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."


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Species shown in Blue on this page are species with less than 70 birds recorded in Nottinghamshire since 1970. Bold Red are species with on average, less than 20 records annually and Red are species of interest.

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2017

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2017

Archived Sightings 2017

208 Species recorded so far in 2017. Updated 25th November

Full List Here

Friday 19th January

Hoveringham - first-winter Iceland Gull and adult Caspian Gull [in the Sailing Lake roost. Also in the roost was a first-winter gull showing characteristics of Kumliens'Gull. The identification was not certain and the bird is therefore a probable], Red-breasted Merganser [female again present late afternoon].

Stoke Bardolph - Common Sandpiper, Goldeneye [Sewage outlet], 6 Chiffchaff, several Meadow Pipit and Grey Wagtail [along channel to sewage works].

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Stonechat [pair, Chat Corner].

Kilvington, Manor Farm Wetland [private site] - 68 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1200 Lapwing [over in one flock], 40 Golden Plover [over, this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - Smew [drk, A52 Pit, this morning].

Rufford Country Park - 17 Hawfinch [still present around the car park/Lime Tree Av area].

Thursday 18th January

Newark - Barn Owl [seen hunting over the road just North of the British Sugar plant, 18.30]

Finningley GP's - 91 Curlew [into roost this afternoon], 2 Common Redshank, 2 Pochard.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape, 15:00].

Skegby - Raven [over south-west, 13:15].

Osberton - 5 Hawfinch, 40 Barnacle Geese and a single Red kite [over Scofton village, Osberton estate this morning].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper [West Lake, this morning].

Wednesday 17th January

Hoveringham - first-winter Iceland Gull and adult Caspian Gull [in the Sailing Lake roost], Red-breasted Merganser [female, on the Sailing Lake, late afternoon only]. Also Common Sandpiper and Common Snipe.

Harworth Pit Top - 3 Short-eared Owl and Jack Snipe [this afternoon]

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [still present on the Rowing Course from the 750m marker, this morning]. Also 3 Goldeneye, 3 Pochard.

Kings Mill Reservoir - Red-brested Merganser [adult male, on the A38 side of the reservoir, this morning]. Also 6 Teal.

Rufford Country Park - 8+ Hawfinch [feeding on ground and in Limes near car park, this morning]. Also c.20 Siskin, 8 Goosander.

Tuesday 16th January

Hoveringham - Red-brested Merganser [female, late afternoon on the Sailing Lake], Oystercatcher, 9 Siskin, 7 Lesser redpoll [Railway Lake].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, still present near the Rowing Course finish line, late morning].

Owthorpe - Great Grey Shrike [still present on wires/hedgerows near the rubble pile between Grantham Canal and bridleway to Newfield Farm, 12:30, c.SK668323].

Gonalston - Common Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 20 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing.

Netherfield Lagoons - Chiffchaff [along the Ousedyke], Peregrine [hunting Teal and Shoveler flock].

Rufford Country Park - 6+ Hawfinch [main car-park area], c.40 Siskin.

Cotham - Iceland Gull [first-winter, on the landfill this morning from 09:00].

Monday 15th January

Beeston - 150+Pied Wagtail [roosting Beeston Square, this evening].

Hoveringham - 14 Whooper Swan [flew east], Single Common Sandpiper and Peregrine[Sailing Lake], Chiffchaff [Annex Pit].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Woodcock [Delta, this afternoon], 3+ Water Rail [in the nature centre reedbed].

Owthorpe - Great Grey Shrike [still present in hedgerows near the rubble pile between Grantham Canal and bridleway to Newfield Farm, 12:30, c.SK668323]

Rufford Country Park - 6+ Hawfinch [initially in limes, 12:00 then moved to yews at back of car park, 13:15].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, still present near the Rowing Course finish line, 11:30 at least]. Also Goldeneye.

Kilvington lakes - Peregrine, 2 Raven, 3 Shelduck, 9 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye [this morning].

Sunday 14th January

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape, 15:00], Caspian Gull [second winter, Neatholme Scrape from 15:50], Golden Plover [single, Hayton Common], 6 Red-crested Pochard [Water Ski Pit], Common Snipe, 3 Stonechat [Tiln North], 3 Ruff [Clayworth Common/Conservation Lake], 2 Pintail [drks,Chainbridge Scrape West], 2 Woodcock [Bunker Wood].

Finningley GPs - 76 Curlew [into roost, this afternoon]. Also 31 Shelduck, 250+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 2 Common Redshank.

Southwell - Raven [flew west over NTU Brackenhurst Campus, 14:00].

Barton in Fabis - 6 Stonechat [pair A453 Balancing Pond, pair along Barton Lane, pair Nottingham Rd, towards Clifton, this afternoon].

Kilvington Lakes - Stonechat [by derelict barn this afternoon], 2 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander [West Lake] Siskin [in alders by North Lake], Shelduck [East Lake].

Clifton Village - 7 Hawfinch [feeding on Beech and Yew along Holgate this morning, favoring trees behind Yew Tree Lodge, NG11 8NH, with 3 still present, 14:00 at least].

Thurgaton - 3 Hawfinch [13:00, bird information service report].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, still present near the Rowing Course finish line], 2 Smew [drk and redhead, on the A52 pit, this morning], 4 Common Redshank [A52 Pit].

Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Chiffchaff [single by the railway bridge and second along the Ouse Dyke],13 Goldeneye [on the Large Gravel Pit].

Rufford Country Park - 22 Hawfinch [Main car park/Lime Tree Av, this morning].

Saturday 13th January

Attenborough Nature Reserve - c.20 Waxwing [flew over the Clifton Pit viewing screen towards Barton in Fabis, 16:16].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, still near the finish line of the Rowing Course, this afternoon].

Wollaton Park - 5 Rose-ringed Parakeet [this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Pintail [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Welbeck - 4 Mandarin [3 drks, feeding station layby].

Hoveringham - Tree Sparrow [Sailing Lake], Oystercatcher, 2 Red-crested Pochard [Railway Lake], Common Redshank [riverside, Elm Tree].

Woodborough - Red Kite [Woodborough allotments, 12.40].

Flintham - 2 Red Kite [Adjacent to Flintham junction, A46. Present 10:15 and still in same location, 12:45].

Barton in Fabis - 4 Stonechat [pair A453 Balancing Pond, and pair along Barton Lane near the underpass, this morning], 12 Golden Plover [with Lapwing flock in field behind the A453 Balancing Pond].

Hickling - 4 Brambling [on feeders in Shelts Spinney on the Grantham canal]. Also 60 + mixed finch flock [feeding under pylon beside the canal by swing bridge].

Lound - Hawfinch [single, Lound village playing field, this morning].

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [single from the main car park, this morning].

Friday 12th January

Hoveringham - Red-brested Merganser [female, on the Sailing Lake, late afternoon], 2 Caspian Gull [adults, Sailing Lake roost].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, still near the finish line of the Rowing Course, this afternoon], Cetti's Warbler [Skylarks].

Barton in Fabis - 2 Stonechat [A453 Balancing Pond], Golden Plover.

King's Mill Reservoir - Water Rail [showing well, 11:30].

Rufford CP - 20+ Hawfinch [in Limes and Yews near the Abbey, several also feeding on ground under Limes and in open area to the left of the Abbey, this morning]. Also Marsh Tit, c. 12 Goosander.

Stoke Bardolph - 5 Chiffchaff [along the sluiceway].

Lowdham - 3 Blackcap [in private garden].

Thursday 11th January

Hoveringham - Smew [on the Sailing Lake, this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, showing well near the finish line of the Rowing Course, 13:00], Smew [redhead, at far west end of A52 pit to 13:00 at least, viewed from the gateways just along the dual carriageway from the Gamston roundabout].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 5 Whooper Swan [Hayton Common East of Tiln North, 12:00], 2 Ruff [feeding with Widgeon on Clayworth Common], Peregrine [north over Chainbridge Scrape East, 12:15].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Pintail [drk, Clifton Pit, 11:48].

King's Mill Reservoir - 400+Pink-footed Geese [over 11:45], Water Rail [showing well, 11:00], 21 Redwing [Sutton Lawn Pleasure Grounds, 15:30].

Lound - Hawfinch [single, Lound village looking in trees towards Care home South of crossroads, 11:30].

Clifton/Gotham - 2 Stonechat [along Nottingham Rd, male at the Clifton end, female half way down towards Gotham].

Wollaton Park - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [calling briefly near the Derby Road entrance , this morning], 9 Rose-ringed Parakeet [At the far end of the lake, conservation area, this morning].

Kilvington Lakes - Common Scoter [female, West Lake, 09:58, relocating to the East Lake, late afternoon], 9 Goosander, Shelduck, Common Redshank, Red-crested Pochard [East Lake], Stonechat [near the ruined barn].

Osberton - 40+ Hawfinch [flock of 40+ on the Osberton estate, this morning].

Rufford Country Park - 30+Hawfinch [from the main car park and Lime Tree Av, 08:45], Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [late news from yesterday: male, top end of the Lime Tree Avenue Car Park on a tall tree partially covered in Ivy, 11:30].

Wednesday 10th January

Burton Joyce - 2 Hawfinch [in poplars opposite the sports ground, 200m from level crossing 15:30].

Lound - 2 Hawfinch [still Lound village crossroads by the Nursing Home, 13:30].

Rufford Country Park - 8 Hawfinch [in Yews and Limes then flew towards the lake, early afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [first winter drk, again between the finish line and 250m marker on rowing course, 13:30 at least], Smew [redhead, still present A52 Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape East], Brambling [in garden at Walters Farm], Green Sandpiper [flyover Tiln North, heading east from Chainbridge Pit].

Tuesday 9th January

Hoveringham - Common Sandpiper, Brambling [Sailing Lake, late afternoon].

Lound - 2 Hawfinch [Lound village crossroads, 11:47 - 14:00]. Also Brambling.

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [still present on the Rowing Course by finish line, late morning at least], Raven [over Holme Pierrepont Hall, this afternoon].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Bellmore Lake] - Mediterranean Gull [adult, 10:40].

Cotham - Caspian Gull [adult, on the Landfill this morning]

Gedling Country Park - Common Stonechat [pair this morning], c. 10 Lesser Redpoll [feeding in alders with Goldfinch flock].

Monday 8th January

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [still present on the Rowing Course ranging between the 200m, 500m Mark, 16:00 at least].

Blidworth Woods - Raven [over this afternoon].

Barton in Fabis - Red Kite [over Branshill viewed from the ANR, 10:23].

Hoveringham - Goosander, 2 Common Snipe, Common Redshank [Sailing Lake], 30+ Siskin [Gonalston Lane].

Langford Lowfields - Jack Snipe, Stonechat [this morning].

Wollaton Park - 7 Rose-ringed Parakeet [this morning].

Rufford Country Park - 13 Hawfinch [9 around the main car park this morning, 4 in yew near the Abbey], 3 Goosander [on the lake].

Sunday 7th January

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [one on Rowing Course at 200m marker ], also Smew [redhead still on A52 Pit ].

Wollaton Park - 2 Rose-ringed Parakeet [single in the conservation area and a second in the tall trees on the opposite of the lake, 13:30 - 14:00].

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [15+ in main car park still this morning].

Budby Pumping Station - 4 Whooper Swan [flew NW at 09.30], also 85 Pink-footed Goose over in two skeins to the west, 2 Water Rail, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Brambling.

Kilvington - Peregrine [sat on pylon by west lake, 4:00], 1 Stonechat , 2 Redshanks.

Idle Washlands - 2 Whooper Swan [on Slaynes Lane], also 1 Barnacle Goose.

Saturday 6th January

Langford LowfieldsBittern [one in flight this evening,16:25].

Holme PierrepontSmew [redhead still on A52 Pit today].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] Pintail [male present on Bellmoor Lake this afternoon], also Water Rail & adult Yellow legged Gull.

Rufford Country ParkHawfinch [minimum of 31 today, 11 on Lime Tree Avenue, 2 in scattered trees near the abbey and a further 20+ feeding in yew trees round the back past the other car park].

Welbeck Abbey - c20 Hawfinch [viewed from robin hood way].

Hoveringham - Green Sandpiper [one on Sailing Lake], also Brambling and Tree Sparrow at the feeders.

Kingsmill Reservoir - 1 Water Rail, c360 Coot.


Pink-footed Goose [large numbers were noted moving over several locations throughout the county today].

Friday 5th January

Elkesley - Great White Egret [one by A1 southbound carriageway just north of A57 services, 08:49].

Cotham Landfill - Caspian Gull [adult briefly this morning ].

Rufford Country Park - 12+ Hawfinch [still in limes and yews by the Abbey, 10:37].

Basford Crossing - c250 Pink-footed Geese [east over Arnold Road, 1:00 pm].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - c 250 Pink-footed Geese [north-west over Bellmoor Lake, 09.17].

Osberton - c200 Pink-footed Geese over this morning also single Raven.

Thursday 4th January

Hoveringham - Brent Goose [1 flew through at 15.10], also 2 Brambling and 1 Tree Sparrow at the feeding station.

Blidworth - 17 Waxwings [on Dale lane, 2.20pm].

Holme Pierrepont - 5 Goldeneye [on Blotts Pit, 15.10], also 2 Common Snipe.

Wollaton - 1 Rose-ringed Parakeet [in top of tree in conservation area near lake, 12.00].

Stoke Ferry - Common Sandpiper [near the outflow], also 3 Goldeneyes, 6+ Chiffchaffs. Stoke Lane - Peregrine [off Netherfield end of Stoke Lane].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Water Rail [Chainbridge Scape East 13:00], Merlin [Clayworth Common, 13:30], Little Owl [fields west of Doughty's Pit,14:30], Caspian Gull [1st W on Neatholme Scrape from 3.45pm], also 14 Goldeneye and 4 Shelduck.
Newark - Red Kite [from A46 south of town, 14:50].

Wednesday 3rd January

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [10+ still in main car park].

Burton Joyce - Raven [over twice this morning].

Hoveringham - Red Kite [over Sailing Lake], also 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Brambling.

Calverton - Blackcap [male on feeders in private garden .

Kirklington - Little Egret [on River Greet], also Kingfisher.

Tuesday 2nd January

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 1 Brambling [with 200+ Chaffinch feeding on spilled grain at Walters Farm]. 1 Ruff [on Tiln North this morning, also 1 Redshank].

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [21 in main car park at midday].

Wollaton - 5 Rose Ringed Parakeet [flew east over Parkside, 15.45].

Beeston - 50 Pink-footed Geese [flew south,10:25].

Monday 1st January

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [1 on Neatholme Fen at 10:05, with another or possibly the same on Chainbridge Scrape at 13:00]. Mediterranean Gull [adult on Neatholme Scrape, 15.45], also 3 Ruff on Neatholme Fen.

Kilvington - Merlin [female at West Lake, 09:00].

Besthorpe - 6 Whooper Swans, also Water Rail, Stonechat and Barn Owl.

Skegby/Pleasley Trail - Brambling [up to 8 this morning].

Hoveringham - 2 Brambling [at Sailing Lake, also 17 Goldeneye.

Attenborough - 2 Water Rail [from Kingfisher Hide], also drake Pintail and c300 Lapwing. 3 Tree Sparrow [in the garden behind the nature centre]. 3 Goldcrest [Attenborough churchyard], also Coal Tit.

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [19+ in main car park this morning]. 1 Mandarin Duck [male on the lake this morning], also 7 Goosander.

Blyth - Hawfinch [2 flew over Serlby Park Golf Course

Budby Pumping Station - 3 Hawfinch [2 west at 09.00, 1 west at 10.30], also 2 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 6 Common Snipe, 35 Lesser Redpoll.

Nuthall - Kingfisher [on small stream between New Farm Lane and Low Wood Road].

Stoke Ferry - Common Sandpiper [opposite outflow], also 2/3 Chiffchaff.

Colwick CP - Common Sandpiper [on river below the sluice], also single Chiffchaff.

Holme Pierrepont - Smew [redhead still present on the A52 Pit].

Kirklington - 1 Little Egret [on River Greet], also large numbers finches on set aside around village including some Brambling.


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