Wednesday, 27 May 2009
We recorded the following today at Melksham, Conigre Mead:
3 White-legged Damselfly
2 Scarce Chaser
30+ Banded Demoiselle
6+ Beautiful Demoiselle
1 Large Red Damselfly
Yesterday, River Avon at New Town:
1 Broad-Bodied Chaser
Banded & Beautiful Demoiselle
4-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata). Male., originally uploaded by od0man.
23rd May 2009
First seen this year by Damian Pinguey at the large pond at Chippenham. Also seen there on 24th along with Broad-bodied Chaser male.
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum).blue form female., originally uploaded by od0man.
A blue form of the female Common Blue Damselfly, one of many I saw today.
Out and about in the Oaksey area today where I was hoping to find Gomphus [Common Club-tail]. I was unsuccessful I'm afraid - the Swillbrook just doesn't look suitable for it so the Oaksey sighting must have come form further afield.
I did see Azure Blue, Common Blue and Large Red Damselflies there though. Also what is turning out to be a massive immigration of Painted Lady butterflies manifested locally with butterflies passing by at all locations I visited at an average rate of one every 3 minutes. Even when I pulled up outside my house one flew over the car! All were heading north.
I also visited a pond I recently discovered on the Woodland Trusts reserve of Warneage Wood at Wanborough on the outskirts of Swindon - only a 7 minute car drive from my house. It looks promising for Small Red-eyed Damselfly later in the season but at the moment holds hundreds of Large Red and Azure Blue Damsels and a beautiful male Broad-bodied Chaser. The pond was cleared out last winter so it'll be interesting to see how it develops this season - watch this space!
Thursday, 21 May 2009
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!