Thursday, 21 May 2009

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

First post for a few weeks as I've been on holiday to Lesvos, the third biggest Greek island. From what I've been told about the weather I haven't missed much!! I saw 26 species in 2 weeks on Lesvos including 10 new ones for me ['lifers' in birding parlance]. If you get the chance go and visit - it's a wonderful island for birds, insects and the flora, particularly orchids.
As I was working in Trowbridge yesterday I paid a visit to the R. Biss to see how the fairly new Beautiful Demoiselle colony was doing. I found 16 in all including tenerals and some mature males.
The only other May records I have so far are of a Club-tailed Dragonfly watched in an odonata enthusiasts garden [Jonathan Adey] in Oaksey on 10th - the Swillbrook is the most likely suspect as the Thames is some distance away.
Also Mike Hamzij reports Beautiful D's from the Avon at Whaddon on 19th and 20th plus 3 teneral Scarce Chasers there yesterday.
The forecast is good for the next few days so we may add more species to the year list - if you can, get out there looking at the weekend!

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