Friday, 28 May 2010
Damian Pinguey phoned me this morning to say he'd just seen a very teneral male Emperor hunting in Mortimers Wood, Pewsham, Chippenham. He later phoned to say he'd also been to Chippenham Pond where he observed 3 Black-tailed Skimmers emerge.
Tonight I've received an email from Mike Hamzij to say that Scarce Chaser is just starting to emerge on the Avon at Whaddon, Trowbridge. Another new one for the year. Also there were some Red-eyed Damselflies. Mike's fabulous pic attached.
The Broad-bodied Chasers had coloured up and there were 3 males patrolling when the sun came out, plus one female ovipositing.
Finally there were at least 6 teneral Black-tailed Skimmers hiding amongst the grasses and rushes, my first of the year. Shouldn't be long before Emperors are in evidence too...
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
I visited Landford Heath SSSI on Monday to see if Downy Emeralds were out yet - and they were, 4 of them! Plus two on a neighbouring farmers pond. I managed to obtain some very poor in-flight shots. It was so hot [29degC] that they hardly paused to hover in small bays as they usually do!
Also present were three teneral Keeled Skimmers, first for the year and possibly now the only site for them in Wiltshire. I will check out Shearwater in a few weeks to see if they are hanging on there.
also present at Landford were: Broad-bodied Chaser; Large Red, Azure, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Just received a report from Steve Davies of a male Downy Emerald at Swillbrook Lakes on Sunday 9th May. It was sheltering from the cold wind and overcast on the security fencing between the reserve and the Lower Mill developement. He managed a superb shot of it too!
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Terry Dabner also sent me a record of 3 BB Chasers he saw at Somerford Common today.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
I found my first Blue-tailed Damselfly today at the Semington Bypass balancing ponds just south of Melksham. I could only find the one which was an immature female of the C-type [as described in Dijkstra and Lewington].
This brings the tally to 2 species, but still no dragonflies yet even though 4-spot and Broad-bodied Chaser and Hairy Dragonfly have been seen in other counties!
Friday, 23 April 2010
Both Damian Pinguey and Rob Turner have now joined the exclusive club of 2010 odonata reporters ;o)
Rob found 3 tenerals at Swillbrook Lakes in the CWP today and Damians sighting was at the pond in Chippenham behind the Volvo garage. [Damians great shot illustrates this post].
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Hot on the heels of Wayne Clinch's first county sighting for the year of an odonata in Swindon the other day, I found another Large Red Damselfly [my first for theyear]. This is the first odonata for South Wilts, VC8 as it was at the pond in Blackmoor Copse WWT reserve.
Monday, 19 April 2010
The first odonata of the year in Wiltshire was reported today by Wayne Clinch. He found a teneral Large Red Damselfly on the North Wilts Canal at Mouldon Hill Country Park in Swindon. He also managed to photograph it for good measure!
If this warm spell continues [which it seems set to do for a few days at least] then more should be found at other sites around the county; with other species, hopefully, following hot on it's heels.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Firstly, just to recap on last year; 25 species were seen [in order of first sighting]:
Large Red Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Small Red-eyed Damselfly
Common Emerald Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly
The interesting thing to be discovered this year is whether the weather we are currently experiencing will have any adverse effect on our odonata fauna. Most species have adapted long ago to the prolonged cold and snow we are having - it is us who have short memories and forget this used to be the 'norm' not many years ago!
It is how the more recent colonisers will respond which will be facinating to find out.
This year is the International Year of Biodiversity and I am hoping to organise some guided dragonfly walks across Wiltshire to showcase how comparatively rich we are [within a UK context] in odonata. Once I have dates/venues confirmed I will post them here. First provisional date may be May 22nd at Lower Moor Farm. I hope it will look a little different then to how it looks now [see above]!!
A Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year to you all:o))