Sunday, 2 August 2020

Otmoor - between Oddington & Noke, 2nd August

Two mature male Southern Migrant Hawkers this morning. One at about SP5517913946 and the second at about SP5516213388.

Also seen:

Banded Demoiselle 1
Common Blue Damselfly 2
Blue-tailed Damselfly 3
Small Red-eyed Damselfly 8
Brown Hawker 7
Southern Hawker 2
Migrant Hawker 1
Common Darter 1
Ruddy Darter 16

Southern Migrant Hawker © David Hastings

Southern Hawker © David Hastings

Otmoor - 2 August

1m & 1f Southern Migrant Hawker - seen and photographed on visitor trail between the first and second screens, so a different area to the previous sightings.

Peter Barker

Male Southern Migrant Hawker (c) Peter Barker
Female Southern Migrant Hawker (c) Peter Barker

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Parsonage Moor - 31 July

6 Southern Damselfly
3 Keeled Skimmer
1  Black-tailed Skimmer
1f  Broad-bodied Chaser ovipositing
1 Common Darter

Brian Walker

Old female Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Brian Walker

Friday, 31 July 2020

Faringdon Folly Park Pond - 31 July

c. 15 Small-red Eyed Damselfly - mainly on algal mats off southern corner of pond
1 Emerald Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Common/Azure Damselfly
1m Banded Demoiselle
Common Darter
Ruddy Darter
4-5 Emperor
1 Brown Hawker

+ Many fishing
Banded Demoiselle (c) Stephen Burch

Trap Grounds - 30 July

2 Brown Hawkers
Ruddy and Common Darters: several (one pair ovipositing into the Dragonfly pond)
1m Banded Demoiselle
Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies: a few

Nicola Devine

Common Darter (c) Nicola Devine

Ruddy Darter (c) Nicola Devine

Thursday, 30 July 2020

River Thames at Shillingford - 30th July

Along footpath upstream on south bank from Shillingford Bridge Hotel 16:00 - 17:30 in sunny conditions:

White-legged Damselfly (female)

White-legged Damselfly - 2
Red-eyed Damselfly - 2
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 13
Common Blue Damselfly - 5
Banded Demoiselle - 7

Brown Hawker - 1
Common Darter - 2

Along Thames Path downstream from Shillingford Bridge to Benson 10:30 - 11:45 in sunny conditions:

White-legged Damselfly (male)

White-legged Damselfly - 8
Red-eyed Damselfly - 4
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 1
Common Blue Damselfly - 5
Banded Demoiselle - 7

Emperor Dragonfly - 2
Brown Hawker - 4
Ruddy Darter - 3
Common Darter - 2

Otmoor - between Oddington & Noke - 30 July

By the northern gate into Big Otmoor SP551136

1 mature male Southern Migrant Hawker (highly probable) - small very blue hawker but only seen in flight briefly at 10:30, 12:00 and 13:30 (slightly to the north).
No photos yet again!


Brown Hawker - large numbers everywhere
Ruddy Darter - numerous
5+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly - in pool to E of track just south of the weir. SP552141 

10:00 to 14:30

Stephen Burch

 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Whitecross Green Wood, 29th July

Emperor Dragonfly 3
Brown Hawker 4
Migrant Hawker 8 (7 in a feeding swarm)
Ruddy Darter 4
Common Darter 6

Emperor Dragonfly © David Hastings

Teneral Migrant Hawker © David Hastings

Whitecross Green Wood BBOWT nature reserve - 26 July

1 White-legged Damselfly SP601145

Probable first site record

Alex Hughes

White-legged Damselfly (c) Alex Hughes

Otmoor - between Oddington & Noke - 29 July

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - 6+ still in previously reported pool at SP55242 14134
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 3 on same pool

Brown Hawker - 12+
Ruddy Darter - 6+

No sign of adult Southern Migrant Hawker 15:30 - 17:15

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Otmoor - between Oddington & Noke - 28 July

1m mature Southern Migrant Hawker

On track  about 100m north of northern gate into Big Otmoor. About SP551137.

Geoff Wyatt

Southern Migrant Hawker (c) Geoff Wyatt

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Trap Grounds, Oxford - 26 July

1f Emerald Damselfly
2 Brown Hawkers
1 Southern Hawker
3 Darters (not sure which didn’t get pics)

Nicola Devine

Female Emerald Damselfly (c) Nicola Devine

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Otmoor - between Oddington & Noke - 25 July

1 adult Southern Migrant Hawker!

Also photographed.

SP551137. About 100m north of the top gate into Big Otmoor, the gate near the large hedge between Noke sides and Big Otmoor.

This is about 200m south of the location of Stephen Burch's probable sighting on 23rd July

Fergus, the reserve warden, per Steve Roby

Friday, 24 July 2020

Letcombe Valley Nature Reserve

2 Emperor - one possibly taken by a Chaffinch!

Stephen Burch

River Thames between Benson and Shillingford - 23 July


4 Small Red-eyed Damselfly
1 Brown Hawker

Alan Brampton

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Alan Brampton

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Otmoor - between Oddington & Noke - 23 July

Between 2nd and 3rd Oak along track, S of double gates (SP5518813924)

1 Probable Southern Migrant Hawker - a small blue hawker, so either this species or Migrant Hawker. Didn't seem blue enough for a fully adult male SMH, but very early for a mature Migrant Hawker? No photos as never settled. Very erratic flight with brief views only.

Pool to E of path, immediately S of the weir:

1m Emerald Damselfly
10+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly
Brown Hawker
Ruddy Darter

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Otmoor - 20 July

1f Emerald Damselfly - by gate overlooking Big Otmoor

Jeremy Dexter

Emerald Damselfly (c) Jeremy Dexter

Otmoor - 17 July

1m & 1f Beautiful Demoiselle (E end of Bridleway by Roman Rd)
Ruddy Darter

Nigel Carter

Beautiful Demoiselle (c) Nigel Carter
Ruddy Darter (c) Nigel Carter

River Thames at Dorchester - 21st July

Along the Thames Path upstream (west bank) from Day's Lock to Burcot (SU568951) 09:45 - 10:35 in mostly sunny conditions:

Emperor Dragonfly - 2
Southern Hawker - 1
Common Blue Damselfly - 16+

Along the Thames path downstream (north bank) from Day's Lock to Shillingford (SU590932) 11:05 - 13:05 in mostly sunny conditions; including Overy Mead Piece (SU578932) at Thame / Thames confluence

Emperor Dragonfly - 1
Brown Hawker - 13
Black-tailed Skimmer - 1
Ruddy Darter - 1

Banded Demoiselle (fem)

Blue-tailed Damselfly (adult male)

Banded Demoiselle - 20+
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 3
Common Blue Damselfly - 60+

Monday, 20 July 2020

Abingdon, 20th July

This afternoon a teneral male Migrant Hawker went into my greenhouse and settled for half an hour on a bamboo cane. It came out again and settled on vegetation for another 15 minutes before flying off.