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.

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Monday 21st October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Cattle Egret [feeding in fields at Barton in Fabis, viewed from the river path, before flying west over Clifton Pit, early evening].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles still on A52 Pit].

Blyth - 11 Whooper Swans [over to the south east].

Hoveringham - 4 Whooper Swans [over to the east], also c20 Fieldfare and c60 Siskins [over to the west].

Tollerton - c80 Pink-footed Geese [over to the west].

Kirklington - Tree Sparrow [on feeders in private garden].

Sunday 20th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Cattle Egret [feeding in fields with cattle at Barton in Fabis, viewed from the river path].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles still on A52 Pit].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET [one still today], also Rock/Water Pipit calling.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 6 Whooper Swans [on Bellmoor Lake], also 150 Pink-footed Geese [over to the south east].

Saturday 19th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Cattle Egret [feeding in fields with cattle at Barton in Fabis, viewed from the river path].

Misson - Cattle Egret [one along Slaynes Lane this afternoon], also GREAT WHITE EGRET.

Friday 18th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cattle Egret [one appeared to roost this evening on Conneries Pit]

Holme Pierrepont -Short-eared Owl [flew high east at 11:00am], also Stonechat [still on Blotts Pit].

RSPB Budby South Forest - Stonechat [pair on north west corner], also single Hawfinch.

Thursday 17th October

Hoveringham - 2 Red Kites [over Sailing Lake], also Pintail and 2 Stonechat.

Holme Pierrepont -Stonechat [single on Blotts Pit].

Clayworth Common - BRENT GOOSE [2 flew towards Clayworth village].

Wednsday 16th October

Epperstone - Yellow-browed Warbler [one this afternoon, half way along Lowdham Road, in trees above beck on west side of road].

Holme Pierrepont -SANDWICH TERN [one flew through A52 Pit this morning], also ROCK PIPIT [a single Scandinavian bird on A52 pit] and 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles still on A52 Pit].

Hoveringham - 200 Pink-footed Geese [moved north-east over Sailing Lake], also 2 Stonechat.

Cottam - Lesser Whitethroat [one eastern type today, in scrub along River Trent opposite Torksey Castle].

Newstead Village - Merlin [one today].

Burton Joyce - 3 House Martins [over village, late afternoon] also 5 parties of Redwing west this morning.

Stoke Ferry - Common Sandpiper [single this afternoon].

Tuesday 15th October

Clumber Park - Red-throated Diver [single showing very well from the dam wall this morning, but flew off strongly north-east late afternoon].

Hoveringham - 2 Green Sandpipers [Sailing Lake], also Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechat and 15 Barn Swallows south.

Holme Pierrepont - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [two juveniles still on A52 Pit this morning].

Rufford - 3 Goosander [on Rufford Lake].

Monday 14th October

Clumber Park - Red-throated Diver [single showing very well from the dam wall]. Also GREAT WHITE EGRET and Cetti's Warbler [by the ford].

RSPB Langford Lowfields -BEARDED TIT [single female on phase two], also two Stonechats and a Whinchat. 325 Pink-footed Geese [moved west over the reserve in 3 flocks between 08:50 and 09:20]. A single Whooper Swan [moved south].

Hoveringham - 2 Stonechat [Sailing Lake].

Sunday 13th October

Clumber Park - Red-throated Diver [single showing very well from the dam wall, late evening].

Kilvington - 3 Stonechats [around derelict farm], also Red-crested Pochard.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREATER SCAUP [female on Clifton Pit at 12:30].

Compton Acres - 2 Tree Pipits [this morning].

Saturday 12th October

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Pallid Harrier [juvenile present on reserve early afternoon and then again early evening. Second county record if accepted]. Also GREAT WHITE EGRETstill.
Just to let everyone know that the reserve may be busy tomorrow due to the Pallid Harrier. If the car park is full, please use the grassy area before the main car park near the pylon as an overflow. Thanks.

Holme Pierrepont - GREATER SCAUP [female on A52 Pit this morning], also 2 Black-necked Grebes still. single Barnacle Goose [with goose flock on Blotts Pit].

Hoveringham - 4 Whooper Swan [circled the Works Pit], also a pair of Stonechat [Sailing Lake] and c30 Swallows south.

Friday 11th October

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles still on A52 Pit this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 13 Pintail, 5 Ruff and single Green Sandpiper [Chainbridge Scrape]. BLACK-NECKED GREBE and single Ruff [Neatholme Scrape].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Pintail [Clifton Pit], also Water Rail and Chiffchaff.

Thursday 10th October

RSPB Langford Lowfields - HEN HARRIER [initially over the car park, then later over the reed bed]. Also 1 Marsh Harrier [ad fem], Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel Goldeneye, Stonechat and 2 Willow Warbler.

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [one on A52 Pit], also 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE still.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREAT WHITE EGRET [one on chainbridge Scrape].

Skegby Trail - Raven [one at 07:30].

Wollaton Park - 6 Ring-necked Parakeet [around Harrow Road].

Wednesday 9th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Arctic Skua [pale morph flew south over Clifton Pit, 17:20)].

Hoveringham - Woodlark [single moved south with Skylarks], also Grasshopper Warbler [annex sailing lake], Goosander, 2 Pintail, Red Kite, 2 Peregrine, Reed Warbler

Tuesday 8th October

Kilvington - ROCK PIPIT [one on West Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREAT WHITE EGRET [one still on Chainbridge West this evening], also 6 Pintail, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Ruff and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Harworth - Jack Snipe [one on former pit tip, this afternoon].

Monday 7th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY [moulting juvenile, Clifton Pit, this evening]; also 6 Pintail.

Hoveringham - 2 Pintail, Common Snipe, 2 ROCK PIPIT, 2 Stonechat [Sailing Lake], Southerly passage of 14 Skylark, 10 Barn Swallows and 2 House Martins.

Marton [Linc's] - RING OUZEL [male, seen to fly west into Nott's from Trent Port, this morning].

Sunday 6th October

Holme Pierrepont - Yellow-browed Warbler [Old Skylarks NR, c.20 yards north of parking layby, 15:55].

Budby Pumping Station - 3 Common Crane [through west, 11:15]; also 3 Woodlark [west], 2 Red Kite.

Colwick Park - Yellow-browed Warbler [in patch of willows between the Marina and Main Lake, 09:50 - 10:25 at least].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Pintail [Clifton Pit, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [still present, Neatholme Scrape], Raven [north over Chainbridge Wood, 10:53].

Saturday 5th October

Burton Joyce - c.180 Pink-footed Geese [high to east, 14.00]; also 2 Redwing and 3 Swallow [early morning].

Beeston - 2 Raven [circling low over the ols players factory, 14:00

Stoke Ferry - Common Sandpiper.

Bestwood - Ring-necked Parakeet [on the Dales estate off Edwards lane, near to the bowling green/nature reserve, 11:30].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [single on Neatholme Pit, 09:09]; also Ruff, Goldeneye [Neatholme Scrape].

Holme Pierrepont - ROCK PIPIT [Blotts Pit, then flew towards the A52 Pit, 08:20], 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles, A52 Pit].

Friday 4th October

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles, still present on Blotts Pit, this evening].

Hoveringham - Ringed Plover [Sailing Lake, flew through to south]; also a light movement of Swallows and House Martins.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [single on Neatholme Scrape, 09:17].

Thursday 3rd October

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles, still present on Blotts Pit, this evening].

Market Warsop - c.30 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare [over The Carrs, 17:30].

Barton in Fabis - GREY PLOVER [on flooded stubble fields, south-west of Cottages Flash, 10:30]; also Ruff and c.50 mixed number of hurundines, of mainly House Martin.

KIlvington Lakes - Greenshank [West Lake], c. 50 Swallow, 5 House Martin [East Lake].

Wollaton Park - 9 Ring-necked Parakeet [mobbing gull over Harrow road].

Newark - 3 Redwing, 3 Jay [high altitude to South], Swallow [South], Common Gull.

Sherwood - 12 Fieldfare [over this morning].

Wednesday 2nd October

Kilvington Lakes - KNOT, juv BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Whooper Swan [West Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Whooper Swan [Chainbridge Pit, 16:50].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles, still present on Blotts Pit, late afternoon].

Cowick Park - Red Kite [flying south-west across East Lake being mobbed by corvids, 14:00].

Barton in Fabis - Curlew [through east, 09:30], Ruff [in with large Lapwing flock on flood near Cottages Flash, 09:34]; also c.80 House Martin, c.20 Swallow.

Hoveringham - Common Sandpiper [Railway Pit, this morning], 5 Swallow, 10+ Meadow Pipit [Sailing Lake, through south], Barnacle Goose, 23 Teal, 30 Wigeon, Peregrine, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, c.20 Chiffchaff [Sailing Lake].

Tuesday 1st October

Idle Washlands - GREAT WHITE EGRET [south of Slaynes Lane, late afternoon]; also juv Marsh Harrier, 17 Swallow.

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [both juveniles, still present on Blotts Pit, late afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - c.50 House Martin, 15 Swallow [heading east over over Clifton Pit, late afternoon].

Clifton Pastures - c.30 Swallow [feeding over flood water, late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREAT WHITE EGRET, 5 Pintail, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Snipe, c.50 House Martin, Swallow [Chainbridge Scrape West], Raven [through east].

Blyth - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Curlew [on flooded fields north of the village, 11:10].

Bennerley Marsh - c.12 Swallow [through early morning].

Many thanks to:

Bob Beck, Robin Brace, Alan Clewes, John Colclough, Susy Cooper, Ian Cowgill, David Gore, Indy Kiemel Greene, Brian Hedley, John Hopper, Michael Leatherland, Peter Lee, Craig Pitchford, Neil Sainthouse, Lionel Reyes, Simon Roberts, Alan Scrimshaw, Tom Shields, Helen Swain, David Tyldesley, Mark Wilde.

@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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