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.

Saturday 15th June

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [showing from the watchpoint, 09:50 and again 15:40].

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - 2 Whooper Swan [Mons Pool, 17:47].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Yellow-legged Gull [second-summer, Bellmoor Lake, 17:16], 3 Spotted Flycatcher [reported Bunker Wood].

Hoveringham - 21 Little Egret [all in one flooded field, behind the Sailing Lake, this afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first summer, Phase Three, early afternoon]; also 2+Yellow-legged Gull, Whooper Swan, Green Sandpiper.

Bennerley Marsh - Hobby [through, this afternoon].

Thrumpton - Cuckoo [calling from riverside tree, seen from the Long Eaton side of the river, 10:43].

Friday 14th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 7 Dunlin, 3 Common Redshank [Chainbridge Scrape].

Thursday 13th June

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [second-summer, again on Blotts Pit this evening].

East Leake - 6 Little Egret [over due west, 20:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Little Ringed Plover, Common Gull [Clifton Pit, 19:00].

Thoresby Park - 2 Yellow Wagtail, 200+ Swift.

Rufford Country Park - 2 Hawfinch [by the staff car park, this morning].

Wednesday 12th June

Thoresby Park - Woodcock [roding male, South Grove 18:48]; also 300+Swift [over north, this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [second-summer, Blotts Pit still 17:38].

Netherfield Lagoons - Green Sandpiper [on the New Workings, late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Curlew [Tiln North, early afternoon], Dunlin [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Tuesday 11th June

Langford Lowfields - Cuckoo [female, rufous "hepatic" morph, flew passed the Beach Hut, this morning].

Monday 10th June

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [second-summer, Blotts Pit still this evening].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer], 5 Yellow-legged Gull, Dunlin, Hobby, Whooper Swan [Phase Three, 10:00 - 13:00].

Sunday 9th June

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer], 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Dunlin, Whooper Swan [Phase Three, this afternoon].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single showing well from the viewpoint].

Idle Washlands - Marsh Harrier [cream-crown], Common Snipe [drumming, Misson West, Slaynes Lane].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Dunlin [Clifton Pit, 07:25].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first and second-summer, Blotts Pit still this morning]; also Cuckoo.

Saturday 8th June

Holme Pierrepont - 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first and second-summer, Blotts Pit again this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 6 Dunlin [flew north, 18:49], Common Gull [second-summer], Goosander [Clifton Pit].

Rufford - TURTLE DOVE [purring male, from electricity pole near old Rufford pit site, 18:30].

Friday 7th June

Holme Pierrepont - 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first and second-summer, Blotts Pit this evening, 20:30 at least]. Also Cuckoo calling.

Pleasley Hill - QUAIL [singing briefly early morning and again 11:36 near Penniment Lane/Sampson's Lane juntion, singing from field opposite Penniment Farm].

Thursday 6th June

Pleasley Hill - QUAIL [singing male, near Penniment Lane/Sampson Lane junction this morning and again this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer, Blotts Pit this evening].

Attenborough Reserve - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer, Clifton Pit, 10:21].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single showing from the viewpoint, 09:50]

Wednesday 5th June

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer, still Blotts Pit, 18:04].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - CASPIAN GULL [first-summer, Bellmore Lake], 2+ Yellow-legged Gull.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single showing from the viewpoint, 12:35].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer again on Phase Three, this Morning]; also Whooper Swan.

Tuesday 4th June

Holme Pierrepont - 3 SANDERLING [Blotts Pit, 16:49, single still present 19:00 at least], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer, Blotts Pit 16:53, different bird to the one seen on Sunday].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-summer again on Phase Three, this afternoon]; also MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer], Yellow-legged Gull, Whooper Swan.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Curlew [Neatholme Fen, 15:15], Greenshank [Chainbridge Scrape East, this evening].

Spalford - CASPIAN GULL [first-summer, Spalford Pig Fields, present since 28th May].

Church Laneham - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling].

Monday 3rd June

Budby Common - 4 Nightjar [At least 4 churring, from different locations this evening]; also 2 Woodcock.

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

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [wing-clapping male joined by female, with both then drifting south, 09:25 - 09:35; male again displaying 13:10]; also Hobby.

Compton Acres - Hobby [through, 13:45].

Thoresby Park - Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail [Perlethorpe Flood], Reed Warbler [by the metal bridge near the Courtyard, 12:18]

Langwith - Quail [at the roadside east of Langwith, this morning].

Worksop - 2 Cuckoo [calling around the course, this morning].

Sunday 2nd June

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [single male showing on and off most of the day from 09:25 - 14:00, prolonged views of the male soaring over the Cat Hills Plantation 13:00 - 13:35, 2 up together male and female, 14:00]. Also Red Kite, Peregrine, Hobby, 6+Common Buzzard, 2 Goosander [pair], 4 Shelduck, 2+Yellow Wagtail.

Budby Common - 2 Woodlark [mid-morning].

Osberton Estate - 11 CORN BUNTING [singing males, holding territory on the Osberton estate, this morning]. Also Barn Owl, Hobby.

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer], TURTLE DOVE [Blotts Pit, early morning].

Langford Lowfields - 3 SANDERLING [still present on Phase Three], Hobby.

Saturday 1st June

Budby Common - 4+ Nightjar, several roding Woodcock, Tawny Owl [this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - OSPREY [over south from Tower hide, 17:52].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [overhead from the viewpoint, did maybe 15 "wingclap" displays in short bursts. Otherwise circling/soaring then headed off south-west, on view from 13:00 -13:40]. Also GOSHAWK, Red Kite, Hobby.

Langford Lowfields - 3 SANDERLING, MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer], 2 Yellow-legged Gull [second-summer], Whooper Swan [all Phase Three, this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - LITTLE TERN [Chainbridge Scrape West, 08:15 - 12:25 at least]

Many thanks to:

Laurence Archibald, Stephen Bacon, Merv Bartle, Robin Brace, Nicholas Brownley, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Carl Cornish, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Mark Dawson, Jacqueline Dennison, David Dunn, Malcolm Goodman, Indy Kiemel Greene, Andy Hall, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Mike Leatherland, Scott Linacre, Andy Merrick, Dean Nicholson, Raymond Parker, Andrew Przeslak, Phil Read, Anthony Reed, Simon Roberts, Andy Shooter, Rob Smith, Simon Smith, John Tebbs, Dave Viles, 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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