Welcome to the Website of the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers

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 sensitive species may not appear here during the breeding season, unless publicised by site managers or where records relate to what are likely to be passage migrants or wandering non-breeding individuals rather than breeders. Species that this generally applies to include (but are not necessarily limited to): Avocet, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Black-necked Grebe, Black Redstart, Cetti's Warbler, Garganey. Goshawk (except from Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint), Honey-buzzard (except from Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint), Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Nightingale, Peregrine (except for Nottingham City Centre), Raven, Red Kite and Woodlark (except for Sherwood Forest NNR/Budby Common). For a range of other species, we will not include specific breeding information - this includes Barn Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Little Ringed Plover, Nightjar, Turtle Dove and Willow Tit. Nevertheless, please submit your sightings anyway."


Please report your Latest Sightings to: nottsbirders@gmail.com or @NottsBirders on the Twitter feed.

Please remember to submit all sightings to Andy Hall each month, using the Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from the Recording page.

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2018

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2018

Archived Sightings 2019

Species shown in bold Purple on this page are BBRC rarities or species recorded on less than ten occasions in the county. Bold Blue are rare and scarce county birds recorded less than annually that require a description or supporting details for the society’s archive. A full list of these species can be found on the Recording page. Red are species of interest. Bold GREY are unconfirmed sightings or a species of unknown origin.

Tuesday 16th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 WHIMBREL [over Tween Pond calling, headingwest, 20:26], 22 Little Egret [Conneries], Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [showing from the viewpoint, late morning and again late afternoon].

King's Mill Reservoir - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juvenile still present, 17:00].

Hoveringham - Spotted Flcatcher [Railway Pit], Common Redshank [Sailing Lake].

Cottam Power Station - Ruff [adult male, with patchy dark brown and white ruff].

Sturton le Steeple - 9 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Snipe [Out Ings Lagoon, SK825846].

Tollerton - 4 Yellow Wagtail [2 adult 2 juv, in wheat fields off Tollerton Lane, this morning].

Monday 15th July

King's Mill Reservoir - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juvenile still present, to mid-morning at least].

Sunday 14th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin, Green Sanpiper, juv Little Egret [this evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - GARGANEY, KNOT, Green Sandpiper [on the new working, this afternoon].

Newark - Harrier sp [high south-east, 15:45].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [from the viewpoint, 11:13].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer, again on Phase Three this morning]; also Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 6 Redshank.

Saturday 13th July

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [displaying, 14:03].

Netherfield Lagoons - GARGANEY [on the new working, this afternoon]; also Green Sandpiper, juv Little Ringed Plover.

Collingham - GREAT WHITE EGRET [on Ferry Lane Lake, this afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adult], CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer], 9+Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Curlew, Greenshank, 2 Dunlin [all Phase Three].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow, this morning].

Friday 12th July

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [male displaying for fifteen minutes, 15:15, two up together 15:35].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 Yellow-legged Gull [Bellmore Lake].

Brinsley Flash - Hobby [this afternoon].

King's Mill Reservoir - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juvenile still present, to mid-morning at least].

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - 2 WHIMBREL, 2 Green Sandpiper [Mons Pool, 10:30].

Idle Washlands - 46 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash], 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, Hobby [Slaynes Lane], KNOT [Newington Flash, S.York's].

Thursday 11th July

Edwinstowe - Hoopoe [feeding on the cricket pitch 13:30, but no further sign, c.15:30].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer, again on Phase Three this evening]; also 10 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Dunlin.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - CASPIAN GULL, 5 Yellow-legged Gull [Bellmoor Lake, 17:45].

King's Mill Reservoir - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Juvenile, still present, late morning at least].

Sibthorpe - QUAIL [flushed from path verge into sweetcorn field on the northern side of Hawksworth, 07:15].

Wednesday 10th July

Thoresby Park - 6 Hawfinch [feeding in Cherry trees in area with no public access, 14:02. 2 adults and single juvenile still, 17:08 - 18:34 at least].

Rufford Country Park - Spotted Flycatcher [this evening].

Kilvington Lakes - Yellow-legged Gull [adult, late afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 10 Green Sandpiper [Slaynes Lane], 45 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash].

King's Mill Reservoir - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Juvenile, to late morning at least], c.250 Common Swift [early morning].

Langford Lowfields - 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adult and Juvenile, Phase Three, early morning]; also Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, 2 Common Snipe.

Tuesday 9th July

Thoresby Park - 6 Hawfinch [mix of adults and juveniles, feeding in Cherry trees in area with no public access, 15:30 - 17:10 at least].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 3 Yellow-legged Gull [2 adults and second-summer, Bellmoor Lake, late afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 3 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank [Slaynes Lane].

Langford Lowfields - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adult flew north along Trent, 11:03], CASPIAN GULL [second-summer Phase Three, late morning], Ringed Plover, Dunlin [Phase Three], Hobby [over Phase one from the Beach Hut - hunting dragonflies], 3 Grasshopper Warbler [one by Beach Hut, two along North Trail].

Sutton on Trent - Spotted Flycatcher [two pairs nesting in private garden].

Kilvington Lakes - c.180 Jackdaw [around West Lake].

Monday 8th July

Holme Pierrepont - Black-tailed Godwit [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Idle Washlands - Marsh Harrier [female], Hobby [Slaynes Lane, late afternoon], 38 Little Egret [on flooded horse field off Hagg Lane], 2 Black-tailed Godwit [Newington Flash, S.York's].

Kilvington Lakes - Hobby [hunting over North Lake, late afternoon].

kelham - Hobby and Little Owl.

Sunday 7th July

Newark - 3 TURTLE DOVE [purring across two sites, near Newark, this morning].

Idle Washlands - WOOD SANDPIPER [Slaynes Lane]; also Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, LRP.

Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Phase Three this morning, then flew high north], 2 CASPIAN GULL [second-summer and Greman ringed first-summer, Phase Three], 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adult and juvenile, Phase Three]; also 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, Hobby [all Phase Three].

Gonalston - Spotted Flycatcher.

Saturday 6th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 45 Black-tailed Godwit [10 Clifton Pit, 12:55 increasing to 45 by 20:14; all departed 21:00], Green Sandpiper [still Ridge and Furrow].

Holme Pierrepont - 29 Black-tailed Godwit [Blotts Pit this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WOOD SANDPIPER [Tiln North, this morning], 11 Black-tailed Godwit [Tiln North, this afternoon], Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper [Chainbridge Pit, viewed in the gap before bridge on Chainbridge lane], 2+Yellow-legged Gull [Belmore Lake, in front of visitor centre], Water Rail, Yellow Wagtail.

Langford Lowfields - 2 CASPIAN GULL [second-summer and first-summer German ringed, Phase Three, this morning]; also 4+Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper.

Forest Town - QUAIL [circling over Sherwood Forest Golf Course, singing loudly 01:15]; also Dunlin [over 02:00].

Friday 5th July

Hoveringham - Hobby [Sailing Lake, mid-morning].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [barred female type, overhead from the viewpoint, 10:20]. Also Red Kite.

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, c.200 Common Swift [early morning].

Thursday 4th July

Langford Lowfields - 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6+Yellow-legged Gull [this evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Little Ringed Plover [adult with juvenile on the works flash, late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hobby [Conservation Lake], Water Rail [Tiln North].

Wednesday 3rd July

Thoresby Park - 8 Spotted Flycatcher [Buckgates this afternoon, 17:00 at least].

King's Mill Reservoir - GARGANEY [juvenile at shallow end of the reservoir, late morning at least].

Hoveringham - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Greenshank [Sailing Lake, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow-legged Gull [Phase Three, early morning].

Tuesday 2nd July

Thoresby Park - 6+Hawfinch [mixed group of adults and juveniles, feeding on Cherry trees Smiths Lane 17:41 - 18:35, then flew east].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 GARGANEY [females, Blotts Pit this evening], 51 Black-tailed Godwit [Blotts Pit, 13:00 - 17:25 then flew west].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [distantly from viewpoint, this afternoon]; also GOSHAWK, 2+Red Kite, Hobby.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Green Sandpiper [still Ridge and Furrow].

Barton in Fabis - c.40 Black-tailed Godwit [east/south-east very distant behind branshill, viewed from the ANR, 10:07].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 35 Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape, from the west viewpoint, 10:04], 8 Yellow-legged Gull [5 second-summer, 3 first-summer Bellmoor Lake, this evening].

Papplewick - Hobby.

Monday 1st July

Holme Pierrepont - 4 Black-tail Godwit [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, gull island], Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

King's Mill Reservoir - Common Sandpiper.

Many thanks to:

Sandy Aitkin, Stephen Bacon, Andrew Barks, Bob Beck, Billy Bodsworth, Robin Brace, Paul Buxton, Paul Charlesworth, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Nick Crouch, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Jacqueline Dennison, David Dunn, Pete Freeman, Roy Frost, Indy Kiemel Greene, John Hopper, Martin Kennewell, Ian Livsey, Peter Mee, Dave Morton, Simon Roberts, Alan Scrimshaw, Robin Sharman, Stewart Short, Mark Speck, Simon Thompson, Jonathan Waite, Dawn Waplington, Rob Woodward.

@NottsBirders Twitter Feed/Facebook Group, Lound And Bellmoor Facebook Group, Lound Whatapp Group, RSPB Langford Lowfields, Netherfield Wildlife Group, Doncaster Birding.


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