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This page will be updated on a daily basis, to provide a convenient news service to scarce & rare birds found within the County Nottinghamshire.

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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 species will not appear here during the breeding season - but please send in your reports regardless.


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Click Here to Access Archived Sightings 2014

Saturday 31st May

Sherwood Forest NNR - Nightjar, Woodcock, Cuckoo and Tawny Owl.

Bawtry - Red Kite [over the A1, about 1 mile south of Bawtry exit]

Walesby Forest - Cuckoo,3 Eurasian jays, Reed bunting [5, in reeds next to the river Meden which heads to Bothamsall].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Raven [3, around midday. Headed off towards North west.

Hoveringham - Glossy Ibis [on the east est end of the Sailing Pit before it flew further east, dropping somewhere nearer Bleasby].
Skegby Trail - Cuckoo [heard then seen, 07.30hrs].
Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Common scoter [reported on Chainbridge pit at 4.10pm].

Friday 30th May

South Muskham - 11 Common Tern

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - [Tiln North] 5 Arctic Tern over, 1 Common Tern, 1 Peregrine, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 4 Red-crested Pochard and 1 Buzzard. [Neatholme Fen], 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 9 Shelduck and singing Cuckoo.

Thursday 29th May

Arnold - Peregrine [over Coppice Road, 19.00.

RSPB Langford - Turnstone [3 today on silt lagoon 7].

Gonalston - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [Still visiting garden feeders].

Wednesday 28th May

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint -Hobby [2 hunting over the Great Lake,with hundreds of Swifts Swallows and House Martins over all of the lakes at the time, 18:15-18:30 today].

Tuesday 27th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Garganey [2 drakes, 1 on Clifton Pit & 1 on ridge+furrow by Tower Hide].

Clifton Grove - Mandarin [Drake, again this morning on river opposite Barton Island].

Lowdham - Glossy Ibis [ in flight, circling Lowdham/Gonalston border, before landing in field].

ldle Valley Nature Reserve - Single Black-tailed Godwit [Walters Lane Pit].

Monday 26th May

Barton-in-Fabis - Red-breasted Goose [Unknown origin,flew into the riverside fields behind Cottages Flash, before flying off down river], Drake Mandarin, Cottages Flash then flew up river.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Red-breasted Goose [over Clifton Pit towards Barton].

Arnold - Red Kite [flying high over Surgeys Lane Arnold at around 17.15].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Spotted Flycatcher, singing Common Redstart, 5 Tree Pipit in song and Cuckoo.

Harlow Wood - Tree Pipit & Cuckoo
Lowdham - Glossy Ibis [ in field next to Peouget Garage].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Turtle Dove [2, with one on Water Ski Pit and a second at Neatholme Fen], Cuckoo [Clayworth Common], Turnstone [Tiln North] and Black-tailed Godwit [Walters Lane Pit].

Sunday 25th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Sandwich Tern [Clifton Pit] & Cuckoo.

Lowdham - Glossy Ibis [in the field next to the Peouget Garage, 8.40am].

Arnold - Red Kite [High north over Surgeys Lane, 17.15].

Holme Pierrepont - 6 Common Scoter & 2 Scaup [A52 Pit].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [Neatholme Fen], 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Shelduck [Tiln North].

Misson - [Slaynes Lane] Drake Garganey, 3 + Corn Bunting , 3 Yellow Wagtail , 2 Red-legged Partridge ,2 Grey Partridge , 2 Common Tern, 7 Shelduck duckling ,1 Little Ringed Plover.

Saturday 24th May

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [1, Neatholme Fen], Hobby hawking insects [Chainbridge NR Scrape], Ringed Plover, 2 Common Shelduck [Tiln North, restoration area].

Barton-in-Fabis - 4 Yellow Wagtail, Northern Lapwing with 3 chicks [Cottages Flash], Hobby [over Branshill Wood].

Friday 23rd May

Carlton - Nightjar [in garden on Carlton Rd this am].

Gonalston - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [Still visiting garden feeders].

Cuckney - Common Shelduck [4, flying east over A60 at 13.50].

Ratcliffe on Trent - Spotted Flycatcher [2, present for this last week, undisclosed site].

Thursday 22nd May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [calling and showing well from tower hide].

Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [2 birds this evening].

Newstead & Annesley Park - Avocet [2, on middle lagoon].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Sanderling [Neatholme fen].

Wednesday 21st May

Gotham - Cuckoo [calling from the Gotham Woods area at 6.30am]

Gonalston - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [visiting garden feeders up to 3 times a day]

Tuesday 20th May

Gunthorpe - Cuckoo [heard at 9.00am on Peck Lane].

Hoveringham - 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobby, Glossy Ibis, 1 Garden Warbler, Common Sandpiper & Cuckoo [Railway Pit].

Monday 19th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Little Gull [1st summer, still on Clifton Pit this evening] & Marsh Harrier [female, over Clifton Pit/Sailing Lake this morning].

Clifton Pastures - c12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 singing Corn Bunting & 2 Hobby.

Wollaton Park - Cuckoo [heard at 15.55].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Sanderling and 4 Ringed Plover [flew north from Neatholme Fen, 7:30am].

Hoveringham - 2 Garganey (drake female, 18.00), Common Sandpiper & Hobby [Railway Pit].

Collingham Pits - Sanderling [this evening on Mons Pool], 12 Ringed Plover & Turtle Dove purring.

Sunday 18th May

Clifton Pastures - 3 Hobby, 4 singing Corn Bunting & 8 Yellow Wagtail.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Little Gull [Clifton Pit].

Rufford Country Park - Hobby [hunting swallow over the abbey 10.00am].

Underwood - Displaying Tree Pipit pair [Felley Mill].

Hoveringham- Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo at [railway pits], Redshank and Red Kite [sailing pit].

RSPB Langford - 1 Greenshank, 3 Hobby, 2 Egyptian Geese & 2 Little Egret.

Keyworth - Ringtail Harrier [Quartering fields towards Selby Lane, then drifted off West].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Cuckoo, Tree Pipit & Common Redstart.

Hickling - Cuckoo, Turtle Dove & Hobby.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Redshank, Ringed Plover and 2 Egyptian Geese [Tiln North], 3 Hobby [Cross Lane], Mandarin Duck and Whooper Swan reported [Neatholme Scrape], Little Egret, Turtle Dove calling near viewing screen, Cuckoo calling, up to 5 Hobby over, 7 Shelduck and 2 male Wigeon [Neatholme Fen], c20 Shelduck [Walters Lane Pit], Hobby through north, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler 'reeling', 1 Turtle Dove heard [Tiln Pits], 2 male Cuckoo interacting [Bunker Wood], Raven through south at 11:45am [Bellmoor Lake], 18 Red-crested Pochard and the male 'Aythya' hybrid [Bellmoor Lake].

Saturday 17th May

Collingham Pits - Red Kite & Whooper Swan [again on Mons Pool].

RSPB Langford - 7 ringed plover, 3 little egret, 3 common tern, 2 oystercatcher, 4 shelduck, cuckoo & garden warbler.

Sherwood Forest NNR - Spotted Flycatcher.

Clumber Park - Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, 6 Common Crossbill & Lesser Whitethroat [all Little Oak Pond], 2 Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler [Water Splash].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 2 Turtle Dove [Tiln Pits]

Friday 16th May

Newstead & Annesley Park - Cuckoo

Hoveringham - Glossy Ibis [in flashes at end of Hoveringham Railway Lake right near Thurgarton Stn].

Kilvington - Whimbrel [north through Kilvington Lakes mid PM].

Collingham Pits - Whooper Swan [Mons Pool this evening].

Barton-in-Fabis - Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash].

Thursday 15th May

Carton - Honey Buzzard [ flew WNW over Carton at 6.20pm]

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [Neatholme Fen]

Barton-in-Fabis - Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash], 5 singing male Corn Bunting [Barton Lane/Nottingham Rd Junc]

Lowdham - Turtle Dove [A612 approaching Lowdham roundabout from Burton Joyce, in tree opposite the 1st house].

RSPB Langford - 2 Hobby, 1 Ruff,2 Cuckoo, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Grasshopper Warbler reeling & 3 common tern [on phase one].

Wednesday 14th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Osprey [appeared from over the river near Thrumpton Hall, through the Long-Eaton pits and onwards towards Attenborough].

Hoveringham - 6 Turnstone [Railway Lake], Marsh Harrier, Glossy Ibis & Hobby.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 4 Dunlin, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Tern, 2 Hobby, 5 Turtle Dove, Sedge & Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser & common Whitethroat.

Tuesday 13th May

Misson/Newington - 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail & a singing Corn Bunting, Slaynes Lane.

Mapperley Park , Cuckoo, also Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap & Nuthatch.

Holme Pierrepont - Hobby hawking over Blotts Pit, then relocated over A52 Pit.

Newark Sugar Factory - Turtle Dove, 2 Common Shelduck, Little Egret & Garden Warbler.

Sherwood Forest NNR - 11 singing male Redstart & 1 female, Spotted Flycatcher, at least 9 singing Tree Pipits; 3 or even 4 Cuckoo; and a supporting cast of Siskins, Garden Warblers, Bullfinches and Mistle Thrush.

Gonalston - Glossy Ibis [back in field opposite carr beck farm, Gonalston Lane] perched in the large Ash Tree this morning.

Hoveringham - [Railway Pit] Glossy Ibis at 1410 flew west and came down Gonalston/Lowdham area. Also 2 Cuckoo, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper & Red-crested Pochard [pair].

Collingham Pits - A late Goosander [this evening on Mons Pool], 4 alpina Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover [ the Silt Lagoon], and a fith Dunlin [Ferry Lane Lake].

Monday 12th May

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 2 Hobby [Chainbridge Pit], Pair of Oystercatcher with 3 chicks & Hobby [Chainbridge NR Scrape], Raven mobbed by Rooks and headed off west, 1 Turtle Dove [Walters Lane Pit], 5 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover [Tiln North, restoration area]

Holme Pierrepont - Single Turnstone and Dunlin [A52 Pit]

Sunday 11th May

Barton-in-Fabis - Ringed Plover, Dunlin, [Cottages Flash], 2 Pink-footed Geese [still with greylag's on riverside fields], Peregrine over Branshill Wood.

Gedling Pit Top - 2 Cuckoo, White Wagtail and 3 Northern Wheatear.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Arctic Tern [Clifton Pit], Dunlin & White Wagtail [Tween], leucistic Magpie [Attenborough Cricket pitch] .

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - 27 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Hobby, c150 Swift, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap & Lesser Whitethroat. "Six" Turtle Dove on the reserve today with 1 on Chainbridge Lane, 2 near Chainbridge Pit and 3 along Neatholme Lane

Saturday 10th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Great White Egret [landed briefly on Clifton Pit, then flew north/east over Barton Island 10.48 am], 3 Arctic Tern [Clifton Pit], Cuckoo & Common Sandpiper.

Holme Pierrepont - Great White Egret [flew high east over A52 Pit 10.56am, eight Minutes after leaving Attenborough], Bar-tailed Godwit & Whimbrel [both A52 Pit].

Clifton Grove - Cuckoo [Barton Flash], Common Sandpiper, Northern Wheatear & 2 Corn Bunting.

Rufford Pit Top - 2 Woodlark, Tree Pipit & Garden Warbler.

Clipson Forest - Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit & 2 Siskin.

Sherwood Forest Golf Course - 2 Tree Pipit, Cuckoo & Common Swift.

Netherfield Lagoons - Turtle Dove [Flew through, at 10.40am]

Idel Valley Nature Reserve - 3 Hobby [feeding over the Neatholme Scrape at 14:00pm].

Spion Kop - Cuckoo [calling 3pm today]

Friday 9th May

Arnold - 2 Hobby [Dorkett Head, over fields opposite Tip.]

Kingsmill Reservoir - Arctic Tern and Common Sandpiper early PM

Misson to Newington - 8 Dunlin & 13 Ringed Plover off Slaynes Lane, this AM

Barton-in-Fabis - Northern Wheatear [riverside fields]

Gedling Pit Top - Cuckoo

Clayworth Common - 2 Whimbrel [Conservation Lake].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - [Neatholme Fen] 11 Dunlin, 27 Ringed Plover, single Common Tern and a male Red-crested Pochard.

Newstead & Annesley Country Park - Marsh Harrier [flew east over pit Top at 10.30am]

Thursday 8th May

Hoveringham - Dunlin [on pools near Thurgarton] & Northern Wheatear [railway lake].

Clifton Grove - Northern Wheatear [Weir field], Common Sandpiper & 2 Grey Wagtail [Beeston Weir].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin [Clifton Pit]

Wednesday 7th May

Clipstone Forest - Common Cuckoo, Turtle Dove, 6 Tree Pipit, 2 Woodlark, Garden Warbler [Numerous] and 10 Common Buzzard.

Besthorpe NWT - [Mons Pool] 9 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Collingham Lakes - 1 Dunlin

Barton-in-Fabis - 2 Northern Wheatear.

Tuesday 6th May

Barton-in-Fabis - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, Common Redshank and Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash late afternoon] & 2 Whimbrel and Northern Wheatear near the flood-bank.

Attenborough Nature Reserve -Wood Sandpiper [Church Pond am only] Whinchat [Wheatear field], 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover & Common Redshank.

Collingham Pits - 1 Sanderling this evening on Mons Pool + 19 Ringed Plover & 4 Dunlin.

Misson - 2 Wood Sandpiper still on Slaynes Lane.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - [Tiln North] 2 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, Curlew over, 1 Ringed Plover & Cuckoo. [Neatholme Fen] Sanderling, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, c24 Ringed Plover, c14 Dunlin and White Wagtail.

Clifton Grove - 2 Hobby [Holme Pit]

Monday 5th May

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Temmincks Stint Lound on Tiln North at 5.20pm, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit on Neatholme Fen this evening.

Newstead & Annesley Park - Wood Warbler [Bottom Lagoon briefly] & Whinchat

Colwick Country park - c120 Common Swift

Sunday 4th May

Barton-in-Fabis - 3 Whimbrel in field near Barton Island

RSPB Langford - Spoonbill [ silt lagoon behind beach hut], Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler, Whimbrel, 4 black-tailed Godwit and 2 Dunlin

Netherfield Lagoons - Wood Sandpiper [wader scrape]

Sherwood Forest NNR - 9 singing Common Redstart, up to 3 Cuckoo, and decent numbers of Tree Pipit

Saturday 3rd May

Sherwood Forest NNR - Common Redstart [males performing well on RSPB walk], Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, Tawny Owl.

Hoveringham - Whinchat, Whimbrel, 2 Common Cuckoo, 7 Common Tern, 18 Common Swift.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Grey Plover [Neatholme Fen].

Neatherfield Lagoons - Grey Plover [the Wader Scrape], also single Northern Wheatear.

Friday 2nd May

Kilvington Lakes -2 Garganey [west lake] .

Kings Mill Reservoir - 20+ Common Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Barn Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve -Neatholme Fen: Little Gull, Grey Plover, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 3 Common Tern, 2 Swift, Neatholme Scrape: Mandarin Duck, 2 Turtle dove over. Ruff [still present on Walters pit]. Raven over at mid-day.

Arnold - 2 Turtle Dove [over Redhill Cemetery].

Kings Mill Reservoir - c20 Common Swift and Yellow Wagtail

Barton-in-Fabis - Whimbrel [flew along flood-bank behind Cottages Flash]

Thursday 1st May

Barton-in-Fabis - Grey Plover [Cottages Flash late afternoon].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Ruff. Grey Plover, Greenshank & Dunlin [Neatholme Fen this evening]

Hoveringham - Dunlin [through - north].




Many thanks to:

Merv Bartle, Graham Beeley, Chris Bell, Michael Blount, Philip Burnham, Robin Brace, Neil Brown, Mark Brown, Paul Buxton, Mark Dennis, Barbara Eminson, Ralph Eminson, Wendy Eberlin, Les Fisher, Robert Fudge, Helen Giles, Linda Harrison, Tim Hollingworth, Alan Hopkinson, Spencer Lawrence, Peter Lee, Paul Lee, Andy Mason, Steven Mathers, Josse Mcmahon, Cameron Moody, Michael O'Neill, James Owen, Richard Penson, Peter Playle, Ken Roberts, Alan Scrimshaw, Ann Smith, John Spencer, Mick Tring, Edna Tyler, Paul Wilcox, Mark Wilde.

Lound Bird Club, Netherfield Wildlife Group.



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