DRAGON & DAMSELFLY DIARY

This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire

 

APRIL 2022

 

Friday 15th

The first to emerge this year was a Large Red Damselfly noted in a Frampton Cotterell garden.

 

Large Red Damselfly | Frampton Cotterell Nature

 

Sunday 24th

A Large Red Damselfly on the wing in a private garden at Yate.

 

Large Red Damselfly | Mark Coller

 

Tuesday 26th

The first Azure Damselfly of the year was seen at the Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach.

 

Azure Damselfly | Vic Savery

 

MAY 2022

 

Saturday 7th

The first Banded Demoiselle of the year was seen on the wing at Meadow Woods, Bitton.

 

Monday 9th

The first Beautiful Demoiselle and Broad-bodied Chaser of the year were both seen on the wing at Willsbridge Mill.

 

Beautiful Demoiselle and Broad-bodied Chaser | Donna Harvey

 

Saturday 14th

The first Four-spotted Chaser of the year was noted at Oldbury Power Station and the first Common Blue Damselfly was on the wing at Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach.

 

Thursday 19th

The first Scarce Chaser of the year was seen at Willsbridge Mill, Willsbridge.

 

Scarce Chaser | Donna Harvey

 

Saturday 21st

The first White-legged Damselfly of the year was seen along the R. Avon, Willsbridge.

 

White-legged Damselfly | Donna Harvey

 

Tuesday 24th

An excellent example of the Blue-tailed Damselfly form 'rufescens' at Severn Beach today.

 

Blue-tailed Damselfly (rufescens) | Vic Savery

 

JUNE 2022

 

Thursday 2nd

This year's first Emperor was seen in Yate today.

 

Friday 3rd

New for the year today with Southern Hawker at Wickwar.

 

Emperor | Heather England and Southern Hawker | Paul Sadley

 

 

Tuesday 7th

The first Red-eyed Damselfly of the year was seen in Kingsgate Park, Yate today!

 

Wednesday 8th

On the wing in recent days: Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser, possible Hairy Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser and Scarce Chaser. Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle and Beautiful Demoiselle.

 

Common Blue Damselfly | Mark Coller

 

Friday 10th

The first Black-tailed Skimmer (female) at Barnhill Quarry, Chipping Sodbury today!

 

Sunday 12th

The first Emerald Damsel for at least four years was found near Newlands Farm, West End today!

 

Emerald Damselfly | Paul Sadley

Tuesday 14th

The first Common Darter of the year was seen on the wing near Newlands Farm, West End, Wickwar today! Also present Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer at least three Emerald, Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselflies.

 

Emerald Damselfly | Mark Coller

Common Darter | TBOSG

 

Thursday 17th

The first Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly since 2019 was found between Bradley Stoke and Winterbourne today! Several were still present on June 19th.

 

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly | Vic Savery

 

 

Tuesday 21st

The first Small Red-eyed Damselflies of the year were logged at Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach and Kingsgate Park, Yate.

 

 

Sunday 26th

The violacea form of Blue-tailed Damselfly was noted at Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach today!

 

Blue-tailed Damselfly (violacea) | Vic Savery

 

JULY 2022

 

Friday 1st

Emerald Damselfly still present in the West End area at Wickwar.

 

Emerald Damselfly | Paul Sadley

 

Monday 4th

Southern Hawker and at least two male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly continue in the Winterbourne area today!

 

Tuesday 5th

At least two male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly continue in the Winterbourne area today.

 

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly | TBOSG

 

Friday 8th

A good comparison of both 'red-eyed' Damselflies! Also today, this year's first Brown Hawker - with four noted plus Common Hawker both at Kingsgate Park, Yate.

 

Small Red-eyed Damselfly | Heather England and Red-eyed Damselfly | Vic Savery

Sunday 10th

The first Ruddy Darter of the year was seen at Oldbury Power Station. Black Skimmer and Small Red-eyed Damselfly also present. Western Distribution Pools this afternoon; A dowdy Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, five Small Red-eyed Damselfly, a pair of Emperors plus Common Blue and Azure Damselflies.

 

Ruddy Darter | Heather England

 

Tuesday 12th

At least two male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly continue in the Winterbourne area today.

 

Sunday 17th

Brown Hawker and Emperor at Horton Bushes, Southern Hawker at Severn Beach.

 

Wednesday 27th

Southern and Migrant Hawker, Ruddy and Common Darter all seen at Oldbury Power Station today! Also seen today were Banded Demoiselle and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

 

Thursday 28th

Scarce Chaser on the wing along the R. Avon at Bitton.

 

Friday 29th

Emperor and Brown Hawker from Lower Woods, Wickwar.

 

AUGUST 2022

 

Dragon and Damselflies on the wing this month: Emperor, Southern Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter, Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly.

 

Black-tailed Skimmer | Heather England