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 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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Thursday 8th December

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - SMEW [redhead, Neatholme Pit, early afternoon], 2 CATTLE EGRET [again on the Lower Sheep fields, mid-morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still Coneries, late morning].

Hoveringham - CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter on Railway Pit, mid-morning].

Rufford CP - 3 Hawfinch, Marsh Tit, 4 Goosander, Buzzard, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Wednesday 7th December

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Glossy Ibis, 2 CATTLE EGRET [again on the Lower Sheep fields, Walters Lane].

Holme Pierrepont - COMMON SCOTER [female still present A52 Pit].

Beeston - 26 Redpoll [in birch on Meadow Rd].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still Coneries, from the dipping platform, 09:54].

Tuesday 6th December

Hoveringham - CASPIAN GULL [German-ringed 1st-winter 'X2KC' roosted on Railway Pit late afternoon].

Netherfield - CASPIAN GULL [German-ringed 1st-winter 'X2KC' Enva Recycling Centre, 13:06].

1w Caspian Gull - Netherfield © Miles Cluff.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still Coneries, from the dipping platform, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Glossy Ibis, 2 Great White Egret, 7 Goosander, 6 Shelduck, 18 Pintail, 300+ Golden Plover, 2 Tree Sparrow [this morning].

Rufford CP - 11 Hawfinch [South car park, 11 feeding in avenue trees nearest to the Abbey 09:15; Also seen briefly flying above trees running parallel to the A 614 10:20].

Monday 5th December

South Muskham - 2 SMEW [redheads, early afternoon], 2 Great White Egret [in field next to A1 bridge], 3 Red-crested Pochard [2 drakes/female], 80 Golden Plover, 2 Egyptian Geese 130 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye.

Idle Washlands - 30 Whooper Swan, 5 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye, c.120 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Redshank, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine [Slaynes Lane], Ruff, c.15 Redshank, Kestrel, c.30 Fieldfare c.10 Redwing [Hagg Lane Flash]. Todays Doncaster Birding 

Gringley Carr - Great White Egret, 4 Ruff, 250 Fieldfare/Redwing [mixed flock], 180 Linnet.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still Coneries, from the dipping platform].

Sunday 4th December

Langford Lowfields - KITTIWAKE [adult], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [1st-winter], CASPIAN GULL [1st-winter, in the Phase 3 roost this evening], LITTLE GULL [adult, flew over the roost but continued south].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - CASPIAN GULL [adult, still Clifton Pit this evening], SMEW [redhead still Coneries], 65 Goosander [flew into Clifton Pit, late afternoon].

Carlton-on-Trent - Russian White-fronted Goose [in feral goose flock in field west of River Trent viewed from the Collingham side of the river, mid-afternoon].

Gotham Moor - Peregrine [on top of pylon by the Fairham Brook, 13:53], 2 Raven [flew from field at the side of Fairham Brook heading towards Gotham Hills]; also 4 Little Egret, c.300 Fieldfare, c.100 Skylark, 50+ Redwing, 2 Stonechat.

Rufford CP - 4 Hawfinch [flew from animal graves area into large tree in NE corner of Queen Mother's Walk]; also 13 Goosander, 4 Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher.

Idle Washlands - 20 Whooper Swan, Ringed Plover, c.120 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl, 2 Raven [Slaynes Lane]. Todays Doncaster Birding

Saturday 3rd December

Gotham Moor - HEN HARRIER [ringtail, sitting in field next to Fairham Brook before flying off low towards the railway line 15:43]; also c200 Fieldfare; 4 Redwing.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still Coneries, late afternoon], CASPIAN GULL [adult again Clifton Pit]; also 40 Goosander, 370 Tufted Duck.

Smew - Attenborough Nature Reserve © Andy Hall.

Idle Washlands - c.1000 Greylag Geese, 25 Whooper Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, 11 Golden Plover, 30 Ruff, 6 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Stonechat [Slaynes Lane]. Todays Doncaster Birding

Holme Pierrepont - 2 COMMON SCOTER [females still present A52 Pit, late-afternoon].

Misson Springs [Finningley GP]Pink-footed Geese, 10 Whooper Swan [south-east late afternoon], 450+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal, Curlew, Cormorant, Kestrel.

Hoveringham - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [Sailing Lake, late morning but elusive].

Newstead Abbey - Great White Egret [Bottom Lake, 10:30].

Sutton on Trent - WAXWING [flew north, 09:45].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Glossy Ibis, 2 CATTLE EGRET [again on the Lower Sheep fields, 09:35], 22 Egyptian Geese [Clayworth Common].

Friday 2nd December

Hoveringham - Ring-necked Duck [female, Annexe Pit this morning].

Ring-necked Duck - Hoveringham © John Hopper.

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL, Yellow-legged Gull [both 1st-winter in the Phase 3 roost, this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead still Coneries, from the dipping platform, late afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 COMMON SCOTER [females again A52 Pit, mid-afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Glossy Ibis, CATTLE EGRET [again on the Lower Sheep fields, 13:26], Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe Chainbridge Scrape West].

Barton in Fabis - Merlin [male, on fencing behind the A453 Balancing Pond then flew across fields towards Thrumpton].

Merlin - Barton in Fabis © Kev Hawksridge.

Idle Washlands - 88 Pink-footed Geese [moving east], 18 Whooper Swan, 11 Pintail, Goosander, 4 Great White Egret, Little Egret, 585 Lapwing, 103 Dunlin, 10 Ruff, 24 Redshank [Slaynes Lane]. See todays Doncaster Birding

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Russian White-fronted Geese [adults still West Lake, this morning]; also Stonechat.

Thursday 1st December

Holme Pierrepont - RED-BREASTED MERGANSER [adult drake, A52 Pit, early afternoon - 14:30 at least], 3 COMMON SCOTER [three females now present on the A52 Pit].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [redhead, still on Coneries], CASPIAN GULL [adult, still present Clifton Pit].

Gotham Moor - Green Sandpiper [side of drainage ditch leading into Fairham Brook, early morning], 3 Stonechat [banks of Fairham Brook near the railway line bridge]; also Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret, c.60 Skylark, c.150 Fieldfare.

Hoveringham - 3 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff [Sailing Lake/Annexe Pit].  

Many thanks to:

Paula Barnes, Steve Beresford, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Carl Cornish, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, David Elliott, Pete Freeman, Geoff Gamble, Andy Hall, Kev Hawksridge, John Hopper, Jonathan Lloyd, Jim Lyons, Tessa Mizen, Dave Read, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Alan Scrimshaw, Mark Speck, Edmund Staunton, Simon Thompson, Mick Tring, David Tyldesley 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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