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Old Wednesday 9th August 2017, 20:22   #1
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Dragonflies 2017

I know that there is still plenty of life left in this year's dragonfly season but barring anything special (and I'm still optimistic about Willow Emeralds) I've probably seen all the species in the county that I'm going to. Overall it's been a good year with many of the species emerging earlier than usual and often in good numbers. My species total is higher than last year but I have tailored my visits to likely sites at a more optimum time for insect watching. All my species lists include stuff seen only in the modern county of Northamptonshire and so the Variable Damsels at Maxey don't feature.

I'm listing the species in the order that I saw them and in addition giving the first date on which they were recorded. This year I managed to photograph all but one of the species, the camera shy one being Hairy Dragonfly. Next year I'm really going to have to stake out a likely site and stay there until one poses!

1/ Large Red Damsel. One kicked off the season on the 19th of April when a female was seen near to Corby Sewage Works.

2/ Banded Demoiselle. First recorded near Oundle on the 7th of May.

3/ Hairy Dragonfly. Another species, one of five, first seen near Oundle on the 7th of May.

4/ Red-eyed Damsel. Noted at Barnwell Country Park 7th of May.

5/ Blue-tailed Damsel. Barnwell CP 7th of May.

6/ Common Blue Damsel. Barnwell CP 7th of May.
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Old Wednesday 9th August 2017, 20:30   #2
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The second batch.

7/ Azure Damsel. Priors Hall 14th of May.

8/ Four-spotted Chaser. Priors Hall 14th of May.

9/ Scarce Chaser. Oundle 17th of May. A male at Deene Lake was also noteworthy as my first one away from the Nene.

10/White-legged Damsel. Gretton Weir 28th of May. A good year for this species with sightings at eight sites.

11/ Beautiful Demoiselle. Brampton Fisheries 1st of June.
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Old Wednesday 9th August 2017, 20:37   #3
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Yet more...

12/Emperor. Southwood, Corby 7th of June.

13/ Black-tailed Skimmer. Oundle 12th of June.

14/ Broad-bodied Chaser. Harry's Park Wood 17th of June.

15/ Southern Hawker. Harry's Park Wood 17th of June.

16/ Small Red-eyed Damsel. Weldon 21st of June. Another species seemingly doing well with records from four sites.
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Old Wednesday 9th August 2017, 20:47   #4
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The last batch (though plenty of room left for those Willow Emeralds!)

17/ Ruddy Darter. Near Deenethorpe 25th of June.

18/ Common Darter. Priors Hall 25th of June.

19/ Emerald Damsel. Priors Hall 25th of June.

20/ Brown Hawker. Brookfield Plantation, Corby 2nd of July.

21/ Migrant Hawker. Near Deenethorpe Airfield 30th of July.

You know I can't do one of these review type thingies without making a mistake, in the last post I put a picture of a Brown Hawker instead of a Broad-bodied Chaser, I've swapped them around here. Sorry about that!
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Old Thursday 24th August 2017, 21:28   #5
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Our county recorder has found the first Willow Emerald of the year at Finedon today so perhaps number 22 may yet make it on to the list. Here's hoping!

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Old Friday 25th August 2017, 20:46   #6
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Dipped on the Willows at Finedon today but the county recorder saw five, some lovely photos on the Northants Dragonflies site.

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Old Thursday 31st August 2017, 19:54   #7
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Ladies and gentlemen I present for your perusal number 22.

22/ Willow Emerald. Finedon Pocket Park 31st of August. On only my second visit a friend and I found a single example within about two minutes of getting there. Given that it flew off after about five minutes and could not be refound I think that we should consider ourselves lucky. A new species and in the county too, not a bad afternoon!

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Old Tuesday 19th September 2017, 20:31   #8
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Generally speaking my camera normally doesn't allow me to capture any flight shots but over the last couple of days I've managed a few pictures of those late season staples Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

James.
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Old Monday 2nd October 2017, 20:17   #9
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A pleasant surprise today with the discovery of a male Banded Demoiselle at Weldon, my latest ever.

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Old Friday 6th October 2017, 19:35   #10
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A quick update on the Banded Demoiselle situation, at least one and probably two males and a female at Weldon this afternoon.

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Old Sunday 15th October 2017, 21:29   #11
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An update on the Banded situation at Weldon, two males and a female this afternoon. Not sure how late this stands nationally but it's pretty late for me.

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Old Monday 16th October 2017, 08:54   #12
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nice to see british dragons again. I,ve been away quite a few years, thanks.
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Thanks patkin, I'm sure there are some cracking dragons to look at in Australia but here's a few more images from this year to stir up a few more memories.

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Old Tuesday 31st October 2017, 20:43   #14
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It looks as if we're a couple of Common Darter sightings away from season's end so I thought that I would finish with my favourite picture from the year.

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Old Sunday 19th November 2017, 18:32   #15
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This season keeps on giving and giving with 15 Common Darters showing at Priors Hall near Weldon on the 19th of November.

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Old Monday 20th November 2017, 06:50   #16
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I'll add to that with news of a Southern Hawker ovipositing, while a male flew nearby in a wood in Hampshire on 15th November, never seen this species as late as that.
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That's an excellent record, I think the BDS might like to know.

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Old Tuesday 21st November 2017, 07:01   #18
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That's an excellent record, I think the BDS might like to know.

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They will as soon as I get myself sorted out, got a relatively rubbish photo of it too.
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I'm sure they will appreciate it, and any photo of a hawker's a challenge, many of mine don't even qualify for rubbish!

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