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 Keith Rainford Bullfinch194@gmail.com 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 Keith Rainford Bullfinch194@gmail.com each month, using the Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from the Recording page.

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2020

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2020

Archived Sightings 2021

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.

Friday 30th April

Colwick CP - RED-BREASTED MERGANSER [dr'k still on the Main Lake, off the Peninsular, late afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling, under power lines this afternoon]; also Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail [Works Area].

Gringley Carr - Dotterel [two in field opposite access road to farm and Everton village 11:00, but ploughing activities may have disturbed them].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WHIMBREL [Chainbridge Pit, 07:00], 3 Greenshank [Cross Lane Marsh], 2 Common Tern [Neatholme Fen], Garden Warbler [Neatholme Lane].

Welbeck Abbey - White-tailed Eagle [reported to the west high over Creswell Crags, 11:00 and again 18:15].

Langar Airfield - Northern Wheatear [showing strong characteristics of leucorhoa, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - 2 WOOD SANDPIPER [Phase 3, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Great White Egret [early morning].

Thursday 29th April

Langford Lowfields - WOOD SANDPIPER, GREY PLOVER, Greenshank, Short-eared Owl [Phase 3, this afternoon], Slavonian Grebe [still Deep Water Pit].

Hoveringham - BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL [still Sailing Lake with over 50 Yellow Wagtail, this afternoon], BLACK TERN [Sailing Lake, this morning], OSPREY [single drifted east]; also 2 Hobbies, Reed Warbler, several Swift.

Holme Pierrepont - 2 ARCTIC TERN, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 5 WHIMBREL [A52 Pit].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - ARCTIC TERN [at least 31 on Sailing Pit, 12:25], Hobby [Sailing Pit, 06:30].

Owthorpe - Redwing [Owthorpe Sewage Works, 11:30].

King's Mill Reservoir - Lesser Whitethroat, c.400 Sand Martin.

Idle Washlands - ARCTIC TERN [45 flew east through Slaynes Lane, this morning], WOOD SANDPIPER [single Hagg Lane flash, then moved towards Newington Flash, 06:36].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - ARCTIC TERN [2 flew north-east through Belmoor Lake, 07:18, single flew north over Chainbridge Pit, 10:32], Greenshank [flooded field by Water Ski Pit], 2 Jack Snipe, Ruff, Northern Wheatear, 1000+Hirundines [Tiln North].

Clifton Grove - 10 Goosander [5 drks, river bend near Beeston Weir], 3 Common Sandpiper.

Skegby Trail - Northern Wheatear [male, in large field opp second seat, early morning]; also 4 Yellowhammer, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap.

Wednesday 28th April

Colwick CP - RED-BREASTED MERGANSER [dr'k on the Main Lake, off the Peninsular, this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - ARCTIC TERN [c.180 - c.200 through the Sailing Pit between 08:46 and 18:00, 30+Clifton Pit, towards Coneries, 18:45]; also Great White Egret.

King's Mill Reservoir - ARCTIC TERN [maximum number 35 between 14:50 and 15:15 when they all departed; a further 2 present from 15:30], Common Sandpiper.

Netherfield Lagoons - ARCTIC TERN [13 through this afternoon]; also 4+Common Tern, Grasshopper Warbler [reeling briefly], Great White Egret [over this evening], Swift.

Holme Pierrepont - LITTLE GULL [flew north-east over Blotts Pit, 14:00], ARCTIC TERN [12, A52 Pit, this morning]; also 4 WHIMBREL, BLACK-TAILED GODWIT , 2 Pintail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 6-8 Swift, 3 Common Tern].

Collingham Pits - SANDERLING, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 8+Swift [Ferry Lane Lake, early afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 15 Common Crane [flew east through Slaynes Lane, 10:20], 120 ARCTIC TERN [through Slaynes Lane up to 14:45], 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 5 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 3 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Whitethroat [Hagg Lane Flash], Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit [Slaynes Lane]

Hoveringham - ARCTIC TERN [flocks of 8, 5 and 24 (total 37) moved north through the Sailing Lake, mid-morning]; also Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL, 32 Yellow Wagtail.

Pinxton - Swift.

Annesley Pit Top - ARCTIC TERN [single through north-east, this morning].

Scrooby - ARCTIC TERN [6 east through Top Fisheries, 08:15].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - OSPREY [over south, 07:25], ARCTIC TERN [2 Chainbridge Pit, 12:10, 15 flew north over Chainbridge Pit, 16:45-16:51], Whooper Swan [Tiln North], Cuckoo [heard from Neatholme Lane], Ruff [Tiln North briefly 11:30], Ringed Plover [Neatholme fen], Swift [over Neatholme Pit and Chainbridge Scrape East], Common Tern [Neatholme Fen], Yellow Wagtail [5 Neatholme fen], Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat [all on Neatholme Lane].

Langford Lowfields - 25 Black-tailed Godwit [Phase 3, 05:58], Slavonian Grebe [Deep Water Pit still], OSPREY [briefly over Deep Water Pit, then flew south-east]; also Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Swift.

Tuesday 27th April

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 7 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail [Clifton Pit, this evening], 2 Swift, 10 House Martin, Garden Warbler [Sailing Pit/Barton Lane].

Idle Washlands - 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 4 Greenshank [Hagg Lane Flash, 16:30].

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [Deep Water Pit still], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, WHIMBREL [Phase 3, this morning], Dunlin, 6 Swift, 9 Yellow Wagtail.

Holme Pierrepont - BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 4 WHIMBREL [A52 Pit, this morning], Greenshank [Blotts Pit], 3 Hobbies [A52 Pit].

Ravenshead - 5 Brambling [in flight calling].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Whooper Swan [Tiln North], Greenshank [Cross Lane Flood], Black-tail Godwit, Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Sand Martin [Neatholme Fen], Cuckoo calling, Mixed Flock Swift + House Martin [Neatholme Scrape], 2 Dunlin, 50+ Swift, 2 House Martin [Neatholme].

Southwell - Grasshopper Warbler [still, Brackenhurst Campus].

Clumber Park - 2 Hawfinch [flew over courtyard, 10:00].

Annesley Pit Top - Swift.

Newark - Common Redstart [heard calling, Northgate Retail Park, 05:30].

Monday 26th April

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 WHIMBREL [over Clifton Pit, 20:08], 2 ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Pit, 16:00]; also 2 Hobbies [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Clifton Grove - Hobby [over Holme Pit, this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - 10 ARCTIC TERN [flew north-east through Blotts Pit, 18:55], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 3 WHIMBREL [A52 Pit, this evening], SPOTTED REDSHANK [Blotts Pit, 06:04 - 15:30 at least].

Langford Lowfields - 3 WHIMBREL [on bank between Phase 3 and the Deep Water Pit, 18:45], 7 Common Crane [reported over Phase 1, then spiralled out of sight to north-west, 15:58], Slavonian Grebe [still Deep Water Pit], BAR-TAILED GODWIT [still Phase 3].

Idle Washlands - WOOD SANDPIPER [Hagg Lane Flash], SPOTTED REDSHANK, 21 Redshank, 25 Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, Great White Egret, Cuckoo, Swift [Slaynes Lane], 6 ARCTIC TERN [east through Slaynes Lane, 08:00].

Cottam - Hawfinch [single, flew south-east over River Trent into Lincs], 2 Hobby, Green Sandpiper.

Sherwood Forest NNR - Cuckoo, 6 Tree Pipit, Stonechat [Budby Common, this afternoon].

Southwell - Grasshopper Warbler [Brackenhurst Campus, late morning].

Hoveringham - BLACK TERN [Sailing Lake, briefly, 08:00], Curlew [flew north], Hobby [Trent Hills].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greenshank, Green Sandpiper [still on wet field near Water Ski Pit, this morning], Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North].

Sunday 25th April

Bestwood CP - OSPREY [over Mill Lakes early evening, then flew north].

Colwick CP - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [still present, 16:30].

Kilvington Lakes - BAR-TAILED GODWIT [West Lake, this afternoon], Short-eared Owl [again this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Marsh Harrier [cream-crown, Clifton Pit then flew north-west, 15:29], 8 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swift [Clifton Pit, this evening].

East Leake GP's - RING OUZEL [male, on bund by new workings, 14:20].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Green Sandpiper [Works area].

West Bridgeford - Hobby [over the Grantham Canal].

Southwell - Lesser Whitethroat [Brackenhurst Campus].

Gotham - Common Crane [through east, 10:38].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - SCAUP [drk, still on Chainbridge Pit, 10:34], Northern Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail [track to Clayworth Common], Green Sandpiper [flood near Water Ski Pit], Greenshank, Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen], Lesser Whitethroat [Hawthorn/Chainbridge Lane], 4 Hobby [over Chainbridge Scrape West], Swift [Chainbridge Pit], Common Sandpiper [Bellmoor Lake], 2 Great White Egret [over Bellmoor to the north-east], Garden Warbler, 5 House Martin [Neatholme Scrape].

Clifton Grove - 2 RING OUZEL [Branshill, single male from Fox Covet Lane/Burrows Farm, 08:50; two together on the south/western side, then flushed by farmer, 09:45; single again on grassy slope behind horse paddocks viewable from Foxcovet Lane, 10:15 - 11:20 only]; also 2 Northern Wheatear, 7+Yellow Wagtail.

Idle Washlands - SPOTTED REDSHANK [Slaynes Lane, thiis morning].

Costock - Whinchat [Holy Cross Costock, 09:15].

Besthorpe NR - 4 White Stork [single in ploughed field north of Meering Marsh, 08:52 - 09:19; all 4 Storks then circling over the east side of Mons Pool and drifted off east into Linc's 09:43], Russian White-fronted Goose [first-winter, with Greylags], Common Sandpiper.

Stoke Bardolph - Whooper Swan [adult, still on the river, 07:30 - 16:09 at least].

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [still Deep Water Pit, early morning], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, WHIMBREL, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Swift, 2 House Martin [Phase 3].

Saturday 24th April

Trent Valley - 4 White Stork [A fascinating few hours as 4 White Storks were tracked on their journey along the Trent valley this afternoon. They were first seen at Willington, Derbyshire and were tracked from various Derbyshire sites following the Trent. They entered the county over the Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station 12:33, they were then seen from a number of sites as they continued to follow the Trent Valley and were last seen over the Besthorpe NR, 16:31].

Clumber Park - OSPREY [over this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Cuckoo, 2 Common Tern [Bellmoor Lake, this evening], 8 Hobbies [over the Chainbridge viewpoint, 13:16], Greenshank [Cross Lane/Neatholme Fen], Grasshopper Warbler [still showing well this morning].

Hickling - 8 Fieldfare [over, this evening].

Kilvington Lakes - Short-eared Owl [still this morning], 4 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, c.44 Yellow Wagtail [West Lake].

Clifton Grove - RING OUZEL [Branshill this morning, but no further sign late afternoon].

Idle Washlands - LITTLE GULL [2, Slaynes Lane, this morning].

King's Mill Reservoir - Northen Wheatear [in field beyond metal railway bridge]; also Yellow Wagtail.

Netherfield Lagoons - Greenshank [Works area].

Holme Pierrepont - LITTLE GULL [16 (12 adults) east through the A52 Pit, 06:31 and 12 (11 adults), over the A52 Pit, 19:30], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Common Sandpiper [Blotts Pit], 2 Hobby [A52 Pit].

Langford Lowfields - LITTLE GULL [adult, Phase 3, 06:13], Slavonian Grebe [still Deep Water Pit], Hobby, 2 Fieldfare [Phase 2], Ruff [Phase 3].

Friday 23rd April

Sherwood Forest NNR - 3 Common Crane [flew north-east over Budby Common, 19:54].

Nottingham City - 3 Common Crane [flying high east, through Sneinton and Carlton viewed from Holme Pierrepont, 19:17 - 19:26].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Common Crane [flew north-east over Clifton Pit, 19:04], 6 LITTLE GULL [Sailing Pit, 08:14], CATTLE EGRET [Sailing Pit, on island viewed from Barton Lane 05:48 - 05:58, then flew towards Long Eaton].

Netherfield Lagoons - 2 LITTLE GULL [Deep Pit, 18:00].

Kilvington Lakes - Short-eared Owl [West Lake, 17:55]; also 3+Northern Wheatear, 24+Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper.

Colwick CP - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [still present on the Main Lake].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 LITTLE GULL [adults, Blotts Pit, 11:59], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 11 WHIMBREL [flew east through A52 Pit, 06:54].

Ravenshead - White-tailed Eagle [possible, circling very high above Ravenshead, 11:15].

Hoveringham - Northern Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 26+ Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail [Sailing Lake], Common Sandpiper [Railway Pit].

Wollaton Park - Northern Wheatear [this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 8 Hobbies [over Cross Lane], Grasshopper Warbler [still this morning]; also 4+Common Tern, 2 Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat [Neatholme].

Burton Joyce - Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail [by the river, 10:30].

Bilsthorpe - 2 Northern Wheatear [in pig fields, 09:35], 2 Yellow Wagtail, 18 Golden Plover [in crop fields between Bilsthorpe/Rufford, 07:44].

Idle Washlands - 5 LITTLE GULL [Slaynes Lane, on island then flew east, 09:18]; also Dunlin, 20 Ruff, 19 Redshank, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 4 Yellow Wagtail.

Annesley Pit Top - RING OUZEL [male, north-west side of the Middle Lagoon, 07:54].

Barton in Fabis - 11 WHIMBREL, BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Cottages Flash, viewed from the river path ANR, 06:16 - 06:22 then flew north-east].

Langford Lowfields - 2 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, WHIMBREL [Phase 3, 06:03], Slavonian Grebe [still Deep Water Pit]; also Great White Egret.

Thursday 22nd April

Attenborough Nature Reserve - CATTLE EGRET [Coneries, roosting on Cormorant Island, 19:38], ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Pit, 06:15, then flew west], Great White Egret [Tween Pond].

Girton Pits - Russian White-fronted Goose [Juv, still on the Sailing Lake, this afternoon].

West Bridgford - Hoopoe [in private garden, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [still present on the Deep Water Pit], GREY PLOVER [Phase 3, 06:30 - 20:29], ARCTIC TERN [still, Phase 3, 07:13 - 12:20], Hobby [high over Phase 1, 13:20], BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Phase 3, this evening], Short-eared Owl [over the Eastern Agricultural area, this evening].

Colwick CP - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [still present this morning]; also Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WHIMBREL [over, 06:40], Grasshopper Warbler [Chainbridge Meadow].

Holme Pierrepont - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling, this morning]; also Sedge Warbler, 2 Snipe.

Annesley Pit Top - Tree Pipit, Northern Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler [this morning].

Wednesday 21st April

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [still present on the Deep Water Pit], ARCTIC TERN, WHIMBREL, 3 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, Greenshank [Phase 3].

Stoke BardolphWhooper Swan [adult,dropped near to bank opposite the Ferry Boat from 14:45 - 16:00, then flew East]; also 6 Yellow Wagtail.

Holme Pierrepont - Spoonbill [flew north-east through Blotts Pit, 10:18], 4 ARCTIC TERN [Blotts Pit, 07:30].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Cuckoo [one calling at Budby South Forest, 09:30, followed by two seen in flight].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Spoonbill [Clifton Pit, Gull Island 08:46 - 09:50, then flew over towards Barton Island], 3 ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Pit, 11:19], BLACK TERN [Sailing Pit, 17:49 - 20:11 at least], 4 Common Tern [Sailing Pit], Great White Egret [Tween Pond], Lesser Whitethroat [near the Visitor Centre].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Common Tern [Neatholme Fen], Cuckoo [Chainbridge Wood], Lesser Whitethroat [Chainbridge Lane], Common Sandpiper [Chainbridge Scrape], 14 Yellow Wagtail [Chainbridge Pit].

Hoveringham - Common Scoter [female, Sailing Lake this morning], 8 ARCTIC TERN [flew north]; also Goosander, Common Snipe.

Annesley Pit Top - RING OUZEL [male, briefly early morning]; also WHIMBREL.

Tuesday 20th April

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [1st-winter, Blotts Pit, this evening].

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [adult summer, still Deep Water Pit], 2 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Marsh Harrier [Phase 3].

Idle Washlands - 4 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 23 Ruff, 17 Redshank, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 2 Common Tern [Slaynes Lane].

Hoveringham - BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Railway Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Reed Warbler [Chainbridge lane], 3 Common Tern, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen].

Stoke Bardolph - White-tailed Eagle [possible at sewage works, 10:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - LITTLE GULL [imm, Coneries, 07:41 then flew towards Sailing Pit], 2 Common Tern [Coneries], Garden Warbler [Car park by the railway crossing, 07:17], 15 Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Monday 19th April

Langford Lowfields - 2 BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Phase 3, 12:04 - 19:24 at least], Slavonian Grebe [adult summer, still Deep Water Pit, this evening]; also 28+Yellow Wagtail.

Netherfield Lagoons - Northern Wheatear [Works area, 17:13].

Holme Pierrepont - WHIMBREL [flew from the A52 Pit towards Blotts Pit, 16:25].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BLACK TERN, Common Tern [Sailing Pit, 07:14], Grasshopper Warbler [Barton Lane, near the screen, 08:28], Tree Sparrow [Visitor Centre].

Hoveringham - 2 Common Tern, Northern Wheatear [Sailing Lake, this morning], 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler [Railway Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead, still Neatholme Fen, this morning], Common Tern [Tiln/Neatholme Fen], Green Sandpiper, Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North].

Annesley Pit Top - Northern Wheatear.

Sunday 18th April

HucknallWoodcock [single bird, "roding" over Edgewood Drive west to east, 20:35].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 LITTLE GULL [adult and 1st-winter, A52 Pit, 09:19; 1st-winter still present on Blotts Pit, 19:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, 07:11 then relocated onto the Sailing Pit, 07:37 - 20:00 at least], 2 Common Tern [Coneries, 10:22], 12 Goosander, 6 Goldeneye, White Wagtail [Clifton Pit, this evening], 2 Dunlin [through Clifton Pit, late evening], House Martin [Barton Lane].

Idle Washlands - GARGANEY [drk, still Hagg Lane Flash, this morning], 25 Ruff [Slaynes Lane, lekking on island].

Idle Stop - 5 Fieldfare.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead, still Neatholme Fen], Northern Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North], Green Sandpiper [Chainbridge Scrape], Green Sandpiper, 3 Goldeneye [Neatholme Fen].

Kilvington Lakes - Black-tailed Godwit [West Lake].

Sutton in Asfield - Mandarin [Sutton Lawns].

Barton in Fabis - Great White Egret, 4 Pink-footed Geese, Yellow Wagtail [Cottages Flash].

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [adult summer, still Deep Water Pit, 06:25 - 13:10 at least], 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adults, south through Phase 3, this morning], 3 Great White Egret [briefly on Phase 3, then flew south-east].

Saturday 17th April

Langford Lowfields - Slavonian Grebe [adult summer, Deep Water Pit, 08:45 - late evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - 2 LITTLE GULL, Marsh Harrier [through mid-afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Curlew [A52 Pit, 14:00 - 16:00 at least], single Snipe [Blotts].

Idle Washlands - 4 BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Slaynes Lane, this afternoon], GARGANEY, Great White Egret [Hagg Lane Flash], Dunlin, 36 Redshank, 20 Ruff, Curlew [over], 4 Yellow Wagtail [Misson unit 2].

Elkesley - Cuckoo [clearfell, alongside the river Poulter].

Clumber Park - Cuckoo [heard this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead, still Neatholme Fen, this morning].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Common Redstart [this morning].

Wollaton - Redwing [Martins Pond, this morning].

Aldercar Flash - Great White Egret [Taylors Pool, this morning].

Friday 16th April

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still in crop by car park, early afternoon]. BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Phase 3, 07:51]; Just to confirm the wild bird seed plot (where the little bunting is) will be power-harrowed by a tractor tomorrow from about 15:00 in preparation for re-seeding in May... so tomorrow afternoon might not be the best time to come and see the bird.

Colwick CP - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [still present Main Lake, 10:13 at least].

Hoveringham - Marsh Harrier [cream-crown, flew north-east over the Sailing Lake].

Holme Pierrepont - BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL [Blotts Pit, on the main bund, 07:42], BAR-TAILED GODWIT [five, Blotts Pit, 09:25, single still present 15:27 - 19:00].

Barton in Fabis - 4 Pink-footed Geese [Cottages Flash, 07:47], Northern Wheatear [ploughed field opposite Barton Lane/riverbank junc].

Idle Washlands - GARGANEY [drk, still Hagg Lane Flash, 07:42]; also Great White Egret, 2 Ruff, 7 Redshank.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Common Crane [five, on the deck just south of the Water Ski Pit, 07:30 - 07:59, then flushed by dog walker and flew north-east], Smew [redhead, still Neatholme Fen], 2 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen], Red Kite [circling Wild Goose Farm, 10:30 - 11:00], 2 Northen Wheatear [Tiln North, this evening].

Mansfield - Common Whitethroat [Oakham NR].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Great White Egret [Tween Pond, 06:30 then flew west], 2 Goldeneye [Clifton Pit], Sedge Warbler [Ridge and Furrow].

Thursday 15th April

Elkesley - Common Crane [five, flew north-east 19:00].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male, still in crop field by car park, 18:45], Short-eared Owl [Phase 3, this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - RING OUZEL [male, along fence line west from Bakers Bridge on west side of Blotts Pit this evening], Redshank [Blotts pit, 08:00].

Colwick CP -DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [still present on Main Lake, 16:32].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead still on Neatholme Fen, this afternoon], Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North], Sedge Warbler, 6+Brambling [Neatholme Lane], GBB Gull, Goosander, Sedge Warbler [Bellmoor Lake].

Idle Washlands - Dunlin, 16 Ruff, 26 Redshank, Yellow Wagtail [Slaynes Lane].

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - Avocet, 12 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank.

Hoveringham - KITTIWAKE [first-summer still present, Sailing Lake, this morning], Green Sandpiper [Coneygre Farm/ Works Pit, this afternoon], 15 Yellow Wagtail [Sailing Lake].

Wednesday 14th April

Holme Pierrepont - CHANNEL WAGTAIL [male on Blotts Pit, 18:22], BAR-TAILED GODWIT [briefly on Blotts Pit, then flew towards Netherfield]; also Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull [all Blotts].

Beeston - Osprey [over north-west, 15:10].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male, still in crop field by car park, 14:23], Greenshank [Phase 3, 06:50].

Thrumpton - 20+Yellow Wagtail, 2+ White Wagtail [newly ploughed field off Trentside].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead still on Neatholme Fen, 10:54]

Thoresby Pit Top - Two-barred Crossbill [first-winter female, again 10:30, 11:58 and 15:20].

Idle Washlands - GREY PLOVER, Greenshank, 6 Ruff, Dunlin, 3 Great White Egret, Cuckoo [Slaynes Lane], 43 Ruff [Unit 2].

Eakring - Jack Snipe, 13 Common Snipe [Penny Pasture], 11 Common Snipe [Eakring Meadows].

Annesley Pit Top - 42 Whooper Swan [heading north-west, this morning].

Hoveringham - KITTIWAKE [first-summer bird still present, Sailing Lake], 42 Whooper Swan [flew north-west]; also Great White Egret, Shelduck, Northern Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 12+ Chiffchaff

Colwick CP -DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [still present, 07:27 - 16:30 at least]; also Pink-footed Goose.

Tuesday 13th April

Thoresby Pit Top - Two-barred Crossbill [first-winter female, again 11:14 and 15:00].

Holme Pierrepont - BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL [Blotts Pit, 18:37], Common Redstart [male, Blotts Pit, 08:17].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Scaup [still on Chainbridge Pit, this evening], Smew [redhead, still Neatholme Fen]; also on site: Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 15 Common Snipe, Northern Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Common Sandpiper [bank towards the right rear of the visitor centre, 16:30]; 4 Whooper Swan [Clifton Pit, 10:20], also several singing Willow Warbler.

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male, still in crop field by car park, 14:00 at least].

Wollaton - 2 Common Redstart [by Rayleigh Pond mid-afternoon].

Hoveringham - KITTIWAKE [first-summer, still on the Sailing Lake]; also 5 Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.

Sibthorpe - 2 Northern Wheatear [Deadwong Lane, 11:40].

Colwick CP - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [this morning].

Annesley Pit Top - Red Kite [over this morning], 5+Willow Warbler.

Barton in Fabis - 4 Pink-footed Geese, Yellow Wagtail [Cottages Flash, 07:25], Curlew [east over Cottages Flash, 10:06], 4 Whooper Swan [within Mute herd behind the A453 Balancing Pond, early afternoon], Red Kite [Branshill Wood, heading south-west].

Hawksworth - 2 Swallow [over the village].

Monday 12th April

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male, showing well in crop field by car park, 18:28 at least].

Hoveringham - KITTIWAKE [first-summer, Sailing Lake]; also 4 Pink-footed Geese [through 10:30], Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Snipe, 7 Yellow Wagtail.

Barton in Fabis - 4 Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear [Barton Lane, this evening].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Red Kite, 3 Common Buzzard [over woodland and Upper Lake towards the Great Lake].

Netherfield Lagoons - 4 Green Sandpiper [Works Area].

Kilvington Lakes - 8 White Wagtail, 10+ Yellow Wagtail [West Lake, this morning], 15+Yellow Wagtail [West Lake, 17:00].

Thoresby Pit Top - 20+ Common Crossbill, 2 Tree Pipit; no sign of the Two-barred Crossbill.

Idle Washlands - GARGANEY, 20 Fieldfare [Hagg Lane Flash], 3 Great White Egret, 11 Golden Plover over north], Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Mediterranean Gull [Slaynes Lane], 4 Dunlin, 25 Redshank, 3 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin [Unit 2/riverside].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead, still Neatholme Fen, mid-morning]; also Ringed Plover.

Skegby Trail - 3 Northern Wheatear [in horse paddocks side of trail, 07:00 - 09:00]; also 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, 15 Linnet, 4 Lapwing.

Sherwood Forest NNR - Tree Pipit [Budby Common, 08:03].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Marsh Harrier [male, over north-east 07:40].

Sunday 11th April

Thoresby Pit Top - Two-barred Crossbill [first-winter female, showing well on and off, 08:52 -12:45 at least]; also 10+ Common Crossbill.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Yellow Wagtail [on estate field, viewed from the western point, 15:41].

Annesley Pit Top - COMMON REDPOLL, Tree Pipit, 3 Brambling.

Epperstone - 2 Northern Wheatear [field Hagg Lane].

Barton in Fabis - 4 Whooper Swan [feeding with Mute Swans in fields behind the A453, early afternoon], Raven [over Branshill/Branshill Wood], Northern Wheatear [single, A453 Balancing Pond].

Collingham Pits - Northern Wheatear [between Northcroft and Wharf Pits, 09:56], 2 White Wagtail [Ferry Farm Lake].

Idle Washlands - 22 Redshank, 4 Ruff, 3 Dunlin [Unit 2], 3 Great White Egret, 4 Redshank, Ruff [Slaynes Lane].

Holme Pierrepont - SCAUP [female, A52 Pit, 07:48; again 15:19], Marsh Harrier [north through Blotts Pit, 09:05].

King's Mill Reservoir - 5 Common Snipe.

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still in crop field by car park, 07:58; and again 15:18], Black-tailed Godwit, 2 White Wagtail [Phase 3].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Whooper Swan [Clifton Pit, 07:26 and flew back in 14:29]; also 4 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, Redshank, House Martin, c.50 Sand Martin [all Clifton Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Common Whitethroat, Jack Snipe [Tiln North, 07:20], 5 Brambling [Walters Lane], Pink-footed Goose [Tiln North], Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail [Neatholme Fen].

Saturday 10th April

Thoresby Pit Top - Two-barred Crossbill [first-winter female showing well, on and off 10:42 - 16:20].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still in crop field by car park, early evening], 12 Whooper Swan [Phase 3, 15:35].

Idle Washlands - drk GARGANEY, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, 3 Ruff [Hagg Lane Flash], 9 Whooper Swan, 3 Ruff, 650+Sand Martin [Slaynes Lane].

Budby - Osprey [over north-east, 10:56].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Osprey [over the Great Lake, 10:15].

Kilvington Lakes - Whooper Swan [35 heading north, single on the bank].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Smew [redhead still on Neatholme Fen], SCAUP [still present on Chainbridge Pit], 7 Whooper Swan [Neatholme Scrape].

Skegby Trail - Northern Wheatear [male, still in horse paddock, 07:40]; also 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Swallow.

Friday 9th April

Thoresby Pit Top - Two-barred Crossbill [first-winter female, again 14:15 and 16:00]; also 4 Hawfinch, 2 Brambling.

Holme Pierrepont - Osprey [flew over Blotts Pit, 18:36].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - HEN HARRIER [male, through 10:52], Osprey [over, 14:42 and again 16:30]; also Great White Egret.

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still in crop by car park, on and off 09:00 - 14:00 at least].

Idle Washlands - drk GARGANEY, Great White Egret [Hagg Lane Flash], 8 Pintail, Great White Egret [slaynes Lane].

Barton in Fabis - Great White Egret [Cottages Flash, mid-afternoon], 4 Pink-footed Geese [riverside fields], 2 Northern Wheatear [A453 Balancing Pond].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Brambling [Budby South Forest, flock feeding in silver birch copse near car park just off Worksop Ollerton road].

Rufford - Common Sandpiper [08:50].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - SCAUP [drk, still on Chainbridge Pit, 07:53]

Thursday 8th April

Thoresby Pit Top - Two-barred Crossbill [first-winter female, in with Common Crossbill flock on the north side, 11:05, 13:20 and 16:00].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still showing well on and off in crop by car park, 11:45 - 17:30 at least].

Girton Pits - Russian White-fronted Goose [still on River Trent from fisherman's car park; also Pink-footed Goose, late morning].

Idle Washlands - GARGANEY, Ruff, 3 Yellow Wagtail [Hagg Lane Flash].

Holme Pierrepont - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [adult still A52 Pit, with Canada Geese 08:15], Osprey [west over A52 Pit, 17:20].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - SCAUP [drk, still on Chainbridge Pit, 07:28], Smew [redhead still on Neatholme Fen, 09:45], White Wagtail [Clayworth Common, 11:05].

Fiskerton - 10 Goosander [on the river Trent].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Avocet [briefly on West Lake]; also Goosander.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Avocet [Clifton Pit, 07:16].

Wednesday 7th April

Annesley Pit Top - White Wagtail [this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [A52 Pit, 16:57].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male, singing by the car park, 08:57 and again 14:00-14:10], BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL [on islands on Deep Water Pit].

Hoveringham - 6 Yellow Wagtail, 100s of Sand Martin, single House Martin, Sedge Warbler [Sailing Lake, this afternoon], c.1500 Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail [Railway Pit].

Idle Washlands - 2 CATTLE EGRET [still present in cattle field to the east of Misson village, 09:20], GARGANEY [drk, still Hagg Lane Flash, 12:00].

Newstead Village - White Wagtail [09:30].

Skegby Trail - Northern Wheatear [male, in horse paddock, 08:30]; also 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff.

Ravenshead - COMMON REDPOLL [in private garden].

Tuesday 6th April

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still showing well in crop by car park].

Idle Washlands - 2 CATTLE EGRET [still present in cattle field to the east of Misson village, 16:51 at least], GARGANEY [drk, still Hagg Lane Flash, 13:50].

Radcliffe on Trent - 12 Whooper Swan [in meadow alongside River Trent].

King's Mill Reservoir - Goldeneye, 8 Common Snipe.

Monday 5th April

Idle Washlands - 2 CATTLE EGRET [flew over Slaynes Lane this morning, then relocated in Cattle field east of Misson village; late afternoon at least then flushed by farmer and flew towards Misson village], GARGANEY [drk, Hagg Lane Flash].

Collingham Pits - Smew [redhead, Ferry Lane Lake, this evening]; also 78 Goldeneye.

Barton in Fabis - Merlin [male, Barton Lane then flew low east towards Clifton Pastures, late afternoon], 4 Pink-footed Geese, LRP, White Wagtail, House Martin, 6+Swallow [Cottages Flash].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [male still in crop by car park, 14:35 at least], 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew [Phase 3].

Colwick CP - House Martin, Swallow.

King's Mill Reservoir - House Martin, c.10 Swallow.

Gedling - House Martin.

Kilvington Lakes - ROCK PIPIT [between East and West Lake], Northern Wheatear [male, East Lake].

Bennerly Marsh - 4 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Reed Warbler [Clifton Pit, 09:20].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - KITTIWAKE [Tiln North, 07:43 - 08:38 then flew north], Raven [Chainbridge Pit].

Sunday 4th April

Gunthorpe Pits - 8 Whooper Swan [late morning].

Idle Washlands - GREY PLOVER [circled over Slaynes Lane then flew north-east, 07:53], GARGANEY [drk, Hagg Lane Flash], Great White Egret, Curlew, 8 Fieldfare [Slaynes Lane], 240 Teal, 26 Redshank, 4 Ruff, 5 Dunlin [Unit 2].

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, cc Marsh Harrier, 52 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 2 Willow Warbler.

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [still Crop field by car park, 07:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - c.80 Sand Martin [Clifton Pit].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Common Redstart [this morning].

Hickling Basin - Swallow.

Saturday 3rd April

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - 2 CATTLE EGRET, adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Ringed Plover.

Gringley Carr - HEN HARRIER [ringtail, along Carr Lane]; also Brambling.

Girton Pits - Russian White-fronted Goose [on the Trent, this afternoon]; also Pink-footed Goose, LRP, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler.

Ordsall - 30 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow.

Bunny - HEN HARRIER [female flew east, just north of Bunny Woods, then climbed high to the south of Keyworth then circled away to the south towards Wysall, 14:15].

Clumber Park - 2 Hawfinch [this afternoon].

Elkesley - 4x Corn Bunting, 2x Grey Partridge [Old London Road].

Kilvington Lakes - 4 LRP.

Barton in Fabis - 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Partridge [Barton Lane].

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [still Crop Field/hedge by car park, on and off this morning], WATER PIPIT [Phase3/Eastern Agricultural area], Marsh Harrier, Red Kite [Phase 3], Brambling [Crop field]; also 5 LRP, 2 Sand Martin, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] -  LRP, Smew [Redhead], Peregrine, Swallow [Neatholme Fen], House Martin [Chainbridge Scrape], Northern Wheatear [Tiln North], Willow Warbler [Trout Lake].

Idle Washlands - 5 Jack Snipe [Slaynes Lane].

King's Mill Reservoir - Red Kite [over at 09:15], 3 Swallow, c. 180 Sand Martin.

Clifton - Red Kite [over the estate heading towards Clifton bridge, 12:22].

Friday 2nd April

Langford Lowfields - Little Bunting [still Crop Field/hedge by car park, this morning].

Idle Washlands - 105 Whooper Swan [over north/north-west], GARGANEY, 12 Pintail, Goldeneye, 2 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, LRP, 2 Jack Snipe, adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, c. 200 Sand Martin [Slaynes Lane], 11 Whooper Swan, 136 Teal, Great White Egret, 2 Ruff, Curlew [Misson East], Great White Egret, 2 Avocet, 8 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, c.20 Redshank [Hagg Lane flash].

Holme Pierrepont - 3 Whooper Swan [Blotts Pit].

King's Mill Reservoir - c.180 Sand Martin.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Great White Egret [Tween Pond].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Sedge Warbler [Neatholme Lane, by bridge, 07:57], Willow Warbler [Hawton Lane], Green Sandpiper [heard, Windsurf Pit], Curlew [over Tiln North].

Thursday 1st April

Sherwood Forest NNR - 12 Whooper Swan [heading north-west, 09:00].

Langford Lowfields - DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE [5 on Phase 3, 07:40 - 09:15 at least], Little Bunting [singing Crop Field hedge by car park, 09:20], Marsh Harrier [over Phase 2], Smew [redhead, Phase 3].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - c.40 Whooper Swan [over heading north, 08:33], 2 Swallow [in with several hundred Sand Martin, Neatholme Scrape/Pit].

Carburton - Red Kite [over the Carburton cross roads].

Many thanks to:

Laurence Archibald, Merv Bartle, Bob Beck, Michael Blount, Robin Brace, David Brydon, Andrew Buckley, John Burdall, Philip Burnham, Paul Buxton, Stuart Carlton, James Christmas, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Paul Coombes, Peter Cottam, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Jacquline Dennison, Martin Elliott, Tony Fisher, John Forester, Adey Fox, Steve Furber, Paul Glossop, Indy Kiemel Greene, Andy Hall, Kev Hawkridge, Gareth Hirons, Alan Hobson, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Mother Mary Julian CHC, Mike Leatherland, Ian Livsey, Mark Longworth, Jim Lyons, Dawn Marie, Stephen Marriott, Darren Matthews, Martin McCallum, William Milne, Sheila Newbrown, Ruth Newbrown, Dean Nicholson, Lesley Noar, Raymond Parker, Steve Payne, Nick Pearce, Martyn Perkins, Craig Pitchford, Peter Playle, John Pressley, John Purrington, Dee Reidy, Dave Roberts, Simon Roberts, Harry Robinson, Dallas Roots, Peter Sadler, Paolo Sanna, Alan Scrimshaw, Richard Smyth, Tracy Solman, Mark Speck, Darren Starling, Edmund Staunton, Gary Telford, Alan Thomas, Glen Thomos, Simon Thompson, Mick Tring, David Tyldesley, Mike Vickers, Lynn Victor, John Wakefield, Scott Walker, Rich Ward, Tony Wardell, Trevor Watson, Roy Wetton, Mark Whinsip, Connor Whiteley, Paul Wilcox, John Wilson, Rob Woodward.

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