September and October Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2015 season is 25

Common Club-tail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)

Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)
White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)

A late record was from David Spencer who found a male Migrant Hawker at Butchersfield Tip (68U SJ676887) on the Manchester Ship Canal.

Paul Brewster found a couple of Migrant Hawker on the Weaver at Vale Royal (66P SJ640705) today.

A single Migrant Hawker was flying at Newchurch Common (66E SJ607690) when Paul Brewster visited..

From Woolston Eyes (68P SJ649882) Brian Baird reports a single male Common Darter and a battered and waterlogged male Brown Hawker that he rescued a left on a tree to dry out.

Male Brown Hawker in trouble at Woolston Eyes 15.10.15. Photo © B Baird

After a morning of heavy rain it was still dull when I spotted a female Migrant Hawker feeding at Middlewood (98M SJ945844).

An unexpected sighting this morning when David Norman found a male Common Hawker in the mist nets whilst bird ringing at Oxmoor LNR (58M SJ559841). This is the only record received for this species in Cheshire during 2015.

Male Common Hawker at Oxmoor LNR 1.10.15. Photo © D Norman

At Woolston Eyes (68U SJ669887) today Brian Baird saw Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, and a single male Ruddy Darter.

A walk around Higher Poynton (98M SJ946845) yielded just a single Brown Hawker and Common Darter today.

Andrew Goodwin found a few Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly, and Blue-tailed Damselfly at Warmingham Flash (76B SJ718624).

There were Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, and Common Darter at Pickmere ( 67Y SJ682768)reports Alan Redley

Male Southern Hawker at Anderton 12.9.15. Photo © A Redley

At Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651751) today Alan Redley saw a solitary male Southern Hawker.

Male Migrant Hawker at Woolston Eyes 9.9.15. Photo © B Baird

Brian Baird reports a couple of Migrant Hawker and also Common Darter at Woolston Eyes (68P SJ653880).

Male Ruddy Darter at Billinge Green 7.9.15. Photo © A Redley

Chris Storey was at Tatton Park (78L SJ754820) today where he recorded ten species. Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter, Banded Demoiselle, Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Male Common Darter at Tatton Park 8..9.15. Photo © C Storey

On a visit to Billinge Green Flash (67V SJ682713) Alan Redley spotted Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, and Ruddy Darter. Meanwhile I saw a single male Southern Hawker on the woodland edge at Middlewood (98M SJ947847).

Male Migrant Hawker at Billinge Green 7.9.15. Photo © A Redley

If you have made any Odonata observations in Cheshire and would like to share them with others or wish to take part in the recording scheme please email me. Good quality photographs of Cheshire Odonata for use on the news pages are also very welcome.

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