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.

Monday 19th August

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [displaying briefly, 10:30 and again at 14:40]. OSPREY [through north-east], 2 GOSHAWK, 2 Hobby.

Hoveringham - adult CASPIAN GULL, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull [Sailing Lake], Whinchat [Sailing Lake, but mobile]; also Dunlin [2 juvs], Common Sandpiper.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Spotted Flycatcher [The Willows, 08:40].

Sunday 18th August

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREAT WHITE EGRET [viewed from the footpath between the old car-park/cricket club and the river].

Gunthorpe - Red Kite [over Gunthorpe Bridge, this afternoon].

Besthorpe NR - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile, Silt Lagoon, 11:31]

Collingham Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Goldeneye [Ferry Lane Lake].

Langford Lowfields - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile], Greenshank, Dunlin, 2+Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [Phase 3, this morning].

Saturday 17th August

Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Phase 3, from the public footpath].

Collingham Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, LRP [Ferry Lane Lake].

Holme Pierrepont - COMMON SCOTER [drake, A52 PIT, this morning], Ruff [Blotts Pit].

Friday 16th August

Spalford Pig fields - CASPIAN GULL [juvenile], 1000+ LBB Gull, 24 Yellow-legged Gull, presumed ad LBB x Herring hybrid; also Northern Wheatear briefly

Ollerton - Hobby.

Thursday 15th August

East Leake GP's - TURNSTONE [this evening].

Beeston Marina - Red Kite [over 13:30, heading towards Clifton Grove].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ruff [still present, 10:10].

Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Pintail [female], 6 Black-tailed Godwit [all Phase 3, early morning].

Wednesday 14th August

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Greenshank [juvenile, briefly on Ridge and Furrow, 17:43, then flew west].

Spalford Pig fields - 11:30 - 14:30 visit. 3 CASPIAN GULL [adult, third-summer, German ringed juvenile], 17+Yellow-legged Gull [10+adult/sub-adult, 6 first-summer, single second-summer], 800+LBB Gull [including colour ringed birds from Scotland (2), Norway (2) and Spain], 2 GBB Gull, 4 Herring Gull]. 11:30 - 14:30 visit.

Misson Springs - 2 Sacred Ibis [still present on Finningley GP]; also Green Sanpiper.

King's Mill Reservoir - Black Tern [juvenile still present, this morning].

Tuesday 13th August

Langford Lowfields - TURNSTONE [adult], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile], Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper, Pintail, 2 Yellow-legged Gull [Phase 3, this evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - 4 Green Sandpiper [on the new workings, this evening].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [male showing from the viewpoint, 15:18], OSPREY [13:15].

Idle Washlands - BITTERN [Slaynes Lane, first site record].

Hoveringham - OSPREY [flew south-west through the Sailing Lake, 12:05]; also Dunlin and 2 Hobby.

King's Mill Reservoir - Black Tern [juvenile still present, to 11:20 at least].

Osberton - QUAIL [male again singing briefly from wheat field near Osberton Estate, this morning].

Monday 12th August

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single, seen distantly 10:30, then single finely barred male, 16:10], OSPREY [adult male], Red Kite, 2 Hobby, 2 Peregrine [adult and juv male], 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 16+ Common Buzzard [including several juvs)].

King's Mill Reservoir - BLACK TERN [juvenile, to 11:20 at least]; Common Swift [c.150 at 08:15].

Idle Washlands - 2 GARGANEY [Slaynes Lane]; also Marsh Harrier, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Hobby.

Sunday 11th August

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single from the viewpoint, this afternoon].

Osberton - QUAIL [singing male, on the Osberton Estate].

Langford Lowfields - TURNSTONE, CASPIAN GULL [German ringed 1s], GREAT WHITE EGRET, Marsh Harrier [juvenile], Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, Pintail, Goldeneye [all Phase 3, this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [still on Blotts Pit, 07:14], Black-tailed Godwit [juvenile, Blotts Pit, 07:43].

Saturday 10th August

Misson Springs - 2 Sacred Ibis [Finningley GP, 16:28].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [single from the viewpoint, 11:57]; also OSPREY.

Skegby Bottoms - Hobby [through, 09:15].

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [still present on Blotts Pit, 06:40].

Friday 9th August

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Skylarks, 17:00 then relocated to Blotts Pit, 17:40], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile, Blotts Pit, 17:03].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Hawfinch [in Birch,near the Major Oak, 14:31].

Bingham - GREAT WHITE EGRET [on the newly created small lake north of the Industrial Estate, then flew west]; also 3 Little Egret.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - WHIMBREL [south over Clifton Pit, 12:42], Marsh Harrier [over Branshill, Barton in Fabis from Tower hide, 15:03], Ruff [Ridge and Furrow], Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby [Clifton Pit].

Hoveringham - 2 Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine [Sailing Lake].

Thursday 8th August

Netherfield Lagoons - 6 Green Sandpiper [on the new workings, this evening].

Barton in Fabis - 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [Cottages Flash, this evening].

Thoresby Park - Northern Wheatear [first-winter, feeding in private garden].

Kelham - Hobby [flying west, 15:00].

West Stockwith - RING OUZEL [female on West Stockwith's turf farm fields, this morning]; also c.20 Northern Wheatear.

Osberton - 6 QUAIL [singing males this morning]; also Northern Wheatear, c30 Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Hobby.

Wednesday 7th August

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [circled the lake then flew north over woods and began to display, late afternoon].

Spalford Pig Fields - Baltic Gull [possible adult, on view for about 10 minutes then lost between the pig huts], 6 CASPIAN GULL [all adults and one second-summer].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [adult, Phase 3], also 7 Yellow-legged Gull, Herring Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Little Egret.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [early afternoon].

Hoveringham - BLACK-NECK GREBE [juvenile, still present on the Railway Pit].

Tuesday 6th August

Langford Lowfields - 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, female type Pintail [this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ruff [Ridge and Furrow, this evening].

Hoveringham - BLACK-NECK GREBE [still present on the Railway Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape West, 09:05].

Monday 5th August

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Clifton Pit, this evening]. Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper this morning.

Holme Pierrepont - TURNSTONE [A52 Pit, 18:06].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Pintail [Bellmoor Lake, 16:45], also Yellow-legged Gull [second-summer].

Langford Lowfields - WOOD SANDPIPER [still on Phase 3].

Hoveringham - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Common Sandpiper, Hobby [Sailing Lake].

Sunday 4th August

Holme Pierrepont - Yellow-legged Gull [Blotts Pit, 18:00], juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Black-tailed Godwit [Blotts Pit, 15:00].

Besthorpe NR - Water Rail [chick on the Silt Lagoon, early afternoon].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard [two showing between 09:15 - 09:20, single wing-clapping late morning and single flew over the viewpoint, 14:25]; also Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 2 Raven 2 Mandarin.

Osberton Estate - 3 QUAIL [still at least 3 singing males, this morning].

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

Rainworth - 2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Warsop Lane near Joseph Whittaker school this morning, present since Friday evening].

Idle Washlands - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [adult, Misson west, Slaynes Lane]; also 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, this morning].

Budby Pumping Station - OSPREY [flew north, 07:40], SANDERLING [flew east, 07:25].

Saturday 3rd August

Woodborough - Black Kite [moulting adult, low over towards the Oxton/Epperston bypass, 17:05].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Honey Buzzard, OSPREY, 2+Red Kite [from the viewpoint].

Wellow - 5 Spotted Flycatcher [family group, in private garden, 19:00].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Northern Wheatear [on the derelict barns by the old farmhouse, early evening], Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper.

King's Mill Reservoir - GARGANEY [in front of sailing club], Common Redshank [on the tern platform] 16:45-17:15].

Kirklington - Red Kite [circling high over, 16:40].

Collingham Pits - WOOD SANDPIPER [juvenile on the Silt Lagoon, 15:15 at least].

Tollerton - Red Kite [over to the north, 10:36].

Idle Washlands - 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 3 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin [Slaynes Lane North].

Erewash Meadows NR- GARGANEY [on Spoonbill Pool at Aldercar flash, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - WHIMBREL, WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank [Phase 3, this morning], Pintail [female type, this afternoon].

Keyworth - Red Kite [circling over this morning].

Friday 2nd August

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile, Blotts Pit this afternoon], Green Sandpiper [Old Skylarks].

Spalford - 3 CASPIAN GULL [adult, third-summer, juv] 35 Yellow-legged Gull [eighteen adult/sub-adult, five second-summer, ten first-summer, 2 juv], c.1,000 LBBG, 1 Herring Gull, 3 GBBG, 4 Common Gull, 24 B-H Gull [all Spalford the pig fields, this afternoon], WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 Green Sandpiper [on the floods].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 3 Honey Buzzard [this morning from the viewpoint].

Thursday 1st August

Osberton - 3 QUAIL [at least three singing males, this evening], also Northern Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Hobby.

Holme Pierrepont - WOOD SANDPIPER [still present on Blotts Pit, this evening].

Hoveringham - 2 COMMON SCOTER [drake still present on the Sailing lake this morning, joined by a second drake, 09:20], BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juvenile, Railway Pit]; also Dunlin, Grey Wagtail [Sailing Lake].

Watnall - Northern Wheatear [this morning].

Many thanks to:

Mervyn Bartle, Nigel Bosworth, Carly Butler, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Nick Crouch, Mark Dawson, Jacqueline Dennison, Indy Kiemel Greene, Andy Hall, John Hall, John Hopper, kate klby, Andy Lakin, Francis Leaver, Ian Livsey, Jonathan Lloyd, Dave Morton, Dean Nicholson, Steve Payne, Colin Penny, Richard Penson, Anthony Reed, Charles Richardson, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Harry Robinson, Tommy Salt, Pete Saunders, Derick Scott, Alan Scrimshaw, Andy Shooter, Rob Smith, Paul Thomas, Jonathan Waite, Tony Wardell, John Wolff, 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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