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, 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 from Budby Heath). 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."
Archived Sightings 2001 - 2018
Archived Sightings 2001 to 2018
Archived Sightings 2018
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 birds 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.
Thursday 19th April
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 27 Whooper Swan [circle Bellmoor Lake, then flew north-east, 19:25], COMMON SCOTER, Garden Warbler [Bellmore Lake, this evening], Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern [Neatholme Fen, 18:00], OSPREY [over the Wind Surf pit, 12:25, then circling Lound village slowly drifting north, 13:00], 2 Common Crane [flying high north along the river Idle, 10:30], Lesser Whitethroat [Chainbridge view point], Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Raven, Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North].
Thoresby Park - Woodcock [through east, this evening], Brambling, 2 Mandarin [pair], Chiffchaff, 24+ Goldcrest.
Annesley Woodhouse - Brambling [in garden off Forest Rd, this morning].
Hoveringham - 2 ARCTIC TERN and 12 Golden Plover [Sailing Lake, through north, this afternoon].
Annesley Pit Top - Marsh Harrier [female, high over heading east, 15.10].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - LITTLE GULL [second summer, Clifton Pit, 13:50 - 16:00 at least], Bufflehead [ringed female still, Clifton Pit, 16:17], Lesser Whitehtoat [tower hide path], Reed Warbler [Clifton Pit, reedbed].
Clifton - Red Kite [drifting east over the estate, 13:48].
Idle Washlands - LITTLE TERN [over Hagg Lane Flash, 13:40 - 14:53 then flew high towards Misson, relocated again over Hagg Lane Flash, 16:50, then moved onto Newington Flash, South York's and still present 19:00].
Netherfield Lagoons - White Stork [drifting high to the west, c.12:30], 4 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [2 calling adults over the Deep Pit, then headed off high east, 09:40. 2 different adults in full breeding plumage down on the water briefly, then headed off high east, 11:10], Grasshopper Warbler [reeling], 3 Common Tern, single Fieldfare.
Holme Pierrepont - White Stork [soaring on thermals above Skylarks nature reserve, drifting high to the west, 12:20], 3 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler [Blotts Pit, this evening].
Belated news - Unconfirmed report of a Golden Oriole on Budby South Forest on 17th April, heard only.
Wednesday 18th April
Netherfield Lagoons - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling, this evening], 2 Reed Warbler, Northern Wheatear, Common Tern, Green Sandpiper [calling, heading north at dusk].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - COMMON SCOTER [female, still on Bellmoor Lake this evening].
Southwell - 2 Pink-footed Geese [over oakmere golf course, 18:30].
Thoresby park - Brambling [still, 18:05], Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin .
Barton in Fabis - Little Ringed Plover [flash, behind Barton Island, 17:28], Grasshopper Warbler [reeling Branshill Ponds, 18:50], Lesser Whitethroat.
Bestwood Pit Top - Common Redstart, Common Whitethroat [on the pit top, 17:30].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 6 ARCTIC TERN [3 on Coneries, 15:08, increasing to 6 on Clifton Pit, 15:56 - 16:45 at least], Grasshopper Warbler [reeling, 08:23].
Bennerley Marsh - Ruddy Shelduck [female, this afternoon], Common Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Peregrine.
Newstead Abbey - Cuckoo [heard singing in paradise field].
Wollaton Park - LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER [heard drumming], Northern Wheatear [in the conservation area next to wollaton Road exit, 11:00, still present Thomsons Wood area, 16:15].
Clifton Grove - 2 Lesser Whitethroat [in hedgerow below Branshill, 10:40].
Market Warsop - Brambling [still in private garden, this morning].
Thrumpton - SANDWICH TERN [flew from the Long Eaton GP's to the river Thrumpton/Power Station area, 09:06].
Hoveringham - 5 SANDWICH TERN [4 present briefly on the Sailing Lake, 07:30 before moving off east. A single bird was present from 09:40 - 09:45 before moving off north-west. Also 2 ARCTIC TERN, Little Ringed Plover and Ruddy Shelduck.
Annesley Pit Top - Hawfinch [through south-east over the pit top, 07:16].
Tuesday 17th April
Woodborough - Red Kite [over, mobbed by Buzzard and Crows, 16:30].
Kirkby in Ashfield - Raven [flew over Hollinwell golf course] and 2 House Martin [over the A611 along side the course entrance, 16:00].
Thoresby park - Brambling, Barn Swallow, House Martin.
Barton in Fabis - Black-tailed Godwit [Cottages Flash, 11:30].
Hoveringham - WHIMBREL, ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Lake, this morning].
Netherfield Lagoons - Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat [by the Gravel Pits, this morning], 4 Lesser Whitethroat [heard], Peregrine, 2 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Redpoll [Slurry Lagoon].
Monday 16th April
Langford Lowfields - BAR-TAILED GODWIT [still present on Phase 3 this evening, view only from the southern boundary public footpath].
Newstead Abbey - Carrion Crow [leucistic individual, in the first field on the right after you pass the barrier at the lodge at Annersley end, this evening].
Thrumpton - Marsh Harrier [cream crown, over fields near the river path, heading towards the A453, 17:03].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - RING OUZEL [flew from ploughed field next to The Willows over to north-east corner of Neatholme Scrape, 15:40], 3 Yellow Wagtail [Doughty’s Pit, midday], Cuckoo [heard calling from Sandy Hills], 2 Common Whitethroat [Chainbridge Pit along the riverbank and second on Water Ski Pit], SMEW, 5 Avocet [Neatholme Fen], Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Scrape], Curlew, 2 Common Redshank [Tiln North].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 ARCTIC TERN [Tween Pond, 15:00 - 15:40 then flew high west, but both birds returned 16:58].
Hoveringham - ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Lake, this morning]. Also 6 Pink-footed Geese, Little Egret, Peregrine, Red Kite, 3 Fieldfare.
Wollaton Park - WOOD WARBLER [male, reported singing behind the fence by the north-west corner of the lake, 07:15].
Sunday 15th April
Wollaton Park - LITTLE GULL [present over the lake, from at least 16.30 until 17.15].
Langford Lowfields - BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 3 Avocet [still present on Phase 3], Brambling &, 2 Lesser Redpoll [feeding on seed by the car park], 2 Grey Partridge, House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat.
Sherwood Forest NNR - 4 Brambling, 2 Woodlark [Budby Common], 2 Tree Pipit [1 Forest, 1 Common], 10+ Lesser Redpoll [heard calling all over the forest and on the common].
Bunny Woods - Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Partridge, 5 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff [this afternoon].
Netherfield Lagoons - Reed Warbler, 3+Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat.
Kilvington Lakes - Little Ringed Plover, 2 Goosander, Goldeneye, Red Kite [this afternoon], Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff [all on site now]
Babworth - Red Kite [mobbed by Carrion Crow, Little Manton NR].
Carburton - 2 Brambling [on the feeders], 2 Barn Swallow [over the lake].
Thoresby Park - Brambling, several Siskin.
Hickling - Brambling [this morning].
King's Mill Reservoir - 3 LITTLE GULL [all adults, viewed from eastern end at midday], Sand Martin.
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 LITTLE GULL [second summer, Neatholme Scrape, 11:35 increasing to 4 by 12:17], Great white Egret, redhead SMEW [Neatholme Fen, this morning], Sedge Warbler [Neatholme Scrape], COMMON SCOTER [female, still present Bellmore Lake], 2 Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Barn Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, 5+ House Martin [Bellmore Lake].
Netherfield Lagoons - Merlin [seen briefly as it flew over the site, this morning]. Also 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 2 Common Tern, 3 Fieldfare.
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 37 LITTLE GULL - [first winter, on Clifton Pit 08:57, with numbers increasing to 9 individuals by 11:16, with a further 28 arriving on Clifton Pit, 16:08], 3 Common Tern [Tween, 15:52], 2 Fieldfare [through, 17:57].
Holme Pierrepont - 35 LITTLE GULL [6 on the A52 Pit this morning, the first 5 arriving 08:10, followed by a single, 08:29. A further 29 arrived in the afternoon with 6 new in, 15:25 followed by a further 23, 16:32. All 35 were still present 19:00]. Also 8 Brambling, Curlew, Lesser Whitethroat.
Hoveringham - 30 LITTLE GULL [7 on the Sailing Lake, 07:30 and increased steadily over the next hour to a maximum count of 30 birds. Several departed with possibly some new arrivals. 12 birds were still present at 10:00]. Also a pair of GARGANEY.
Saturday 14th April
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - COMMON SCOTER [female, still Bellmore Lake, 19:45], RING OUZEL [Lound playing fields, then flushed 16:45], SANDWICH TERN [Neatholme Fen, 11:40], Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Scrape], SMEW, 5 Avocet [Neatholme Fen], Curlew [Clayworth Common], Great White Egret [Blaco], 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ruff [Tiln North].
Clifton Pastures - 28 Golden Plover [in field opposite the Barton lane/Nott'm Rd layby, late evening]. Also 2 Barn Swallow.
Holme Pierrepont -2 COMMON SCOTER [on the A52 Pit, 16:08]. Also Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Brambling.
Netherfield Lagoons - Little Ringed Plover [on riverside flood], 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
Thoresby Park - 3 Brambling [on garden feeders], Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, 3 Barn Swallow, 14 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin [all seen at around,13:00].
Kirklington - 3 House Martin [in the village].
Hoveringham - 5 COMMON SCOTER [on the Railway Pit, late morning].
Trowell - 2 Common Crane [heading east, 11:10].
Finningley GP - eighty three Curlew, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Redshank, 6 Oystercatcher, 15 Shelduck, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler.
Idle Washlands - 2 Barnacle Geese, Little Owl [Slaynes Lane].
Bentinck Void - 2 RING OUZEL.
Barton in Fabis - Curlew [over the Cottages Flash/Barton Island areas, 10:55], Green Sandpiper [flood behind Cottages Flash], Barn Swallow, Northern Wheatear [by the green barn, viewable from the A453 Balancing Pond, 17:00], Curlew [on flood behind the Trentside chalets, 17:58].
Clifton Grove - 2 Yellow Wagtail [Branshill, 08:15], 3 Barn Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler.
Langford Lowfields - BAR-TAILED GODWIT [still present from the southern boundary footpath this morning]. Also WHIMBREL, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper.
Friday 13th April
Langford Lowfields - BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Viewed from public footpath along western boundary, this evening], 20 Yellow Wagtail, 6 White Wagtail, c30 Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit [on the Trent bank], Pink-footed Goose [in with greylags].
Colwick Park - Long-tailed Duck [probable at distance on the Trout Lake, in fading light this evening], 7 Blackcap, 2 Goldeneye [this afternoon].
Barton in Fabis/Clifton Grove - Northern Wheatear [pasture opposite Barton Island, 16:05], 7 Redwing [below Branshill, 15:45], Curlew [heard only from the Barton Island fields area, 14:10], Yellow Wagtail over.
Sherwood Forest NNR - 12 Brambling [on woodland edge, just north of the visitor centre, 14.30].
Stapleford - Red Kite [over the A52, Bardills Island, 14.22].
Kilvington Lakes -Northern Wheatear [rail track beyond East lake, Staunton field, viewed from the metal gate, late morning to early evening], 25 Little Egret [Staunton fields, 13:57], Common Sandpiper, 7 Goosander.
Spion Kop - Barn Swallow [single on phone wires].
Farnsfield - Merlin [female, over the A614, Nottingham side of white post farm], 40+ Fieldfare [flying towards white post farm].
Lambley - Barn Swallow [on wires], 16 Yellowhammer [in hedgerow, Park Lane].
Edwinstowe - 3 Brambling [in private garden, 09:30].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - Reed Warbler [Coneries reed-bed, 09:05], Bufflehead [ringed female, still Clifton Pit, 16:10], 2 Common Snipe [Dragonfly Poo/Wheatear field], Sedge Warbler [2 Sailing Pit reed-bed, 2 Coneries reed-bed along the river path], 3 Tree Sparrow [by the visitor centre], 30+ Sand Martin [around the sand martin hide], Barn Swallow [Coneries], 6 Blackcap [between the bridge and Tower hide], Goosander [Clifton Pit].
Hoveringham - 20 Golden Plover [flew south-west through the Sailing Lake, this morning], 8 Curlew [flew north] and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Red-crested Pochard, 6 Oystercatcher, Corn Bunting, [Railway Pit].
Thursday 12th April
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - COMMON SCOTER [female, still present on Bellmore Lake, 18:20], 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Goosander, 2 Barn Swallow, 12 Sand Martin.
Colwick Park - 100+ Sand Martin, 40+Barn Swallow [this evening].
Bennerley Marsh - 3 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper [late afternoon].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 House Martin [within large group of hirundines over Church Pond, 14:15].
Thoresby Park -Brambling, 5 Siskin [private garden].
Holme Pierrepont - Curlew, c.60 Barn Swallow, several Sand Martin [Blotts Pit, this afternoon].
Annesley Pit Top - RING OUZEL, Northern Wheatear [this morning].
Wednesday 11th April
Harworth Pit Tip - 2 Short-eared Owl [still present, 16:40]. Also Jack Snipe.
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - COMMON SCOTER [female, Bellmore Lake, 12:47 - 14:45 at least], 20 Barn Swallow, c.15 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Goldeneye.
Scrooby – LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER; 3 Blackcap; Pintail; 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
King's Mill Reservoir - 2 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin, 2 Common Snipe.
Thoresby Park -3 Mandarin [in semi flooded field], 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Brambling, 14+ Lesser Redpoll, 17+ Linnet, Raven.
Attenborough Nature Reserve - c.50 Barn Swallow and a few House Martin [Main Pond, 11:59], Sedge Wabler [singing behind Tower hide, 12:44].
Hoveringham - 300+ Barn Swallow, 70+Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, [between 11:20 - 12:00, north end of the Sailing Lake and surrounding trees], Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher, Willow warbler [singing, Sailing Lake, mid-morning].
Netherfield Lagoons - Northern Wheatear [on plough field in front of electric sub station, late morning].
Ratcliffe on Soar - Hobby [probable, along side the A453 flying towards Nott'm from the power station, 06:40].
Tuesday 10th April
Harworth Pit Tip - 2 Short-eared Owl [2 still present, 16:38]. Also Jack Snipe.
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Sedge Wabler [singing in the sailing club marsh this evening], 2 Sand Martin, 2+ Willow Warbler [singing Coneries].
Scarrington - Cuckoo [on New Lane, 17:30].
Bilborough - Brambling [singing male, in private garden, 16:50].
Netherfield Lagoons - FIRECREST [singing male, in hawthorns along Ouse Dyke, halfway between Teal Close and the footbridge, 16:35], 6 Lesser Redpoll.
Kilvington Lakes - Pintail, 3 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye [West Lake, this evening].
Idle Washlands - Black-tailed Godwit [Slaynes Lane], Marsh Harrier [adult male, Misson to Idlestop].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Barn Swallow and small flock of Sand Martin [Bellmore Lake], 4 Goldeneye [2 pairs, Neatholme pit], 2 Shelduck [Neatholme Fen], Common Snipe, 9+ Chiffchaff , 6+ Willow Warbler [Chainbridge scrape, this afternoon].
Market Warsop - Brambling, 15+Siskin [this afternoon].
Thoresby Park -Brambling [this afternoon].
Center Parcs - Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Brambling [this morning].
Keyworth - Barn Swallow [perched on cable, then flew east, this morning].
Barton in Fabis - Black-tailed Godwit [Cottages Flash, chased off by Common Gull, 10:35 and flew up river].
Monday 9th April
Coates - Caspian Gull [1w, on the flood by the Trent near Coates, this afternoon].
Netherfield Lagoons - FIRECREST [singing male, in hawthorns by the footbridge along the Ouse Dyke, 17:45], 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER [pair found on the Slurry Lagoon this morning, still present this evening], Sedge Wabler [several singing in the reedbeds], Nuthatch [Ouse Dyke, very scarce here].
Bennerley Marsh - Green Sandpiper [moving between Notts and Derbyshire, late afternoon].
Spalford Warren - Common Whitethroat.
Collingham Pits - 4 Pintail [3 drakes], 3 Avocet, 3 Curlew [Silt Lagoon, this afternoon].
Bestwood Village - Raven [high over the village, 13:30].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Red Kite [circling over Bellmore Lake, 12:30], 2+ Brambling [Hallcroft Sewage Works, near feeders], 6+ Barn Swallow [feeding over the river River Idle, near the Morissons Store].
Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [flew over A52 towards Holme Pierrepont, 11:55].
Underwood - Lesser Whitethroat [singing male, Felley 11:30].
Hoveringham - Goldeneye, 3 Oystercatcher, Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff [Sailing Lake, this morning], Grey Partridge pair, 8 – 10 Meadow Pipit [Sailing Lake track].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - KITTIWAKE [flew south over Barton Island, 08:32], Bufflehead [ringed female, still Clifton Pit, 08:58], Red Kite [over Tween Pond, 12:11].
Market Warsop - Little Ringed Plover [circling over houses constantly calling in the fog, 08:15].
Thoresby Park - House Martin [flew south, early morning].
Sunday 8th April
East Bridgford - COMMON SCOTER [flock heading over, recorded on nocturnal migration watch, 01:30].
Carlton on Trent - White Stork [ringed indervidual present all day in flooded fields between carlton and Cromwell to the east of the villages bordering the river trent].
Netherfield Lagoons - Brambling, 8 Fieldfare, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 4 Oystercatcher, Peregrine [this evening].
Girton - 4 Yellow Wagtail [on flooded pasture, late afternoon].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape], Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Scrape], 2 Avocet, SMEW [Neatholme Fen], Curlew [Tiln North], Mandarin [drake, Bellmoor Lake], 3 Goosander [on the river Idle].
Collingham Pits - 4 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 10 Common Redshank, Whooper Swan [Silt Lagoon, this afternoon].
Holme Pierrepont - Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail [Slalom Course].
Bilborough - FIRECREST [in private garden, 11:20].
Bentinck Pit Tip - 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 3 Sand Martin, Raven, Jack Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, Willow Tit.
Kilvington Lakes - Oystercatcher, 2 Common Redshank, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Barn Swallow.
Gringley Carr - female Merlin.
Idle Washlands - Marsh Harrier [female, Slaynes Lane, Misson].
Thoresby park - 6+ Hawfinches [in yews north-east of Cameleon Lodge, viewable from road], 3 Brambling, 2 Barn Swallow, Chiffchaff, Peregrine.
Everton - 4 House Martin [in the village, this morning].
Barton in Fabis - 3 KITTIWAKE [adults, on flood opposite Barton Island, 09:30 - 09:55, then flew towards Cottages Flash with know further sign], Curlew [calling towards Thrumpton, 10:34], Fieldfare [single, over Barton Island], Merlin [female, reported flying over the A453 Balancing Pond, this afternoon].
Hoveringham - 3 KITTIWAKE [single birds through the Sailing Lake, east/north-east at 08.20, 09.30 and 10.45], 4 COMMON SCOTER [north end of Railway Pit, 16:25 at least], single Little Ringed Plover.
Attenborough Nature Reserve - KITTIWAKE [adult on Clifton Pit, 07:50 - 09:52 at least], Ruddy Shelduck [Clifton Pit, 09:37], Sand Martin [small flock, mobbing a sparrowhawk, over the visitor Centre], Goosander [drk, through Coneries].
Langford Lowfields - 2 LITTLE GULL, 3 KITTIWAKE [phase 3, this morning]
Trowell - Curlew [over the river Erewash, 07:30], 3 Gooseander, Oystercatcher.
Budby Pumping Station - Shelduck, 11 Goosander, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Snipe, 7 Sand Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, Hawfinch, 53 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing.
Skegby Trail - 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 7 Tree Sparrow, 2 Barn Swallow [06:45 - 08:30].
Saturday 7th April
Newark - OSPREY [flew north, 19:00].
Hoveringham - White Stork [low over Creagh Works, 16:05 then gaining height over Thurgarton to the north then lost to view, in view for approx 10 mins].
Netherfield Lagoons - White Stork [flying east over the Seven Trent fields, 15:50], Common Tern [flew around the Tern Platforms, late afternoon].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret, SMEW [redhead, Neatholme Fen], Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Scrape], 7 Yellow Wagtail [Chainbridge Pit].
Collingham Pits - 7 Common Redshank, 3 Curlew, 6 Whooper Swan [Silt Lagoon], 2 Grey Partridge [Ferry Fame Lake].
Langford Lowfields - Sedge Warbler [in reeds by the Beach Hut, 12:55].
Besthorpe NR - 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff [Mons Pool].
Thoresby Park - 8 Barn Swallow, ,24+ lesser Redpoll, 5+ Brambling.
King's Mill Reservoir - 6 Pochard [5 drakes], Sand Martins, Grey Wagtail.
Owthorpe - Great Grey Shrike [still present on wires between Grantham canal and the bridleway south of Newfields Farm, 11:45].
Bestwood - Barn Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler [Goosedale Lane].
Barton in Fabis - Merlin [female, A453 Balancing Pond this morning then flew towards Thrumpton], 11 Little Egret [Balancing Pond flood], 22 Fieldfare [east over Cottages Flash].
Blidworth Bottoms - 2 Barn Swallow [on wires adj. Kirkfields Stables, 09:30].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - Sedge Warbler [Sailing Pit reedbed, 10:10]. Marsh Tit [near the Delta feeding table, 09:00], Barn Swallow, 3 Common Tern [Clifton Pit].
Osberton - 5 Hawfinch, House Martin, Barn Swallow, 6 Corn Bunting [on the Osberton estate, this morning].
Friday 6th April
Netherfield Lagoons - LITTLE GULL [over the Slurry Lagoon, late afternoon], 5 Sand Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, Blackcap.
Blidworth - 2 OSPREY [over big pond and settling in tree North side of Ricket Lane, 15:22, but no further sign late afternoon].
Finningley GPs - 16 Shelduck, Peregrine, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover, C.10 Lapwing, 3 Common Redshank, 13 Curlew, C.10 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit [this afternoon].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Caspian Gull [1w, Bellmoor Lake 15:45], Black-necked Grebe [still on Neatholme Scrape], SMEW [still Neatholme Fen].
Harworth Pit Top - 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, Sand Martin [through east], 20+ Skylark, c.40 Fieldfare [through north-east], 30+ Meadow Pipit.
Carburton - 14 Goosander [on the lake near the feeding station], 4 Buzzard.
Budby Common - Woodlark.
Willoughby on the Wolds - OSPREY [through north, late morning].
Barton in Fabis - Common Tern [over flooded area, 11:07], Barn Swallow [through Cottages Flash, late morning].
Owthorpe - Great Grey Shrike [still present on wires between Grantham canal (Devils Elbow) and the bridleway south of Newfields Farm, mid-morning at least], Yellowhammer [same location on wires].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 SANDWICH TERN [one through east towards Branshill, 09:45, second on Tween Pond, briefly 10:28], ARCTIC TERN [along the river towards the Long Eaton GP's, c.08:59], Red Kite [over towards Gotham, viewed from the reserve, 12:25]. Also Common Tern, Peregrine, Barn Swallow, Willow Warbler.
Hoveringham - 7 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Pintail, Shelduck, Little Egret, Common Redshank, 3 House Martin, Willow Warbler [Sailing Lake, this morning].
Wollaton Park - 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [early morning].
Bennerley Marsh - 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Barn Swallow [early morning].
Budby Pumping Station - OSPREY [flew east, 07:58], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Snipe, 1 House Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 80 Fieldfare, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Thursday 5th April
Nott'm City - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [heard calling repeatedly, from the forest recreation ground end of the Nottingham General Cemetery, this afternoon].
Collingham Pits - 2 SMEW [adult drake and redhead, Ferry Lane Pit], 3 Curlew, 18 Common Redshank [on Silt Pond], 2 House Martin, 15+ Sand Martin , 5+Barn Swallow.
Burton Joyce - Red Kite [through north, 14:00].
Clipstone - Goosander [female, Vicer Water CP, this afternoon].
Kirklington Trail - Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer, large flock of Linnet.
Gringley Carr - 32 Whooper Swan, Pintail, c.250 Fieldfare.
Attenborough Nature Reserve - OSPREY [over Clifton Pit, 11:35 then drifted off north-west], Sedge Warbler [Wheatear Field, 07:58], Willow Warbler, Blackcap [Wet Marsh path, 08:55], Willow Warbler [Beeston Marsh, 09:08], Common Tern [Sailing Pit, this morning].
Hoveringham - 6 Pink-footed Geese, Shelduck, Red Kite, Green Sandpiper, Raven, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Brambling [Sailing Lake, this morning], Corn Bunting [singing male, Railway Pit], 3 Barn Swallow [over sewage pumping station in the village]
Wollaton Park - Willow Warbler [singing male, this morning].
Holme Pierrepont - Curlew [on field between Blotts Pit and A52 Pit, this morning], Chiffchaff, Blackcap [Skylarks Reserve], Willow Warbler [Skylarks NR car park, 13:00], Common Sandpiper, 8 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail [Slalom Course, this morning], House Martin [this afternoon].
Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail.
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Yellow Wagtail [in cattle field near the IVNR Centre, 11:44], Willow Warbler [Bellmore], 2 Northern Wheatear, Swallow [Tiln north, 11:30], Great White Egret [Neatholme Fen, 09:00].
Barton in Fabis/Clifton Grove - Common Redshank [Cottages Flash, 08:37], Yellow Wagtail [Branshill, 09:23], Green Sandpiper [flood, behind Cottages Flash, 12:40], 6+Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap [Rough Wood, 16:20], c.40 Fieldfare [over Cottages Flash, 17:12].
Wednesday 4th April
Holme Pierrepont - Yellow Wagtail [A52 Pit, this evening], Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail [Slalom Course, 12:15].
Bilborough - 2 Barn Swallow [through south-east, 18:15].
Barton in Fabis - Curlew [heard only, from flooded area towards Barton flash, 15:30], 4 Shelduck, 3 Chiffchaff, c.30 Fieldfare.
Mansfield Woodhouse - 3 Sand Martin [through north-east, 14:20].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - Common Tern [Tween Pond, 14:14], Blackcap [singing male, 10:19], Bufflehead [ringed female, Clifton Pit, 08:46].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Scrape, early afternoon], SMEW [redhead, still Neatholme Fen], 3 Blackcap [along Neatholme Lane], Swallow, c.20 Sand Martin [over Bellmoor Lake/pits, this morning], 10 Common Snipe, Grey Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher, Water Rail [Bellmore].
Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Northern Wheatear [around the Wader Scrape], 2 Barn Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff.
Retford - Barn Swallow [over Waterfields Estate next to Morrisons on River Idle, 12:50].
Babworth - Red Kite [heading east towards ordsall, 11:59].
Hoveringham - 2 SANDWICH TERN [circled the Sailing Lake before moving off south-west 08:15], 2 ARCTIC TERN [one flew north through the Sailing Lake, 08:05 and a second individual flew south-west, 11:35]. Also Avocet, 25 Golden Plover, Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Barn Swallow, 6 Pink-footed Geese, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Red Kite [all Sailing Lake this morning], Yellow Wagtail, Swallow [Sailing Lake, this afternoon].
Annesley Pit Top - 2 SANDWICH TERN [through south-west, 07:49].
Tuesday 3rd April
Holme Pierrepont - LITTLE GULL [flew east through Blotts Pit, 16:53], 17+ Sand Martin [over A52 Pit, this morning], singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff [from the car park], good numbers of Redwing still.
King's Mill Reservoir - Red Kite [through, 16:44].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 SANDWICH TERN [Clifton Pit, c.16:00 - c.16:19, then flew off east down-river], Greater Scaup, Bufflehead [both still present on Clifton Pit, this afternoon], Barn Swallow [through Clifton Pit, 11:00].
Barton in Fabis - 3 SANDWICH TERN [heard calling, then seen briefly over the flood near Cottages Flash before flying over the river to the Attenborough NR, c.16:00], 3 Whooper Swan [adult/2 juvs, field behind the Trentside chalets, 09:30], c.30 Fieldfare.
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Avocet, Little Ringed Plover [Neatholme Fen, mid-afternoon], 7 Chiffchaff [singing males, Chainbridge Lane/Neatholme Lane/Cross Lane], Blackcap [singing male, Neatholme Lane], 5 Goosander [females, old Wind Surf Pool].
Langford Lowfields - Barn Swallow, c.50 Sand Martin.
Gringley Carr - 2 Northern Wheatear [in fields by the pumping station, 11:40] Also 4+ Brambling, Little Egret, 50+ Fieldfare, first-summer male Marsh Harrier.
Sherwood - Iceland Gull [first-winter, on the Nottingham Boy's High School Playing Fields, Valley Rd, c.10:30].
Edwalton - House Martin [through west, this morning].
Hoveringham - 6 Pink-footed Geese, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Avocet, Green Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Barn Swallow, Brambling [Sailing Lake, this morning], Corn Bunting [Railway Pit, this morning].
Monday 2nd April
Kimberley - Red Kite [heading south, 17:30].
Attenborough Nature Reserve - LITTLE GULL [adult-winter, Clifton Pit briefly, 10:34], Sand Martin [small numbers Sailing Pit], Barn Swallow [through east, 18:30], c.20 Golden Plover [over Branshill].
Barton in Fabis - 3 Whooper Swan [adult/2 juvs, relocated to field behind the Trentside chalets, accessed from Rectory Place, late morning].
Holme Pierrepont - Chiffchaff [adjacent to Skylarks NR].
Edwinstowe - 2 Brambling.
Bestwood - 3 Goosander, 12 Teal [Mill Lakes].
Hoveringham - Barnacle Goose, Common Redshank, Dunlin, 3 Tree Sparrow [Sailing Lake, this morning].
Bennerley Marsh - c.200 Golden Plover [early morning].
Annesley Pit Top - 2 COMMON SCOTER [06:55].
Sunday 1st April
Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREATER SCAUP [female still Clifton Pit, 18:00], 2 Pintail [pair], 3 Goosander, [Clifton Pit, 18:00], Bufflehead [ringed female, Clifton Pit, 16:20], 14 Sand Martin [Coneries, 16:45], Sand Martin [small numbers Main Pond, this morning].
Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - KITTIWAKE [adult, briefly on Neatholme Fen, 17:11], 2 Little Ringed Plover, Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Fen], 20+Sand Martin [Neatholme Scrape], 10 Goosander, Common Redshank [Chainbridge Pit], 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Common Redshank, 6 Pink-footed Geese [Tiln North], 5 Whooper Swan [with herd of Mutes, Hayton Common].
Sturton-le-Steeple - 2 WAXWING [in garden, feeding on mistletoe berrys].
Idle Washlands - 6 Whooper Swan, 2 Pintail, mandarin [on flood between Misson and Idlestop], 2 Sand Martin [Slaynes Lane].
Bennerley Marsh - c.230 Golden Plover [briefly, late afternoon], 2 Oystercatcher.
Carburton - Common Crane [flew over the church towards Welbeck, 12:30].
Sherwood Forest NNR - 15 Brambling, 20 Siskin, 18 Redpoll and 55 Redwing [wilderness area just north of new visitor centre site, 11:30].
Dunham Bridge - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [on River Trent c.150m north of Dunham Bridge, 11:00 - 12:10 at least, SK820746]. Also Mandarin pair.
Holme Pierrepont - 20+ Sand Martin [Blotts Pit, through late morning].
Hickling - 4 Brambling, 5 Tree Sparrow [on village feeders, this morning].
Wollaton - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [heard drumming briefly, Wollaton Park, 10:20], Goosander [drk, Harrisons Plantation].
Thrumpton - 3 Whooper Swan [adult/2 juv's still in field off Church Lane, 09:00].
Staunton - 12 Little Egret [on flooded pony paddock, this morning].
Hoveringham - Little Ringed Plover [east through the Sailing Lake, this morning], Common Redshank, 6 Pink-footed Geese, Barnacle Goose [Sailing Lake], 2 Swallow [over the Carp Lake].
Finningley GP - 2 Avocet, 6 Oysterctcher, 6 Common Redshank, 2 Barnacle Geese [unknown origin, presumed the Hatfield birds from last week], 9 Shelduck, 80+ Wigeon, single Sand Martin [this morning].
Budby Pumping Station - 2 Pintail [pair down for half an hour then flew off west[, 40 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Sand Martin, 280 Fieldfare [200 flew east + 80 feeding in area], 26 Redwing [flew north], 2 Brambling, 13 Siskin [flew north-west], 1 Hawfinch [in trees west of Flash].
Budby Common - 3 Woodlark [this morning].
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