The new month kicked off with the welcome presence of 3 emerging Emperor Dragonflies, together with 3 Large Red Damselflies, at a pond on the Estate on the 2nd. Large Red is a curiously sporadic species at the Bay, but it was seen ovipositing at the same site last year, so this was a particularly encouraging piece of news. 43 Emperor exuviae were counted on the 5th, at least two of which contained dead adults that had failed to make it in the cold temperatures, but it remained cool and discouraging with little of note until in a brief window of watery sunshine on the 14th two Scarce Chasers were on the wing along the Delf Stream, with a solitary female Red-eyed Damselfly nearby.
Gradually warmer conditions near the end of the month did improve things a touch and on the 27th, in addition to the first Red-eyed Damselflies on the Estate, a male Banded Demoiselle was fluttering along the edge of the North Stream.
It took the Warden's holiday for the sun to come out on 30th, along with the Dragons! An amazing 25+ Red-Veined Darters were seen over Restharrow Scrape, including three pairs in tandem, ovipositing. 8 Red-Eyed Damselflies, including 2 ovipositing pairs were also seen on the 30th, and Broad-Bodied Chasers were evident in several sites. The first Black-Tailed Skimmer for the year was recorded on the Estate and 4 Banded Demoiselles were seen on the North Stream.