Again I have had limited opportunities to search for them this summer due to work commitments but here is the dates and records, when I focussed directly on dragonfly/damselfly observations...
|Male common hawker|
|Female common hawker|
July was very busy work wise but I managed a few trips out in August starting with a day on the isle of Ulva on the 14th. My first record was a male black darter basking on the track and shortly after it a female common hawker on the wing. A male and a female common hawker followed it along with a large red damselfly. (16 degrees, overcast).
On the 24th August a day off in the sunshine as I headed down to Carsiag on the south coast of the island to cover the wildlife along that stretch from 1pm - 6pm. The first record was a dead female azure hawker on the path which is a nice record for the isle as far as I know. Other records on the day were golden-ringed, common hawker (m) and common darker (m). It was an amazing sight at about 5pm to see a common hawker in hunting mode in pursuit of flies on the wing and the speed and agility was just sensational as it caught its food source with minimum effort. (20 degrees, sunshine).
|Male common hawker choosing my leg as a basking site|
A couple of trips to the south side of the island in early September rewarded me with good numbers of common hawkers very active in hunting mode. On the 7th I recorded eighteen individuals and on the 10th I recorded six.
I have sent all these records to the BSC (British Dragonfly Society) to contribute to their ongoing sightings database - http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/.