Thursday, 29 July 2021

Otmoor bridleway, Noke to Oddington - 29th July

Southern Hawker (sub-adult)

5 Southern Hawker
11 Brown Hawker
1 Emperor Dragonfly
1 Broad-bodied Chaser
Ruddy and Common Darter - uncounted
Blue Damselfly sp - uncounted

2 bossy women on horseback who demanded I move without being able to wait a few seconds for me to finish taking my pictures, then said my camera was frightening their animals - unbelievable!

Otmoor - Roman Road - 28 July

WILLOW EMERALD DAMSELFLY: 4m along Roman Road, 1m on Bridleway (first of season)

John Lindley per iRecord

Willow Emerald (c) John Lidley

Wantage: Scantlebury Way - 29 July

Stormwater pond at SU 41202 88239, just off the A417 to the east of Wantage. 

More accessible but newer and smaller than the Grove Meadows one. Looks promising with plenty of algal mats. But in a brief visit in windy & sunny conditions only had 2 Common Darters!

Stephen Burch

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Trap Grounds - 23 July

50+ Common/Azure Damsels
4 Blue-tailed Damsels
10 (minimum) Common & Ruddy Darters
2 Southern Hawkers
1 Migrant Hawker

Nicola Devine

Migrant Hawker (c) Nicola Devine

Ruddy Darter (c) Nicola Devine

Friday, 23 July 2021

Otmoor - 23 July

Southern Migrant Hawker: 2m (fully mature). 

One again at the corner on the path between first and second screen, and another on Big Otmoor from the bridleway (approx. 200 yards from Noke turn). 

Southern Migrant Hawker (c) Jeremy Dexter

Southern Migrant Hawker (c) Jeremy Dexter

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Shillingford - 22 July

R. Thames transect at Shillingford. Banded Demoiselle 21, White-legged Damselfly 97, Azure Damselfly 4, Blue-tailed Damselfly 14, Red-eyed Damselfly 3, Brown Hawker 1. This is by far the largest number of White-legged Damselflies that I've recorded at this site. Temperature was high (~30 deg. C), with negligible wind (<5 mph) and near full sun (cloud cover ~5 %). Male to female ratio was ~5:1. 

White-legged Damselfly (c) John Bloomfield

Faringdon Folly Park Pond - 22 July

Azure Damsels
Common Blue Damsels
Blue tailed Damsels
Small Red-eyed Damselfly: 10+ 
Emperor: 6+ inc 2f ovipositing
Brown Hawker: 2
Four-spotted Chaser: 4+
Common Darter
Ruddy Darter

Also 1 Kingfisher

Stephen Burch

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Ruddy Darter (c) Stephen Burch
Blue-tailed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Tar Lakes, near Witney - 21 July

Common Blue/Azure Damsels: 100s
Red-eyed Damsels: 20+
Black-tailed Skimmer: 100+ all round the water edges
Emperor: 2m
Brown Hawker: 2

Still no sign of any SREDs here, despite apparently suitable habitat

Stephen Burch

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Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch

Standlake Pit 60 - 21 July

Much more activity than last week:

Common/Azure Damselfly
Black-tailed Skimmer: 100+ over the water
Four-spotted Chaser: 1
Emperor: 1m + 1f ovipositing
Brown Hawker 1

Stephen Burch 

Parsonage Moor - 21 July

Southern Damselfly 4 pairs in cop and 11 individual males, Small Red Damselfly 4 (all males), Keeled Skimmer 16 (13 male and 3 female), Brown Hawker 3

Southern Damselfly pair (c) John Bloomfield

Small Red Damselfly (c) John Bloomfield

River Thames: Clifton Lock to Burcot - 21st July, 09:30 - 12:30

Emperor Dragonfly - 6
Brown Hawker - 7
Ruddy Darter - 1
Black-tailed Skimmer - 3

Black-tailed Skimmer

Banded Demoiselle - numerous
Red-eyed Damselfly - 12
White-legged Damselfly - 3
Azure Damselfly - uncounted
Common Blue Damselfly - uncounted

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

East Hanney - 20 July

Beautiful Demoiselle - 1 on Letcombe Brook near Iron Bridge SU4152092937
Banded Demoiselle - 30+ on brook between Iron Bridge and Lower Mill

Stephen Burch

Beautiful Demoiselle (c) Stephen Burch

Otmoor - 20 July

Darter sp - 100s (mostly Ruddy)
Emerald Damselfly - 1f

James Wainscoat

Ruddy Darter (c) James Wainscoat

Emerald Damselfly (c) James Wainscoat

Abingdon, 20th July

An immature male Migrant Hawker turned up in my garden in Abingdon this morning. 

Migrant Hawker © David Hastings

Monday, 19 July 2021

University Park & New Marston Meadows - 17 July

University Park

Red-eyed Damselfly – common on University Park pond.
Small Red-eyed Damselfly. 5 males and 1 female University Park pond (including a pair ovipositing).
Blue-tailed Damselfly – moderately common
Azure Damselfly – present, many other Azure/Common not scrutinized
Banded Demoiselle – present
Brown Hawker – 1
Emperor - 2
Broad-bodied Chaser –1 female
Common Darter 1 male confirmed + several other Sympetrum sp. less well seen

New Marston Meadows

Red-eyed Damselfly – common along Kings Mill mill-race but no Small Red-eyed located
Blue-tailed Damselfly – moderately common
Azure Damselfly  - present 
Common Blue Damselfly – 1 confirmed, many other Azure/Common not scrutinized
Banded Demoiselle – moderately common
Beautiful Demoiselle – one female, Mesopotamia
Brown Hawker –2
Souther Hawker - 1
Emperor  -2
Broad-bodied Chaser – 1 male
Black-tailed Skimmer – 1 male
Several unidentified Common/Ruddy Darter

Tom Evans

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Letcombe Brook at East Hanney - 16 July

Good numbers of both Demoiselle species, with about 5% Beautiful.

Mark Bradfield

Beautiful Demoiselle (c) Mark Bradfield

Oddington - 18th July

Southern Migrant Hawker (imm) again briefly just after 9:00 but not relocated afterwards to 10:30

8 - 10 Brown Hawker

Numerous Ruddy and Common Darter

Banded Demoiselles

Numerous blue Damselfly sp

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Shillingford & Little Wittenham - 17 July

Observations from four transects, one along the R Thames, Shillingford and three at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham. The last of these transects was significantly shorted due to cattle in the water meadow (265 observations and 11 species).

  • Banded Demoiselle 32
  • White-legged Damselfly 18
  • Azure Damselfly 60
  • Common Blue Damselfly 40
  • Blue-Tailed Damselfly 18
  • Brown Hawker 13
  • Emperor 4
  • Black-tailed Skimmer 7
  • Four-spotted Chaser 13
  • Ruddy Darter 21
  • Common Darter 39 

Banded Demoiselle (c) John Bloomfield


Bodicote Fishing Lake and Sor Brook, Banbury - 17 July

20+ Beautiful Demoiselle
6 Banded Demoiselle
15+ White Legged Damsels
5 Common Blue Damsels
20+ Azure Damsels
4 Blue Tailed Damsels
8 Red Eyed Damsels
2 Emperor Dragonflies
1 Brown Hawker
2 Four Spotted Chaser
1 Black Tailed Skimmer
3 Common Darter

Wayne Bull

White-legged Damselfly (f) (c) Wayne Bull

White-legged Damselfly (m) (c) Wayne Bull

Grove Meadows Storm Water pond - 17 July am

Small-red eyed Damselfly: 30+ (min. estimate)
Azure/Common Blue Damselfly: many
Blue-tailed Damselfly: 1
Banded Demoiselle: 2-3
Emperor: 2+
Four-spotted Chaser: c. 5+ inc tandem pairs
Black-tailed Skimmer: 2+
Common Darters: many

Small-red eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch

Common Darter (c) Stephen Burch

Common Darter (c) Stephen Burch

Wantage - old Canal

 In reeds at West end of stormwater pond at SU388888:

1m Emerald Damselfly

Nick Lowton

Farmoor - 16 July

Causeway - F1 side :

10s Black-tailed Skimmer ()

Buckthorn Meadow Pond (behind Shrike Meadow hide):

10s Common Blue Damselflies 
6 Blue-tailed Damselflies
3 Banded Demoiselles
1 Emperor
4 Black-tailed Skimmer

James Wainscoat

Black-tailed Skimmer (c) James Wainscoat

Banded Demoiselle (c) James Wainscoat

Friday, 16 July 2021

Boundary Brook NR, Oxford - 16 July am

1m Emerald Damselfly  (Large Pond)
20+ Azure Damselflies
1m Southern Hawker
1f  Broad-bodied Chaser

Stephen Burch

Oxford Botanic Gardens - 14 July

Second Ornamental pond:

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

James Wainscoat

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) James Wainscoat

Emperor (c) James Wainscoat

Trap Grounds, Oxford - 15 July am

Southern Hawker - 2 emergences

Nicola Devine, Stephen Burch

Southern Hawker with exuvia (c) Stephen Burch

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

River Thames at Clifton Hampden - 14th July

White-legged Damselfly

9 White-legged Damselfly
6 Red-eyed Damselfly
Azure, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies - all uncounted
Banded Demoiselle - uncounted

Otmoor - west side between Oddington & Noke - 14 July

No sign of any Southern Migrant Hawkers

1-2 Small Red-eyed Damselfly - on pool to E side of track at SP552141
Four-spotted Chaser on same pool
Brown Hawker
Ruddy Darter (many)
Azure Damselflies (many)
Banded Demoiselle 

Stephen Burch

Standlake Common - 13 July

 Shifford Lane:

1 Southern Hawker

Pit 60 from Langley Lane hide:

20+ Black-tailed Skimmers over the water

Stephen Burch

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Thames River of Life Project - 10 July

Dragonfly survey results for SU595 and SU5695:

45 Banded Demoiselle
29 Common Blue Damsel
31 Blue tailed Damsel 
15 Red eyed Damsel
1 White legged Damselfly 
1 Four Spotted Chaser well away from river

Mark Bradfield

Blue-tailed Damselflies (c) Mark Bradfield

White legged Damselfly (c) Mark Bradfield

Monday, 12 July 2021

Radley Lakes, 12th July

Common Blue Damselfly - hundreds
Blue-tailed Damselfly 11+ 
Red-eyed Damselfly 5+
Common Spreadwing 2m
Emperor Dragonfly 1
Brown Hawker  1
Four-spotted Chaser 5+
Black-tailed Skimmer 4+
Ruddy Darter 22
Common Darter 1

Blue-tailed Damselfy (imm ♀f. rufescens) © David Hastings

Common Spreadwing ♂© David Hastings

Longford Park Banbury Storm Pond - 12 July

4 Emerald Damsels (Males)
15+ Azure Damsels
20+ Blue Tailed Damsels
8+ Scarce Blue Tailed Damsels inc 2 "Aurantiaca" females
2 Broad Bodied Chaser
2 Common Darter

Also at a small pond about 500m from the storm pool SP4676538727:-

20+ Azure Damsels
6 Blue Tailed Damsels
1 Scarce Blue Tailed Damsel (Mature Female)
1 Emperor Dragonfly (Female)
2 Common Darter

Wayne Bull

Blue-tailed Damselfly rufescens  obsoleta (c) Wayne Bull

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly mature  female (c) Wayne Bull

Trap Grounds - 11 July

Southern Hawker - 3 emerging!

Nicola Devine

Southern Hawker - emergence sequence (c) Nicola Devine

Grove Meadows Storm Pond - 11 July

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (immature)

Nick Lowton

Presumed Small Red-eyed Damselfly (immature) (c) Nick Lowton

Lake at Barton Abbey - 11 July


Blue-tailed Damselfly
Black-tailed Skimmer

James Wainscoat

Blue-tailed Damselfly (c) James Wainscoat

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Oddington - 11th July

Southern Migrant Hawker (imm male - distant record shot)

Southern Migrant Hawker (imm male)

Second probable individual not PI'd, both at SP 55194 13990 approx 100 metres along bridleway south from metal field gates

2 Brown Hawker

2 Four-spotted Chaser

1 Broad-bodied Chaser

Numerous Ruddy and Common Darter

Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles

Numerous Azure and other blue Damselfly sp

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Otmoor - 9 July

Southern Migrant Hawker - probable immature female on path to second screen about 75 yards north of corner. 

Jeremy Dexter

Radley Lakes - 9 July

1 Banded Demoiselle
8 Emerald Damsels (6 Males 2 Females)
100's Common Blue Damsels
15+ Azure Damsels
15+ Blue Tailed Damsels
20+ Red Eyed Damsels
3 Emperor Dragonflies
2 Brown Hawker
6 Four Spotted Chaser
20+ Black Tailed Skimmer
8+ Common Darter
15+ Ruddy Darter

Wayne Bull

Emerald Damselfly (c) Wayne Bull

Friday, 9 July 2021

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Standlake Common - 7 July

1 Blue-tailed Damselfly
50+ Common Blue Damselfly
1 Common Darter (teneral)
1-2 Black-tailed Skimmer (Pit 60)

Common Blue Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch