DRAGON & DAMSELFLY DIARY 2020

This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire


APRIL 2020

 

Friday 10th

A Large Red Damselfly, the first of the year, was seen in a private garden at Yate. (Mark Coller)

 

Large Red Damselfly | Mark Coller

 

Sunday 12th

Four Large Red Damselfly from a private garden at Yate. (Mark Coller)

 

Saturday 25th

The first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year was noted on a garden pond at Alveston (Morris Benson), Large Red Damselfly and the first Beautiful Demoiselle on the R. Frome, Yate. (Mark Coller)


MAY 2020

 

Saturday 2nd

A Broad-bodied Chaser was noted on Yate Common and at least ten Large Red Damselfly and two Beautiful Demoiselle on the R. Frome, Yate. (Mark Coller)

 

Monday 4th

The first Azure Damselfly was seen at Kingsgate Park, Yate along with five Large Red Damselflies. (Mark Coller)

 

Wednesday 6th

Approximately ten Azure Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly and a female Hairy Dragonfly at Western distribution Pools, Severn Beach. (Rob Emery) Blue-tailed Damselfly, four Broad-bodied Chaser also Large Red and Azure Damselfly on pools on Yate Common. (Mark Coller)

 

Hairy Dragonfly | Rob Emery

 

Thursday 7th

The first Black-tailed Skimmer and Emperor of the year were logged at Western Distribution, Severn Beach. (Rob Emery) Two Blue-tailed Damselfly, four Broad-bodied Chaser, plus lots of Large Red and Azure Damselflies on Yate Common. Eight Beautiful Demoiselle and c.20 Large Red Damselflies on R. Frome, Yate. (Mark Coller)

 

 

Azure, Beautiful and Blue-tailed Damselflies and Broad-bodied Chaser Mark Coller

 

Monday 19th

On Yate Common today; Single Emperor and Four-spotted Chaser, at least ten Broad-bodied Chaser, 100's of Azure, Blue and Large Red and three Blue Damselflies. (Mark Coller)

 

Wednesday 20th

Broad-bodied Chaser from Inglestone Common (Chris Teague) On Yate Common - Emperor, two Four-spotted Chaser, at least 15 Broad-bodied Chaser, 100s of Azure Blue, at least 15 Large Red and two Blue-tailed Damselfly. (Mark Coller)

 

Emperor and Four-spotted Chaser | Mark Coller

 

Thursday 21st

Emperor, at least ten Azure Damselflies, two Broad-bodied Chasers, Four-spotted Chaser and a Red-eyed Damselfly on Western Distribution, Severn Beach. (Rob Emery)

 

Red-eyed Damselfly | Rob Emery

 

Sunday 24th

The first Banded Demoiselle of the year were seen on the R. Frome at Yate along with at least forty (40) Beautiful Demoiselle, at least ten Large Red and an Azure Damselfly. (Mark Coller)

 

Wednesday 27th

Broad Bodied Chaser near the Tesco Pool, Western Distribution, Severn Beach also Black tailed Skimmer, and a 'rufescens' form of Blue-tailed Damselfly. (Vic Savery)

 

Blue-tailed Damselfly 'rufescens' Vic Savery

 

Thursday 28th

Combined reports: Emperor in the Shire Valley, Marshfield (Pete Coslett), two Emperor, half a dozen Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, a couple of Blue-tailed Damselfly and hundreds of Azure Damselfly on Yate Common. (Mark Coller, TBOSG)


JUNE 2020

 

Thursday 4th

A few Common Blue Damselfly around Chipping Sodbury Common pond plus lots of Azure Damselfly, at least three Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and several Broad-bodied Chaser. (Mark Coller)

 

Monday 8th

20+ Red-eyed Damselfly on Kingsgate Park pond as well as Common, Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies, two Broad-bodied Chaser and four Emperor. (Mark Coller)

 

Tuesday 9th

A couple of Beautiful Demoiselle were present in Golden Valley LNR, Wick plus several female Black-tailed Skimmer. (Chris Teague) Emperor and Broad-bodied Chaser at Oldbury Power Station. (Heather England)

 

Friday 12th

Many Blue-tailed Damselfly in Kingsgate Park, Yate including both 'violacea' and 'rufescens' forms. Also Common and Azure Damselflies. (Mark Coller)

 

Thursday 25th

The first of this year's Common Darter was on the wing on Chipping Sodbury Common today. (Mark Coller)

 

Friday 26th

Alongside the first Brown Hawker of the year at Kingsgate Park, Yate was Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser and Emperor. Damselflies present included were Common Blue, Red-eyed, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Azure. (Mark Coller)


JULY 2020

 

Wednesday 1st

The first Southern Hawker of the year was both seen and photographed in a private garden in Yate today. (Mark Coller)

 

Southern Hawker | Mark Coller

 

Friday 17th

At least two male Ruddy Darter, up to six Common Darter, five Black tailed Skimmer, two Emperor and a tatty Four-spotted Chaser at Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach at lunchtime. (Rob Emery)

 

Ruddy Darter | Rob Emery


AUGUST 2020

 

Sunday 2nd

A Southern Hawker was noted in the Shire Valley at Marshfield. (John Barnett)

 

Monday 3rd

Common Darter at Yate and Emperor at Pilning Wetland Reserve were both reported today. (Mark Coller, Rob Emery)

 

Common Darter - Mark Coller | Emperor - Rob Emery