DRAGON & DAMSELFLY DIARY 2021

This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire


APRIL 2021

 

Monday 19th

The first emergence of the year was a Large Red Damselfly noted in a private garden at Yate on the 19th.

 

Large Red Damselfly | Mark Coller


MAY 2021

 

Wednesday 12th

A male Beautiful Demoiselle, the first of the year, was seen on the wing alongside the R. Avon between Willsbridge and Hanham.

 

Beautiful Demoiselle | Donna Harvey

 

Friday 14th

The first dragonfly of the year with a Broad-bodied Chaser seen on Yate Common, Yate and this years first Banded Demoiselle alongside the R. Avon between Bitton and Willsbridge.

 

Tuesday 18th

The first Azure Damselfly of the year was seen on Yate Common, Yate today.

 

Tuesday 25th

A female Beautiful Demoiselle was seen on the wing in the Shire Valley, Marshfield this morning.

 

Thursday 27th

At least ten Azure and two Large Red Damselflies on Yate Common today.

 

Azure and Large Red Damselfly | Mark Coller

 

Saturday 29th

A female Scarce Chaser, the first of the year, was seen alongside the R. Avon in the Holm Mead area opposite Avon Valley CP. Also today, at least 15 Beautiful Demoiselle and eight Large Red Damselfly along the R. Frome at Yate.

 

Sunday 30th

At Oldbury Power Station; Large Red, Common Blue and Azure Damselfly; Beautiful Demoiselle; Hairy Dragonfly at Western Distribution, Severn Beach; Yate Common; Six Broad-bodied Chasers, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, at least 40 Azure and at least six Large Red Damselflies.

 

Common Blue Damselfly | Rob Emery

Broad-bodied Chaser | Mark Coller and Hairy Dragonfly | Vic Savery


JUNE 2021

 

Wednesday 2nd

Broad Bodied and Four-spotted Chasers were seen on the small pond at Oldbury Power Station today.

 

Four-spotted Chaser | Heather England

Saturday 5th

The first Emperor Dragonfly of the year was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 5th.

 

Emperor Dragonfly | Vic Savery

Wednesday 9th

The first Black-tailed Skimmers of the year were noted at Cribbs Causeway and Western Distribution.

 

Scarce Chaser | Donna Harvey

 

Also today a walk along the R. Avon between Keynsham and the cycle path at Bitton produced at least seven Scarce Chasers (all female types) and lots of blue damselflies whizzing around. Hard to ID but a few White-legged, Azure/ Common plus one Large Red Damselfly and a large hawker type on the wing probably Common Hawker?

 

Thursday 10th

Female Blue-tailed Damselfly of the form 'infuscans/ obseleta' at Western Distribution, Severn Beach. Apparently there are at least five different colour forms for these females!

 

Blue-tailed Damselfly | Vic Savery

Wednesday 16th

Good numbers of dragon and damselflies on the wing in recent days across the recording area including this fine White-legged Damselfly along the R. Avon east of Conham towards the Ferry Crossing and Heronry.

 

 

White-legged Damselfly | Stefan Csaki

 

Thursday 17th

A Common Darter, the first of the year, was seen at Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach today.

 

Common Darter | Rob Emery

 

Friday 25th

On the R. Avon between The Lock Keeper, Keynsham and Bitton cycle path; Male Beautiful Demoiselle, which is not a regular sighting here, plus several Scarce Chasers, including a mating pair, Blue-tailed Damselfly and plenty of White-legged Damselfly.

 


JULY 2021

 

Friday 2nd

At Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach; This year's first Red-eyed Damselfly (at least five present), two Emperor, two Four spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser and several Common Darter.

 

Red-eyed Damselfly | Rob Emery

 

Thursday 8th

From Kingsgate Park, Yate: 40+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly, six Emperor, two Black-tailed Skimmer, two Common Hawker plus lots of Common, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Also Common Darter, Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmer from Catbrain Lane/ Hill.

 

Friday 9th

Holm Mead, Willsbridge/ Keynsham; Plenty of White-legged, Blue-tailed & Common Blue Damselfly also Scarce Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer & Emperor.

 

White-legged Damselfly and Scarce Chaser | TBOSG

 

Wednesday 14th

The first Brown Hawker of the year was logged at Kingsgate Park, Yate today!

 

Thursday 15th

The first Southern Hawker of the year in Kingsgate Park, Yate today also Brown and Common Hawker, four Emperor, two Black-tailed Skimmer and Common Darter. Lots of Small red-eyed, Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselfly too.

 

Friday 16th

The first Ruddy Darter of the year was seen at Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach today! Also present were, at least 12 Red -eyed Damselfly, three Emperor, five Common Darter and Black-tailed Skimmer.

 

Saturday 17th

Emperor Dragonfly on Yate Common.

 

Ruddy Darter | Rob Emery - Emperor Dragonfly | Mark Coller

 

Wednesday 21st

Three Brown Hawker were noted at Cherry Wood, Marshfield.

 

Contributors

John Barnett, Stefan Csaki, Mark Coller, Rob Emery, Heather England, Donna Harvey, Chris Mott, Vic Savery, TBOSG.