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Norfolk Dragon/Damselflies reports/news (1 Viewer)

firstreesjohn

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There shouldn't be any of these within a good 100 miles.

If it was on its own in the breeding season, this would be a Cordulegaster disaster.
 

HarassedDad

Norfolk County Butterfly Recorder
In fact the continent's closer than uk habitat for boltonii...
And everything else was coming over on the 17th.
Interesting.
 

Lightthiscandle

David Bryant
Willow Emeralds

Two in their usual ditch at Strumpshaw today, as well as Brown, Southern and Migrant Hawker. Still plenty of Scarce Chasers along Lackford Run. Emperors still patrolling at the pool-side café at the business park...
 

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Lightthiscandle

David Bryant
One that, possibly, got away!

An early start at Upton Fen with Norman & Brian was pleasantly productive, with good views of the usual odonata (hundreds of Brown Hawkers, a few Emperors and Southerns, Common & Ruddy Darters, B T Skimmer etc) as well as good numbers of freshly-emerged Migrant Hawkers.

A stroll along the raised wall produced Wall Brown and a very tatty Painted Lady, as well as a delightful adult Crane.

Walking back to the carpark, we noticed a very large, very dark dragonfly with bright yellow rings all the along its body. Sadly, it didn't settle, whizzing past and away at high speed....
 

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StewB

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There were three small red-eyed damsels on Thorpe Marriott pond at midday today, the third year in succession I've recorded them there.

Stew
 

Stratton Birder

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Was pleased to come across a group of around 10 male Small Red-eyed Damselflies at a large wildlife pond at Thurne, east Norfolk on Monday. How common and widespread is this species in Norfolk these days? I don't come across them very often myself.
Also of interest was a male Black-tailed Skimmer which caught a damselfly (not a Small Red-eyed fortunately) and consumed the whole thing in less than five minutes!
 
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PYRTLE

Old Berkshire Boy
2 male red veined darters still at Kelling Meadows yesterday. Keeled skimmers, not many, down in the bog at Holt Lowes.
 

peteh

Well-known member
Hi,
I will be over next week for a holiday and am hoping to look for some Dragon/damselflies.
My only problem is I will be walking my dog at the same time (on the lead at all times as I cant trust the little pig) so this means every NWT reserve is out of bounds but can any tell me where would be good to look?
Ill be staying near Sheringham but nowhere is out of bounds in Norfolk really. So far on my dog friendly hit list are:

Winterton dunes (will the Southern Emeralds still be about next week?)
Holt Lowes

Anywhere that small red-eyed, red-eyed or Broad Bodied chaser are possible would be really great too

Thanks
 

James Emerson

Norwich Birder
If you are going to Holt Lowes then call in at the pond in the country park for Broad-bodied Chasers (getting towards the end of the flight season though?).

Felbrigg Hall lake has Small Red-eyed Damselflies.

If you visit the Norwich area then there is a stretch of the River Yare at Eaton with Willow Emerald that you could visit with a dog (car park is north of Eaton Street).

Nearby there are Red-eyed Damselflies at Whitlingham C.P. - a small population on the broad itself and some on the river, usually on water lily pads. I have attached a map with red dots to show the approximate locations. Note that you should be able to see them but they are hard to photograph (and I'm sure someone has a better site closer to Sheringham!). At the weekend there was still a Norfolk Hawker out at Thorpe Marsh, so you may catch one of those too.

Good luck,
James

Hi,
I will be over next week for a holiday and am hoping to look for some Dragon/damselflies.
My only problem is I will be walking my dog at the same time (on the lead at all times as I cant trust the little pig) so this means every NWT reserve is out of bounds but can any tell me where would be good to look?
Ill be staying near Sheringham but nowhere is out of bounds in Norfolk really. So far on my dog friendly hit list are:

Winterton dunes (will the Southern Emeralds still be about next week?)
Holt Lowes

Anywhere that small red-eyed, red-eyed or Broad Bodied chaser are possible would be really great too

Thanks
 

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JCL

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Hi,
I will be over next week for a holiday and am hoping to look for some Dragon/damselflies.
My only problem is I will be walking my dog at the same time (on the lead at all times as I cant trust the little pig) so this means every NWT reserve is out of bounds but can any tell me where would be good to look?
Ill be staying near Sheringham but nowhere is out of bounds in Norfolk really. So far on my dog friendly hit list are:

Winterton dunes (will the Southern Emeralds still be about next week?)
Holt Lowes

Anywhere that small red-eyed, red-eyed or Broad Bodied chaser are possible would be really great too

Thanks

Small red-eyed damsels on the river in the garden of the riverside pub in Costessey (pub name begins with B).

James
 

Happisbirder

Always looking, seldom finding...
Hi,
I will be over next week for a holiday and am hoping to look for some Dragon/damselflies.
My only problem is I will be walking my dog at the same time (on the lead at all times as I cant trust the little pig) so this means every NWT reserve is out of bounds but can any tell me where would be good to look?
Ill be staying near Sheringham but nowhere is out of bounds in Norfolk really. So far on my dog friendly hit list are:

Winterton dunes (will the Southern Emeralds still be about next week?)
Holt Lowes


Anywhere that small red-eyed, red-eyed or Broad Bodied chaser are possible would be really great too

Thanks

Just a word of caution from a fellow dog owner, both of these sites hold good populations of Adders...

Atb,

James
 

ChrisBish

Well-known member
Small red-eyed damsels on the river in the garden of the riverside pub in Costessey (pub name begins with B).

James

I hold out hope that they may yet discover my garden pond then!!!
Last year there were absolutely loads of Small Red-eyes at Queens Hills, but I haven't looked this year yet...
 

JCL

Well-known member
I hold out hope that they may yet discover my garden pond then!!!
Last year there were absolutely loads of Small Red-eyes at Queens Hills, but I haven't looked this year yet...

Chris

Does this mean the site is new? If so, it was a good (if random) beer stop before we moved up from London into our new house down the road in New Costessey. Hope to meet some of you when out and about.

cheers

James
 

ChrisBish

Well-known member
Chris

Does this mean the site is new? If so, it was a good (if random) beer stop before we moved up from London into our new house down the road in New Costessey. Hope to meet some of you when out and about.

cheers

James

Don't know James, I haven't heard of them there but that doesn't mean they haven't been recorded there previously. Significantly for me, I live between the pub and Queens Hills, so it's possible they may find my garden at some point. At 16 species, I'm not sure if there are many other possible new ones left...
 

peteh

Well-known member
Just a word of caution from a fellow dog owner, both of these sites hold good populations of Adders...

Atb,

James

Thanks. I will be keeping her on a close lead and on the paths that I will be on so hopefully that will be enough to keep her away from Adders!
 

postcardcv

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I think had small red-eyed damselfly at Felbrigg in the week, did I get the ID right?
 

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