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. 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 2021

Archived Sightings 2022

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.

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Sunday 31st July

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - CURLEW SANDPIPER [moulting adult, Chainbridge Scrape East this evening], 3 Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape West, late afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 1+Wigeon, Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 26 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, WOOD SANDPIPER, 3 Green Sandpiper [Slaynes Lane]. Doncaster Birding

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - 2 African Sacred Ibis [over].

Budby Common - 2 Common Redstart [late afternoon].

Calverton - Red Kite [high over Springwater golf club]; also 2 Oystercatcher.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Marsh Harrier [juvenile, Clifton Pit, mid-morning and again early afternoon then drifted back over the river towards Barton in Fabis]; Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 LRP, 4 Snipe [Clifton Pit].

Barton in Fabis - Marsh Harrier [juvenile, over Branshill 09:15; again early-afternoon over riverside fields and over fields off Manor Road, 15:00]; also 2 Raven, Red Kite.

Toton - Common Redstart [juvenile in private garden this morning].

Langford Lowfields - 2 CASPIAN GULL [German-ringed 'X34E' and unringed adult Phase 3, this morning], WOOD SANDPIPER [Phase 2, 08:53 then flew over Phase 3, 09:43]; also BITTERN, GARGANEY, c.23 Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier].

Collingham Pits - GARGANEY [eclipse drake, Wharf Pit, 08:30].

Annesley Pit Top - 3 WHIMBREL [through south, early morning, 4 Black-tailed Godwit.

Saturday 30th July

Langford Lowfields - SPOONBILL [Phase 3, 10:30], 2 CASPIAN GULL [German-ringed 'X34E' and unringed adult this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 35 Little Egret [Coneries, this evening], 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe [Clifton Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 3 WOOD SANDPIPER [single Chainbridge Scrape West, 07:26 then Chainbridge Scrape East 11:30 - 16:00; three reported from Chainbridge Scrape West, 15:00]; Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull [Chainbridge Scrape East], Dunlin, Ringed Plover [Tiln North], Red Kite [Clayworth Common], 2 Raven [south towards Tiln], Green Sandpiper, 3 Grey Partridge [Hayton Common].

Kilvington Lakes - 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [adult/2 juvs West Lake this morning]; also Great White Egret, juvenile LRP].

Friday 29th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

Newton - Red Kite [low over Newton towards Shelford 14:30].

Holme Pierrepont - Ruddy Shelduck [Blotts Pit, this afternoon].

Thursday 28th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Green Sandpiper, Curlew (colour ringed: left leg metal ring/blue/white; right leg white/blue/orange) , 3 LRP [Clifton Pit, this evening], 3 Common Sandpiper [Tween Pond].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper [Tiln North], Ruff [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Kilvington Lakes - 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [adult/2 juv West Lake, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - TURNSTONE, Ruff [Phase 3, 05:52], CASPIAN GULL [adult, again this evening].

Wednesday 27th July

Kilvington Lakes - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [adult/juv West Lake, afternoon - evening at least].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [adult, Phase 3 this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper [Tiln North].

Tuesday 26th July

Idle Washlands - Honey Buzzard [through east], 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, c30 LBBG, c.39 Common Tern, 2 ARCTIC TERN, Great White Egret, Yellow Wagtail [Slaynes Lane] Doncaster Birding

Attenborough Nature Reserve - WHIMBREL [over calling this morning]; also 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin.

Monday 25th July

Holme Pierrepont - CATTLE EGRET [flew high west through Blotts Pit, early morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

Sunday 24th July

Idle Washlands - Pectoral Sandpiper [along Slaynes Lane early morning, but no sign since].

(Pectoral Sandpiper) - Idle Washlands © Steve Furber)

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Greenshank, Ruff, Yellow-legged Gull, GBBG [Chainbridge Scrape East, this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Yellow-legged Gull [juvenile, Clifton Pit this afternoon]; also 4 Green Sandpiper, juv Redshank.

Hoveringham - Whooper Swan, Pochard [Tipping Pond], Yellow Wagtail [juvenile with 22 Pied Wagtail].

Langford Lowfields - WHIMBREL [Phase 3, early morning].

Saturday 23rd July

Hoveringham - COMMON SCOTER [female still present on the Sailing Lake, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - 30 Black-tailed Godwit [Phase 3].

Friday 22nd July

Collingham Pits - CASPIAN GULL [returning German-ringed 'X34E' this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - BLACK TERN [A52 Pit, early afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit briefly then flew high south, 10:46].

Hoveringham - 2 COMMON SCOTER [pair Sailing Lake, mid-morning]; also Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank; Whooper Swan [adult, Tipping Pond].

Netherfield Lagoons - BLACK TERN [Slurry Lagoon, 08:45]; also 3 Black-tailed Godwit [Slurry Lagoon, late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - BLACK TERN [dropped into Neatholme Scrape with group of 16 Common Tern briefly before departing north-west, early morning], 4 ARCTIC TERN [Neatholme Fen with c.50 Common Tern, mid-morning], 2 Sacred Ibis [Neatholme Fen, early afternoon until 15:05 then flew north], Common Sandpiper [Bellmoor Lake].

Thursday 21st July

Netherfield Lagoons - SANDWICH TERN [high along the Trent at Enva Recycling Centra heading towards Holme Pierrepont 17:37].

Holme Pierrepont - 3 SANDWICH TERN [this morning]; also Cuckoo, Raven, Peregrine, Lesser Whitethroat.

Langford Lowfields - 2 BITTERN, Curlew, 19 Oystercatcher, 9 Redshank, 6 Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull [this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit.

Wednesday 20th July

Netherfield Lagoons - Caspian Tern [Deep Pit/Slurry Lagoon 19:32 - 20:05 when it circled very high over the large GP and lost to view].

(Caspian Tern) - Netherfield Lagoons © Miles Cluff)

Holme Pierrepont - Caspian Tern [Blotts Pit/A52 Pit 16:03 - c.19:20]; also 3 Yellow-legged Gull [2nd-summer, 2 juvs] 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 LRP, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper.

(Caspian Tern) - Holme Pierrepont © Spencer Lawrence)

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 10 Yellow-legged Gull [nine adults Chainbridge Scrape, this evening].

Collingham Pits - 2 GARGANEY [still Northcroft Pit].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [flew south-west past bird-feeding station layby, 09:33].

Tuesday 19th July

Holme Pierrepont - Yellow-legged Gull, Ruff [this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 43 LBBG [juveniles, this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 37 Little Egret [Chainbridge Scrape West, this morning].

Monday 18th July

Netherfield Lagoons - Yellow-legged Gull [juvenile, Enva Recycling Centre this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 32 juvenile LBBG [in with 160 large gulls this afternoon]; also 3 Green Sandpiper.

Holme Pierrepont - Yellow-legged Gull [juvenile].

Sunday 17th July

Annesley Pit Top - MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Avocet [this morning].

Collingham Pits - 3 GARGANEY [Northcroft Pit, this morning].

Saturday 16th July

Collingham Pits - 2 GARGANEY [Northcroft Pit, mid-afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Common Tern [Slaynes Lane].

Friday 15th July

Netherfield Lagoons - Yellow-legged Gull [juvenile, Slurry Lagoon late afternoon].

Thursday 14th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 53 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 LRP, 2 Green Sandpiper, Hobby [Clifton Pit, this evening].

(53 Black-tailed Godwit) - Attenborough NR © Simon Roberts)

Market Warsop - OSPREY [flew over towards Mansfield Woodhouse, 18:36].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Oystercatcher [circled res a few times before flying off roughly NW 15:55].

Wednesday 13th July

Collingham Pits - GARGANEY [two on Northcroft Pond].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] -16 Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape, this morning], Great White Egret [Neatholme Pit].

Tuesday 12th July

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Black-headed Wagtail [adult feldegg, Hayton Common feeding in Beet field with c.50 Yellow Wagtail yesterday], 3 Red-crested Pochard [Neatholme].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 LRP, 3 Green Sandpiper, 22 Little Egret [21:30].

Clifton Pastures - 2 Peregrine, Hobby, c.20 Yellow Wagtail.

Cropwell Butler - QUAIL [06:30].

Monday 11th July

Collingham Pits - GARGANEY [female on Northcroft Pond, 19:25].

Aslockton - Red Kite [over 12:45].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Marsh Harrier [cream-crown, over Coneries heading south over Barton in Fabis, 08:16], Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow/Clifton Pit, early morning].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Ruff, Dunlin, 4 LRP, Great White Egret [Chainbride Scrape East, 07:00], Common Redstart [adult male, still the Willows this morning].

Sunday 10th July

Holme Pierrepont - Glossy Ibis [Blotts Pit, 15:04 then flew west towards the A52 Pit, 15:13 but no further sign].

(Glossy Ibis) - Holme Pierrepont © Alan Clewes)

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpier [Clifton Pit, this evening], 30 Little Egret [Coneries].

Wellow - OSPREY [flew south, 14:32].

Hickling - 2 Red Kite, Peregrine [this afternoon].

Clifton - Peregrine [over heading west, this afternoon].

Besthorpe NR - GARGANEY [female type, 08:45].

Netherfield Lagoons - BITTERN [in the reed-bed at the northern end of the Deep Pit, this morning].

Ollerton - Nightjar [on the footpath that runs parallel to the A1 from 5 Lane Ends roundabout, 08:00].

Nott'm City Centre - 2 BLACK REDSTART [singing male and female, this morning].

Saturday 9th July

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - QUAIL [singing male on the east side of Tiln North, late afternoon].

Gringley Carr - QUAIL [singing male]; also 5+CORN BUNTING. Doncaster Birding

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Buzzard, 6 Oystercatcher [over south], 2 LBBG.

Friday 8th July

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 30 Black-tailed Godwit [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 2 Common Redstart [adult male and juvenile, The Willows], 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper [Tiln North].

Hoveringham - Marsh Harrier [cream-crown Sailing Lake, early afternoon].

Gringley Carr - QUAIL [singing male, still by track to Little Carr Farm], 2 Hobby.

Thursday 7th July

Besthorpe NR - GARGANEY [female, this evening].

Nott'm City Centre - BLACK REDSTART [singing male, 10:30].

Idle Washlands - 400+Coot, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Little Egret [Slaynes Lane].

Gringley Carr - QUAIL [singing male, still by track to Little Carr Farm].

Aslockton - Red Kite [circling over the Archbishop Cranmer School playing fields].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 11 LRP [5 juveniles, Clifton Pit early morning].

Wednesday 6th July

Idle Washlands - WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 Common Sandpiper [Slaynes Lane South late afternoon].

Tuesday 5th July

Netherfield - CASPIAN GULL [1st-summer], 3 Yellow-legged Gull [Enva Recycling Centre, this evening].

Idle Washlands - 2 LRP, WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [one juvenile], c.20 Common Tern [Slaynes Lane] Doncaster Birding.

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 27 Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape East, 17:33]; also Yellow-legged Gull.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 23 Black-tailed Godwit, c.10 LRP [Clifton Pit, late afternoon], 2 Common Sandpiper [this morning].

Gringley Carr - QUAIL [singing male, still by track to Little Carr Farm]; also fem Whinchat, 4 Yellow Wagtail, c.10 CORN BUNTING.

Monday 4th July

Besthorpe NR - GARGANEY [female type, Mons Pool this evening].

Idle Washlands - 6 Black-tailed Godwit [dropped intody Slaynes Lane, 18:00].

Arnold/Mapperley - Red Kite [over top end of Arnold/Mapperley plains, 16:00].

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - 27 Black-tailed Godwit [inc. bird with what appeared to be an orange/green/orange rings on the right leg above the knee and a single orange ring above the left knee] Doncaster Birding.

Netherfield - CASPIAN GULL [1st-summer], 3 Yellow-legged Gull [Enva Recycling Centre, late morning].

Annesley Pit Top - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [2nd-summer, briefly then flew west this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Curlew [Tiln North, this morning].

Sunday 3rd July

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - SPOTTED REDSHANK [summer plumaged bird, Chainbridge Scrape East, 09:30 - 17:00 at least]; also 2 Hobbies.

Kilvington Lakes - Peregrine [orange ringed juvenile, sat on shoreline of West Lake 16:00].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [reported this morning].

Bramcote - Red kite [flew over Rivergreen Cres, Bramcote towards Wollaton Park 11:50].

Langford Lowfields - 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret [this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [Ridge and Furrow, early morning/evening]; also 3 LRP, 3 Green Sandpiper, Redshank.

Gringley Carr - 2 QUAIL [at least two singing males still along road to Little Carr Farm].

Saturday 2nd July

Idle Washlands - Caspian Tern [still present Slaynes Lane, 17:42 at least].

(Caspian Tern) - Idle Washlands © Andy Hall)

King's Mill Reservoir - 3 Common Sandpiper, c. 250 Swift; Water Rail [feeding in ditch at side of Reservoir].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [Ridge and Furrow, this morning], c.200 Swift [over Wet Marsh area].

Friday 1st July

Langford Lowfields - Great Reed Warbler [Phase 1, briefly this evening].

Idle Washlands - Caspian Tern [still present Slaynes Lane, 19:26 at least]; also 4 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 3 Pochard, 28 Lapwing, 2 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 22 Common Tern Doncaster Birding.

Hoveringham - Black-tailed Godwit [Sailing Lake, early afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 11 Black-tailed Godwit [Clifton Pit, 05:53]; also Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull.  

Many thanks to:

Nicola Arnold, Easher Austin, Mervyn Bartle, Oli Beacock, David Bishop, Adrian Blagden, Robin Brace, Paul Buxton, Phil Cadman, Yvonne Camilleri, Toby Carter, Phil Cheesbrough, Miles Cluff, Wayne Collingham, Susy Cooper, Ian Cowgill, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Gordon Ellis, Keith Fisher, Ade Fox, Vic Giles, Andy Hall, Geoff Hill, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Andy Lakin, Tina Langford, Spencer Lawrence, Martin McCallum, Paul Naylor, Nick Pickard, Peter Playle, Clive Presscott, Dave Read, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Keith Short, David Smith, Steve Smith, Mark Speck, Edmund Staunton, Mick Tring, Helen Turner, David Tyldesley, Mike Warren, Mark Wilde, Chris Wood, Colin Woodruffe.

@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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