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, 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 from Budby Heath). 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 2018

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 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.


Monday 12th November

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 3 Short-eared Owl [Tiln North, 15:20].

Sibthorpe/Shelton - Red Kite [ranging over the Sibthorpe/Shelton area, 12:00 - 14:00].

Osberton - Raven [on the Osberton estate, this afternoon].

Hoveringham - 16 Little Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, 35 Wigeon, 28 Pochard, 12 Fieldfare [Sailing Lake], 3+ Tree Sparrow [on feeders].

Thoresby Park - Red Kite [over east, 09:35], drake Pintail, 2 Goldeneye [Thoresby Lake, 11:56], Woodcock [over, 17:03], 3 Brambling.

Sunday 11th November

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Short-eared Owl [Tiln North, 15:47], 35 Whooper Swan [Hayton Common], 6 Pintail [Chainbridge West].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Red Kite [over the Sailing Pit drifting towards Trent Meadows, 14:29], 14 Goosander [under the bridge near the car park, 13:43].

Erewash Meadows - GREAT WHITE EGRET [still present on brinsley flash 15:15 - 16:30 at least], Raven [over, 13:55].

Osberton - HEN HARRIER [ring-tail on the Osberton estate, this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Stonechat [Blotts Pit, this afternoon].

West Bridgford - Waxwing [heard only, max two birds at the junction of Musters Rd opposite Trent bridge cricket ground, 11:00].

Gringley Carr - 300 Starling, 400 Lapwing, 700 Linnet, 250 Goldfinch, 300 Fieldfare, 12 Snipe and male Marsh Harrier.

Westwoodside - 145 Whooper Swan [still present in fields on the Notts/Lincs border, SK725990].

Thrumpton - 18 Whooper Swan [still in field between Barton in Fabis/Thrumpton SK511329, 13:00].

Carburton - 4 Whooper Swan [with 2 Mute in field opposite the pull-in alongside Carburton Upper Lake].

Budby Pumping Station - 6 Whooper Swan [flew over south-east, 08:00].

Saturday 10th November

Erewash Meadows - GREAT WHITE EGRET [on brinsley flash 14:00 - 16:30 at least]. Also 2 Shelduck [flew over river and landed on Derbyshire side, mid-afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - c.6,000 Starling [roosted in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, this evening].

Collingham Pits - SPOTTED REDSHANK [still present on Ferry Lane Lake].

Thoresby Park - Peregrine [over north near Thoresby lake, 14:56], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders].

Thrumpton - 18 Whooper Swan [1 juvenile, still present feeding on Rape field with 51 Mute Swan between Thrumpton/Barton in Fabis SK511329, 12:10 at least].

Langford Lowfields - GREAT WHITE EGRET [Phase 1, 08:43 - 09:00], BITTERN, 7+BEARDED TIT, Raven [Phase 3], 4 Stonechat [from the viewing mound, this afternoon].

Clumber Park - Pintail [drk, Clumber Lake this morning]. Also 35 Goosander.

Friday 9th November

Netherfield Lagoons - 4,000 Starling [roosted in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, this evening].

Thoresby Park - 4 Brambling [over south, this evening], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders].

Bestwood Country Park - Woodcock [17:00].

Thursday 8th November

Hoveringham - CASPIAN GULL [adult, in the Sailing Lake roost, this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - WATER PIPIT [Blotts Pit, late afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - c.2,000 Starling [roosted in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, late afternoon], Peregrine [on the Pylon].

Westwoodside - 201 Whooper Swan [41 juvs, on the Notts/Lincs border west of Westwoodside by B1396 and Idle Bank SK725990].

Annesley Pit Top - Red Kite and male Common Crossbill [this morning].

Thoresby Park - Common Crossbill [over north calling this morning], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders].

Wednesday 7th November

Turnerwood - DIPPER [west of Shireoaks, on the Chesterfield canal at Lock 38, 14:00].

Keyworth - Woodcock [Put up from a spinney near Keyworth, 15:30].

Blaxton/Westwoodside - 181 Whooper Swan [167 Adult, 14 Juvenile, scattered over the Nott's/Linc's border between Blaxton and Westwoodside in fields to the South of Sanderson's Bank opposite Idle Bank earlier this afternoon].

Bestwood Country Park - 2+ Brambling [in mixed finch flock], 2 Raven [over the Wheelhouse, 12:30].

Hoveringham - GREATER SCAUP [female, on the Railway Pit, this morning]. Also Peregrine

Thoresby Park - 2 Brambling, 34 Fieldfare, 44 Redwing [over south], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders].

Tuesday 6th November

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Glaucous Gull [second-winter, Bellmore Lake on island with other gulls by the visitor centre, 10:00], 5 Yellow-legged Gull [4 adult, single first-winter Bellmoor Lake, late afternoon], GREY PLOVER [flew over Chainbridge Pit, 09:53], GREAT WHITE EGRET [on small lake between IVNR And Chainbridge Lane next to river Idle], 3 Common Snipe, 2 Pintail, 2 Barnacle Geese [Chainbridge scrape].

Netherfield Lagoons - c.3,000 Starling [roosted in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, 14:10]. Also Peregrine.

Idle Washlands - drk Pintail, 250 Golden Plover, 13 Redshank, Curlew, Corn Bunting [Slaynes Lane, this morning]. Also 2 Dunlin, Redshank, 2 Ruff [Newington Flash, S.York's].

Hoveringham - 70 Golden Plover, Common Shelduck [Sailing Lake, this morning], 2 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander [all redheads, Railway Pit]. Also 8 Little Egret, 30 Fieldfare.

Monday 5th November

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Jack Snipe [still Bellmore Lake, viewable from the metal bench, 16:30].

Bestwood Country Park - 3 Common Crossbill [flew over the quarry area]. Also good numbers of Lesser Redpoll, Linnet and single Raven from the Quarry site.

Stoke BardolphCommon Sandpiper [on Bulcote side of Trent, 14:00], Grey Wagtail [near Sewerage works outlet into Trent].

Thoresby Park - Hawfinch [heard calling and seen briefly perched up, then flew west, 11:56], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders], 34 Linnet, 89 Redwing [through in small groups], Raven [through south-west].

Hoveringham - GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew south through the Sailing Lake, 10.25]. Also 6 Red-crested Pochard and 90 Golden Plover.

Westwoodside - c.130 Whooper Swan [in fields near the former Park Drain Hotel, on the Nott's/Linc's boundary, 08:15 at least].

Sunday 4th November

Cottam -presumed American Wigeon [female, found 31st Oct and still present yesterday, although no sign today. It was within a flock of 400+Eurasian Wigeon that have now dispersed further along the Trent with only 60 birds present this morning. It was present within the Cottam Power Station complex that has no public access and was never viewable from any public rights of way at this very sensitive site.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Glaucous Gull [second-winter, Bellmore Lake 13:55 - 14:03 then flew toward the pig fields, but returned to the Bellmore roost, 16:15], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [adult, Bellmore Lake, 14:15], 5 Yellow-legged Gull [3 adults, fouth-winter, third-winter, Bellmore Lake], ROCK PIPIT [flew east over Bellmore Lake, 12:45], Short-eared Owl, Redshank, Whooper Swan [Tiln North, 10:10], 5 GREAT WHITE EGRET [4 seen from Chainbridge viewpoint, one flew east over Bellmoor Lake], Dunlin [Chainbridge Scrape], Golden Plover [c.70 circled Chainbridge Scrape, then headed south], Green Sandpiper [Bellmoor Lake].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 14 Whooper Swan [adults, flew into Clifton Pit, 16:47], 22 Golden Plover [over Branshill, from the Tower hide, 15:28], 2 Redshank [Clifton Pit, mid-afternoon], 2 Common Crossbill [heading east over Clifton Pit calling, 11:02], Red Kite [over Clifton Pit heading east, 08:45].

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [present on Blotts Pit, 16:21 at least]. Also 18 Golden Plover [through Blotts Pit], 2 Stonechat [from middle screen], Redshank.

Spalford - 3 Yellow-legged Gull.

Langford Lowfields - 3 BEARDED TIT [1 male, from the Cromwell Trail reed-bed, near the floating bridge, 13:10].

Collingham Pits - SPOTTED REDSHANK and GREAT WHITE EGRET [both still present on Ferry Lane Lake].

Harlow Wood/Fountaindale - 22 Mandarin [on the main pond mostly drakes 12:00], Common Crossbill [heard only over Harlow Wood, small numbers, perhaps only 2, 12:20].

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Stonechat [midday].

Thrumpton - 15 Whooper Swan [14 adults/1 juvenile, feeding on oilseed rape field, between Thrumpton/Barton SK511329, 11:00 at least].

Hawton - 14 Grey Partridge [Hawton Grasslands in wind turbine field, plus 6 flushed from long grass in adjacent field, 11:00]. Also mixed flock of c.80 Redwing, c.10 Fieldfare.

Barton in Fabis - Green Sandpiper [A453 Balancing Pond, this morning].

Idle Washlands - Marsh Harrier [juvenile, over Slaynes Lane this morning]. Also 110 Golden Plover, Ruff, 9 Redshank.

Thoresby Park - 10 Tree Sparrow [still on feeders], 23 Fieldfare, 34 Redwing, Raven, 2 Brambling [through south, this afternoon], 6 Lesser Redpoll.

Saturday 3rd November

Collingham Pits - SPOTTED REDSHANK [Ferry Lane Lake, 15:55 at least], GREAT WHITE EGRET [Ferry Lane Lake, 13:10 but no further sign mid-afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 Pintail [Chainbridge Scrape], 4 Shelduck [2 Chainbridge Scrape, 1 Chainbridge Pit, 1 Neatholme Scrape], 235 Shoveler [Neatholme Fen], 2 Goosander [Bellmoor Lake], 4 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 2 Water Rail [singles on Chainbridge Scrape east, Neatholme Pit], Dunlin [Chainbridge Scrape], 2 Redshank [singles on Chainbridge Pit, Neatholme Fen], Green Sandpiper [over Clayworth Common], Jack Snipe [Bellmoor Lake], 4 Yellow-legged Gull [adults Bellmoor Lake], CASPIAN GULL [adult Bellmoor Lake], Cetti's Warbler [Neatholme Pit], Chiffchaff [along banks of River Idle near Cross Lane Marsh], 170+Fieldfare [100+The Willows, 70 south-west], Grey Wagtail [Neatholme Pit, Chainbridge Lane], 2 Yellowhammer [2 males The Willows].

Kilvington Lakes - c.30 Golden Plover [over mid-afternoon].

Oxton - Red Kite [over 12:25].

Thrumpton - 16 Whooper Swan [single juvenile, feeding on oilseed rape field, between Thrumpton/Barton SK511329, 11:50].

Dunham Pool - CASPIAN GULL [German ringed first-winter, 10:33].

Barton in Fabis - Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat [A453 Balancing Pond, 10:05].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew over heading east, 09:20], 2 Redshank [over Main Pond, 11:15 with both on Tween Pond, 12:11], 13 Whooper Swan [flew into roost this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - ROCK PIPIT [on the A52 Pit, this morning].

Thoresby Park - 2 Red Kite [over the north of the park, 07:56], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders].

Friday 2nd November

Hoveringham - CASPIAN GULL [adult, in the Sailing Lake gull roost, this afternoon], 3 Black-necked Grebe [reported from the Sailing Lake]. Also 6 Goldeneye 20 Pochard, 20 Wigeon, Common snipe, 7 Grey partridge, 20 Fieldfare 2 Redwing, Raven [Sailing Lake, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BEARDED TIT [Clifton Pit from Tower hide, midday], 14 Whooper Swan [Clifton Pit, 16:04].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BITTERN [Neatholme Pit, 09:40], 2 CASPIAN GULL [adults, Bellmore Lake, 13:30], 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET [single Chainbridge Scrape, 13:43, 2 on Neatholme Scrape, 13:45], Jack Snipe [Bellmore Lake, 14:35].

Thoresby Park - Red Kite [over the north of the park, 12:13], 10 Tree Sparrow [on feeders], 70+Redwing, 57 Fieldfare, 2 Brambling, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin.

Idle Washlands - Merlin, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank [Slaynes Lane, this morning], 5 Pink-footed Geese [through south-west].

King's Mill Reservoir - Pintail [drake still], 22 Common Snipe.

Hawton - 2 skeins Pink-footed Geese [over, heard only], 11 Grey Partridge [Hawton grasslands].

Gibsmere - 100+Fieldfare.

Clumber Park - COMMON REDPOLL [three ringed this morning along with 65 lesser Redpoll].

Rufford - c.30 Golden Plover [in field at the side of the A614, just south of Rufford CP, 08:10].

Thursday 1st November

Thoresby Park - 2 Red Kite [over Thoresby Lake, 13:53], Peregrine [over the park, 14:10, over the old pit top, 16:15], Woodcock [through 17:00], 6 Tree Sparrow, 66 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare.

Carburton - 2 Whooper Swan [adults, landed in maze field to the south of the village, 11:15].

Hoveringham - Merlin [immature, perched up in the 'gull roost tree' for five minutes before flying towards Gibsmere]. Also 40 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine.

Many thanks to:

Stephen Bacon, Merv Bartle, Billy Bodsworth, Robin Brace, Paul Buxton, Mick Clay, Alan Clewes, Nick Crouch, Mark Dawson, Stu Davenport, Phil Davinson, David Dunn, Steve Furber, John Gallagher, Martin Green, Indy Kiemel Greene, J.Harrison, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Darren Housman, Michael Leatherland, Ian livsey, Jonathan Lloyd, Tom Lowe, Jim Lyons, Ryan McClarence, Dave Morton, Andy Murray, Dean Nicholson, Carl Pask, Roger Pask, Nick Pearce, Clive Prescott, Simon Roberts, Harry Robinson, Chris Robinson, Richard Scott, Alan Scrimshaw, Hayley Sears, Andy Shooter, Glen Thomas, David Tyldesley, Stephen Walker, Rob Woodward.

@NottsBirders Twitter Feed/Facebook Group, Lound Bird Club, Lound And Bellmoor Facebook Group, Lound Whatapp Group, RSPB Langford Lowfields, Netherfield Wildlife Group, Doncaster Birding.



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