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Click Here to Access Archived Sightings 2015

Monday 30th November

No reports today.

Sunday 29th November

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [again present on the main lake, this afternoon].

Besthorpe NWT - Great Northern Diver [dropped into Mons Pool from the East, early afternoon. It then cruised the channel to the south of the heronry island, but was typically elusive]. Also Pintail [Mons Pool].

Late News - Langar - Snow Bunting [present 25th/26th November at private site with no public access].

Saturday 28th November

Hoveringham - Glaucous Gull [1w, reported again on the Railway Pit, from 15:15 onwards.

Kilvington Lakes - Caspian Gull [2w, on West Lake, 12:30], also Smew [Redhead, still present on West Lake, 09:30 to late morning at least].

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [present again on the main lake, late morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Firecrest [male, Barton Lane in willows just past the first viewing-screen, briefly this morning, but no further sign].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Bittern [this morning]. Also Stonechat.

Rufford Country Park - 5 Hawfinch [from the main car park, this morning].

Friday 27th November

Hoveringham - Glaucous Gull [1w, flew over the Sailing Lake towards the Railway Pit, 15:55].

Rufford Country Park - Garganey [adult drk, on the main lake, 13:00].

IVNR Retford - Red Kite [along the river at Bellmoor and over towards Retford, 11:46] also 56 Red-crested Pochard [on Bellmoor Farm Trout Lake, 11:00].

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [on the chaple side of the main lake, viewed from Hardwick, 11:45].

Thursday 26th November

Hoveringham - 1w Glaucous Gull, 3 Caspian Gull [2 adults and one 2w] also 4 adult Yellow-legged Gull [in the Sailing Lake Gull roost, late afternoon].

Budby Common - 1 Stonechat [male –Budby Triangle].

Kilvington Lakes - Smew [Redhead, still on West Lake, 12:25].

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [in tree midway along Lincoln Terrace, viewed from the South side of the lake, 10:20].

Wednesday 25th November

Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Stonechat [on the Wader Scrape] and Barn Owl [over the Large Gravel Pit, late afternoon].

Kilvington Lakes - Smew [Redhead, still on West Lake, 15:00].

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [in reeds on the chaple side bank, c800m past the chapletowards Hardwick, 13:00 at least].

The Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Goshawk [male] also Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5+ Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Tit.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 5 Dunlin and 2 Ruff [Chainbridge Scrape West]. [11:30 to 13:30 Visit].

Papplewick - 2 Raven [over between Papplewick and Newstead Abbey, this morning].

Tuesday 24th November

RSPB Beckingham Marshes - Short-eared Owl [over this afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Chiffchaff [in the trees beside the Main Path, between Tween and Main Pond], Water Rail and Common Snipe [Tween] and Common Snipe, 3 Goosander, and 3 Goldeneye [Clifton Pit].

Misson - Hen Harrier [Ringtail].

Newington - 3 Common Redshank [Hagg Lane Flash].

Gringley Carr - c35 Whooper Swan and 3 possible Bewicks Swan that flew South.

Kilvington Lakes - Smew [Redhead, on West Lake, 11:00]. Also 6+ Goldeneye and 1 Common Snipe.

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [on the main lake opposite the chaple this morning].

Monday 23rd November

Costock/Bunny - Short-eared Owl [still present late afternoon on private site, with no public access].

Netherfield Lagoons - Jack Snipe [flushed from the water’s edge in front of the bench on the Causeway, this morning], 2 Brambling [amongst the finches along the Slurry Lagoon north path], c40 Lesser Redpoll [along the Lower Path, on willow in the Typhus Pool] and Barn Owl [this evening over the grassland next to the Large Gravel pit].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - 3 Raven [over Phase 2 this afternoon]. Also Stonechat, several drk Goldeneye, Pintail and good numbers of Lesser Redpoll.

Cotham Flash - 2 Short-eared Owl and 5 Common Snipe this afternoon.

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [opposite Lincoln Terrace, flying towards Hardwick end followed by a Grey Heron, 10:30]. Also 2 pairs of Goosander [between Lincoln Terrace and Clumber Bridge].

Kilvington Lakes - Smew [Redhead, on West Lake this morning].

Sunday 22nd November

Costock/Bunny - Short-eared Owl [still present late afternoon on private site, with no public access].

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [on the main lake opposite the chaple, from 09:30 to late early afternoon at least].

Idle Stop - Hen Harrier [Ringtail this morning, sk718962]. Also Willow Tit.

Netherfield Lagoons - Willow Tit [Along the Lower Path, this morning]. Also Mandarin, flyover Golden Plover flock and 4 probable White-fronted Geese over.

Saturday 21st November

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [feeding around the main lake opposite the chaple, late afternoon. Also this morning on the main lake East of Lincoln Terrace, 11:00 then flew towards Hardwick].

Costock/Bunny - Short-eared Owl [private site, with no public access].

Edwinstowe - Brambling [on garden feeders].

Collingham Pits/Besthorpe NWT - Great Northern Diver [Ferry Lane Pit this morning, before it flew North, relocating onto Mons Pool]. Also 11 Whooper Swan [7 adults and 4 juvs, Mons Pool], 6 Pintail [Mons Pool], Green Sandpiper [Meering] and Peregrine.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 5 Whooper Swan and 350 Wigeon [Tiln North, Restoration Area].

Holme Pierrepont - 3 Whooper Swan [adults, on the A52 Pit this morning]. Also 2 Dunlin and Oystercatcher on blotts].

Osberton - 24 Barnacle Geese [flew east over Osberton Estate this morning].

Friday 20th November

Collingham Pits - Great Northern Diver [Ferry Lane Pit, viewed from the corner gate 15:30].

Rufford Country Park - Black Redstart [Imm/fem, Near the Abbey ruins 10:00 to 14:25 at least].

Kingsmill Reservoir - 4 Mandarin Duck [all drks, this afternoon].

Clifton - Willow Tit [with mobile tit flock, in garden this afternoon].

Colwick Country Park - Pink-footed Goose [single bird].

Thursday 19th November

Osberton - 2 Raven [over the Osberton Estate] and Little Owl [at dusk near church].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Ring Ouzel [Chainbridge Lane briefly, then flew east along the lane at midday]. Also Greenshank [Chainbridge Scape, then Flew towards Neatholme Pit, 11:30 and again Chainbridge Scrape, opposite the western viewpoint, 14:30].

Wednesday 18th November

Netherfield Lagoons - Bittern [on the Deep Pit, 10:00].

Tickhill - Red Kite [drifting towards Tickhill from Harworth, 08:45].

Annesley and Newstead Country Park - Lapland Bunting [flew West, 08:05] also Black-necked Grebe still present.

Tuesday 17th November

Kilvington Lakes - Caspian Gull [2w, present for about 3 mins on West Lake, late afternoon]. Also Merlin through.

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Bittern [present again on phase 2].

Bulwell - 350 Pink-footed Geese [over south, 09:30].

Ratcliffe-on-Soar - Raven [over the power station complex, 08:30].

Wollaton Park - Goldeneye [male, on the main lake this morning, quite notable here].

Monday 16th November

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Bittern [flew into Chainbridge Scrape over the western viewpoint, late evening].

Barnby in the Willows - Short-eared Owl [beside the River Witham, this afternoon].

Thrumpton - Twite [several reported, within a mixed mobile finch flock consisting of mainly Goldfinch, near the riverside chalets, late morning]. Also 200 Fieldfare.

Clumber Park - Great white Egret [still present this morning, on lake margin between chapel and weir].

Burton Joyce - Blackcap [male, in private garden].

Sunday 15th November

Ollerton - 2 Raven [over between Budby and Ollerton].

Oxton - Merlin [flew over the Oxton Bypass].

Gedling country park - 2 Stonechat [male and female] also flock of Siskin and Lesser Redpoll.

Thrumpton - Merlin [male, low over fields behind the riverside chalets, 11:30]. Also Little Owl.

Saturday 14th November

Holme Pierrepont - American Wigeon x Wigeon hybrid [A52 Pit, this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Bittern [in the North/East corner of Chainbridge Scrape]. Also Dunlin, 2 Ruff and Greenshank.

IVNR Retford - 11 Whooper Swan [South/East over River Idle near Bailey bridge 09:00], also 3 Goosander [on Hallcroft lake].

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [07:50, this morning].

Friday 13th November

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Bittern [briefly on phase 2].

Netherfield Lagoons - Bittern [flew into the Deep Pit and landed in a reedbed adjacent to the Causeway].

Thrumpton - Great Grey Shrike [still present on the hedgerows east of the riverside chalets, 11:30 at least].

Kilvington Lakes - Jack Snipe and 2 Yellow-legged Gull [West Lake, this morning].

Misterton - 6 Whooper Swan [east over Gringley Road, 08:40].

Warsop Vale - 18 White-fronted Geese [North-East over Lea Road, 07:28] also Raven through East.

Thursday 12th November

Gringley Carr - 3 Corn Bunting [on overhead wires near the pumping station, 15:30].

Caunton - 2 Marsh Tit and 8 Tree Sparrow [on feeders at the Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour between Caunton and Hockerton].

Clumber Park - Great White Egret [at the eastern end of the main lake, 13:30].

Mansfield - Mandarin [on the river Maun, west of the viaduct off Quarry Lane, 13:00].

Thrumpton - Great Grey Shrike [on the hedgerow east of the riverside chalets, 08:30. Also seen flying in from Derbyshire at lunchtime and landing far off towards Barton-in-Fabis] also Brambling [with the finch flock at the riverside chalet feeders].

Wednesday 11th November

Clumber Park - Great white Egret - [again on Clumber Lake, viewed from Clumber bridge 13:45 to 15:10, then flew East towards Hardwick].

IVNR Retford - Caspian Gull [adult, Hallcroft Lake from the visitors centre, 13:00].

Hucknall - Raven [over the Ranges].

Bennerley Marsh - Jack Snipe [on disused coal plant, 12:35].

Nuthall - Pink-footed Geese [c 100 birds flying Southeast in 2 skeins, 11:30].

Burton Joyce - c80 Pink-footed Geese [high over heading South-East, 10.00].

Kilvington Lakes - Jack Snipe [West Lake, 10:00].

Scrooby -Short-eared Owl [Scrooby top flooded quarry, this morning].

Tuesday 10th November

Netherfield Lagoons - Bittern [flew across the Slurry Lagoon, at dusk] also c.6000 Starling [into roost this evening, with a murmuration of +5,000 before dropping into the reed bed, another +1000 came in, in small and larger groups afterwards].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Snipe and 3+ Common Goldeneye [Clifton Pit].

South Wheatley - Snow Bunting [flew south, 11.15].

Blyth - 40 Pink-footed Geese [over S/E, late morning].

Clumber Park - Great white Egret - [on Clumber Lake, viewing West from the Clumber bridge this morning].

Monday 9th November

RSPB Langford Lowfields - 5000-6000 Starling [murmuration and roost this evening].

Thrumpton - Great Grey Shrike [on the hedgerow behind the riverside chalets, briefly 10:05, then flew out of site in fields further towards the A453].

Annesley and Newstead Country Park - Black-necked Grebe [still present on the top lagoon] also Jack Snipe and Woodcock.

Sunday 8th November

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Short-eared owl, Barn owl, 13 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 3 Brambling [near car park this morning].

Netherfield Lagoons - Short-eared Owl [flew along the Wader Scrape this morning and then across the grassland beside the Large Gravel Pit].

Thrumpton - Great Grey Shrike [Showing very well on the hedgerow behind the riverside chalets from 07:30 to 09:15. It then became more mobile, crossing the river to the Long Eaton gravel pits, then back again briefly at 09:40 before flying off towards Barton-in-Fabis]. Also Merlin and Peregrine in the area.

Saturday 7th November

RSPB Langford Lowfields - 2 Bearded Tit [in reedbed area on Phase 2, with no public access].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - c200 Pink-footed Geese [South/East over Neatholme Pit, 16:00].

Thrumpton - Great Grey Shrike [Showing well this morning from 09:30 behind the riverside chalets, but more mobile this afternoon, ranging more widely up towards Barton-in-Fabis 14:30 at least]. Also at least 3 Corn Bunting and a covey of 8 Grey Partridge in the area.

Holme Pierrepont - Great Northern Diver [Adult, dropped into the A52 Pit, 09:30 until 10:05 then flew off East].

Collingham Pits - 10 Curlew [on Ferry Lane Lake].

Skegby - Willow Tit [visiting garden feeders].

Friday 6th November

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Jack Snipe [ Clifton Pit this morning from Kingfisher Hide], Bittern [Clifton Pit reedbed, late afternoon].

Long Eaton [Derbys] - Great Grey Shrike [seen fly into Nott's this afternoon from the Long Eaton Gravel Pits].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Bittern [flew over Phase 2 this morning] and Cetti's warbler [heard again, from the Silt Lagoons].

Kilvington Lakes - 5 Dunlin, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine and 6 Red-crested Pochard this morning.

Rufford Country Park - 2 Hawfinch [Lime Tree Avenue, from main car park, 08:45].

Thursday 5th November

Kilvington Lakes - 7 Yellow-legged Gull [in the gull roost, this evening] also Dunlin and 7 Red-crested Pochard.

IVNR Retford - 50+ Red-crested Pochard [on Bellmoor Lake this evening] also 6 Goosander present.

RSPB Langford Lowfields - Bittern [seen by volunteers whilst planting reeds], Cetti's warbler [heard on silt lagoon 4, second from car park] also Stonechat, Golden Plover and good numbers of Fieldfare over.

Kingsmill Reservoir - 10 Common Snipe and 2 Red-crested Pochard.

Kneeton - c250 Golden Plover [in fields towards the A46, 08:15].

Wednesday 4th November

Kilvington Lakes - 4 Yellow-legged Gull [3 adults and a 1w, late afternoon], a few dark mantled ‘northern’ tatus Herring Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull [still in FULL juvenile plumage] Also Short-eared Owl and 50+ Golden Plover.

Bestwood Country Park - Short-eared Owl [over the Pit Tip, 14:00 to 14:40 then flew South].

Costock - Short-eared Owl [Holy Cross Convent, present since the 1st Nov].

Newington - 6 Common Redshank, 40+Fieldfare (over) [Hagg Lane Flash].

Hoveringham - Probable/Putative Azorean Yellow-legged Gull [present on the Sailing Lake for a few minutes around 10.30, before flying off].

Tuesday 3rd November

Kilvington Lakes - Short-eared Owl [at dusk, over the rough grassland west of the disused railway line], 4 Red-crested Pochard [West Lake], redhead Goosander [East Lake] and 4 Yellow-legged Gull [with hundreds of large gulls across both lakes, late afternoon], Jack Snipe [West Lake] , 2 Yellow-legged Gull and Peregrine Falcon [this morning].

Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Bearded Tit [glimpsed and heard, really briefly in the reeds on the back of the slurry lagoon, this afternoon] also 2 Cetti’s Warbler.

Attenborough Nature ReserveSwallow [flew over Tween/Conneries, heading South, 15:45], Common Snipe, 2 Goosander (redheads), 1 Common Goldeneye (drk) [Tween Pond], 3 Common Goldeneye (1 drk), 1 Golden Plover [Clifton Pit], 19 Golden Plover [flew from south of the river over Clifton Pit, before flying west towards Long Eaton].

IVNR Retford - Dunlin, 8 Goosander and 58 Red-crested Pochard [Bellmore Lake, 14:50],

2 Brambling [Bunker Wood, North of the river Idle, approx 100 metres beyond the Bailey Bridge, 13:27].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - knot [briefly this morning, phase 1] and several Whooper Swan [over the site this morning].

Bilborough - Red-crested Pochard [drk, Harvey hadden stadium, on new pond viewable from Wigman Road, this morning].

Monday 2nd November

Kilvington Lakes - Azorean Yellow-legged Gull [Putative, adult on East Lake, 16:00].

Blyth - Pink-footed Geese [unknown number of vocal birds over in thick fog, heading towards Retford, late afternoon] also Brambling [calling over Blyth village green, early afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Bearded Tit [calling from the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, early afternoon. Heard only].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - 2 Stonechat [pair, near the lagoon off the circular path, just before the bridge].

Ratcliffe-on-Soar - 2 Raven [East over the Power Station, 11:00] also Peregrine.

Papplewick Moor - 2 Stonechat [pair, 08:10]

Sunday 1st November

Netherfield Lagoons - c.5000 Starling [murmuration and roost this evening].

IVNR Retford - Peregrine Falcon, 11 Goosander, 100+Larger Gulls and Barn Owl [Belmore Lake, from the NWT Idle Valley Rural Learning Development Centre, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Common Greenshank, 5 Ruff and 42 Golden Plover [Chainbridge Scrape].

RSPB Langford Lowfields - 2+Brambling [in hedge opposite car park, this afternoon].

Hoveringham - Snow Bunting [flew south over The Reindeer Inn, 13:00]

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Spotted Crake [probable, heard from the Clifton Pit reedbed this morning, but nothing further by dusk].

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Bob Beck, Chris Bell, Ian Bollen, Christine Booth, Nigel Bosworth, Robin Brace, Philip Burnham, Andrew Chick, Colin Birch, Craig Brookes, Ruth Brown, Sean Browne, Paul Buxton, Jimmy Christmass, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Carl Cornish, Nick Crouch, Rod Dean, Steve Dunn, Steve Furber, Ian Hall, Darren Hall, Gary Hobson, John Hopper, Peter Jones, Mike Leatherland, Scott Linacre, Tony Lowry, Dean Nicholson, Clive Prescott, Ralph Radford, Jason Reece, Dave Roberts, Simon Roberts, Pete Saunders, Alan Scrimshaw, Andrew Shooter, Jace Stag, Steve Thorpe, Mick Tring, John Turton, Robert Tyler, Colin Scott, Brian Wilde, Mark wilde, John Wilson, Edward Winfield, Rob Woodward

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