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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 on average less than 20 records annually and Red are species of interest.

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Tuesday 30th June

Girton - Goldeneye [moulting drake with a badly damaged left wing, on large pit adjacent to sailing Pit this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Water Rail [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Burton Joyce - Red Kite [very low over gardens 19:00, heading south-west].

Netherfield Lagoon's - Red Kite [flew over lagoon's and drifted off towards Stoke lane, 15:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Ringed Plover [NW corner of Church Pond], 1 Little Egret [Clifton Pit] and 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Tower Hide path].

Monday 29th June

Budby Flash - Osprey [Mobbed by Oystercatcher pair as it attempted to land, 16:15 - 16:30 then flew East].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Wood Sandpiper [at the south end of Phase 2 this afternoon]. Greenshank and 3 Green Sandpiper [phase 3, this evening].

Sunday 28th June

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - 4 Ringed Plover [including 2 young, Tiln North Restoration], 1 Bittern, 2 Ruff [m & f], 4 Common Redshank [Chainbridge NR Scrape].

Holme Pierrepont - Common Sandpiper [Blotts this morning] and 3 Hobby [late afternoon].

Stoke Bardolph - Red Kite [over the area of the poultry processing plant of Chettles yard, for around 2hrs this morning].

Newark - Red Kite [over Sconce and Devon Park, 13:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Avocet [dropped onto the Ridge and Furrow for 10 minutes 10:54, then flew off in the direction of Main Pond], 2 Bittern [showing very well from late morning, from the Tower Hide]. Also Little Egret, 3 Red-crested Pochard and c200 Black-headed Gull [with the majority been Juveniles].

Hucknall - Tree Sparrow [on garden feeders] and Yellow Wagtail [Whyburn farm lakes].

Saturday 27th June

West Bridgford - Tawny Owl [calling from Byron Road, 22:30].

Budby Common - Nightjar [5+churring from 21:35, with 2 males and 1 female up together] also Woodcock [at least 5 roding birds].

RAF Syerston - Red Kite [soaring over the airfield].

Retford - Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, 260 Lesser Black-backed Gull roosting on small island plus 7 young, only 5 young Black-headed Gull and 1 sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull [Bellmoor Lake, 17:00].

Friday 26th June

Bennerley Marsh - Corncrake [male singing from North Marsh 15:10, but no further sign by 21:00].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard and 3 Common Buzzard this afternoon.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Ruff [male], 6 Common Redhank, 2 Oystercatcher Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck [ with 3 young] Yellow Wagtail, Red Crested Pochard [drk] and C 100 Swift [all Chainbridge Scrape].

Spalford - 2 Yellow-legged Gull [adult and 1s, Spalford Pig fields, 11:00] also 70 LBB Gull.

Thursday 25th June

Averham - 2 possible Common Crane [very distant, in fields looking towards the power station from Staythorpe road, late afternoon].

Clifton Grove - Hobby [Holme Pit], 4 Little Owl [2 adults and 2 juvs this evening], 8 Yellow Wagtail [6 Juvs, Foxcovet Lane, near yellow gate] and Little Egret.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - c.130 Larger Gulls, 1 Cuckoo [Neatholme Fen], 5+ Ringed Plover inc 3 chicks, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Ringed Plover and Common Redshank [Tiln North, Restoration Area].

High Holbeck - 3 Curlew [west at 07:15].

Wednesday 24th June

Skegby - Red Kite [low over, 15:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [adult, this morning from Tower Hide] also Cuckoo.

Budby Flash - 6 Avocet [thru East, 09:55].

Tuesday 23rd June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-necked Grebe [flew into Clifton Pit, 19:45] Also 2 Bittern [adult and Juv, showing together this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - Red Kite [over the A52 Pit, 18:20-18:27 then drifted East], Green Sandpiper, 3 Hobby, 2 Ringed plover, 1 Yellow wagtail and 5 Teal [Blotts Pit, 16:40 to 18:30].

Spalford Pig Fields - 2s Yellow-legged Gull , 1s and 2s Mediterranean Gull, 65 Lesser-black Backed Gull, Turtle Dove and Little Egret [over West]. Also Hobby [Spalford Pit, chasing hirundines briefly].

Osberton - Red kite [flew south over the Osberton Estate, 11:30].

Monday 22nd June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [1s, Clifton Pit this afternoon from Tower hide 18:30 at least] also Bittern [Juvenile, sat out on post on Clifton Pit].

Budby Pumping Station - Common Sandpiper [10:45].

Sunday 21st June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Goosander [drk, Coneries], Common Redshank and 8 Red-crested Pochard [Clifton Pit].

Gunthorpe - Spotted Flycatcher [Gunthorpe lock, in bushes downstream of lock].

Long Eaton - Red Kite [over Trent Lock Golf course on the Notts/Derbys border, mid morning].

Collingham - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - Osprey [circling east through Blotts Pit, 09:25].

Bentinck pit tip - Scaup [drk, in the early stages of eclipse] also Whimbrel [flew in calling at 05:15, alighted on one of the newly constructed golf fairways briefly before departing west].

Saturday 20th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [in flight over the Clifton Pit reedbed, 19:00].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [from the Carburton end pull-in, heading South/East, 15:05].

Holme Pierrepont - 4+ Ringed Plover, Cuckoo and 3 Hobby [all Blotts Pit early afternoon].

Underwood - Red Kite [over 13:00].

Gedling Country Park - Quail [singing male, briefy by the bottom ponds this morning].

Friday 19th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [Juvenile Clifton Pit, showing frequently from Tower Hide this morning] also 110+ Gadwall.

Thursday 18th June

Cotgrave - Rose-coloured Starling [1s, present briefy in Daleside garden this afternoon 17:30. Relocated c19:30 on roof tops with further sightings 19:53 from garden on Daleside and again on rooftops Ingleby Close, 20:10 at least].

Kilvington Lakes - 4 Little Egret, 4 Yellow-legged Gull.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [showing well from Tower Hide, 08:50].

Budby Flash - Honey Buzzard [10:00 -10:20 then flew North, and again just north of Budby Flash at Hazel Gap then flew North].

Wednesday 17th June

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Sandwich Tern [flew West, 14:30].

Cotham Landfill - Red Kite [this morning south of Newark, at Cotham Landfill].

Hucknal - Tree Sparrow [in private garden on feeders this morning].

Tuesday 16th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [Adult and Juv, both seen several times today from Tower Hide], also Lesser Whitethroat [showing well at times by Tower Hide path].

Newstead & Annesley CP [Annesley Pit Top] - 1 Ruff.

RSPB Langford lowfields - Willow Tit [juvenile on site today - only the third site record in 5 years].

Hoveringham - Little Gull [on the Sailing lake 08:45].

Clifton - Cuckoo [in trees along the Neather Gate Brook, 05:45].

Monday 15th June

West Bridgford - 3 possible Common Crane [flying very high over, heading North, 20:50].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [one adult seen to fly out and back (after 3.5hrs hours!) into Clifton Pit reedbed. BHgulls harassing it alot as it flies out now because their chicks are now distributiing themselves all over Clifton Pond!], Garganey [male in full eclipse plumage, intermittently on the spit island to RHS of Tower hide]. Also Lesser Whitethroat [singing along Wet Marsh path].

RSPB Langford lowfields - Red Kite [drifted slowly over early afternoon].

Sunday 14th June

Holme Pierrepont - Sandwich Tern [Blotts Pit, briefy 18:35 then flew West]. Also Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Little Egret.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Bittern [adult and Juv, Clifton Pit from Tower Hide].

Barton-in-Fabis - Cuckoo and Hobby [Branshill Wood/Ponds, this morning].

Budby - Honey Buzzard [Budby Flash, 09:30 - 10:00 then flew North].

Hickling - Red Kite [over 09:00].

Girton - Goldeneye [1st summer male, on webs count this morning].

RSPB Langford lowfields - Turtle Dove [flew into woodland on silt lagoon 6] also 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret , Yellow Wagtail and Common Tern.

Besthorpe NWT - Common Shelduck [with 9 young].

Saturday 13th June

Holme Pierrepont - Hobby and Common Redshank [Blotts Pit, early afternoon].

Gotham - Raven [over Cheese Hill, 11:15].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [briefy in flight over Clifton Pit, 06:15].

Friday 12th June

Holme Pierrepont - 5 Black Tern [Blotts Pit, 17:15 - 18:20 at least].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Red Kite and Raven.

Thursday 11th June

Warsop - Garganey [drk, south over Lea Road, 21:36].

Clifton - 2 Grey Plover [reported flying west over the estate, 21:30].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Osprey [16:00].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Gull-billed Tern [found on Neatholme Scrape c10:00 but highly mobile across the site. The last confirmed sighting was from Dohertys Pond for 5mins at 12:58, before it flew North/East]. Also 2 Hobby.

Holbeck - Raven [over High Holbeck, this morning].

Newstead Abbey Trail - Red Kite [flew over the Newstead Abbey trail to Papplewick 10:30, heading towards Ravenshead].

Wednesday 10th June

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Red-necked Phalarope [showing well but at distance on Phase 1, viewed from the beach hut 04:30 to 20:36 when it flew off high North/East].

Eastwood - Red kite [flew over Hilltop heading towards Langley Mill, 17:15].

Underwood - Red Kite [flew over Underwood Church, mobbed By Jackdaws, this afternoon].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Hobby and Red Kite this morning.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - 8+ Common Redshank, 3 + Ringed Plover and 4+ Yellow Wagtail.

Tuesday 9th June

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Red-necked Phalarope [Phase 1, seen in very low light, 21:30].

Hoveringham - Little Gull [briefy the Sailing Lake this afternoon] also Red Kite.

Netherfield Lagoons - Osprey [flew North over the site, 13:50].

South Muskham - Great White Egret [flew downstream from Muskham Bridge, 13:30].

Bestwood - Osprey [flew South/West over Mill Lakes, 12:15].

Papplewick - Mandarin [with 5 chicks on private fishing lake behind papplewick hall].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Great White Egret [again on phase 2, 06:00].

Clifton - 5 Little Egret [landed in a tree at side of Fairham Brook east of Clifton, 100 yds west of Wilwell Farm Cutting 05:30].

Monday 8th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Garganey [Presumed moulting adult this evening, Clifton Pit].

Mansfield Woodhouse - Common Crane [flew high South/East, 15:55].

Burton Joyce - 4 Common Crane [circling very high over Burton Joyce at 13:30 before drifting off to the West].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge NR Scrape, East], 3 Common Redshank and 2 Common Tern [Chainbridge Pit], 9 Ringed Plover inc 4 chicks, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 5 Common Redshank inc 3 chicks, 6 Shelduck inc 4 ducklings and 2 Yellow Wagtails [Tiln North, Restoration Area], Mandarin [drk, Clayworth Common, Conservation Lake], 4 Little Egret, 4 Common Tern, male and female Cuckoo [Neatholme Fen].

South Muskham - Great White Egret [feeding in the Trent just downstream of the Muskham Bridge, north of Sugar Factory around 15:30].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [barred/intermediate type, showed well c09:00].

Skegby - Honey Buzzard [pale morph, flew low over towards Hardwick Hall, 09:00].

Center Parcs - Spotted Flycatcher [this morning].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Great White Egret [flushed from phase 3 to phase 2 at 07:30, then flew from phase 2, 08:30].

Sunday 7th June

Nottingham NG16 - 5 Tawny Owl [newly fledged, clambering around and flitting amongst the trees]

Clifton Grove - Barn Owl and Hobby [over towards Clifton Wood, 21:00].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Common Crane [thermalling high 14:00, then drifted off South], Great White Egret [flew North over phase 1, 15:50] also Hobby.

Holme Pierrepont - Arctic Tern [1s, Blotts Pit, 12:30 - 13:30 at least] also Cuckoo.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Hobby, 2 Shelduck, Oystercatcher and Little Egret.

Budby - Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler [ numerous singing on Budby Common], Grey Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail [Budby village].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Red Kite [flew east over The Willows, Clayworth Copse, 10:00], Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Common Redshank and 2 Ringed Plover [Tiln North, Restoration Area].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [showing 07:30, 12:40 and again this evening], also 2 Raven [this morning] and Osprey this evening .

Saturday 6th June

Beeston - Red Kite [low over University Blvd, towards Highfields Park, 21:05].

Wilford - Red Kite.

Tollerton - Red Kite [along Tollerton Lane again].

Southwell - Red Kite [over Southwell Racecourse drifting towards Fiskerton, 16.55].

Clipstone Forest - Turtle Dove [flew over the south section near Rainworth Water], 3 Tree Pipit and Siskin.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Turnstone, Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, Common Redshank, 5+ Meadow Pipit, and 2 Shelduck with 4 ducklings still [Tiln North, Restoration Area, this morning].

Brackenhurst - Red kite [over Brackenhurst Collage this morning].

Papplewick - Hobby [hunting over fields at Forest Lane this morning].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [male, wing clapping and displaying 08:45, also seen at 05:55, 12:30 and 15:00], Red Kite, Hobby, 15+Common Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Mandarin, Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail and 4 Lesser Whitethroat.

Friday 5th June

Budby - 3 Nightjar [churring this evening, on Holborn Heath].

Barton-in-Fabis - Red Kite [drifted over Branshill Wood towards the A453/Clifton Pastures area 17:30].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Turnstone [Tiln North, Restoration Area 08:25], Dunlin, 4 Common Tern and 4 Little Egret [Neatholme Fen].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Red Kite [over the Car Park, 07:57].

Annesley & Newstead Country Park [Annesley Pit Top] - Avocet [Middle Lagoon, 07:33] also Northern Wheatear.

Thursday 4th June

Attenborough - 2 White Stork [flew high West over Attenborough village, 19:15].

Tollerton - Red Kite [along Tollerton Lane].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Garganey [Clifton Pit, late morning to 18:15 at least].

Clifton Pastures - 3 Corn Bunting [singing males, 18:00].

Cotgrave - Red Kite [flew over towards Cotgrave Country Park].

Kilvington Lakes - Yellow-legged Gull [2s on West Lake this afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling near the Small Gravel Pit] also Hobby and Cuckoo.

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [07:58], Osprey [in dead tree left of the Great Lake, 18:26] also Hobby.

Wednesday 3rd June

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Sanderling [this evening].

Whatton - 2 Little Egret and Kingfisher [on the River Smite, this evening].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [male, barred type, 15:15], 1+Osprey [11:15 over for 8 minutes and 12:45 fishing, then feeding for at least 30 minutes in dead tree], 1 +Red Kite [thru at 12:08 and 13:25], 2 Hobby [hunting pair], 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 15+ Common Buzzard and Lesser Whitethroat [feeding young, at nest site].

Lenton - Red Kite [circling over the University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, 10:57].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 immature Whooper Swan [West Lake], 1 drake Red-crested Pochard [North Lake].

Budby - Honey Buzzard [flew West over Budby Flash, 08:45].

Tuesday 2nd June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Arctic Tern [1s, Church Pond 18:00].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [male flew East to West, from the Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint, 15:15], 2 Osprey [this morning. Also a single from 12:05 - 12:25 and a third report of a single flying West, 16:45]. Also 10 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Shelduck, Kingfisher and 2 Lesser Whitethroat.

Norton - Red Kite [thru West, 12:20].

Budby - Honey Buzzard [thru Budby Flash, heading towards the Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint, this morning] also Osprey and Red Kite thru.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Lound] - Sanderling [Tiln North, 07:24], 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover and Dunlin [Chainbridge Scrape], 4 Ringed Plover [plus 2 chicks,Tiln North], Sanderling [Neatholme Fen] and Cuckoo [bubbling female flying over Neatholme Fen].

Monday 1st June

Holme Pierrepont - Sanderling [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Skegby - Red Kite [flying over to the North-West between 15:50 - 16:00].

Kingsmill Reservoir - 2 Red Kite [over the Sailing Club, 15:45].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Arctic Tern [1s, Tween Pond 15:00] and 6 Common Pochard [Clifton Pit, 08:00].

Warsop - Red Kite [directly over A60 adjacent to Warsop Motor Company, 13:00].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Osprey and Red Kite [from the Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint 11:50].

Barton-in-Fabis - Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash, 08:15].

Kimberley - Quail [singing male, at SK505431 06:00].

Many thanks to:

Alexander Aitken, Mervyn Bartle,Chris Bell, Graham Beeley, Bob Beck, Andrew Birkhead, Michael Blount, Richard Box, Robin Brace, David Brydon, Annette Bullock, Paul Buxton, Mark Brown, Paul Charlesworth, Jimmy Christmas, Alan Clewes, Carl Cornish, Nick Crouch, Lynne Demaine, Stevie Dunn, Rachel Gray, Martin Green, Chris Grimshaw, Darren Hall, Mike Hill, Garry Hobson, kenneth Holland, Darren Housman, Barbara Inger, Sharon & Simon Ireland, Rob Johnson, Scott Linacre, Russell Martin, Paul Morris, Dean Nicholson, James Owen, Bob Pacey, Richard Penson, Bob Percivel, Richard Savage, Tom Shields, Jason Reece, Simon Roberts, Steve Robins, Tim Sexton, Alan Scrimshaw, David Simpson, Mark Speck, Lisa Hayman Tansley, Derek Tinker, Paul Thomas, Chris Toop, Simon Vanderwalt, Rob Werran, Libby Welbourn, Iain Wilson.

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