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.

 

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.


Monday 18th October

Idle Washlands - Baird's Sandpiper [Juvenile still present on spit south of Slaynes Lane; also 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 6 Great White Egret].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 ROCK PIPIT [Mobile between Blotts Pit & A52 Pit this morning], also eclipse drake GARGANEY and first winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL [Blotts Pit].

Hoveringham - CATTLE EGRET [Coneygre Farm at 11:00 from the Bridleway], Great White Egret [Tipping Pond mid morning], Stonechat [Sailing lake].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - CASPIAN GULL [adult still on Clifton Pit this morning], 7 Whooper Swan, 8 Goosander [Conneries].

Misterton Carr - 2000 Pink-footed Geese [a single flock containing c1000 moved north east at 16:45, followed by a second flock of c1000 at 17:20], also 42 Whoopers Swans.

Harworth - 7 Whooper Swans [flew north late morning].

Scrooby - 2 Swallows [on telegraph wires along Saracens Lane this morning.

Sunday 17th October

Idle Washlands - Baird's Sandpiper [Juvenile, Newington Flash S.York's at 08:30, until mid morning only]. 25 Whooper Swan, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Ruff [Slaynes Lane].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 BEARDED TIT [Pair on Tiln North, viewed from the metal gate at 11:26]. 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, [Neatholme Pit, this morning]. BITTERN [one on Chainbridge Scrape at 11:20]. 5 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 51 Snipe, 2 Pintail [Neatholme Fen]. 136 Red-crested Pochard [Bellmoor Lake late afternoon].

Saturday 16th October

Idle Washlands - Baird's Sandpiper [Juvenile, Newington Flash S.York's at 08:00, but then flew off at 08:55, with no further reports]. 13 Whooper Swans [south of pub at Newington at 17:00, also at least 150 Common Snipe].

Clumber Park - Whooper Swan [25 moved south east at 08:20, with another 21 moving south at 09:20].

Langford Lowfields - 3 BEARDED TIT [Phase 2, late morning]. 2-3 GARGANEY, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Ringed Plover, 13 Whooper Swan, ROCK/WATER PIPIT, 7+ Dunlin [Phase 3].

Holme Pierrepont - ROCK PIPIT [briefly on Blotts Pit this afternoon, then flew east,] also 5 Whooper Swans[A52 Pit].

Thoresby - Marsh Harrier [over maze fields on Thoresby Park, before gaining hight and drifting north east].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL, 1w Yellow-legged Gull [Clifton Pit], Scaup [Juv/ female on church pond this evening].

Hoveringham - CATTLE EGRET [Coneygre Farm mid-morning from the Bridleway], Great White Egret [Tipping Pond late morning], 11 Pink-footed Geese [south over Sailing Lake mid-morning], Stonechat [Sailing lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 14 Goldeneye [Neatholme Scrape, this evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - Pintail [Male on Slurry Lagoon this afternoon, plus Great White Egret and approx 1,250 Starling in roost.

Clifton - Red Kite [one moved south].

Mansfield Woodhouse - Golden Plover [30 circled over fields between Oxclose Wood and Radmanthwaite, also 2 Stonechat].

Friday 15th October

Idle Washlands - Baird's Sandpiper [Juvenile, Newington Flash S.York's 08:11 then relocated at the southern end of Slaynes Lane mid-morning, but then flew towards Misson village, 10:06].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 adult CASPIAN GULL, 1w Yellow-legged Gull [Clifton Pit, 09:28], BITTERN [Tween Pond, 09:49 and again late afternoon], Jack Snipe [Clifton Pit, 18:10].

Langford Lowfields - 6 BEARDED TIT [Phase 2, mid-afternoon], 8 Dunlin, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier [Phase 3].

Holme Pierrepont - GARGANEY [still Blotts Pit, this afternoon]3 Whooper Swan [A52 Pit, late morning].

Hoveringham - CATTLE EGRET [in fields along bridle path from Hoveringham to Gibsmere, this morning], Great White Egret, 20+ Little Egret, 2 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, Red Kite, Stonechat [Sailing Lake/Trentside Pit].

King's Mill Reservoir - Pintail [eclipse drake still], 9 Snipe, Little Egret.

Stoke Bardolph - Hobby, Raven.

Thursday 14th October

Idle Washlands - Baird's Sandpiper [Juvenile, present early morning on Slaynes Lane before relocating to Newington Flash then Hagg Lane Flash before flying off again towards Slaynes Lane c.11:18, but no further sign since]; 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Ruff, 12 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Great White Egret [Slaynes Lane, this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - HEN HARRIER [ringtail flew low north through Blotts Pit, 17:46]; also GARGANEY, c.750 Wigeon, 65 Shoveler [Blotts Pit].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [adults], Yellow-legged Gull [1st-winter], Jack Snipe [Clifton Pit, late afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - 10 Whooper Swan, 3 GARGANEY, GREY PLOVER, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, ROCK PIPIT [all this morning].

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - 330+Wigeon, 25+Teal, Curlew, Marsh Harrier, Swallow [through south-west].

Hoveringham - Common Sandpiper [riverside].

Wednesday 13th October

Idle Washlands - Baird's Sandpiper [Juvenile, Slaynes Lane early morning, which was also seen very briefly yesterday. It was then relocated on Newington Flash S.York's late morning, but again flew off towards Slaynes Lane but hadn't been relocated by 16:35 at least], Barnacle Goose, 11 Whooper Swan, Ringed Plover, LITTLE STINT, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+Snipe, 8 Dunlin, Redshank, 4 Great White Egret, Cetti's Warbler [Slaynes Lane], 30 Snipe, 8 Ruff, Redshank, Green Sandpiper [Hagg Lane Flash].

Hickling - 8 Redwing [through west 17:00, followed by several other parties heard overhead after dark].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 8 Whooper Swan [dropped into Neatholme Pit, 14:12], 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Neatholme Scrape], c.40 Redwing [through west].

Langford Lowfields - GARGANEY, 11+Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, BITTERN, 2 Marsh Harrier.

Annesley Pit Top - ROCK PIPIT.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [adults, Clifton Pit 10:30]; also 7 Pintail, Yellow-legged Gull.

Hoveringham - Great White Egret, 2 Goldeneye [Sailing Lake].

Tuesday 12th October

Netherfield Lagoons - COMMON SCOTER [drake, still present Deep Pit late afternoon].

Idle Washlands - 19 Ruff, 2 Redshank [Hagg Lane Flash], 4 Whooper Swan (dropped in at 15:00), Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 7 Great White Egret, CATTLE EGRET, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler [Slaynes Lane], 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ruff [Unit 2].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 BEARDED TIT [Tiln North], 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Neatholme], 2 Great White Egret, 2 Pintail, 16 Golden Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Dunlin, 8 Snipe, Stonechat.

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - 10 Golden Plover [through west], 53 Curlew [afternoon only], 60+Redwing [west].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - CASPIAN GULL [adult still on Clifton Pit this afternoon].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 600+Redwing [through south, this morning]; also Brambling, 50 Siskin.

Bleasby - 15+Redwing [Jubilee Ponds].

Holme Pierrepont - 5 Whooper Swan [adults, A52 Pit 10:45].

Retford - 4 Redwing [over, this morning].

Worksop - 30 Fieldfare [over south, 10:00].

Kilvington Lakes - 6 Jays [flew north at high level in a loose flock, this morning].

Monday 11th October

Netherfield Lagoons - COMMON SCOTER [drake, still present Deep Pit 18:15 at least]; also single Great White Egret [feeding on Slurry Lagoon late pm].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [yellow ringed 3rd-winter 'X34E'], 3 GARGANEY [Phase 3, early afternoon].

Idle Washlands - CATTLE EGRET [still Hagg Lane Flash, early afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [adults, Clifton Pit 11:34]; also Yellow-legged Gull [1st-winter] .

King's Mill Reservoir - Pintail [eclipse drake still]. 9 Snipe, Little Egret.

Bilthhorpe - c.80 Pink-footed Geese [south-east, 09:28].

Center Parcs - 750-800 Pink-footed Geese [in four skeins over between 09:00-09:15].

Sunday 10th October

Thoresby - Snow Bunting [flew north calling over Thoresby Lake, 10:30], 2 Brambling [in with c.100 Goldfinch, c.70 Linnet, 24 Redpoll], Pink-footed Geese [4 skeins over 09:30 - 10:00]; also 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, Red Kite, Kingfisher.

Netherfield Lagoons - COMMON SCOTER [drake Deep Pit, 16:32].

Annesley Pit Top - ROCK PIPIT.

Idle Washlands - 30 Ruff, Green Sandpiper [Hagg Lane Flash], 4 Great White Egret, CATTLE EGRET, 2 Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler [Slaynes Lane].

Langford Lowfields - 2 Rock/Water Pipit [in flight], GARGANEY, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier.

Collingham - 93 Pink-footed Geese [heading east, 10:21].

Bramcote Hills - c.75 Pink-footed Geese [heading east, 09:51].

Rufford Pit Top - Raven [over, 09:20].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 8 BEARDED TIT [two Tiln North, 07:39; eight Chainbridge Scrape East then flew towards Chainbridge Scrape West, 08:58; again Tiln North, 15:47], 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Neatholme Scrape], 2 COMMON SCOTER [still [Neatholme Fen, this morning]; also Marsh Harrier, 2 Great White Egret, Dunlin, up to 4 Green Sandpiper, Ruff, 6 Cetti's Warbler [heard], 130 Red-crested Pochard, Pintail.

Saturday 9th October

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Great White Egret [Slurry Lagoon, late afternoon], c.1000 Starling [roosted in the reedbed].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter and adult, again Clifton Pit; 1st-winter flew off east 18:19], also Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Swallow [through south].

Thoresby Pit Top - 45 Pink-footed Geese [over west, early evening]; also Red Kite, Brambling, 10 Redwing.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 COMMON SCOTER [Neatholme Fen, 07:50 - 13:15 at least], BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Neatholme Scrape, 14:15], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adult-winter, Tiln North then flew towards Chainbridge Pit, 15:45], c.60 Pink-footed Geese [over west 16:07].

Langford Lowfields - 3 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Pintail, 2 Shelduck [Phase 3].

Kirlington - 50+ Pink-footed Geese [high over village heading north-west, mid morning].

Friday 8th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter and adult, again Clifton Pit, late afternoon].

Wollaton Park - 12 Ring-necked Parakeet [on the north side, 17:30].

Langford Lowfields - ROCK PIPIT [south-east corner of Phase 3/Deep Water Pit, 13:43 at least]; GARGANEY [still Phase 3].

Woodthorpe - 9 Common Buzzard [in a single group drifting south on thermals, 13.15].

Idle Washlands - CATTLE EGRET, 27 Ruff, 5 Snipe [Hagg Lane Flash].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Woodlark [heard singing], 5 Stonechat.

Thoresby - Red Kite.

Thursday 7th October

Budby - Gannet [juvenile flew north-west over Budby village, viewed from Thoresby Pit Top 15:02].

Holme Pierrepont - OSPREY [flew high west along the River Trent, 10:51], Marsh Harrier [Blotts Pit].

Annesley Pit Top - Gannet [juvenile flew south, 09:50]; also Stonechat.

Sherwood Forest NNR - Gannet [juvenile flew south-west, 09:35].

Worksop - Gannet [juvenile flew south, 09:15].

Langford Lowfields - GARGANEY, Ruddy Shelduck, 3 TURNSTONE, 19 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, Merlin (female), Hobby, Marsh Harrier [Phase 3].

King's Mill Reservoir - Pintail [eclipse drake still], 2 Swallow, 6 Snipe, Little Egret.

Cotham Flash - 9 Snipe, 3 Swallow, House Martin [through south].

Barton in Fabis - Great White Egret, Stonechat [along the drain behind the A453 Balancing Pond, this morning], 2 Raven [Branshill Wood], 2 House Martin.

Wednesday 6th October

Collingham Pits - 9 Curlew, Greenshank [Ferry Lane Lake, early afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter and adult, again Clifton Pit, late morning], Whooper Swan [adult, late morning to 18:35 then flew towards Long Eaton GP's].

Langford Lowfields - GARGANEY, LITTLE STINT, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Pintail, Marsh Harrier, Stonechat [Phase 3, this morning], c.120 Pink-footed Geese [heading east in two skeins]

Idle Washlands - CATTLE EGRET, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Golden Plover, 11 Dunlin, 15 Ruff [Slaynes Lane/Hagg Lane Flash, this morning], 1150 Pink-footed Geese [heading east].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - c.100 Pink-footed Geese [heading east, 11:45].

Budby Pumping Station - c.640 Pink-footed Geese [c.50 east, 08:44; c.450 north-north-east, 09:08; c.70 north-north-east, 09:46; c.70 north-north-east, 09:53].

Skegby - c.90 Pink-footed Geese [c.40 heading east, 09:20; c.50 heading east, 09:55]

Kirklington - c.250 Pink-footed Geese [over north-east in two skeins this morning]; also 3 House Martin.

Tuesday 5th October

Langford Lowfields - GARGANEY [still Phase 3, late afternoon].

Edwinstow - 5 SPOONBILL [over heading S/S/W, 13:35].

Holme Pierrepont - CASPIAN GULL [first-winter circled Blotts Pit then drifted towards Netherfield, 10:26], 2 GARGANEY [female and juvenile on Blotts Pit, 17:25]; also Great White Egret.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 2 Pintail, 10 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe [Neatholme Pits], Swift [over Chainbridge Pit/Wood this morning].

King's Mill Reservoir - Pintail [eclipse drake still], 8 Snipe, c. 15 House Martin, 7 Swallow.

Monday 4th October

Idle Washlands - 2 LITTLE STINT, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Ruff, 11 Dunlin, 4 Swallow [Slaynes Lane], 33 Pink-footed Geese [through south-east].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Short-eared Owl [Tiln North], Swift [over Chainbridge Pit/Wood].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter and adult, again Clifton Pit].

Barton in Fabis - Great White Egret [A453 Balancing Pond, mid-morning].

Kilvington Lakes - 10 Swallow, Ringed Plover, 8 Little Grebe.

Sunday 3rd October

Kilvington Lakes - Pectoral Sandpiper [juvenile still West Lake on spit 11:20 and again on the the Island, 17:00].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Goldeneye [Neatholme Scrape, late morning], Jack Snipe [Tiln North], 2 Hobby [Hawthorn Lane], Great White Egret [Windsurf Pool ], Great White Egret, 4 Ruff [Neatholme Fen], Swift [over Chainbridge Pit/Wood].

Idle Washlands - 2 LITTLE STINT [Slaynes Lane, 10:54], CATTLE EGRET, 6 Great White Egret [Hagg Lane Flash].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 SPOONBILL [over Clifton Pit south-west towards Long Eaton, 10:03], 2 CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter and adult, Clifton Pit mid-afternoon].

Collingham Pits - 2 SPOONBILL [over south heading towards Langford Lowfields, 08:51], CASPIAN GULL [yellow ringed 3rd-winter almost certainly 'X34E' Northcroft Pit, then flew south, early afternoon]; also Ringed Plover [flagged 'LMM' from a Norwegian scheme].

Langford Lowfields - GARGANEY [eclipse drake Deep Water Pit, 07:20, Phase 3 late morning], BITTERN [Phase 2, 10:12], Hobby [over south-west Phase 2], Goosander [female, Phase 3].

Saturday 2nd October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - CASPIAN GULL [adult Clifton Pit 07:46 - 17:30], Jack Snipe [Clifton Pit from Tower hide, 09:48 - 17:30]; also 8 House Martin this evening.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, GARGANEY, Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 Pintail, Great White Egret [Neatholme area], 3 Ruff, Great White Egret [Chainbridge].

Idle Washlands - 2 LITTLE STINT, 10 Dunlin, 14 Ruff [Slaynes Lane], 7 Great White Egret [Hagg Lane Flash].

King's Mill Reservoir - Pintail [eclipse drake still], c.15 House Martin, 5 Snipe.

Langford Lowfields - GARGANEY [eclipse drake Deep Water Pit, 07:35].

Friday 1st October

Kilvington Lakes - Pectoral Sandpiper [Juvenile still showing well West Lake].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 CASPIAN GULL [Clifton Pit, 1st-winter for around an hour from 11:30, adult all day departing west 18:46]; also 4 House Martin, 4 Goosander, Water Rail.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper [Neatholme].

Holme Pierrepont - BLACK-NECKED GREBE.

Gedling CP - Stonechat [Perched on fence, 11:00].

Bennerley Marsh - c.10 Swallow [through, mid morning]. 

King's Mill Reservoir- 5 House Martin, 6 Snipe, Little Egret.


Many thanks to:

David Allison, Mervyn Bartle, Andy Borroff, Robin Brace, Phil Cadman, Alan Clewes, Paul Coombes, Susy Cooper, Mark Cottingham, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Mark Dawson, Lance Degnan, Jacquline Dennison, John Ellis, Ade Fox, Peter Freeman, Steve Furber, Sean Gauton, Indy Kiemel Greene, Andy Hall, Gary Hobson, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Martin McCallum, Ged Morley, Dave Nichols, Alan Odell, Raymond Parker, Steve Payne, Craig Pitchford, Peter Playle, John Pressley, Phil Read, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Alan Scrimshaw, Mark Speck, Edmund Staunton, David Tyldesley, Mike Vickers, Brian Whetton, Paul Wilcox, Andy Winning, Rob Woodward.



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