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This page will be updated on a daily basis, to provide a convenient news service to scarce & rare birds found within the County Nottinghamshire.

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Records of more common species are still very important, but should preferably be submitted to the county Recorder Andy Hall. These records will then be added to the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers data-base, to be included in the monthly Newsletter and Annual Reports.

None of these reports have been verified or checked by the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers' Records Committee.

Records of certain species will not appear here during the breeding season - but please send in your reports regardless.


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Thursday 31st July

Collingham Pits - Black-tailed Godwit [this evening at on Mons Pool] also 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Grey Wagtail.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Yellow-legged Gull [moulting adult, Tween/Clifton Pit 18.00] and Black-tailed Godwit [Beeston Marsh, 20.00].

South Muskham - 2 Scaup [Juveniles on the lake next to A616] also Curlew high north-west and 2 Hobby.

Barton-in-Fabis - 15 Yellow Wagtail [feeding under cattle on riverside fields] also Common Sandpiper.

Wednesday 30th July

Hoveringham - Pied Flycatcher [briefly tonight 21.15. It was along a footpath off Gonalston Lane]

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Garganey [still Clifton Pit from Tower hide, 14.00].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single bird 13.00 - 13.08].

Collingham Lakes -1 Common Scoter [1st summer drake on Ferry Lane Lake, 10.50].

Besthorpe NWT - 1 Common Snipe, 1 Turtle Dove [Meering], 1 Mandarin Duck [female], 1 Common Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper [Mons Poo].l

Tuesday 29th July

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Ruff [flying with a group of c.30 lapwing] and 4 Green Sandpiper on silt lagoon 5.

Collingham Pits - 11+ Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sands, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Stragglethorpe - Nightingale [near Holme Pierrepont, in hedge 100yds from A52 junction].

Bentinck Pit Top - 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Snipe

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Garganey [still Clifton Pit from Tower hide this morning], also single Goosander, Wigeon, Common Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher.

Beeston Canal - 2 Mandarin [at Canalside, Beeston 0 6:30 this morning].

Monday 28th July

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 22 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Ruff [Chainbridge Scrape still present this evening].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [Single female, at 12.40pm].

Sunday 27th July

Newington - 27 Little Egret [arrived onto the near duck pond on Hagg Lane, just after 15.00, although numbers had reduced by half later], also Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail and 2 Redlegged Partridge [Slaynes Lane].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 22 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Ruff [Chainbridge Scrape this evening].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [Male, at 11.30 and 15.35].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Black-tailed Godwit [circled Clifton Pit this morning then flew east], 2 Garganey [Clifton Pit, from Tower hide] and Common Scoter [female on Coneries 20.00].

Holme Pierrepont - 4 Black-tailed Godwit [flew east thru A52 Pit at 09.55].

Saturday 26th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Garganey [Clifton Pit, from Tower hide on spit, 19.08], Mediterranean Gull [Juv, on Church Pond, 20.52].

Elkesley - Wood Warbler [passed through private garden at 18.45], also Hobby over.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [Male, showing well & circling over road being mobbed by a Hobby and 3 Raven].

Bawtry - Mediterranean Gull [Gainsborough Rd, adult flying north over IdleWashlands at mid-day].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Bittern [was seen again, flying from the same fringe of reed next to the dipping platform and into silt lagoon].

Friday 25th July

Holme Pierrepont - Little Gull [A52 Pit, 19.40]

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper and 4 Common Sandpiper

Langford Lowfields RSPB - 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Little Egret & a female Common Pochard with 5 ducklings.

West Bridgford - Hobby [flying east over Eltham Road, 21.00].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [9.00am]

Thursday 24th July

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Whimbrel [on silt lagoon 5].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 3 Honey Buzzard [10.20 - 12.15].

Wednesday 23rd July

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Sanderling [9:55am, Tiln North, Restoration Area]

Bestwood Mill Lakes - Common Scoter [female/juv]

Newark sugar factory - 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Buzzard.

Collingham Lakes - 1 Hobby, 2 Eurasian Curlew [Silt Pond]

Besthorpe NWT - Common Sandpiper and Turtle Dove [ Meering], Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper & 2 Turtle Dove [Mons Pool]

Farnsfield - Hobby [hunting over fields either side of cocketts lane].

Lambley - Hobby [over Spring Lane].

South Muskham - Peregrine.

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Greenshank [heard calling from Beach Hut].

Tuesday 22nd July

Skegby - Quail [male, singing for 15mins this morning from 06.00 and then again this evening at 21.20, Park on Buttery Lane, take Skegby Trail & listen from 2nd bench towards Pleasley].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Bittern [flew from reed fringe below Beach Hut into the northern most silt lagoon]. Yellow-legged Gull [silt lagoon 5, with 32 LBB this afternoon].

Collingham Pits - Turtle Dove [3 purring birds this evening], also single Common and Green Sandpiper.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 1 Honey Buzzard [10.45 - 11.15am].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 + Little Egret, 1 Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 juv Black-necked Grebe and 6+ Common Tern.

Monday 21st July

Holme Pierrepont - Mediterranean Gull [Juv, on the A52 Pit this evening].

Besthorpe NWT - Turtle Dove [South of Trent Lane, at Mons Pool this evening], 1 Dunlin, 7 Green & 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 5 oycs and 1 kingfisher.

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Bittern [flew from reed fringe below Beach Hut into silt lagoon this afternoon].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 3 Honey Buzzard [2 Males and a female at 11.30am].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Common Sandpiper and Hobby.

Eakring - Hobby [over the A614].

Idle Vally Nature Reserve - Caspian Gull [adult, Neatholme Fen], Turtle Dove [Pair with 2 fledged juveniles on wires], 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover 3 Little Egret and 1 Yellow-legged Gull all Neatholme Fen. First-summer male Marsh Harrier hunting [Neatholme Scrape]. 3 Ruff [Walters Lane Pit].

Sunday 20th July

Budby Common - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Misson - Spotted Flycatcher [in village gardens, off Slaynes Lane].

Idle Vally Nature Reserve - Common Redstart [at end of PRW through the willows, PRW starts by river opposite Eastern end of N/holme lane].

Newington Flash - Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret.

Brierley Branch trail - Hobby [harassing 30 plus barn swallow], Willow Tit [one, possibly two calling], Green Woodpecker, Lapwing, Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

Clifton Grove - Common Redstart [moulting male, briefly in the Rough Wood 17.00], 4 Tawny Owl [adult and 3 Juvs near Barton Flash], and 3 Little Owl in the area.

Stanford-on-Soar - Common Redstart [female/immature calling from a small hawthorn on the slope of Fox Hill down to the river, grid ref 538222 and another unseen bird answering it nearby], Willow Tit also heard at the same location.

Saturday 19th July

Vicker Water Country Park - Red Kite over at 16.25.

Clifton Grove - Common Shelduck [ juv Beeston Weir, 08.30], Red-crested Pochard [female on Holme Pit, 08.00] and 3 Little Owl in the area.

Barton-in-Fabis - Barnacle Goose [2, of feral origin with greylags near Barton Island], 3 Yellow Wagtail and Green Sandpiper, Cottages Flash.

Holme Pierrepont - Whimbrel [2, flew south/west thru A52 Pit this morning].

Friday 18th July

Collingham Pits - 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 37 LBB Gull, 2 Common Gull and Little Owl.

Farnsfield - Turtle Dove [on wires along cocketts lane] also Yellow Wagtail.

Misson - Whinchat [male], 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 16 Grey Partridge.

Idle Washlands SSSI Unit 2 - [off Slaynes Lane] 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Green sandpiper, 5 Common Snipe & 2 Little Egret.

Newington - Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank & 3 little egret [Hagg Lane flash].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Black-necked Grebe [Juv, again on Neatholme Scrape this afternoon].

Thursday 17th July

Misson - Pectoral Sandpiper [Slaynes Lane Quarry mid afternoon, but no sign early evening] also 2 Whinchat.

Newington - Avocet [Newington Flash off Hagg Lane].

Besthorpe NWT - 2 Turtle Dove, 5 Green Sandpiper and 6 Common Sandpiper, initially party in flight [all Mons Pool]. Turtle Dove and Common Kingfisher [Meering].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [Male, 9.10 - 9.40am].

Ratcliffe-on-Soar - 3 Peregrine [adult and 2 Juveniles around the cooling towers].

Gringley -Hobby [hunting Swallows and Martins on Middlebridge Lane just over canal bridge approx. 8.00PM], Little Owl [on top of telegraph pole on Middlebridge lane opposite barns approx, 9.15PM].

Wednesday 16th July

Hucknall - Nightjar [ again feeding over the hills, near Misk Farm at dusk].

Calverton - Hobby [over fields behind Springwater Chinese Restaurant].

Tuesday 15th July

Bennerley Marsh - Wood Sandpiper

Hucknall - Nightjar [ feeding over the hills, near Misk Farm at dusk.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [ The Juvenile bird again behind Kingfisher hide at 16.00].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [again at 13.00].

Barton-in-Fabis - Corn Bunting [two singing males along Barton Lane early evening].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Black-necked Grebe [Juvenile, on Neatholme Scrape], 2 Ruff [summer plumaged birds, Walters Lane Pit], 2 Ruff, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Little Egret and 5 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen], Marsh Harrier [First summer male], 3 Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Oystercatcher [Tiln North, Restoration Area].

Monday 14th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [Juvenile, on posts behind Kingfisher Hide], 6 Common Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher [all Beeston Pond], Hobby over, and 16 Black-tailed Godwit reported this evening.

Clifton Grove - Red Kite [over fields near the river, at rear of Holme Pit 19.40].

Sunday 13th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ruff [seven on Works pond, briefly this afternoon] also 5 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper.

Barton-in-Fabis - Red Kite [Drifted slowly over Branshill towards the A453 at around 20.15], also 2 Green Sandpiper on Cottages Flash.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Marsh Harrier [ first-summer male again Tiln North, Restoration Area], Common Sandpiper [Neatholme Scrape at north end], Ruff [Neatholme Fen] also 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, 7 Wigeon, 12 Teal and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Newington - Glossy Ibis [on far bank of Newington Flash off Hagg Lane 5am then flew over bank towards River Idle, then again at 12.30 but no sign late evening], also 2 Black-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper.

Girton - Turtle Dove.

Clipstone Forest - Turtle Dove this morning.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [ west of Monument at 12.30].

Saturday 12th July

Collingham Pits - Scaup [Drake, again present on Ferry Lane Lake].

Newington - Glossy Ibis [Hagg Lane,still mid-morning, but Negative news late afternoon].

Misson - 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern [Slaynes Lane] and Little Owl and Spotted Flycatcher on wires at 'The Cottage'.

Cromwell - Hobby [flew east over A1 near Cromwell early PM].

Gringley Carr - Cuckoo, singing Corn Bunting & Yellow Wagtail's on wires. Adult Yellow-Legged Gull in gull flock on fields.

Papplewick - Grasshopper warbler [Reeling in a field off Forest Lane].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [ flew over Welbeck Abbey 11.35].

Friday 11th July

Newington - Wood Sandpiper [Still by Hagg Lane this morning].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [2 this morning, west of monument].

Farnsfield - Turtle Dove [Present since Tuesday, on private land off cocketts lane purring on telephone wires].

Budby South Forest - 4 Crossbill, Hobby, several Tree Pipits & Curlew over.

Thursday 10th July

Newington - Glossy Ibis [Hagg Lane, flew off high around 20.00], Also Wood Sandpiper still present.

Collingham Pits - Scaup [Drake, Present this evening on Ferry Lane Lake], 2 Green Sandpiper, Turtle Dove and Hobby.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Adult Mediterranean Gull [east over Tiln Noth].

Newington - 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Little Egret. Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Barn Owl, Little Owl [Slaynes Lane].

Newark sugar Beet factory - 10 green sandpiper.

Calverton - Hobby [hunting over Springwater sewage plant at 17:55].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [ flew over Welbeck Abbey 12.30].

Wednesday 9th July

Besthorpe NWT - 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Dove [Mons Pool].

Collingham Lakes - Eurasian Curlew [Silt Pond].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Ruff [3, Walters Lane Pit], Marsh Harrier [first-summer male], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, and 1 Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North, Restoration Area], 10 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper and Redshank [Neatholme Fen].

Tuesday 8th July

Newington - Wood Sandpiper [Hagg Lane at 19.00, then flushed by low flying jet].

Monday 7th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [briefly on Tween, this evening] 3 Little Ringed Plover and Green Sandpiper [Church Pond].

Langar - Northern Wheatear.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Green Sandpiper Neatholme Fen]. Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe and 2 Turtle Dove [Walters Lane Pit].

Sunday 6th July

Hickling - 2 Red Kite over.

Clipstone Forest - Turtle Dove [purring from pylon in South section, near Rainworth Water], Tree Pipit and Siskin.

Clifton Grove - Cuckoo [calling from Branshill], and 4 Little Owl [1 adult, 3 Juv's].

Idle Washlands - [Hagg Lane] Green & Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 7 Little Egret.

Saturday 5th July

Collingham Pits - female Garganey and 6 Green Sandpiper.

Idle Washlands - 11 Little Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 12 Ringed Plover and 2 Sandwich Tern through.

Kinoulton - Turtle Dove [along the Hickling side of the Grantham canal this morning].

Friday 4th July

Newington - 9 Little Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank.

Grove - Spotted Flycatcher in the churchyard this afternoon.

Thursday 3rd July

Clifton Grove - Cuckoo [Calling male, flew low over Branshill towards Branshill Woods], 7 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Little Owl [1 adult and 4 Juv's].

Wednesday 2nd July

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - An eclipse male Blue-winged Teal was located at 8:50am at [Tiln North, Restoration Area] and watched until 9:30am when it flew and was not relocated despite extensive searching of the site. Although in eclipse plumage it still showed the white crescent/blaze on the face, the blue fore wing and green speculum patch, an all dark bill and the distinctive white rear flank patches near the under tail.

Up to 8 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret and 2 Common Tern [Neatholme Fen], Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Scrape] and single Hobby [Blaco].

clipstone forest - Single Red Kite [drifted west], 2 Common Crossbill, 6 Common Buzzard

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ringed Plover [Wheatear Field].

Clifton Grove - 3 Little Egret [over towards Beestone Weir] and Little Owl.

Tuesday 1st July

Besthorpe NWT - [Mons Pool] 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper and 1 Turtle Dove.

Collingham Pits - adult Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Green Sands, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 purring Turtle Dove.

Newington - 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Little Egret, 19 Ringed Plover and 16 Pied Wagtail this evening.




Many thanks to:

Graham Beeley, Nigel Bosworth, Phil Burnham, Carl Cornish,Alan Clewes, Nick Crouch, Robin Brace, Paul Buxton, Paul Chalesworth, Steve Doxey, Les Fisher, Mike Leatherland, Andy Mason, Nigel Mil, Cameron Moody, Paul Morris, Simon Roberts, Martin Russell, Alan Scrimshaw, Mick Tring, Chris Tyler, Lillian Walker, Mark Wilde, John Wilson, Laura van Weyenbergh.

Lound Bird Club, Langford Lowfields RSPB.



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