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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.

The Sightings page and @Nottsbirders Twitter feed are intended to alert birders to scarcer species that they might be interested in seeing within the County.

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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Species shown in Blue on this page are species with less than 70 birds recorded in Nottinghamshire since 1970. Bold Red are species with less than 20 records annually and Red are species of interest.

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204 Species recorded so far in 2016. Full List Here


Sunday 31st July

Bestwood - Common Sandpiper [Mill Lakes, 17:10].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Ruff [Chainbridge Scrape, 12:30], Turtle Dove [on wires Neatholme Lane], Ruff and 4 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen].

Clumber Park - Tree Pipit and single Common Crossbill over.

Besthorpe NWT - Wood Sandpiper [Still present on Mons Pool, early afternoon].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [flew south along the river at Hagg Lane Flash, 11:40].

Bennerley Marsh - 50 Lapwing.

Barton in Fabis - 2 Raven [over Branshill Wood, 10:05], Dunlin and 4 Juv Little Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash, late afternoon] and 3 Yellow Wagtail [riverside fields].

Nuthall - Raven [circling south/east then back north/west, this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - Wood Sandpiper [still on Blotts Pit, this morning].

Saturday 30th July

Barton in Fabis - 15+Yellow Wagtail [feeding under cattle on riverside fields], Dunlin and 6 Little Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash, 19:00 - 21:00].

Besthorpe NWT - Great White Egret [ Juv, on the eastern side of Mons Pool, 15:44 at least], Mediterranean Gull [Juv, flew South through Mons Pool at 14:00] and Wood Sandpiper [still on Mons Pool, late morning].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Great White Egret [ Juv, Silt Lagoon 5, viewed from public footpath early afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - Wood Sandpiper [still on Blotts Pit, 13:00 at least] Also 15 Black-tailed Godwit [circled Blotts then flew south/east, 11:35].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 3 Black tailed Godwit and 9 Little Egret [Chainbridge, 08:30].

Skegby Trail - 3 Yellowhammer, 50 Lapwing, and 3 Mandarin Duck.

Friday 29th July

Holme Pierrepont - Wood Sandpiper [flew from A52 Pit towards Blotts Pit 17:40].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Rose-ringed Parakeet [Chainbridge Lane on wires opposite Charcon works 17:30, then flew towards horse paddocks], 14 Green sandpiper, 10 little Egret, 8 Yellow-legged Gull Neatholme Fen], 3 Hobby, juv Marsh harrier [Tiln North].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 8 Black-tailed Godwit [flying around the reserve, early evening]. Also 2 Black-tailed Godwit [Clifton Pit, 13:40] and Green Sandpiper [Beeston Marsh].

Kilvington Lakes - 9 Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow-legged Gull.

Thursday 28th July

Barton in Fabis - Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 7 Little Ringed Plover [all Juv's], Common Redshank, 6+Common Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Juv Little Egrets and singing Little Owl [19:15 - 21:00].

Besthorpe NWT - Wood Sandpiper [present to late evening at least], 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Avocet [adult and 2 Juveniles], 4 Curlew, 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 17 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 8 Little Egret, Common Tern, Turtle Dove, 8 Swift and 3 Foxes [all Mons Pool, this morning].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Red Kite [over Phase 1, this morning].

Wednesday 27th July

Scrooby/Mattersey - Whinchat [Male, east of railway, in 1st field along footpath from Scrooby to Mattersey, accessed along School lane, late afternoon].

Barton in Fabis - 8 Little Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Snipe, 7 Teal and 6 Little Egret [Cottages Flash, 19:15 - 20:45].

Besthorpe NWT - Black-tailed Godwit [Mons Pool, this evening].

Thrumpton/Ratcliffe on Soar - Marsh Harrier [worn adult, flew towards the Power Station from Long Eaton GP's, early evening].

Hickling - Red Kite [over Grantham Canal between Hickling and Hose, 15:15].

Kilvington Lakes - Little Tern [through West Lake], Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Common Tern.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 Whimbrel [Chainbridge scrape 08:20] and 14 Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape, this afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Common Shelduck [Hagg Lane Flash].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - 28 Black-tailed Godwit [through this morning].

Tuesday 26th July

Besthorpe NWT - Wood Sandpiper [Mons Pool, this morning to 19:30 at least]. Also Yellow-legged Gull.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Neatholme Scrape, 18:00] Also 6 Little Egret.

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Dunlin and Common Sandpiper [East Lake, this afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 5 Green Sandpiper [Beeston Marsh, 10:15] and 2 Little Ringed Plover [Ridge and Furrow].

Normanton on Soar - Hobby [over the boat club 09:00], Common Tern [2 ad feeding 2 fledged chicks on the river at the boat club], Green Sandpiper [River Soar] and Yellow Wagtail [calling by the river].

Monday 25th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 5 Green Sandpiper and 6 Teal [Beeston marsh, 15:26], 2 Black-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, from Tower Hide this morning].

Kilvington Lakes - Red Kite, 2 Common Sandpiper and 5 Yellow-legged Gull.

Barton in Fabis - Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 20+ Lapwing [Cottages Flash], 4 Yellow Wagtail [in nearby field], Common Snipe, Little Egret and 50+ Lapwing [A453 Balancing Pond, 10:00 - 10:45].

Idle Washlands - 10 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash]and Ruff [Slaynes Lane, this morning]. Also of interest Pintail, 26 Little Egret, 2 Snipe and 2 Ruff [Newington Flash, S Yorks].

Hoveringham - Whimbrel [through the Sailing Lake, 09:30].

Lowdham - Dipper [Still present on the beck opposite war memorial, favouring the area under the white wooden bridge to garden off Station Road, 06:45].

Sunday 24th July

Gonalston - 4 Spotted Flycatcher [Adult and 3 juveniles, 16:00].

Barton in Fabis - 4 Juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 6 Little Egret [Cottages Flash, 13:30].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Raven [Moulting adult and 2 presumed juveniles, heading north near the river this morning]

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Green Sandpiper [Beeston Marsh], 2 Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover [Works Pond] and c20 plus Little Egrets throughout the reserve.

Lowdham - Dipper [Watched at close range perched bobbing up and down on garage roof near the Magna Carta pub on the A612 Southwell Road/Station Road Junction 09:15. It then flew off up the Cocker Beck].

Saturday 23rd July

Barton in Fabis - Green Sandpiper Common Snipe and 2 Grey Partridge [A453 Balancing Pond 20:40].

Gedling Country Park - 3 Peregrine [adult and 2 Juv's over the Solar Farm, 06:30].

Friday 22nd July

Gotham - Red Kite [throgh towards Clifton, 20:51].

Hoveringham - Common Scoter [drk, on the Sailing Lake 09:00 to 15:00 at least]. Also Marsh Harrier [creamed crown, from 14:00 for 30 minutes then flew off low south].

Idle Washlands – 5 Wigeon, 20 Little Egret, 2 Ruff, and Green Sandpiper.

Kilvington Lakes - Red Kite, Black Tern [through], Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper and 3 Yellow-legged Gull.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Caspian Gull [Sub adult, different bird to yesterdays sighting, Neatholme Fen].

Thursday 21st July

Cottam - Northern Wheatear [Juvenile, along the Trent near Cottam this afternoon].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Spotted Flycatcher [15:30].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Caspian Gull [Adult Neatholme Fen], 2 Common Sandpiper [Chainbridge Pit], 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Green Sandpiper, 12 Yellow Legged Gull [10 adults and two 3 cy birds].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Hobby [13:30].

Barton in Fabis - Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher [Cottages Flash, this afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Little Ringed Plover [Ridge and Furrow].

Teversal - 2 Willow Tit [pair on the Silverhill Trail].

Wednesday 20th July

Beckingham Marshes - Marsh Harrier [adult female, on site today].

Kilvington Lakes - 9 Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow-legged Gull.

Stanford on Soar - Hobby [flew low west to east over Leake Lane, 08:50].

Thrumpton - Red Kite [seen flying towards Thrumpton Hall from the Long Eaton GP's, 07:50].

Tuesday 19th July

Holme Pierrepont - 5 Black-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Marsh Harrier [on site, midday].

Beeston - Common Sandpiper [Beeston Marina, 08:15].

Monday 18th July

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - female Marsh Harrier and 6 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen]. Also 1s male Marsh Harrier and 2 Hobby [Tiln North].

Bunny - Red Kite [flew east, 11:30].

Hoveringham - Common Sandpiper, Raven and juv Tree Sparrow.

Sunday 17th July

Budby Common - 2 Tree Pipit and Juv Tawny Owl this morning.

Holme Pierrepont - 4 Little Ringed Plover [Adult and 3 juvs Blotts Pit, this morning]. Also Common Sandpiper.

Saturday 16th July

Langford Lowfields RSPB - 6 Yellow-legged Gull.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [Juv, Clifton Pit on Gull Island, this afternoon].

Skegby Trail - Greenshank [in meadow with pond, 07:20]. Also 60 Lapwing and 40 Starling.

Friday 15th July

Holme Pierrepont - Garganey [Blotts Pit, 17:10].

Newark - Turtle Dove, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret and Grey Wagtail [Newark Sugar Factory this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 10 Yellow-legged Gull [all adults, Neatholme Fen, 12:30] Also 2 adult Herring Gull, single adult Common Gull, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover [all Neatholm Fen].

Kilvington Lakes - Red-crested Pochard, 3 Common Sandpiper and 5 Yellow-legged Gull.

Hoveringham - Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper [on the Railway Pit].

Thursday 14th July

Holme Pierrepont - Sanderling [Blotts Pit, 18:20]. Also Greenshank.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [Juv, from Tower Hide], Common Redshank [Ridge and Furrow], and Yellow-legged Gull [adult, flew from Long Eaton Gravel Pits towards the reserve].

Wednesday 13th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Mediterranean Gull [Juv's from tower hide on small shingle island]. Also Green Sandpiper [Works Pit].

Kilvington Lakes - Dunlin, Common Redshank and Yellow-legged Gull [on West Lake, this afternoon]. Also 6 Little Egret [North Lake].

Besthorpe NWT - Turtle Dove [Meering], Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper [Mons Pool] Also 3 Little Egret [Juv's Mons Pool].

West Bridgford - 3 Oystercatcher [flew west over Abbey Ward, 08:50].

Tuesday 12th July

Collingham Pits - Greenshank [this evening]. Also 2 Spotted Flycatcher [Juv's, Collingham].

Clifton Grove - 2 Little Owl [adult and Juv, this evening].

Kilvington Lakes - Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank and Peregrine [North Lake].

Langar - 2 Red Kite [over the airfield, 13:40].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Mediterranean Gull [Adult feeding the 2 Juv's, Clifton Pit late morning].

Monday 11th July

Brierley Forest Park - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling this evening].

Clifton - Hobby [over South Notts University, 20:27].

Budby Common - Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Tree Pipit [late afternoon].

Hoveringham - Osprey [through the sailing Lake from the east and then flew off north, 11:55].

Kilvington Lakes - Red-crested Pochard, Dunlin, Common Redshank and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Mediterranean Gull [Juv, on Ridge and Furrow, 10:33 and Both adults in and out of Gull Island, calling]. Also 2 Whimbrel [through, calling, heading south at 11.10], 2 Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper [Works Pit].

Colwick CP - Cuckoo [Juv, on fence post early morning].

Sunday 10th July

Barton in Fabis - Red Kite [over Branshill, 17:50].

Sutton-on-Trent - Quail [in field next to the River Trent. Immediately West of Meering Besthorpe NWT North, and audible from that site, early afternoon].

Besthorpe NWT - 3 Green Sandpiper [Mons Pool, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [Juv, Ridge and Furrow this morning also seen on Gull Island, Clifton Pit later]. Also 2 Green Sandpiper [adult and juvenile, works pond this morning].

Saturday 9th July

Attenboroungh Nature Reserve - 3 Mediterranean Gull [Adult and 2 Juvs, Clifton Pit this evening].

Besthorpe NWT - Greenshank, Common Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and Garden Warbler.

Collingham Pits - Avocet [Ferry Lane lake].

Barton in Fabis - Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little Ringed Plover [4 juvs] and 3 Yellow Wagtail [Cottages Flash, this morning]. Also 7 Little Egret and 3 Juv Lapwing [on the A453 Balancing Pond].

Clumber Park - Common Redstart [this morning].

Friday 8th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [Juv, on Ridge and Furrow 17:00 - 18:15]. Also Green Sandpiper [Works Pit].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Marsh Harrier [again this afternoon over Phase 2]. Also Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and 3 Oystercatcher [this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and 2 Common Redshank [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Collingham Pits - Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover and juv Common Redshank this afternoon.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Marsh Harrier and Hobby [Conservation lake, 12:20 and 14:54].

Barton in Fabis - Black-tailed Godwit [Cottages Flash, this afternoon]. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Beckingham Marshes - Ruff [on site today].

Thursday 7th July

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Scaup sp [possible lesser on Chainbridge Pit].

Barton in Fabis - 2 Little Ringed Plover [still on Cottages Flash this evening].

Bunny/Gotham - 2 Raven [over Bunny towards Gotham, 11:30].

Wednesday 6th July

Bestwood - Raven [mobbing a Common Buzzard over Bestwood village, 16:25].

Tuesday 5th July

Barton in Fabis - Black-tailed Godwit [Cottages Flash, 14:45 to 19:45 then flew over the river]. Also 2 Little Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [Ridge and Furrow, 13:30].

Netherfield Lagoons - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling until at least 11:00, between the Deep Pit and the Large Gravel Pit.

Hoveringham - 2 Common Scoter [pair on the Sailing Lake this morning]. Also Hobby and Common Sandpiper.

Monday 4th July

Kilvington Lakes - 1 Green Sandpiper.

Annesley - 2 Hobby [flew west to east, 11:30].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Curlew [through, this morning] and Hobby.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 Green sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and Marsh Harrier [Neatholme Fen, this morning].

Scrooby - Barn Owl [hunting in field between Mill lane/Gibbet Hill Lane and River Ryton, North of the village, 08:00].

Sunday 3rd July

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hen Harrier [Imm male, viewed from Neatholme Bridge, flew north over the river Idle towards Mattersey Priory this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Mediterranean Gull [adult and 1s Tween Pond, this morning and Juvenile on Gull Island, Clifton Pit, 17:43]. Also Greenshank [elusive on Works Pond early morning] and 2 Common Redshank [on ridge and furrow].

Cossal - Spotted Flycatcher [along the Cossall Canal, 14:15].

North Clifton - 2 Spotted Flycatcher [with four young].

Collingham Pits - 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Avocet and Curlew.

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Marsh Harrier [on site today].

Barton in Fabis - Common Sandpiper [Cottages Flash, 09:35], Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and several Juv Lapwing [A453 Balancing Pond, late morning].

Netherfield Lagoons - Hobby [hawking for insects above the Causeway this morning].

Skegby - Lesser whitethroat [singing along the Skegby Trail, 06:30]. Also 40 Lapwing and 1 Common Snipe.

Saturday 2nd July

Sherwood Forest NNR - Common Redstart, 5 Tree Pipit, Cuckoo and Hobby.

Netherfield Lagoons - 4 Common Sandpiper [one on the Slurry Lagoon and three more on the river near the railway bridge].

Barton in Fabis - 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting and 3 Juv Lapwing [A453 Balancing Pond this morning].

Friday 1st July

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Hobby [hawking over carburton lake near the monument].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 7 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen], Hobby [over Neatholme Scrape], 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, 3 Oystercatchers, 6 Red-crested Pochard and Hobby [Bellmoor Lake].

Many thanks to:

Laurence Archibald, Andy Barritt, Merv Bartle, Ian Baxter, Michael Blount, Robin Brace, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Carl Cornish, Patrick Clay, Tony Cragg, Nick Crouch, Derick Evans, Steve Furber, Gil Green, Chris Grimshaw, Andy Hall, Jan Hennig, Kenneth Holland, John Hopper, Darren Housman, Dave Jones, Michael Leatherland, Francis Leaver, Mike Lee, Andrew Leggett, Jonathan Lloyd, Josse Mcmahon, Dean Nicholson, Bob Pacey, James Pam, Martyn Perkins, Clive Prescott, Jason Reece, Simon Roberts, Martin Russel, Pete Saunders, Hayley Sears, Col Scott, Mick Sherwin, Tom Shields, Mick Tring, Libby Welbourn, David Wint.

@NottsBirders Twitter Feed/Facebook Group, Lound Bird Club, Lound And Bellmoor Facebook Group, RSPB Langford Lowfields, Netherfield Wildlife Group.



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