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May 2012


Thu 31st May

Kinoulton - 3 Eurasian Curlew, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch, c.4 Skylark, Blackcap, c.4 Reed Bunting.

Underwood - 2 Red Kite [north-east].

Costock - 3 Yellow Wagtail [possibly 2 pairs].

Wed 30th May

Newark-on-Trent - 1 Osprey [adult soaring above Trent - headed north].

Nottingham - 1 Red Kite [A52 between Wheatcroft Roundabout and Nottingham Knight].

Gringley Carr - Turtle Dove [singing by pumping station].

Tue 29th May

Harby - Turtle Dove.

Sherwood Pines - 1 Red Kite.

Calverton Colliery - 2 Common Kestrel [pair], 7 Common Buzzard [flying together], 50+ Skylark, 4 Tree Pipit, 7 Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 3 Common Whitethroat, 8 Barn Swallow, 3 Linnet, Northern Lapwing, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch.

Skegby Trail - Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow, Stock Dove, Grey Partridge, Barn Swallow, Common Swift, Eurasian Jay.

Mon 28th May

Selston - Hobby.

Ploughman Wood NWT - Common Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Marsh Tit.

Holme Pierrepont - Common Cuckoo [opposite Skylarks reserve].

Woodborough - Shelt Hill: 2 Common Cuckoo [present for about 2 weeks].

Whatton - 1 Red Kite.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Wheatear Field: 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover. Tween Pond: 2 Common Shelduck.

Sun 27th May

Watnall - 1 Red Kite.

Maplebeck - Common Cuckoo.

Fountaindale - Mandarin Duck [female].

Old Basford - Common Cuckoo [heard].

Budby Common - Tree Pipit, Common Cuckoo, Linnet, Common Whitethroat, Wood Warbler, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Wren, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Swift, Sand Martin, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow.

Keyworth - Hobby, Yellow Wagtail.

Rainworth Heath - Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Common Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Jay, Common Buzzard [mobbed by crows], Common Swift, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Chaffinch.

Sat 26th May

Underwood - 1 Red Kite.

Fri 25th May

Spalford Warren NWT - 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Common Cuckoo, 4 Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Besthorpe NWT - South: 1 Garganey [drake], 3 Turtle Dove, 2 Ringed Plover.

Kilvington Lakes - West Lake: 1 Northern Wheatear.

Nottingham - 1 Red-legged Partridge [City Hospital].

Pinxton - Reed Bunting, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kingfisher.

Beeston to Nottingham - canal walk: 2 Mute Swan, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Common Pheasant, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Sand Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Eurasian Starling.

Thu 24th May

King's Mill Reservoir - 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Willow Tit, Ruddy Turnstone [showing well by Yacht Club], Eurasian Teal, Northern Lapwing , Common Pochard.

Harlow Wood - 1 Wood Warbler, [adult singing and showing well behind garden centre].

Wed 23rd May

Clipstone Forest - 14 Common Crossbill, 1 Common Whitethroat.

Maun Valley Trail - Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Kingfisher, Common Cuckoo.

Besthorpe NWT - South: Garganey [drake], 1 Little Egret, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Turtle Dove.

Kilvington Lakes - 3 Red-crested Pochard [drakes on North Lake], 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin.

Rolleston - 2 Hobby [river].

Wellow - 5 Common Buzzard [Eakring Road].

Tue 22nd May

Nottingham - Red-crested Pochard [river Trent].

Retford - 1 Common Cuckoo [Bolham Lane].

Eakring - White Stork.

Mon 21st May

Nottingham - City Centre: Carrion Crow [caching food in scaffolding pipes - Nottingham Central Library].

Woodborough - Hobby [Bank Hill heading north].

Besthorpe NWT - South: 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 Garganey [drake], 20 Dunlin, 19 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret, 2 Turtle Dove.

Bentinck Void - Dunlin.

Sun 20th May

Clifton Pastures - 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hobby [with prey], 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 20+ Skylark.

Clumber Park- 1 Common Cuckoo, 4 Mandarin Duck [2 pairs], 1 Goosander [male], 1 Sedge Warbler, Common Swift [large numbers over lake], House Martin, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin.

Bentinck Void - 3 Northern Wheatear.

Sat 19th May

Cuckney - 2 Grey Partridge [on a bench].

Budby Pumping Station - 2 Yellow Wagtail, c.200 Common Swift.

Fri 18th May

Nottingham - 2 Red-legged Partridge [City Hospital grounds].

Annesley Woodhouse - 1 Hobby [between Annesley Woodhouse and Selston at 14:30].

Nottingham - 1 Northern Wheatear [foraging in grassy area on Boden Street off Alfreton Road].

Hoveringham - [Sailing Lake:] 1 Sanderling [adult on shoreline next to Sailing Club], 1 Hobby.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Sanderling.

Thu 17th May

Carlton - Cemetery: 2 Northern Wheatear [1 male, 1 female].

Cotham Flash - 3 Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail [in adjacent flooded field].

Kilvington - West Lake: 10 Ringed Plover.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Whooper Swan [Tween Pond], Red-crested Pochard, Pink-footed Goose.

Besthorpe - 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Common Cuckoo, 4 Linnet.

Wed 16th May

Holme Pierrepont - 1 Whooper Swan.

Arnold - 1 Hobby [over at 10:30].

Collingham Pits - 1 Turtle Dove, 150+ Common Swift [including one leucistic bird - initially regarded as possible Pacific Swift].

Besthorpe NWT - South: 1 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin.

Gringley Carr - 1 Eurasian Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 12 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Quail [calling].

Skegby Trail - Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Skylark, Barn Swallow, Common Swift, Chaffinch , Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail.

Tue 15th May

Cotham Flash - 2 Dunlin [in adjacent flooded field].

Kilvington Lakes - West Lake: 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin.

Gonalston - 6 Yellowhammer [4 male, 2 female], 1 Eurasian Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit.

Mon 14th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Dunlin [Wheatear Field].

Sun 13th May

Bentinck Void - 5 Northern Wheatear.

Fountaindale - Spotted Flycatcher.

Awsworth - 1 Northern Wheatear.

Clifton Pastures - 1 Hobby, 1 Northern Wheatear, 2 Common Buzzard, 7 Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 11 Skylark, 18 Linnet, 3 Red-legged Partridge.

Clumber Park - Great Crested Grebe, Goldeneye [male and female], Black-headed Gull, Cormarant, Eurasian Nuthatch, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen. Ford Area: Common Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, Blue Tit, Common Whitethroat, c.50 House Martin, 10+ Barn Swallow, 10+ Common Swift, Coot, Mallard, Grey Heron, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Jackdaw, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, 3 Carrion Crow, Reed Bunting, Common Pheasant, Moorhen, House Sparrow, 10+ Chaffinch, 3 Tufted Duck.

Costock - 1 Northern Wheatear [female].

Sat 12th May

Bentinck Void - 8 Northern Wheatear, Turtle Dove.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Oystercatcher, Mediterranean Gull, Garganey [drake], Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap.

Blidworth - Common Cuckoo.

Skegby Trail - Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, 2 Grey Partridge, Mistle Thrush, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Common Swift.

Old Teversal - 20 Common Swift, Common Cuckoo.

Fri 11th May

Bentinck Void - 6 Northern Wheatear.

Kinoulton - 3 Common Swift, c.6 House Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 9 Linnet, c.4 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 7 Mallard, 2 Yellowhammer, Common Kestrel.

Basford - Grey Wagtail [Vernon Park].

Thu 10th May

Bentinck Void - 7 Northern Wheatear, Common Sandpiper.

Orston - 2 Turtle Dove [pair].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Common Kingfisher [Tower Hide], Common Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff [Clifton Pond], Little Tern [Sailing Lake], Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Oystercatcher.

Wed 9th May

Bentinck Void - 5 Northern Wheatear.

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Little Gull [1st summer], 2 Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcer, 1 Northern Wheatear.

Kingston on Soar - 4 Little Egret.

Wollaton Park - Common Sandpiper [lake].

Tue 8th May

Bentinck Void - 8 Northern Wheatear, Whinchat.

Skegby Trail - Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Common Swift.

Kinoulton - 4 Linnet, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, 3 Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Green Woodpecker [heard].

Arnold - Lesser Redpoll [over].

Holme Pierrepont - Brent Goose [dark-bellied bird with Canadas], Garganey [male on A52 pit, 2 Hobby.

Mon 7th May

Pinxton - Canal: Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Common Whitethroat.

Welbeck Lakes - 2 Mandarin Duck [males], 2 Red Kite [at 14:27], Hobby, Oystercatcher.

Hickling - Common Buzzard, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Common Kingfisher, 3 Willow Warbler.

Rolleston - 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Shelduck,1 Sedge Warbler, 30 Barn Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff.

Hoveringham - Sailing Lake: 1 Common Greenshank [flew high to north]. Railway Lake: 2 Common Gull, 1 Little Egret.

Skegby Trail - Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Eurasian Nuthatch, Willow Tit , Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Barn Swallow.

Sherwood Forest/Budby Common - 4 Common Crossbill, 5+ Garden Warbler, 4+ Tree Pipit.

Cotgrave Country Park - Common Cuckoo, Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker.

Eakring Flash - 2 Northern Wheatear [below Leyfields Farm - east of the flash].

Kinoulton - 4+ Common Whitethroat, 4+ Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 5 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer, 4+ Reed Bunting, 3 Barn Swallow, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel.

Old Basford - Lesser Whitethroat [singing].

Bentinck Void - 14 Northern Wheatear.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Grasshopper Warbler [Erewash Fields], Common Tern, Reed Bunting, 2 Common Shelduck, 2+ Arctic Tern [at least 2 birds still present], Northern Wheatear, House Martin, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Common Swift, Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

Sun 6th May

Kinoulton - 2 Whinchat [pair], Common Whitethroat 2, Common Buzzard, Yellowhammer, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting.

Mansfield Woodhouse - Red-rumped Swallow [single: identified with other hirundines… supporting notes provided].

Netherfield Lagoons - 1 Common Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Arctic Tern, 8 Common Tern, 2 Common Shelduck, 9+ Reed Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 10+ Sedge Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Stock Dove, 15+ Common Swift, 4 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin, 8+ Swallow, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

Holme Pierrepont - Oystercatcher.

Bentinck Void - 10 Northern Wheatear, Ruddy Turnstone, Common Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper.

Clumber Park - Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Common Goldeneye.

Stapleford Woods - Common Cuckoo.

Highfields - Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Coot, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Eurasian Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Robin, Woodpigeon, Wren.

Sat 5th May

Hickling - Common Cuckoo, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Reed Warbler, 12 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 12+ Blackcap, 10+ Linnet, Coot, 3 Yellowhammer.

Kinoulton- Whinchat [pair], Bullfinch,2 Barn Swallow, 3 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 4 Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Common Whitethroat, 2 Yellowhammer, 3+ Reed Bunting, 5+ Skylark, c.7 Goldfinch, 4 Blue Tit.

Colwick Woods - Common Cuckoo [calling].

Gonalston - 3 Stock Dove, 1 Eurasian Nuthatch, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

Bentinck Void - 9 Northern Wheatear, Tree Pipit.

Langford Lowfields - 6+ Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, Barn Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [male and female], 4 Willow Warbler, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Blackcap [male and female], Song Thrush, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, Common Whitethroat, Common Shelduck, 12+ Tufted Duck, 12+ Greylag Goose, 2 Cormorant, Common Cuckoo [calling], 2 Oystercatcher.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Tern, House Martin, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Common Swift, Red-crested Pochard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Yellow Wagtail, Ruff, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler.

Bennerley Marsh - 1 Whinchat, 150 House Martin, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat, 14 Reed Bunting.

Fri 4th May

Kinoulton - Common Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Yellowhammer, Northern Lapwing, 3 Reed Bunting.

Cotham Flash - 2 Dunlin, 1 Northern Wheatear.

Kilvington Lakes - 1 Green-winged Teal [drake still on West Lake], 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel [for 20 minutes late morning], 2 Common Sandpiper, 26 Arctic Tern [East Lake - mid-morning], c.250 Barn Swallow, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Northern Wheatear.

Colwick Woods - Willow Warbler [singing], Common Whitethroat [singing].

Bentinck Void- Common Sandpiper, 7 Northern Wheatear.

Rufford - Osprey [over golf course, towards Eakring, being mobbed by corvids].

Thu 3rd May

Norton - Red Kite [bird with damaged primary feathers - mobbed Lapwings].

Welbeck Lake - Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 4 Eurasian Nuthatch, Chaffinch, European Robin, Mandarin Duck [male], Grey Heron, 5 Northern Lapwing.

Bentinck Void - 9 Northern Wheatear, Whimbrel, Hobby.

Kinoulton - Blackcap, Northern Wheatear, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Common Whitethroat, 4 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Song Thrush, 2 House Martin, 4+ Skylark.

Kilvington Lakes - 1 Green-winged Teal, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit [summer plumage], 3 Gadwall, 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Arctic Tern [mid-morning].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Cormorant, 7 Common Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Common Whitethroat.

Besthorpe NWT - 4 Eurasian Curlew, 3 Common Cuckoo [2 male, 1 female], Lesser Whitethroat, c.15 Common Shelduck.

Wed 2nd May

Bentinck Void - 6 Northern Wheatear.

Collingham Pits - 3 Northern Wheatear.

Welham - Northern Wheatear [pair], Skylark [pair].

New Basford - Common Buzzard, 1 Yellow Wagtail [over], Grey Wagtail [singing].

Hoveringham - Railway Lake: 2 Goosander, 2 Little Gull [immature], c.20 Common Tern, 2 Northern Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat.

Colwick Country Park - Whinchat.

Skegby - 2 Common Swift [over].

Newton - 2 Common Buzzard.

Budby Common - 1 Ring Ouzel.

Kilvington Lakes - 1 Bar-tailed Godwit [summer plumage], 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern.

Stapleford - Common Buzzard [towards Toton sidings].

Tue 1st May

Bentinck Void - 10 Northern Wheatear, Common Sandpiper.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Garganey [male on Clifton Pond], Ruff [male still on Clifton Pond], 5 Common Greenshank [over high to north-east, calling].

Kilvington Lakes - 1 Arctic Tern [through north at 08:35].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Black Tern [evening].

Church Warsop - 1 Common Cuckoo [Coach Road Woods].

Bestwood Country Park - Lamin's Lane: 3+ Yellow Wagtail [in fallow field north-east of t-junction], 10 Pied Wagtail, 1 Northern Lapwing.


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