Damselflies (c) Stephen Kill

Male Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Kill

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Radley Lakes, 22nd August

 Looked for Willow Emeralds around Orchard Lake, but no sign of any.

Common Blue Damselfly 10+
Red-eyed Damselfly 8+
Southern Hawker 4
Migrant Hawker 1
Ruddy Darter 11
Common Darter 10

Migrant Hawker © David Hastings

Southern Hawker © David Hastings


Trap Grounds - 23 August

 2 Migrant Hawkers
1 Southern Hawker
1 Brown Hawker 
2 Common Darters

Nicola Devine

Common Darter (c) Nicola Devine


Saturday, 22 August 2020

Otmoor - 22 August

 1f Willow Emerald Damselfly - Roman Road, c. 15:00 SP5714012898

Note Peter Philp's record on the 18th was of a male, so there must be at least two around! 

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Willow Emerald [focus stacked] (c) Stephen Burch

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Willow Emerald (c) Stephen Burch [first Oxon DSLR photo of this species!]

Pill area:

2m, 1f Migrant Hawker 
1m Southern Hawker
5+ Emerald Damselfly
Ruddy Darters
No SMH!! 

Stephen Burch