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.

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Have you seen any Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers at Sherwood Forest this year?

The RSPB are trying to map their territories to understand population size and protect them during the breeding season.

Please email any information on sightings to - sherwoodforest@rspb.org.uk.

Friday 31st May

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [through distantly and displayed very briefly, 13:30. No further sign by 17:30].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Little Ringed Plover [Ridge and Furrow, late afternoon].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 3 Cuckoo, 4 Common Redstart, Tree Pipit [early Morning].

Thursday 30th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SANDERLING, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Wednesday 29th May

Sherwood Forest NNR - 5+Nightjar [churring, between 21:00 - 22:00], Woodcock [good numbers of roding males].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 7 Ringed Plover, Greenshank [Tiln North, 09:43], 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Common Sandpiper [Bellmore Lake, this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, 09:42].

Thoresby Park - 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Garden Wabler, 2 Siskin [Bucklands, this morning].

Tuesday 28th May

Langford Lowfields - 2 SANDERLING [still present on Phase Three, 09:44], CASPIAN GULL [German ringed, this afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin, Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, 05:43].

Monday 27th May

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Nightjar [churring males, at dusk], 4 Woodcock [roding], Cuckoo.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Black Kite [probable, west over Neatholme Scrape, 17:39], 14 Black-tailed Godwit [Tiln North, 08:40].

Budby Common - 3 Cuckoo [2 singing males plus one adult flying across the heath north to south], Woodlark, several Tree Pipit.

Langford Lowfields - 2 SANDERLING [still present on Phase Three, 06:46], WHIMBREL [Phase Three, 09:56]. Also 9 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, Cuckoo.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Cuckoo [Clifton Pit].

Sunday 26th May

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - CASPIAN GULL [first-summer, Bellmoor Lake, 16:50].

Idle Washlands - Sacred Ibis [Slaynes Lane, 10:13 then flew north].

Langford Lowfields - 5 SANDERLING, 15 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer], Whooper Swan [all Phase Three, 06:21 to 08:30], Marsh Harrier [cream-crown, south over Phase Three, 12:57].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin [Clifton Pit, 06:14].

Erewash Meadows Nature Reserve - Green-winged Teal [drake, still presnt on Spoonbill Pool, 06:00].

Saturday 25th May

Erewash Meadows Nature Reserve - Green-winged Teal [drake, showing well on Spoonbill Pool, early morning to 18:06 at least].

Keyworth - Harrier Species [male, Lings Lane over arable fields early afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 15 Black-tailed Godwit [14 Chainbridge Scrape East, 10:27, then relocated to Tiln North, with 15 reported 19:07 at least], Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Common Redshank, 8 Oystercatcher [Tiln North, mid-afternoon], 2 Wigeon, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Sherwood Forest NNR - c.7 Common Redstart [males], Tree Pipit, 3 Cuckoo [1 female], 4 Garden Warbler and a pair of Tawny Owl with calling young, this morning.

Friday 24th May

Sherwood Forest NNR - 7 Common Redstart [males], Spotted Flycatcher ,Tree Pipit, 16 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, Tawny Owl [all on the edge of the Forest/Common], 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Tree Pipit, 21 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer [Budby Common].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Hobby [late morning].

Hoveringham - 4 Hobby [over the Sailing Lake, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - LITTLE TERN [Phase Three, 06:24 - 07:10 at least].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin, Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, this morning], 44 Gadwall Tween Pond, 14:32].

Thursday 23rd May

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Yellow-legged Gull [first-summer, Bellmoor Lake, this evening]. Also Peregrine.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [Delta area, this afternoon], Hobby, White Wagtail [Clifton Pit, this evening].

King's Mill Reservoir - Hobby - [showing well, hunting Sand Martins from 12:20]. Also 2 Common Tern.

Langford Lowfields - SANDERLING, 30 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Whooper Swan [Phase Three, this morning].

Wednesday 22nd May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-crowned Night Heron [adult, reported near the navigation sign on Barton Island eary afternoon, but no further sign on either side of Barton Island], Temminck's Stint [Clifton Pit, 08:40 - 09:19 then flew off north] Also single Ringed Plover.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 3 Dunlin [Chainbridge Scrape, briefly 19:11].

Kilvington Lakes - Avocet [West Lake, early afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - SANDERLING, Curlew, 10+Dunlin [early morning], 27 Ringed Plover [mid-morning], Whooper Swan [all Phase Three], 8 Hobby [over the reserve all in the air together].

Clipstone - Mandarin [pair with with seven ducklings on the river Maun].

Tuesday 21st May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - KNOT [Clifton pit on gull island, 06:36 - 18:17 at least]. Also Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, early morning].

Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 15 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, Whooper Swan [Phase Three, 06:30 to 08:30], Greenshank [Phase One].

Hoveringham - 3 Hobby [Sailing Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hobby [over Cross Lane, this morning], Cuckoo [Parish Park].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Hobby [this morning].

Monday 20th May

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WOOD SANDPIPER [Tiln North, in the "Narrows", 09:15].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL [both first-summer, Clifton pit]. Also 2 Hobby, 2 Wigeon [Clifton pit].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Hobby [this morning].

Keyworth - Cuckoo [heard calling].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Ringed Plover, Dunlin [on new workings, early morning].

Sunday 19th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-crowned Night Heron [adult flew past tower hide calling c.05:50 heading east, and again flying across main pond heading Clifton pit way, 08:05], Cuckoo [singing by Tower hide, 07:10], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [second-summer, Main Pond, 07:59 - 10:32], 2 WOOD SANDPIPER [Ridge and Furrow briefly then flew off c.08:50], LITTLE TERN [still Clifton Pit, 10:26 - 12:00 at least].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Temminck's Stint [on the new workings, feeding on the small pit viewed from the gap in the hedge, 17:58 - 19:45 at least]. Also 4 Ringed Plover.

Budby Common - Nightjar [churring, this evening].

Hucknall - Cuckoo [The Ranges, calling, 18:00].

Clifton/Lenton - BLACK TERN [flew over Clifton Bridge towards Nott'm, 15:24].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Yellow-legged Gull [adult, Bellmore Lake, midday].

Langford Lowfields - SANDERLING [Phase Three, 06:46 - 11:25 at least]. Also Whooper Swan.

Holme Pierrepont - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [second-summer, Blotts Pit, 05:50 - 06:00, then flew west, present again on Blotts Pit 12:40].

Saturday 18th May

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 LITTLE STINT [on new workings to the east of the Ouse Dyke path, this evening]. Also 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin.

Kilvington Lakes - 3 SANDERLING, WHIMBREL, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper [West Lake, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - LITTLE TERN [Clifton Pit, 09:45 - 20:00 at least], 3 BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, 20:07].

Annesley Pit Top - TURTLE DOVE [09:37].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover [Chainbridge/Tiln North area, this morning], Cuckoo [Hypatic form, from the Chainbridge Scrape East viewpoint], 4 Hobby [3 over Chainbridge Scrape, single Chainbridge Pit]

Hoveringham - GREY PLOVER [still present on the Railway Pit].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Common Redstart [in the heathy glade, this morning], 3+Tree Pipit, Woodlark, Cuckoo [Budby Common], Nightjar [Budby common, heard churring 21:50].

Holme Pierrepont - LITTLE TERN [Blotts Pit, 06:19 - 06:43 then flew high south].

Langford Lowfields - WOOD SANDPIPER, Greenshank [Silt Lagoon, 05:20], GREY PLOVER, TURNSTONE, WOOD SANDPIPER, KNOT, WHIMBREL, Ruff, 4 Dunlin, several Ringed Plover [Phase Three, early morning], Cuckoo [Phase One, female prospecting the reedbeds, 10:22].

Friday 17th May

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 WOOD SANDPIPER [adult and first-summer, Tiln North, 18:47 at least], Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 3 Common Redshank, Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North], Greenshank, Common Redshank, 6 Ringed Plover [Chainbridge Scrape East], 2 Yellow Wagtail [Clayworth Common], Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Yellow Wagtail [Bellmore Lake].

Kilvington Lakes - GREY PLOVER, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank [West Lake, 16:58].

Langford Lowfields - SANDERLING, GREY PLOVER, KNOT, 6 Ringed plover, 4 Common Redshank [Phase Three], GREAT WHITE EGRET [Phase Two], Grasshopper Warbler [Phase One].

Thoresby Park - TURTLE DOVE [flew north-west over Perlethorpe flood and onwards over Pierrepont Farm 12:26]. Also 2 Shelduck, 100+Common Swift.

Sherwood Forest NNR - 3 Common Redstart, Tree Pipit [in the heathy glade, this afternoon].

Budby Pumping Station - ARCTIC TERN, 2 Dunlin, Greenshank [through east by 11:00].

Collingham Pits - 3 BLACK TERN [Ferry Lane Lake, 10:55].

Holme Pierrepont - BLACK TERN [A52 Pit, 07:53], Avocet [Blotts Pit, late morning - 14:57 at least].

King's Mill Reservoir - ARCTIC TERN [arrived mid-morning with a party of 12 Common Tern], 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, c.250 Common Swift [all this morning].

Hoveringham - GREY PLOVER [still present on the Railway Pit].

Budby Common - Cuckoo [singing male, on tops of pines in Seymore Grove, 06:00]. Also 2 Woodlark, 4 Tree Pipit.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Avocet [Clifton Pit, gull island, 05:17 - 07:41 at least], Greenshank, Common Redshank [Clifton Pit, 06:53], WHIMBREL [Clifton Pit, 12:24].

Thursday 16th May

East Leake - Cuckoo [singing male, heard from East Leake allotments, 20:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - LITTLE TERN [Clifton Pit, 19:13 - 19:53 at least].

Kilvington Lakes - GREY PLOVER, Greenshank [West Lake, this evening].

Langford Lowfields - 6 BLACK TERN, KNOT, GREY PLOVER, first-summer CASPIAN GULL [PHASE THREE, this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 LITTLE TERN [Blotts Pit, 16:12 - 16:16, then departed east, single returned Blotts Pit, 17:25 - 17:42 then flew west to the A52 Pit, 2 A52 Pit, 18:05 - 19:50 at least], LITTLE STINT, SANDERLING [Blotts Pit, 17:01].

Colwick Park - 2 Common Sandpiper [this evening].

Hoveringham - 8 BLACK TERN, ARCTIC TERN, 6 Common Tern, 55+ Common Swift, Lesser Whitethroat [Sailing Lake to 13:00 at least], GREY PLOVER, BLACK TERN [Railway Pit, 18:45].

King's Mill Reservoir - 4 BLACK TERN [09:55 - 18:25 at least], 2 Hobby [hawking over reservoir late morning].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 4 Common Redstart [in the heathy glade, this morning], 3 Tree Pipit, Cuckoo [Seymore Grove], Siskin [single over].

Wednesday 15th May

Clifton - 2 White Stork [drifting westerly over the fairham brook near the Clifton allotments, 19:00, one of two that was photograped was bearing a single metal and plastic ring on either leg].

Langford Lowfields - 3 SANDERLING, GREY PLOVER, KNOT, TURNSTONE, 3 Greenshank [Phase Three, this evening]. Also c.15 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Whooper Swan, 2+ Hobby.

Holme Pierrepont - 6 BLACK TERN [A52 Pit, this evening], Whooper Swan [adult, still present on Blotts Pit].

Thoresby Park - 2 Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover [on Perlethorpe flood, 17:55].

Kilvington Lakes - SPOTTED REDSHANK, GREY PLOVER, 5 Greenshank [West Lake, 10:04 - 17:29, when flushed by general public walking along the shore line].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - OSPREY [over Tween Pond, heading towards the power station, 08:55], 6 BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, three arrived 09:24 increasing to six by 10:03, then flew east, 10:14 after been chased by a Peregrine], GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew east down river, 09:31], 2 Hobby [above Tower hide, 11:25].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 3 BLACK TERN [Neatholme Scrape, 09:35], 2 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover [Tiln North, late afternoon], Hobby [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Hoveringham - GREY PLOVER [still present on the Railway Pit], Hobby [Sailing Lake].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Common Redstart, 4 displaying Tree Pipit [early morning].

Tuesday 14th May

Langford Lowfields - 2 TURNSTONE, KNOT, 21 Common Redshank [Phase Three, this evening], SANDERLING, GREY PLOVER, KNOT, TURNSTONE, Curlew, Whooper Swan [all Phase Three, early morning], 11 Hobbies [on site today].

Holme Pierrepont - 14 Hobby, Whooper Swan [adult, A52 Pit, this evening], 3 Hobby [over Blotts Pit, this afternoon].

Skegby - TURTLE DOVE [seen and heard briefly in hedgerow 15:30, but had moved on by 16:00], Lesser Whitethroat [Skegby Trail, 07:30].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 5 Common Tern, Common Redshank [Chainbridge Scrape East], Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 2 Common Redshank, LRP, Ringed Plover [Tiln North], 4 Yellow Wagtail [Clayworth Common], Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo [on track Neatholme Lane], 4 Common Tern [Neatholme Scrape], 3 Hobby, 5 Common Tern [Neatholme Fen].

Hoveringham - GREY PLOVER, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Peregrine [Railway Pit].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 3 Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Garden Warbler, Cuckoo [this morning].

Budby Common - Cuckoo [singing male, Seymore Grove, 08:00], 2 Woodlark, 5 Tree Pipit, 6 Garden Warbler.

Monday 13th May

Hoveringham - GREY PLOVER, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper [Railway Pit, this evening], Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo [Sailing Lake, this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - Whooper Swan [adult, Blotts Pit, 18:50].

Thoresby Park - 2 Common Tern [on Perlethorpe flood, 18:30].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 8 Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher [in the heathy glade area throughout the day], 2 Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler.

Budby Common - Cuckoo [singing male, just north of Seymore Grove, 08:30 - 09:34], 3 Tree Pipit, 9+Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat.

Langford Lowfields - 2 WOOD SANDPIPER [Phase 2, viewed from the Phase one viewpoint], KNOT, TURNSTONE, 4 Ringed Plover [Phase Three, this morning]. Also Grasshopper Warbler, Hobby.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [Coneries, 04:24], 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET [single through Clifton Pit, heading east, 05:50, second heading south towards the power station, 17:49], Greenshank [Clifton Pit, 06:55], Tawny Owl [roosting, 07:38], Hobby [over centre car park, 14:41].

Sunday 12th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-crowned Night Heron [adult flew across Clifton Pit in front of tower hide 20:10, flying fast and high east/north-east], Short-eared Owl [flew over Coneries heading towards Thrumpton/Barton in Fabis, 18:46], Greenshank [Clifton Pit, late evening.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - "Lound Bird Club - Big Bird Day" Highlights were: WOOD SANDPIPER [Bellmore Lake], GREAT WHITE EGRET [Neatholme Pit], Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Wheatear [Tiln North], 5 Hobby, 2 Dunlin [Neatholme Scrape], African Sacred Ibis [Blaco, then flew towards Gringley].

Kilvington Lakes - GREY PLOVER [West Lake, on the gravel spit, late afternoon]. Also 2 Common Tern.

Stoke Bardolph - FIRECREST [singing male, in woods by Stoke Lock, 14:02].

Church Warsop - Yellow Wagtail [single this afternoon].

Bestwood Country Park - Cuckoo [singing Pike Park, audible from the public footpath from Goosedale Lane/Kilarney Park, 11:45].

Holme Pierrepont - BLACK TERN [still present on Blotts Pit, 07:46], Cuckoo [Works Pond, singing and showing well 07:30 - 08:00], Common Sandpiper [Blotts Pit].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 6+Common Redstart [good numbers singing this morning], Spotted Flycatcher [in the heathy glade, 12:19], Tawny Owl [single newly fledged chick], 4 Tree Pipit.

Clumber Park - 8 Common Redstart [males, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed individual], Whooper Swan, 9 Dunlin, Curlew, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby [Phase Three, this morning].

Saturday 11th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - WOOD SANDPIPER [briefly on Church Pond, 08:24], 7 BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, 19:05].

Idle Washlands - WHIMBREL, Dunlin [Slaynes Lane].

Langford Lowfields - KNOT [Phase Three, 08:12], TURNSTONE, WHIMBREL [Phase Three, 16:23 and 17:00].

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew high east through Blotts Pit, 07:03], WHIMBREL [flew east through the A52 Pit, 10:18], BLACK TERN [single Blotts Pit, 16:15]. Also Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover [Blotts Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, Wheatear, Corn Bunting [Tiln North].

Friday 10th May

Netherfield Lagoons - Common Redstart [female, on the east side of the Deep Pit, this afternoon], Grasshopper Warbler [reeling], Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, White Wagtail [on the new workings].

Besthorpe NR - Dunlin, Common Redshank [Mons Pool, early afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - 3 WHIMBREL, 40+Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 5+Common Redshank, Greenshank, Whooper Swan, 2 Goosander [Phase Three, this morning], 11 ARCTIC TERN [single west, 11:10, 10 through north, 12:00].

Hoveringham - 2 KNOT, 2 WHIMBREL, Dunlin, 3 BLACK TERN [Sailing Lake], 6 ARCTIC TERN [flew through north-east].

Annesley Pit Top - 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper.

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Goosander [drakes].

Killvington Lakes - 4 BLACK TERN, 2 Ringed Plover [West Lake, this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, Greenshank [Chainbridge/Tiln area, early morning].

Holme Pierrepont - TURNSTONE, Whinchat [Blotts Pit, 07:00 - 17:40 at least], 7 ARCTIC TERN [north-west through Blotts Pit, 08:15], 2 BLACK TERN [A52 Pit, 17:45].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ringed Plover, Dunlin [Ridge and Furrow, 05:18], 17 ARCTIC TERN [Clifton Pit, landed on gull island briefly then flew north, 06:22], 3 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, this evening], Cuckoo [Coneries/Clifton Pit].

Thursday 9th May

Market Warsop - Yellow Wagtail [probable male feldegg, briefly in field this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - LITTLE TERN [Neatholme Fen/Scrape, 09:42 -10:45 at least], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Black-tailed Godwit, GREY PLOVER, Greenshank [Tiln North, early morning], 2 SANDERLING [Chainbridge Scrape, 06:58], 66 Dunlin [8 Tiln North, 14 Neatholme Fen, 13 Chainbridge Scrape, 31 Bellmore Lake, ], Whinchat [Bellmore Lake, briefly by the weir then flew north along the river, 11:04], 2 ARCTIC TERN [2 Neatholme Scrape, 11:05, single through Bellmore Lake, 11:35], BLACK TERN [Neatholme Scrape, 12:01 - 15:24], LITTLE GULL [Neatholme Fen, 12:34 - 13:39], Cuckoo [Bellmore Lake].

Kilvington Lakes - GREY PLOVER [over north calling], Greenshank, 23 Dunlin [20 flew north], Ringed Plover White Wagtail [all West Lake, mid-morning], SANDERLING, 4 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard [all West Lake].

Annesley Pit Top - GREY PLOVER, SANDERLING, 8 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin [early morning], ARCTIC TERN [briefly then flew north-east, 08:53].

Hoveringham - 24 ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Lake, 06:30 - 07:00 moved off north-east], 2 WHIMBREL [Railway Pit, 11:30], 2 BLACK TERN [Sailing lake to 12:00 at least]. Also 12 Dunlin, 260+ House Martin, 100+ Sand Martin, c.95 Common Swift. 2 Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo [Railway Pit].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 BLACK TERN [Blotts Pit, 06:03], TURNSTONE, SANDERLING [Blotts Pit, 16:47], 7 ARCTIC TERN [flew north-east through Blotts Pit, 18:33], 63 Common Tern [feeding over the A52 Pit, this evening].

Langford Lowfields - TURNSTONE, 3 SANDERLING, 60+ Dunlin, c.50 Ringed Plover, 3 Whooper Swan [Phase Three, early morning], 24 ARCTIC TERN [single through 08:54, followed by parties of 15 and 8 through north, 09:25 and 09:35],

Attenborough Nature Reserve - WHIMBREL [Tween Pond, 05:28], 13 Dunlin [10 Clifton Pit, 05:44, 13 all summer plumage Clifton Pit, most leaving high 16:45], 3 BLACK TERN [single Clifton Pit, 05:57, 2 Clifton Pit, 08:10, 3 Clifton Pit, 18:06], Cuckoo [Wheatear Field area, 07:10], 39 ARCTIC TERN [4 Clifton Pit, 07:27, 35 arrived in a flock dropping down onto Clifton Pond to feed, 16:00 - 17:15 at least], 2 Hobby [Coneries/Barton Lane], Ringed Plover [Tundrae, Ridge and Furrow, 18:05], Hirundines 400+ [mainly swallow and house martin], c.80 Common Swift, Pochard [at least one pair Clfiton Pit]], Teal [drake, Clifton Pit].

Wednesday 8th May

Langford Lowfields - LITTLE STINT, 6 GREY PLOVER, 2 SANDERLING, KNOT, 120 Dunlin 10+Ringed Plover, 3 Whooper Swan [Phase Three, this evening], 184 Dunlin, 25+Ringed Plover [counted on Phase Three by the Warden this afternoon].

Besthorpe NR - Knot, 6 Ringed Plover, Dunlin [Mons Pool, this evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - 13 Dunlin [on the new workings, to the east of the Ouse Dyke path, this evening].

Barton in Fabis - Ringed Plover, LRP [Cottages Flash, this evening], Common Sandpiper [by the river].

Kilvington Lakes - 4 BLACK TERN, 47 DUNLIN, 8 Ringed Plover [West Lake, this evening].

Annesley Pit Top - 2 GREY PLOVER [briefly then flew north, 08:01], 7 WHIMBREL, GREY PLOVER, BAR-TAILED GODWIT [dropped in 15:45 then flew north, 15:57], BLACK TERN [Bottom Lake, 15:54 - 17:44 at least], GREY PLOVER [relocated Bottom Lake 17:44]. Also Marsh Harrier.

Holme Pierrepont - GREY PLOVER [Blotts Pit, 07:28 - 07:42 at least], SANDERLING, 24 Dunlin, 9 Common Redshank, Ringed plover, Yellow wagtail [Blotts Pit, 16:26], Black tern, 2 Hobby, Northern Wheatear [A52 Pit, 17:42].

Hoveringham - 10 BLACK TERN [8 on the Sailing Lake, 06:10 - 06:30 then departed north-east. 2 on the Railway Pit, 17:00 with possibly the same moving onto the Sailing Lake, 17:45 - 18:15]. Also 2 Ringed Plover, Wigeon [Sailing Lake], Cuckoo [Railway Pit, this morning]

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GREY PLOVER [Chainbridge Scrape East, 05:30], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Greenshank [Tiln North, 06:00 - 14:45 at least], 6 BLACK TERN, Black-tailed Godwit [Neatholme Scrape, 06:55], 2 WHIMBREL [Tiln North, 14:45], 5 ARCTIC TERN [5 Neatholme Scrape, 17:41, 3 still present, 19:03], 10 BLACK TERN [Neatholme Scrape, 19:03], 20 Dunlin [Tiln North, 17:45], 2 GREY PLOVER [Tiln North, 20:15], 2 KNOT [Bellmore Lake, early evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREY PLOVER [Ridge and Furrow, 05:28 - 06:30], Cuckoo [calling Clifton Pit, 06:32], 4 Greenshank [through east, 09:53], 21 Dunlin [Clifton Pit, 11, 15:58 increasing to 21 by 19:03], BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, single 15:58, increasing to 3 by 19:18].

Tuesday 7th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [Clifton Pit still 05:28 - 20:00, reeling and showing very well from tower hide, 07:15], Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper [Tween Pond, 05:22], 4+ BLACK TERN [single Clifton Pit, 08:54, 4 Clifton Pit, 16:38 - 19:44 at least], Greenshank [over Clifton Pit, 10:00], Cuckoo [Clifton Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Common Crane [on the deck at Chainbridge Scrape West, 06:00 - 06:14 then flew west over Windsurf Pool], 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET [Tiln, Conservation Lake, river Idle, this morning], Cuckoo [Chainbride Scrape West, 08:17], BAR-TAILED GODWIT [Tiln North, 09:38 - 17:11], Hobby [Tiln North, 11:15], 2 BLACK TERN, 2 ARCTIC TERN [Neatholme Fen, 12:30, both Black Terns still present 17:45], SANDERLING [Chainbridge Scrape East, 13:25 - 17:52], Marsh Harrier [cream crown, circling Tiln North drifting towards the village, 16:43], Ringed Plover [Tiln North, 17:11].

South Muskam - 2 BLACK TERN [Main Lake, viewed from the A1 layby, 19:18]

Langford Lowfields - 25+ Dunlin, 20+ Ringed Plover, Whooper Swan [Phase Three, this evening].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 BLACK TERN [16:41, then flew high north].

Hoveringham - 8 BLACK TERN [6 Sailing Lake, 07:45 - 08:00 when they departed north-east, a further 2 dropped in 18:00 but moved on after 30mins], Greenshank [flew north-east 10:15], Also Hobby, 5 Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover.

King's Mill Reservoir - 3 Common Sandpiper, c.80 Common Swift [early/mid-morning].

Monday 6th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [Clifton Pit, reeling and showing on and off from 06:48], Grasshopper Warbler [Delta, 07:58], Dunlin [Clifton Pit, gull island, 16:46], Hobby [Clifton Pit, 18:17], OSPREY [over the Visitor Centre, 18:29].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WOOD SANDPIPER [Chainbride Scrape, 17:05].

Thoresby Park - Hobby [heading north over the Lake, 16:55], 2 Mandarin [over the flood], Yellow Wagtail [over south Grove, 12:55].

Budby - Pied Flycatcher [singing male, private site with no access, 15:12].

Barton in Fabis - Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash, mid-afternoon], 2 Pink-footed Geese [riverside fields near Cottages Flsh], Peregrine [sat in ploughed field off Manor Rd, 17:32 then flew high east], 7 Yellow Wagtail [Barton Lane].

Bestwood Country Park - Cuckoo [male singing from the old quarry, 13:40].

Holme Pierrepont - Avocet [Blotts Pit, 09:28], Common Swift [large numbers moving westward over the A52 Pit, 10:30].

Netherfield Lagoons - Hobby [flew along the river, this morning], Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail [on the new workings, to the east of the Ouse Dyke path].

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-winter, Phase Three, 08:07]. Also 5 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper.

Sunday 5th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [reeling and showing occasionally from the Clifton Pit reed-bed, 05:53].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 8 Black-tailed Godwit [over Chainbridge Scrape, 08:00], 30+ Common Swift [Neatholme area, 12:30], Wheatear [Tiln North/Clayworth Common, 13:10], Corn Bunting [on wires on Daneshill Road, just before Lound village], GREAT WHITE EGRET, Common Redshank, Cuckoo, 3 Common Swift [Chainbridge Scrape East, viewpoint, 14:00], 2 Common Sandpiper [Bellmore Lake, from the visitoe Centre, 14:28], 2 Common Gull [first-summer, Chainbridge Scrape East, 15:11], Short-eared Owl [Tiln North, 15:31].

Netherfield Lagoons - Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, 2 Shelduck [on the new workings, to the east of the Ouse Dyke path], 3 Common Swift [feeding over the Slurry Lagoon].

Holme Pierrepont - WHIMBREL [east through the A52 Pit, 07:42], GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew high east over the A52 Pit, 08:00].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 4 Common Redstart, Tree Pipit [Birklands, in the heathy glade area, 05:30], Cuckoo [Birklands, male close to the far west corner, 06:30], 8+Garden Warbler [in area near the Major Oak], Also Marsh Tit, 2 Mandarin [over], 2 Tawny Owl.

Saturday 4th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [Still reeling from the Clifton Pit reed-bed, 08:20 at least], ARCTIC TERN [Clifton Pit, 15:22], 2 Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit].

Sherwood Forest NNR - Cuckoo [GPS tagged Robinson singing from Budby South Forest, favouring the southern edge of Ladysmith, 18:28].

Langford Lowfields - 6 ARCTIC TERN [through north, between 11:21 - 11:53], Hobby [in the vicinity of the Silt Lagoon], c.30 Common Swift [over Phase 1/2 with most moveing north once the cloud broke].

Holme Pierrepont - 7 ARCTIC TERN [five flew northeast through A52 Pit, 08:45, two dropped into A52 Pit, 09:45].

Netherfield Lagoons - Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover [on the new workings, to the east of the Ouse Dyke path, this morning], 2 Common Sandpiper [along the river near the Poulser Brook].

Barton in Fabis - Hobby [over Branshill Wood, 08:25]. Also Garden Warbler.

Clumber Park - OSPREY [over main lake, 07.55 before moving off south towards Thoresby], 2 ARCTIC TERN [flew through north-east], TURTLE DOVE [purring].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 3 ARCTIC TERN [flew north-east through Neatholme Scrape, 07:50]

Friday 3rd May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [reeling on and off from the Clifton Pit reed-bed, 07:43 - 19:09 at least], c.40 ARCTIC TERN [11 comics through east, 07:23, 23 on Clifton Pit, 07:41 - 08:05 then departed east, 5 more dropped into Clifton Pit, 08:05, joined by another 18 (possibly the same 23 from earlier), plus a couple of late stragglers this afternoon], GREAT WHITE EGRET [non breeding bird, flew over the river from Clifton Pit, 14:30], Hobby [through, 17:04].

Holme Pierrepont - 3 ARCTIC TERN [2 on the A52 Pit and single on the Rowing Course, this evening], WHIMBREL [flew east].

Skegby - Common Swift [through, 15:15].

Barton in Fabis - Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover [Cottages Flash, 14:32]

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 ARCTIC TERN [single over the Deep Pit, late morning, 2 through east early afternoon], Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 6 Yellow Wagtail [on the new workings, to the east of the Ouse Dyke path ], Also Hobby.

Hoveringham - 40 ARCTIC TERN [Sailing Lake, 14 present from 09:50 increasing to 40 by mid-day. Still c.30 present 14:30 but reducing to c.20+ by 15.15]. Also 5/6 Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Common Swift.

Annesley Pit Top - 6 ARCTIC TERN [4 over the Middle Lake, 09:42 increasing to 6 by 10:07]. Also 2 Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 7 ARCTIC TERN [7 Hallcroft GP's, 09:00, 2 still present 11:04, 5 Bellmore Lake, 11:07], 4 Yellow Wagtail [Trout Lake].

Langford Lowfields - WHIMBREL [Phase Three, 08:35], CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-winter, Phase Three, 09:02], KITTIWAKE [adult, Phase Three, 09:09], 9 ARCTIC TERN [Phase Three, 2 through east 09:46, 7 flew low north, 11:09]. Also Whooper Swan, 2 Dunlin.

Sherwood Forest NNR - 6 Common Redstart [Birklands, this morning].

Thursday 2nd May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [reeling and showing occasionally from the Clifton Pit reed-bed, 06:15 - 07:29], 9 Common Swift [over Church Pond, 14:18], Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, from Kingfisher hide, 14:35 at least], 2 Hobby [over river at the end of Barton Lane, 15:05].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - WOOD SANDPIPER, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover [Tiln North, this Evening], Cuckoo [calling, Chainbridge Pit area].

King's Mill Reservoir - c.15 Common Swift.

Farnsfield - Lesser Whitethroat [Southwell Trail]. Also single Common Swift, 2 House Martin, Swallow.

Thoresby Park - Cuckoo [singing, South Grove, 08:15], Yellow Wagtail [over north calling, 07:00].

Wednesday 1st May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Savi's Warbler [reeling and showed well briefly from the Clifton Pit reed-bed, 05:48 - 07:00, reeling again intermittently 18.30 - 20:00, but not seen], Grasshopper Warbler [reeling, along the path to Tower Hide, early morning], Lesser Whitethroat [singing male, beeston marina end, 08:00].

Netherfield Lagoons - WOOD SANDPIPER [still present on new workings to the east of the Ouse Dyke path, late Afternoon], Jack Snipe [on the Slurry Lagoon, early afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hobby [over Chainbridge Lane, 14:30].

Many thanks to:

Sandy Aitken, Stephen Bacon, Oli Beacock, Bob Beck, Roger Bennett, Sue Bird, Michael Blount, Nigel Bosworth, Robin Brace, Sean Browne, Paul Buxton, Phil Carter, Mick Clay, Alan Clewes, Peter Cottam, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Jacqueline Dennison, Pete Freeman, Pete George, Neil Glenn, Indy Kiemel Greene, Darren Hall, John Hall, Jill Hannah, Tom Hibbert, Robert Hilton, Gary Hobson, John Hopper, Anthony Mark Howard, Neil Hughes, Elliott Kelly, Kate Kilby, Andy Lakin, Spencer Lawrence, Michael Leatherland, Jonathan Lloyd, James Lyons, Ged Morley, Paul Naylor, Dave Nicholls, Kitty Parker, Raymond Parker, Roger Pask, Colin Penny, Peter Playle, Phil Read, Jason Reece, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Harry Robinson, Richard Rogers, Karen Rose, Neil Sainthouse, Tom Shields, Andy Shooter, Diana Schmies, Alan Scrimshaw, Lee Scudder, Simon Smith, David Sommerville, Helen Swain, Geoff Tindsley, David Tyldesley, Pat Warwick, Scott Wheatley, Mark Wild, John Wilson, Rob Woodward.

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