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.

The Birdwatchers Code of Conduct.

The interests of the bird comes first, please follow the Birdwatchers code of conduct

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2020

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2022

Archived Sightings 2023

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.

129 Species recorded so far in 2023. Updated 31st January

Full List Here (Black-throated Thrush and Baikal Teal still pending per BBRC)

Sunday 5th February

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - CASPIAN GULL [adult], 1w MEDITERRANEAN GULL [Neatholme Scrape roost late afternoon], CATTLE EGRET, 2 Great White Egret [Alans Meadow, this morning], SMEW [redhead], 10 Golden Plover [Neatholme Fen]; also 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Dunlin, Brambling.

Gringley Carr - HEN HARRIER [ringtail, mid-afternoon from 14:25 for at least 45 minutes]; also 22 Whooper Swan, 200 Lapwing, 3 Kestrel, 5 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 10 Stonechat, 450 Linnet, 8 Tree Sparrow.

Ordsall - 2 Grey Partridge [off Goosemoor Lane].

Hoveringham - SMEW [redhead, Railway pit Gonalston Lane end, 11:30].

Holme Pierrepont - 5 SMEW [adult drake, 4 redheads A52 Pit, 11:10], 87 Pink-footed Geese [heading north-west, 11:05].

Netherfield Lagoons - BEARDED TIT [at least three one male, still in reedbed at north-east corner of Slurry Lagoon, this morning].

Rufford CP - 3 Hawfinch [along Lime Tree Avenue, 08:18].

Saturday 4th February

Holme Pierrepont - 4 SMEW [adult drake, 3 redheads A52 Pit, mid-afternoon], CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter Blotts Pit, 15:07], Great White Egret [A52 Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - CATTLE EGRET, 2 Great White Egret [still in sheep field along track down the side of Alans Meadow, 13:53], SMEW [redhead still Neatholme Fen, early morning].

Idle Washlands - 4 Shelduck, 28 Pintail, 3+ Pochard, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, Grey Partridge, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 590+ Lapwing, 69 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, Redpoll, c.30 Goldfinch [Slaynes Lane], c.200 Lapwing, 11 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 10 Redshank [Hagg Lane]. Todays Doncaster Birding

Friday 3rd February

South Muskham - 2 SMEW [drakes] Goosander [A1 pits], Merlin [male], 2 Stonechat [in field on Trent lane].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 2 CATTLE EGRET, 4 Great White Egret [in sheep field behind Alan's Meadow], Siskin [Linghurst lakes], 4 Grey Partridge [Tiln North].

Idle Washlands - 2 Goosander, 8 Pintail, 21 Shelduck, Little Egret, 4 Great White Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, 13 Dunlin [Slaynes Lane].

Netherfield Lagoons - CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter, in ploughed field east of large gravel pit, 12:03].

Rufford CP - Hawfinch [single from the main car park, 10:00].

Hoveringham - SMEW [redhead, Railway Pit, 09:56].

Hodsock - 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Grey Partridge, 11 Lesser Redpoll.

Thoresby Park - Hawfinch [single near the car park, 09:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - CASPIAN GULL [adult still Clifton Pit, early morning], SMEW [redhead still Coneries], Chiffchaff [several singing along the railway line towards the Sailing Club].

Thursday 2nd February

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - FIRECREST [reported along Gadwall Trail between Waterski Pit and Neatholme Scrape], CATTLE EGRET [in sheep field near Alans Meadow [mid-morning]; also Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1900 Lapwing, Grey Wagtail.

Hoveringham - SMEW [redhead, Annexe Pit, early afternoon].

Misson - Marsh Harrier, 39 Whooper Swan.

Rufford CP - Great White Egret, 30 Goosander, c.60 Common Gull.

Clumber Park -  Great White Egret, 6 Goosander, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail.

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

King's Mill Reservoir - 6 Cormorant, 5 Shoveler, Shelduck, 12 Snipe, 23 Lapwing, Water Rail, Common Gull, Stock dove, Goldcrest.

Kimberley - 2 Lesser Redpoll [feeding on silver birch].

Wednesday 1st February

Idle Washlands - HEN HARRIER [ringtail], 3 Great White Egret, 30 Dunlin, 5 Pintail [Slaynes Lane, this afternoon].

Gringley CarrGreat White Egret, Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 10 Tree Sparrow, 10 Brambling, 5 Corn Bunting. Todays Doncaster Birding

Collingham Pits - Marsh Harrier.

Hallcroft GPs - SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF [Hallcroft sewage works, late morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still on Coneries, mid-morning]; also Great White Egret, Chiffchaff.

Besthorpe NR - Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, 100 + Northern Lapwing [Mons Pool 09:30].

Many thanks to:

Geoff Allen, Robin Brace, Alan Bradley, Ian Chisnall, Alan Clewes, Ella Warren-Cooke, Wendy Eberlin, Ade Fox, Pete Freeman, John Gallagher, Richard Gratton, Paul Hobson, Martin McCallum, Ged Morley, Suzanne Nelson, Craig Pitchford, Dave Read, Simon Roberts, Alan Scrimshaw, Tracy Solman, Edmund Staunton, Darren Wozencroft.

@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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