Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A Record Record and a Record of Records

Earliest ever record of Migrant Hawker today for the DragonHunter, with a male foraging over the river as it bends around Kite Hill. Never had a July record before, beating my previous early record for the species (of 8th August) by a massive 14 days.

Also at Kibblesworth today it was reported that the first Ruddy Darter of the year was on the wing, along with Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-Spotted Chaser, Common Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies, Emerald, Common Blue and Blue-tailed damsels.

All of which means that of the regular 16 species recorded in Gateshead, only Black Darter is yet to make an appearance, and my total is up to 13 for the summer, 11 of which have been photographed. 

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