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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Tuesday 12th November

Spalford Pig fields - 3 CASPIAN GULL [sub-adult, third-winter and the long staying yellow ringed second-winter German bird seen at Dunham Pools, Langford Lowfields etc], 17 Yellow-legged Gull [seven ad/sub ad, three second-winter, one third-winter, six first-winter]; also 500+ LBB Gull, 15 GBB Gull, 19 Herring Gull, 10 Shelduck, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper.

Hoveringham - 13 Little Egret [area generally], 2 Stonechat [Sailing Lake]

Monday 11th November

Hoveringham - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Little egret [on dykes towards village], juv Whooper Swan, 4 Pochard, 2 female Goldeneye, 1 female Goosander, 6 Lapwing, Common Snipe [Sailing Lake this afternoon].

Clumber Park - Raven [on the Chapel tower, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - HEN HARRIER [ringtail again at the south end of Tiln North, this morning].

Sunday 10th November

Netherfield Lagoons - 5000 Starling [roosted in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed].

Langford Lowfields - 30 Pink-footed Geese [over north, 13:20].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - c.100 Pink-footed Geese [Hayton Common, feeding on stubble field].

Harworth Pit Tip - c.80 Pink-footed Geese [heading east], 14 Grey Partridge, 5 JACK SNIPE, c.20 Snipe, 2 SHORT-EARED OWL, c.10 Skylark, c.25 Meadow Pipit, c.10 Goldfinch.

Osberton - 25 Pink-footed Geese [on the deck with Greylag flock, this afternoon].

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Raven [midday].

Clumber park - c.300 Pink-footed Geese [moving south-east in 3 Skeins, this morning].

Southwell - 160 Pink-footed Geese [heading north-east, 10:00].

Worksop - c.200 Pink-footed Geese [heading east, 09:50].

Harlow Wood - c.220 Pink-footed Geese [c.70 over south east, 09:45 and c.150 same direction 10:45].

Budby Pumping Station - 93 Pink-footed Geese [over north-east, 09:35].

Barton in Fabis - 4 Stonechat [pair, A453 Balancing Pond and second pair along Trentside].

Saturday 9th November

Collingham Pits - 2+BEARDED TIT [calling from the Silt Lagoon reed-bed, late afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - c.5000 Starling [roosed in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed], 2 Green Sandpiper [on the new workings].

Langford Lowfields - BITTERN [Phase 2, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - HEN HARRIER [ringtail, Tiln North late morning].

Gringley Carr - 100+ Pink-footed Geese [flying over near The Pumping Station, this morning], 6 Whooper Swan, pair Stonechat, 6+ Corn Bunting [along Carr Road].

Lenton - 14 Goosander [on Highfields University Park boating lake].

Holme Pierrepont - Juv Long-tailed Duck, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [still present on the A52 Pit, this morning].

Friday 8th November

Holme Pierrepont - Juv Long-tailed Duck, female COMMON SCOTER, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [A52 Pit, late afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 200 Pink-footed Geese [heading east over Clifton Pit, 16:54].

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Raven [midday].

Gringley Carr - 2 BEWICK'S SWAN, 92 Whooper Swan [along Carr Lane, viewed from Ings Lane, 11:15].

Hoveringham - 3 female COMMON SCOTER, 11 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, Stonechat [Sailing Lake]..

Langford Lowfields - BITTERN, 2 Stonechat, 3 Shelduck.

Stoke Ferry - Common Sandpiper [still on the riverside].

Thursday 7th November

Gringley Carr - 120 Whooper Swan.

Bennerley Marsh - c.85 Golden Plover [this morning].

Wednesday 6th November

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cattle Egret [flew in from Barton in Fabis to roost on Coneries, 15:30].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - HEN HARRIER [ringtail, flew east over Chainbridge viewpoint, this afternoon]; also 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat, Golden Plover.

Idle Washlands - 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, Marsh Harrier, 4 Stonechat [Slaynes Lane].

Farnsfield - Raven [calling and flying north to south, 14:30].

Collingham Pits - 30 Whooper Swan [25 adults, 5 juveniles feeding on rape field off Ferry Lane, mid afternoon; with 81 Mutes and Black Swan].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [juvenile, still on the A52 Pit, 13:19].

Hoveringham - COMMON SCOTER [female, still on the Sailing Lake, this morning].

Barton in Fabis - Cattle Egret [still present on Cottages Flash/riverside fields, 11:57 - 15:00 at least].

Tuesday 5th November

Harworth Pit Tip - Snow Bunting [on the Pit Tip late afternoon]; also GREAT WHITE EGRET [on fields on the opposite side of the A1].

Collingham Pits - 15 Whooper Swan [feeding on rape field off Ferry Lane, early-afternoon].

Budby - 150 Pink-footed Geese [over north, 11:49], Green Sandpiper [high north, calling, 14:36].

Beckingham Marshes - 2 Whooper Swan, 50 Common Snipe.

Langford Lowfields - 13 Goldeneye, 2 Stonechat.

Idle Washlands - 4 GREAT WHITE EGRET [Slaynes Lane, 09:47], Marsh Harrier, Stonechat [Slaynes Lane], 13 Pink-footed Geese [heading south].

Monday 4th November

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [A52 Pit, late afternoon].

Spalford Pig fields - CASPIAN GULL [first-winter, this afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET, Stonechat [Slaynes Lane, this afternoon].

Hoveringham - COMMON SCOTER [female, still present on the Sailing Lake]; also 60 Golden Plover.

Thorpe in the Glebe - Woodcock.

Barton in Fabis - Cattle Egret [single still present, late morning].

Kilvington Lakes - GREAT WHITE EGRET [West Lake, on spit, 10:09].

Sunday 3rd November

Idle Washlands - 40+Whooper Swan [Misson east flood, then flew towards Gringley Carr], 110 Pink-footed Geese [heading east], Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, Ruff, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler [Misson east flood], 40 Pink-footed Geese [south-east over Slaynes Lane], Little Egret, 4 GREAT WHITE EGRET, Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Stonechat [all Slaynes Lane], 4 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BEARDED TITS [still present Clifton Pit, from Tower hide].

Spalford Pig fields - CASPIAN GULL [second-winter], c.800 LBB Gull, 10 Herring, 15 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 GBB Gull; also 2,000+ Starlings, 30 Tree Sparrow, Green Sandpiper.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WOOD SANDPIPER, 16 Common Snipe, 2 Ruff, Redshank [Chainbridge Scrape], 6 Whooper Swan [Chainbridge Pit], GREAT WHITE EGRET [Neatholme Scrape], Ruff [Neatholme Fen].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, ROCK PIPIT [on the A52 Pit, this morning].

Hodsock Priory - Merlin [female hunting Skylarks, north of Hodsock Priory].

Bevercotes - FIRECREST [caught and ringed, Bevercotes pit wood, this morning].

Barton in Fabis - Cattle Egret [single still present, 09:00 - early afternoon], Merlin [low over Cottages Flash, towards the ANR], Stonechat [near Cottages Flash].

Bennerley Marsh - c.250 Pink-footed Geese [over south-east, 08:30]; also single Little Egret.

Saturday 2nd November

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WOOD SANDPIPER [Chainbridge Scrape East, 16:24]; also GREAT WHITE EGRET.

Hawton - 6 Whooper Swan [in field south of Pyketts Farm, 16:15].

Clifton Pastures - c.60 Pink-footed Geese [still feeding on stubble near the Fairham Brook this afternoon, but flushed by Peregrine and flew west, 13:45].

Barton in Fabis - Cattle Egret [single, on flooded riverside fields near Cottages Flash, 12:40], GREAT WHITE EGRET [briefly on flood, then flew east, 14:50]; also Stonechat [A453 Balancing Pond].

Collingham Pits - 32 Whooper Swan [17 adults and 5 juv's, in fields west of Ferry Lane Lake, 12:55 also 4 adults and 6 juv's at the end of Carton Ferry Lane], Ruff, 4 Curlew [on flooded fields north of Cromwell Quarry, late afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BEARDED TITS [still Clifton Pit, 08:44 at least].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [still present on the A52 Pit, 08:00].

Friday 1st November

Lenton - GREAT WHITE EGRET [feeding in the dark with a Grey Heron, on the newly created tottle brook pond in highfields university park, 16:00 - 18:00 at least].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Swallow [over Clifton Pit, 16:28].

Hoveringham - COMMON SCOTER [female still present on the Sailing Lake], GREATER SCAUP [juvenile still Railway Pit]; also drake aythya hybrid [Tufted Duck x Pochard, still on the Railway Pit].

Langford Lowfields - 2+ BEARDED TITS, 7 Goldeneye, 5000 Starling, 2 Water Rail, 3 Cetti’s Warbler. Please note that the boardwalk and floating bridge had to be closed today due to very high water levels.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREY PLOVER [over Tiln North, 09:50, then Chainbridge Scrape East, 11:00].

Clifton - Peregrine [feeding on pigeon on a window ledge on the 19th floor of the South Church Court flats].

Burton Joyce - Brambling [in private garden].

Shireoaks - Hoopoe [still present, just over the county boundary in S.York's].

Many thanks to:

Merv Bartle, Bob Beck, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, John Colclough, Susy Cooper, Carl Cornish, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Martin Cutler, Jacqueline Dennison, Dereck Evans, John Gallagher, Indy Kiemel Greene, Stuart Davenport, John Ellis, Peter Freeman, Steve Furber, Joe Harris, Judith Harrison, John Hopper, Kate Kilby, Michael Leatherland, Ian Livsey, Dave Morton, Suzanne Nelson, Dean Nicholson, Raymond Parker, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Neil Sainthouse, Andy Shooter, Glen Thomas, David Tyldesley, Leigh Watson, 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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