With the Yorkshire Odonata season now into its fourth week, it is fair to say it has been a bit of slow start. However, each site across the county is variable on the date species are first recorded.
Wednesday morning saw me team up with Paul Ashton at Broomfleet Washlands, East Yorkshire, with the target being Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense, which upon arrival had not being recorded in Yorkshire during 2014. Leven Canal from past recording holds higher numbers, but being a site with deeper water, the chances are, given the recent weather, a search for the species would be probably be fruitless.
With a cold westerly wind and grey skies, things didn’t bode well, but with two pairs of eyes, and some friendly competition, it became a spotting contest that found five exuviae – proof that Hairy Dragonflies are now on the wing.
Despite the cool conditions, a good total of damselflies were noted.
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula were recorded in good number, along with a few Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, whilst the signature Washlands species – Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum – was more than abundant. Careful scrutiny also revealed the presence of single Azure Damselfly C. puella and three Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum.
A superb morning out, more pictures can be seen on Paul Ashton’s site, whilst the latest Odonata sightings can be found by clicking here.