Monday, 8 June 2020

Red-veined Darters

Red-veined Darter - newly emerged female (thank you to Dave Smallshire). At least 2, probably 3 found locally this afternoon. I've seen tonnes of these abroad but never seen them in the UK, being a new-comer to the world of dragons and damsels and all that.
Some late migration on Orcombe Point this morning with 1 Wheatear, and a singing Reed Warbler recorded. Also 3 Canada Goose and 3 Mute Swan on the move.
Off Mudbank - 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Whimbrel and 210+ Black-headed Gull.

Immature male Red-veined Darter.

Little Emerald

A late Wheatear on Orcombe Point this morning.

Common White Wave

An 18-strong flock of Crossbill over Blackhill Quarry. A further 5 were seen on Lympstone Common.

Mottled Beauty

Black-tailed Skimmer with prey.


  1. Excellent shots of the RV Darter, Matt & well done on your first UK record. Last year was an excellent one for this species but have had no London records yet this year. Have seen a fair number here locally over the years.

    Smart Mottled Beauty.

  2. Hi Neil - thank you. Was really pleased to see them. Saw four today - my gut feeling is that they're locally-bred but apparently they disperse shortly after emerging so difficult to prove. Think they're stunning insects - just love the subtle combination of colours - very difficult to spot at rest. All the best. Matt