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 - 2019

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2019

Archived Sightings 2020

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.

Sunday 9th August

Langford Lowfields - WOOD SANDPIPER [Phase 3, this evening], TURNSTONE [2 adults, juvenile, Phase 3, 08:58], WHIMBREL [Phase 3, 09:10], GARGANEY [eclipse dr'k, Phase 2], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile, this evening], 9 Black-tailed Godwit [flew east over Phase 3, 10:57]; also 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET, Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Golden Plover, 6 Yellow-legged Gull.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail [this evening].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Hobby, 2 Raven [this afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - WHIMBREL [over east calling, 07:30], GARGANEY, Green Sandpiper, juv Water Rail [Slurry Lagoons, this morning], WHIMBREL [over south-west calling, 16:20], 7 Green Sandpiper [New Workings].

Besthorpe NR - GARGANEY [eclipse dr'k, Mons Pool].

Collingham Pits - WHIMBREL [calling several times overhead, 09:51].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen, 08:30], BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juvenile, Neatholme Scrape], Goldeneye [Neatholme Pit], Marsh Harrier [Clayworth Common].

Holme Pierrepont - 3 TURNSTONE [east through Blotts Pit, 07:59], SANDERLING [east through Blotts Pit, 08:16], ARCTIC TERN [juvenile, east through Blotts Pit, 08:50].

Idle Washlands - SANDWICH TERN [east through Slaynes Lane, early morning], 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 14 Dunlin, 2 Avocet, 18 LRP, 4 Ringed Plover, Redshank, 21 Common Tern, Swift [Slaynes Lane Misson], 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 34 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 30 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 40 Lapwing [Hagg Lane Flash], Cattle Egret, 13 TURNSTONE, 2 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit [Newington Flash, S.York's, early morning].

Bunny - Harrier Sp [male, distantly quartering over fields just south of Bunny old wood, then headed off west towards Costock, this morning].

Saturday 8th August

Idle Washlands - Cattle Egret [Hagg Lane Flash/Newington Flash], GREAT WHITE EGRET, 7 Ruff, Cuckoo [Slaynes Lane].

Netherfield Lagoons - Spotted Crake [probable, briefly on the Slurry Lagoon then disappeared into the reeds at the northern end, 08:00 and probably again briefly at about 11:00 in the same general area]; also GARGANEY, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 male Lesser Emperor Dragonfly.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow, this evening].

Kirklington - Raven [heading east to west over the village, this afternoon]; also Yellow Wagtail.

King's Mill Reservoir - GARGANEY [shallow, south-west end to 11:20 at least].

Langford Lowfields - 3 CASPIAN GULL [third-summer, ringed second-summer X34E, probable adult, Phase 3]; also 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 2 BITTERN, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Golden Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Goldeneye, Wigeon.

Kilvington Lakes - Northern Wheatear [this morning].

Friday 7th August

Arnold - WHIMBREL [small group over calling, 21:45].

Netherfield Lagoons - GARGANEY, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper [Slurry Lagoon, this evening], 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper [New Workings]; also 3 Lesser Emperor Dragonfly [2 males and 1 female egg laying on the Slurry Lagoon].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [showed briefly, 14:30].

Idle Washlands - 6 GREAT WHITE EGRET, Avocet, 4 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 10+Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Slaynes Lane, Misson].

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Blotts Pit, 11:35].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Whinchat, Common Redstart [The Willows], Northern Wheatear [Conservation Lake], Green Sandpiper [Neatholme].

Kilvington Lakes - Greenshank, Common Sandpiper [this morning].

Keyworth - 2 Red Kite [circling over grass-land, this morning].

Thursday 6th August

Attenborough Nature Reserve - WOOD SANDPIPER [still present on Clifton Pit, 17:17 at least]; also Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Yellow Wagtail.

Netherfield Lagoons - Lesser Emperor Dragonfly [over waterweeds on the Slurry Lagoon, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Tree Pipit [The Willows, 08:25], BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juvenile, Neatholme Scrape].

Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET

, 2 Goldeneye, Greenshank, Redshank, 4 Dunlin, Yellow-legged Gull [this morning].

Hoveringham - Red Kite, Common Sandpiper [Sailing Lake].

Wednesday 5th August

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREATER SCAUP [juvenile, Bellmoor Lake, sat on the main island, 19:40].

Farnsfield - Red Kite [flew over the A614, one mile north of the White Post, 11:15].

Clifton Grove - 3 Hobbies [hawking dragonflies over large field near the Beeston marina chalets, 11:15]

Budby Pumping Station - Marsh Harrier [cream-crown, through east, 10:30].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - WOOD SANDPIPER [Ridge and Furrow, 07:00 and again on Clifton Pit, 15:50 - 19:00 at least]; also Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Snipe.

Tuesday 4th August

Langford Lowfields - 10 Yellow-legged Gull [Phase 3, this evening], 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET, BITTERN, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 10+Dunlin, Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, Hobby [all this morning].

Calverton - Red Kite [low over Calverton Church 16:30].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Green Sandpiper [still on Ridge & Furrow, 10:30].

King's Mill Reservoir - Common Sandpiper.

Upper Broughton - Red kite [over towards the A46].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Tree Pipit [south-east over the Windsurf pit, 06:45], Northern Wheatear [Tiln North, 07:10].

Cotgrave - QUAIL [singing male, still in first field west of the Sewage Works, 05:55 - 06:15], also Tree Sparrow.

Monday 3rd August

Cotgrave - QUAIL [singing male, still in first field west of the Sewage Works, this evening].

Sutton in Ashfield - 43 Swift [Sutton town centre, this evening].

Bilsthorpe - Hobby [in from the south, then west, 17:30].

Idle Washlands - Cattle Egret [Slaynes Lane, winter plumaged different bird to last week, also near Newington Flash, S.York's in field with cows West of Ship Inn, 15:45 to 16:00], 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 3 Little Egret, 6 Common Snipe, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, Ringed Plover, WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 Commonon Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [all Slaynes Lane].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - c.12 Black-tailed Godwit [Clifton Pit, 16:00].

Netherfield Lagoons - GREAT WHITE EGRET [on Slurry Lagoon mid afternoon - flew west about 15:35], GARGANEY [still present].

Hoveringham - Hobby, 2 Raven [Sailing Lake, this afternoon].

Sunday 2nd August

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Blotts Pit, 16:15 - 17:00 at least], Marsh Harrier [cream-crown, flying around the back edge of blots, then drifted over the A52 Pit, 16:00].

Hodthorpe - 2 Corn Bunting [New Farm on Broad Lane off A60].

Church Laneham - Yellow-legged Gull [3cy on the river Trent].

West Ranskill - 2 Red Kite [flying overhead at approx 13:30].

Cotgrave - 2 QUAIL [singing males, still in first field west of the Sewage Works, 14:15].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 African Sacred Ibis[flying north-west over Neatholme Fen, 09:15].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard, GOSHAWK, Red Kite, 2 Hobby [between 08:30 - 11:00], 2 Raven, Mandarin [Welbeck Abbey].

Langford Lowfields - 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, GARGANEY [still on Phase 2, this morning], 2 Curlew, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, 8+Curlew/Whimbrel [flew west], 2 TURNSTONE, adult CASPIAN GULL, 8 Yellow-legged Gull [this evening].

Idle Washlands - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew east over Slaynes Lane, 07:50], also 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, nearby 8 Common Snipe [Hagg Lane Flash].

Saturday 1st August

Retford - PIED FLYCATCHER [female type, Kings Park, at the top of the hill north of the play area, 12:24 - 13:33 but no further sign between 17:00 - 18:00].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [one displaying, 11:18].

Idle Washlands - Wigeon, 7 Pochard, 6 LRP, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 20+Common Tern, c.300 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Slaynes Lane, Misson].

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile, Blotts Pit, 08:57], GREAT WHITE EGRET [dropped into Blotts Pit, 12:30].

Bilsthorpe - Honey Buzzard - [over heading east to west, 08:10].

Langford Lowfields - 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon [Phase 3, this morning], GARGANEY [juv/female], BITTERN, Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, Hobby [Phase 2].

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - 2 African Sacred Ibis.

Hoveringham - Pochard, Common sandpiper, Hobby [Railway Pit this morning].

Cotgrave - 1+QUAIL [singing males, in barley field by path to Tollerton and down the side of the sewage works, 07:45 – 09:45].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREAT WHITE EGRET [still present roosting on Coneries, 07:00].

Many thanks to:

Karen Archibald, Roger Bird, Sue Bird, Amanda Blackburn, Robin Brace, Nicholas Brownley, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, John Colclough, Carl Cornish, Mark Cottingham, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Lance Degnan, Jacqueline Dennison, John Ellis, Del Evans, Adey Fox, Steve Furber, Josh Fusiara, John Gallagher, Indy Kiemel Greene, Andy Hall, Jill Hannah, Kev Hawkridge, Tom Hibbert, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Steve Jones, Ian Livsey, Martin McCallum, Andrew Matthews, Andy Murray, Ruth Nettleship, Dean Nicholson, Steve Payne, Richard Penson, Peter Playle, Clive Prescott, Dave Read, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Harry Robinson, Martin Russell, Neil Saithouse, Tommy Salt, Tim Sexton, Andy Shooter, Keith Short, Edmund Staunton, Mel Thorn, David Tyldesley, Bob Usher, Paul Wilcox, Mark Wilde, 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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