LOUND BIRD CLUB

Striving to record, monitor and conserve birds & wildlife found on the Sutton & Lound GP's SSSI (Idle Valley NR) since 1990.

Recent Bird Sightings - January - December 2015

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Last updated at 06:15pm on Wednesday 30th December 2015. The total of 170 species have been recorded so far in 2015. 
 
Wednesday 30th December
 
Bellmoor Lake - Adult winter Kittiwake at 10:20am but not subsequently. (I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 29th December
 
Hallcroft Fishery - Single Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail and up to 10 Goldcrest in hedgerow. River Idle (Bellmoor) - Single Water Rail heard calling from riverbank. Bunker Wood - Single Treecreeper and Coal Tit plus 5 Goldcrest. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Ruff, 6 Shelduck and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - c500 Lapwing in flight and 7 Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - Four male Goosander. Clayworth Common - 25 Whooper Swans with Mute Swan. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Jack Snipe and 2 Snipe noted in flight and 12 Grey Partridge. Tiln Fishery - Single male Stonechat perched on vegetation. Neatholme Scrape - Pair of Pintail. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret. IVNR - A whole site count of Mute Swan made a total of 236 birds including 200 on Clayworth & Hayton Common. Hallcroft Sewage Works - During the ringing session there today the following was recorded:- Great Tit 9+19 retraps, Blue Tit 17+12 retraps, Coal Tit 3, Long-tailed Tit 1+4 retraps, Dunnock 1+3 retraps, Robin 2, Chaffinch 7+3 retraps, Greefinch 6, Brambling 3, Blackbird 0+1 retrap, Tree Sparow 3+1 retrap, Reed Bunting 2, Goldcrest 12+4 retraps and Chiffchaff 2. Totals of 68 new birds ringed and 47 retraps. (V.Giles, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, A.Blackburn, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Monday 28th December
 
Plenty of Bullfinch around north end of reserve today and single Ringed Plover was unusual for December! 
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, c100 Lapwing, 1 Shelduck, 10+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 10+ Shoveler, 1 Skylark south, 5+ Goldfinch, 2 Meadow Pipit and 1 Pied Wagtail. Windsurf Pool - 5+ Shoveler, 1 Jay calling, 1 Green Woodpecker calling and 150+ Starling at dusk. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Goldeneye, 3 Cormorant, 10+ Common Gull, 2 Great Tit and 1 Greenfinch over. Cross Lane Fishery - in rear hedge bordering Sandy Hills, 2 Bullfinch, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit and 1 Sparrowhawk. Linghurst Pool - Single Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Shoveler, 15+ Wigeon. Parish Park - 12 Red-crested Pochard. Linghurst Wood - Single MARSH TIT calling twice but not seen very well, c100 Siskin, c30+ Lesser Redpoll some drinking in dyke viewable from bridge at the end of the central track, 8+ Bullfinch here, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Wren, 2 Blue Tit and Chaffinch. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard flew over, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Pheasant, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 10+ Tree Sparrow near. Blaco Pits/Fields - 5+ Yellowhammer, 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet, 1 Grey Heron, 10+ Great Black-backed Gull, 15+ Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 6+ Stock Dove, 200+ Greylag Geese, 300+ mixed crows, 1 'possible' Marsh Harrier seen briefly at distance and up to 4 Great Crested Grebe on pit. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, 1 female Marsh Harrier harassed by crows, 60+ Teal, 50+ Wigeon, 50+ Gadwall, 20+ Shoveler and 40+ Pochard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Pit - 5+ Goldeneye, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Pochard over and 17 Red-crested Pochard. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Little Egret in field. Neatholme Scrape - Single Kestrel, 43 Cormorant, 3 Goldeneye, a large gull roost including many Common Gull plus a juvenile/first winter Yellow-legged Gull that later moved to the Water Ski Pit. Water Ski Pit - Single juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Egret flew over to Neatholme Scrape, 20 Great Black-backed Gulls and 10 Herring Gull. (G.Hobson, G.Nelson, S.Nelson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, K.Fisher)

Sunday 27th December
 
Linghurst Wood -Two Chiffchaff, 30+ Lesser Redpoll, 20+ Siskin and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Bellmoor Lake - Single Chiffchaff noted here. Neatholme Scrape - Four adult Yellow-legged Gull and 31 'feral' Barnacle Geese flew north. Water Ski Pit - Three adult Yellow-legged Gulls. Hayton Common - Single Green Sandpiper in dyke. Clayworth Common - 23 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Swan and 1 Barn Owl hunting near The Willows at 15:45pm. Doughty's Pit - 37 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - 10 Goosander and 31 'feral' Barnacle Geese flew north. (D.Housman, P.J.Freeman)

Saturday 26th December
 
Linghurst Wood - Two MARSH TIT (ASh) on main path through wood calling frequently. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Two Brambling in perimeter hedge, also c15 Tree Sparrows. (A.Shooter)

Friday 25th December
 
Local News 
Retford - Single first-winter male BLACK REDSTART at a private garden in Ordsall again today. (via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Thursday 24th December
 
Local News 
Retford - Single, possibly a first-winter male BLACK REDSTART (HSc) at a private garden in Ordsall at 12.50pm today. (H.Scall)
 
 
Black Redstart - male, Ordsall, Retford, 24th December 2015. ©Henry Scall 

Wednesday 23rd December
 
Linghurst Wood - Single MARSH TIT (PCo) still present plus c50 Siskin, c50 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Jay, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Goldcrest, a pair Bullfinch and a Sparrowhawk. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tit and 2 Goldcrest. Neatholme Fen - Two Little EgretNeatholme Scrape - Single Short-eared Owl at 15:30pm? Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Ruff. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine on island.  (P.Cottam, I.Cowgill, P.Cadman)

Monday 21st December
 
Blaco Cottages - 20 Tree Sparrows. Blaco Fields - Single Short-eared Owl hunting grassland plus 110+ Linnet. Blaco Pits - Six Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Single Little Egret and Snipe. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Six Shelduck and 2 Ruff. Linghurst Wood - 150+ Siskin and 3 Bullfinch. Linghurst Pool - 79 Shoveler. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Green Sandpiper. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Woodcock seen in flight. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Three Brambling in hedgerow near feeders. Bellmoor Lake - 7 Goosander, 5+ Cormorant, 100+ Jackdaw, 100+ Rook and c50+ Lapwing. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, G.Hobson, P.Cadman, I.Baxter)

Sunday 20th December
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail and ChiffchaffParish Park - Single WoodcockLinghurst Wood - Single MARSH TIT (PJF), Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Bullfinch and Redpoll plus c60 Siskin. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - 11 Yellowhammer. Cross Lane - Single CETTI'S WARBLER (IC) again in ditch by track. (P.J.Freeman, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, I.Cowgill)

Friday 18th December
 
Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single Brambling and up to 10 Tree Sparrows in hedgerow. (P.Cottam)

Wednesday 16th December
 
Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single male Brambling, Goldcrest and Coal Tit plus 3 Tree Sparrow. Bellmoor Lake - Single Water Rail heard calling from eastern viewpoint and an adult CASPIAN GULL reported again this morning. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Marsh Harrier over southern end. Linghurst Wood - Single MARSH TIT still showing well circa 10:00am around north end of central path running north from edge of Parish Park, c30 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll and a Goldcrest. Neatholme Lane - Up to 5 Bullfinch between Poplar Walk & Cross Lane junction. Neatholme Pit - a pair of Goosander. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, P.Cottam, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 15th December
 
IVNR - Single CASPIAN GULL reported again. (Birdguides)

Monday 14th December
 
Cross Lane - Single CETTI'S WARBLER (IC) 'calling' in ditch by dead tree and was also heard in reedbed closeby this morning. Linghurst Wood - One or two MARSH TIT still present in wood today. Bellmoor Lake - Single First-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (170) (DHo) present briefly at 10:05am before flying off east towards Tiln. (I.Cowgill, D,Housman)

Sunday 13th December - WeBS Count
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - An impressive 447 Wigeon, 34 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 15 Greylag Goose, 40 Mute Swan and 1 Shoveler. Clayworth Common - 107 Mute Swan and 5 Whooper Swan. Neatholme Pit - 2 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 59 Coot, 1 Little Grebe and 5 Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - 90 Coot, 16 Canada Geese, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 2 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 7 Cormorant, 276 Greylag Goose, 11 Mallard, 7 Mute Swan, 4 Shoveler and 33 Tufted Duck. Neatholme Fen - 3 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 49 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Moorhen, 16 Coot, 12 Lapwing and 1 Little Egret. Linghurst Pool -  4 Gadwall, 32 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 52 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Moorhen, 21 Coot and 4 Cormorant. Parish Park - 2 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 24 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 12 Coot and 1 Little Grebe. Linghurst Wood - Three MARSH TIT (169) noted here at 10:00am. Water Ski Pit - 107 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 19 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan and 21 Tufted Duck. Bellmoor Lake - 68 Coot, 62 Tufted Duck, 5 Goosander, 2 Pochard, 24 Mallard, 10 Mute Swan, 6 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shelduck, 14 Greylag Goose, 235 Black-headed Gull, 16 Common Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 125 Lapwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin, 5 Goldcrest, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Mistle Thrush. Bellmoor Ponds - 36 Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Shoveler, 6 Bullfinch, 80 Siskin, 1 Jay and 1 Kestrel. Bunker Wood - 12 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Sparrowhawk. Tiln Pits - 10 Gadwall, 4 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal and 2 Bullfinch. Tiln Fishery - 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Greylag Goose, 9 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 140 Black-headed Gull and 41 Common Gull. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Up to 6 Brambling including 3 birds ringed today plus 1 Chiffchaff (See below). (N.Braund, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D. Housman, V.Giles, M.Fitzsimmons, A.Blackburn, I.Cowgill) 
 
Hallcroft Sewage Works (Ringing Session) - Ringers in attendance: Geoff White, Liz White, Ian Cowgill, Jackie Lawrence and Adrian Blackburn. (N=new R= retraps)
 
Chaffinch 9N+4R, Brambling 3N, Blue Tit 19N+22R, Dunnock 6N+15R, Robin 1N+5R, Blackbird 2N+2R, Great Tit 12N+27R, Greenfinch 4N+2R, Wren 1N+1R, Tree Sparrow 4N+3R, Chiffchaff 1N, Goldcrest 6N, Reed Bunting 1R, Long-tailed Tit 1R, Goldfinch 1N, Lesser Redpoll 1N, Sparrowhawk 1N. Total: 71N+ 83R.  

Friday 11th December - NWT Evening lecture by Mark Avery who also visited the site this afternoon.
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two male Stonechat on thistles in SE corner late morning, 1 Kestrel, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff flew from brambles here to riverside willows, 30+ Teal, 1 Song Thrush, 2+ Kestrel and 40+ Goldfinch. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 1 Goldeneye and 2 Fieldfare along lane side with 5+ Blackbird and 1 Redwing. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three Little Egret feeding in reeds at dusk and 2 Goldeneye. Windsurf Pool - Single Chiffchaff on north side in tall willows, 10+ Shoveler and c200+ Starlings in small flocks heading to roost towards Cross Lane Marsh. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'feral' Pink-footed Goose in mixed goose flock plus 5 Goldeneye and 5 Cormorants. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - c300 Wigeon, 10+ Teal and 5+ Mallard. Clayworth Common - c20 Whooper Swan with 1 'feral' Black Swan still in Mute flock. Hayton Common - Four Whooper Swan flew from here towards Clayworth Common late evening. (G.Hobson, I.Cowgill, T.Evans, Nick?, M.Avery)  

Wednesday 9th December
 
Hallcroft Sewage Works - A couple of Brambling were noted here in a short visit to feed up in the bird ringing area. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - 21 Whooper Swans here at dusk. (A.Blackburn, I.Cowgill)

Monday 7th December
 
Blaco Farm Cottages - A total of 15 Tree Sparrow plus 65 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Single female Peregrine hunting, 2 Little Egret and 2 Shelduck. Neatholme Pit - Two Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Two Little Egret, 4 Shelduck and 10 Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret and 7 Shelduck. Clayworth Common - Two Little Egret, 13 Whooper Swan and 40 Goldfinch. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Wednesday 2nd December
 
Linghurst Pool - Single Little Egret and 17 Shoveler. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, Kingfisher and Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Golden Plover, 3 Ruff and 3 (including 2 male) Pintail. Neatholme Scrape - c50 Goldfinch. Neatholme Pit - Two Water Rail noted calling here today. Clayworth Common - Two Egyptian Geese, 2 Shoveler and 38 Pochard. Water Ski Pit - Single Woodcock flew from roost. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - c75 Goldfinch. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - An impressive 685 Wigeon feeding here today. (Tony Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, D.Housman, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 27th November
 
Bellmoor - Single RED KITE reported flying over here towards Retford at 11:46am. Doughty's Pit - 56 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret, 5 Shelduck, 3 Goldeneye and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Egret. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Five Egyptian Geese and 1 Kestrel. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Grey Heron. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. Mattersey Common - 30 Pink-footed Geese. Neatholme Scrape - Single Kingfisher and 3 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Three Great Crested Grebe and 22 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Two Goldeneye, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Wagtail and 1 Little Egret. (M.Warne, J.King, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers via twitter)

Sunday 22nd November
 
Mattersey Priory - Single female Merlin on deck for 10 minutes & then caught prey N of Priory and eventually flew off West at 15:10pm. Blaco - A group of 11 Whooper Swan flew South over Blaco at 15:50pm plus 4 Fieldfare and a Jay. (P.Cottam)

Saturday 21st November
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Five Whooper Swans and 350 Wigeon. Clayworth Common - Single Black Swan on common. (I.Cowgill, D.Mannifield)

Friday 20th November
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Stonechat on western boundary fence. (D.Housman) 

Thursday 19th November
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single RING OUZEL (168) reported here then flew east along lane at midday. (via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Sunday 15th November
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 5 Common Gull and 151 Lapwing. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Dunlin and 3 Ruff (same as above), 103 Lapwing and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Two Egyptian Geese. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Single Buzzard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Ruff and 2 Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake/Pits - Up to 42 Lesser Black-backed Gull,169 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 196 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 76 Coot, 2 Pochard, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 43 Teal, 101 Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 9 Moorhen, 3 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Goosander, 6 Shoveler, 6 Redwing, 4 Coal Tit, 5 Goldcrest and two possible COMMON REDPOLL (MG) amongst a mixed flock of Goldfinch, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll. Bellmoor Ponds - Five Shoveler and 2 Mallard. Bunker Wood - Single Chiffchaff and Coal Tit. Tiln Pits - Single Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Pochard, 12 Mallard and 4 Gadwall. Tiln Fishery - 74 Wigeon, 64 Tufted Duck, 26 Coot, 2 Teal, 4 Common Gull, 1 Little Egret, 61 Black-headed Gull and single Lesser Black-backed Gull. (N.Braund, G. Hobson, M.Fitzsimmons, M.Guest et al)

Saturday 14th November
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single BITTERN reported again in NE corner plus single Dunlin, Greenshank and 2 Ruff. Bellmoor (Bailey Bridge) - 11 Whooper Swans reported flying SE at 9:00am plus 3 Goosander on Bellmoor Lake. Lound Village - Single male Brambling again at feeders in Mike Vickers garden. (M.Vickers, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 13th November
 
Lound Village - Single male Brambling at feeders in Mike Vickers garden. (M.Vickers)

Thursday 12th November
 
River Idle - Single very approachable Kestrel photographed here today. (I.Sexton)
 
Kestrel - River Idle, 12th November 2015. ©Ian Sexton

Wednesday 11th November
 
Neatholme Fen - A single dead Mute Swan with a colour-ring YN005 and a metal BTO ring number W36705 was found here today. It was ringed at by Sorby Breck Ringing Group as age first-year, sex unknown on 29th August 2013 at Pollington Lock, East Yorkshire. It was found 804 days after it was ringed, 35 km from the ringing site in a SSE direction and was believed to have hit telegraph wires (power line). Bellmoor Lake - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (167) reported as present here in front of the centre at 1:00pm today. (V.Giles, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 10th November
 
Blaco - 65 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. Neatholme Pit - Single Water Rail, 110 Pink-footed Geese flew SE and 1 male Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Pintail and 2 female Goosander. Hawthorn Lane - Single BITTERN (TT, VG, KW) flew east over lane onto Chainbridge NR Scrape (West). Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Dunlin and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret and 1 male Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - c250+ Fieldfare and 2 Buzzard. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - c200+ Fieldfare and 25 Redwing. Wildgoose Farm - Two Little Egret. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, D. Hursthouse)

Sunday 8th November
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - c100+ Wigeon over, 1 Goldeneye over, 10+ Fieldfare, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Skylark, 1 Golden Plover calling, 15+ Redwing, 1 immature male Sparrowhawk and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 5+ Cormorant and 5+ Shoveler. Chainbridge Wood NR - Five Bullfinch, c20+ Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 5+ Robin, 1 Green Woodpecker, c20+ Goldcrest in all areas but mainly along the riverbank, c20+ Blue Tit and 5 Great Tit. Chainbridge Pit - Single male Goldeneye, 1 'Aythya hybrid' Red-crested Pochard x ? still present, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret and c50+ Wigeon. Alan's Meadow - Single Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Kestrel, 1 Peregrine on distant pylon, 1 Greenshank, c100 Starling, 1 Buzzard, c50+ Goldfinch and 5+ Skylark. Bellmoor Lake - Single adult Yellow-legged Gull present plus 5 Goosander, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4+ Great Crested Grebe including a pair dancing and up to 3 sightings of single Kingfishers. (D.Came, S.Came, P.Hobson, G.Hobson, C.Booth, A.Ollerenshaw, C.Ollerenshaw, T.Scales, S.Nelson, G.Nelson et al)

Saturday 7th November
 
IVNR - c200 Pink-footed Geese flew SE at 4:00pm. (via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Thursday 5th November
 
Bellmoor Lake - 50+ Red-crested Pochard reported on the late today (via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Wednesday 4th November
 
Clayworth Common - Single Peregrine. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Greenshank and 3 Dunlin. (I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 3rd November 
 
Bunker Wood - Two Brambling noted here at 1:27pm today. Doughty's Pond - 80 Red-crested Pochard at 2:00pm. Bellmoor Lake - Single Dunlin, 8 Goosander and 58 Red-crested Pochard at 2:50pm (D.Evans via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Sunday 1st November
 
Neatholme Scrape - Two Whooper Swans in the fog. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 5 Ruff and 42 Golden Plover.  Bellmoor Lake - Single Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 100+ large gulls (mainly all LBBG's), 5 Pochard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 4 Meadow Pipit in sheep fields, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe on small island, 150+ Lapwing, 18 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 1 female Sparrowhawk and 1 adult Shelduck. (G.Hobson, H.Hobson, P.Hobson, E.Hobson, C.Bell, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers, I.Cowgill)

Saturday 31st October
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single BITTERN (DE) in reeds in NE corner plus single Grey Plover this evening. Alan's Meadow (formerly the old Short-rotation coppice) - Single Short-eared Owl noted here this evening. (D.Evans via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers, I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 27th October
 
Neatholme Pit - A big Starling gathering over here tonight with circa 3000 birds before they headed to roost in the direction of the Water Ski Pit. Neatholme Fen - Single female Marsh Harrier, 3 Snipe and 3 Dunlin. Neatholme Scrape - Five female/immature Goldeneye and 3 Snipe. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Five Ruff. Clayworth Common - A flock of circa 20 Golden Plover with Lapwings plus circa 40 Skylark south. (K.Wilson, C.Bell, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Monday 26th October
 
Blaco - Single Ruff, 120 Golden Plover and 400 Lapwing. Neatholme Fen - Adult female and juvenile Marsh Harrier hunting plus 3 Little Egret. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Three female Pintail, 1 Snipe, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 3 Ruff, 2 Little Egret and 4 Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - 55 Golden Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Little Egret and 1 Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge Pit - Single juvenile Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret and 27 Red-crested Pochard. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, A.Blackburn) 
 
Hallcroft Sewage Works (Ringing Session) - Totals include the following:- Great Tit 10 + 12 re-traps, Blue Tit 4 + 4 re-traps, Dunnock 12 + 2 re-traps, Greenfinch 16, Robin 1, Chaffinch 1, Long-tailed Tit 1, Goldfinch 1, Tree Sparrow 1, Chiffchaff 1 and Goldcrest 5. 

Sunday 25th October
 
Bellmoor Lake - Eight Red-crested Pochard, 2 Snipe, 2 Teal, 10+ Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel and 3+ Cormorant. Bellmoor Pits - Single Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 15+ Siskin, 15+ Redwing, 3 Bullfinch, 15+ Long-tailed Tit and 4 Goldfinch. Doughty's Pit - c100+ Red-crested Pochard. Lound Low Road - Two Mistle Thrush. Chainbridge/Walters Lanes - Up to 10 Jay here today, 5+ Goldcrest and 10+ Siskin. Windsurf Pool - Single RED KITE (SD) flew west and very low late evening but could not be relocated after it went out of view. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Ruff, 3 Fieldfare south, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 5+ Cormorant, c20+ Skylark east, 1 Snipe and c200 Pink-footed Geese flew SE early morning. Chainbridge Pit - Two Little Egret, 1 Buzzard and 10 Cormorant. Neatholme Lane - Single Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single BITTERN (JB et al) flew over reeds mid afternoon, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Green Woodpecker calling. Neatholme Pit - Two Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 5+ Cormorant and 1 Little Egret flew north towards Blaco. Neatholme Scrape - Eight Red-crested Pochard and 4 Cormorant. (G.Hobson, S.Davenport, C.Booth, P.Hobson, E.Hobson, A Blackburn, J.Bradley et al)

Friday 23rd October
 
Blaco - Single Egyptian Goose and Grey Wagtail, 55 Fieldfare and 165 Golden Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank, a male Sparrowhawk, 7 Snipe and a female Marsh Harrier. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Marsh Harrier, 1 female Pintail, 8 (4 pair) of Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret and 1 Water Rail feeding on waters edge. Chainbridge Lane - Six Song Thrush and 1 Goldcrest. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Four Ruff, 65 Golden Plover and single Snipe and Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Ruff, 30 Golden Plover and 1 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Male Mandarin Duck, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret and a male Sparrowhawk. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine sat on distant Pylon. Clayworth Common - Four Buzzard and 12 Grey Partridge, Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Eight Little Grebe. The Willows - Two Little Egret and 40 Fieldfare. (T.Tomlinson. V.Giles, K.Wilson, J.Parker)

Thursday 22nd October
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 11 Ruff. Chainbridge Pit - Single female Goosander noted today (J.Parker, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Wednesday 21st October
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Nine Ruff, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 15 Teal and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Pit - Four male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Kestrel again, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 15+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit and 1 Green Woodpecker. Lound Village - Single Jay flew over. (J.Parker)
 
 
(Above) Kestrel - Female, Tiln North, 21st October 2015. ©Justin Parker
(Below) - Buzzard (with Carrion Crow), Tiln North, 21st October 2015. ©Justin Parker   
  

Tuesday 20th October
 
Blaco - Single ringtail HEN HARRIER (NHo,DHo) flew south over here and Neatholme Pit at 15:30pm today. It was being harassed by crows and eventually was lost from view. (N.Housman, D.Housman)

Monday 19th October
 
Neatholme Fen - Three Snipe, 3 Little Egret and a Kingfisher. Neatholme Scrape - Single first-winter Mediterranean Gull at 16:00pm, 1 juvenile Marsh Harrier, 1 male Goldeneye and 6 Snipe. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail and 5 Snipe. Chainbridge Pit - Three Little EgretChainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 1 Kingfisher, c110 Goldfinch and c130 Golden Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Male Pintail and 5 Snipe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Seven Ruff plus single Greenshank, Peregrine, Buzzard and Kestrel. Doughty's Pit - Two Buzzard over. Bellmoor Lake - Single Kingfisher and 15 Snipe. (T.Tomlinson, D.Housman)
 
 
Mediterranean Gull - First-winter, Neatholme Scrape, 19th October 2015. ©Darren Housman 

Sunday 18th October
 
First returning Goosander and Goldeneye at Bellmoor Lake today plus the first returning Fieldfare at Bellmoor Pits.
 
Bellmoor Lake - Female/immature Common Scoter still present throughout the day, 10 Goosander (all immature/females), 1 Golden Plover overhead calling, 1 female Goldeneye, 50 Tufted Duck, 9 Snipe, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 20+ Teal, 3 Pochard, 1 Lapwing, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Cormorant, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 8 Shoveler. Bellmoor Pits - Four Little Egret flew over Tiln area, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 30 Siskin, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff and 5+ Goldcrests. Sutton Lane (Sutton Village) - c50+ Redwings over this pm. Doughty's Pit - 158 Red-crested Pochard today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Ruff, 2 Pintail and 1 Snipe. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - c20+ Redwing, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Bunting. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank, 30+ Wigeon, 10+ Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel and 2 Reed Bunting. River Idle (Chainbridge Pit) - Single Goldcrest with 20+ Long-tailed tit. Tiln Village - c200 Pink-footed Geese flew steadily E to NE at 16:30pm. (G.Hobson, S.Davenport, C.Bell, D.Came, S.Came, M.Fitzsimmons, M.Guest et al)

Thursday 15th October
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single female/immature Common Scoter still present today, plus 25 Snipe on main island and 1 Green Woodpecker nearby. Rural Learning Centre - After dark 5+ Redwing were heard going over plus a screeching Barn Owl heard. (D.Mannifield, A.Farnsworth, G.Hobson) 

Wednesday 14th October
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single female/immature Common Scoter (166) was photographed by Darren Housman this morning, Also here 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Lesser Redpoll, 25 Goldfinch and 4 Bullfinch. Chainbridge Pit - Nine Little Egret, 2 female Pintail and c100 Pink-footed Geese flew NW. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 2 Kestrel. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two female Pintail and 5 Little Egret. Neatholme Lane (Water Ski Pit) - Single Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Blue Tit and 15 Long-tailed Tit. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Egrets. (D.Housman)
 
Common Scoter - Bellmoor Lake, 14th October 2015. ©Darren Housman 

Monday 12th October
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Greenshank, 5 Snipe, 4 Little Egret and 23 Golden Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Three Egyptian Geese, 9 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Nine Ruff. Clayworth Common - A flock of 40 Golden Plover flew over with 3 Ruff in tow. Cross Lane - Two Blackcap. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female Marsh Harrier. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail. A few Coal Tit were noted dotted around the site today, possibly indication of movement from elsewhere? (T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill)

Sunday 11th October
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Short-eared Owl, Grey Wagtail and Stonechat plus 4 Yellow Wagtails. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Water Rail at waters edge, 3 Snipe, 9 Ruff and 1 Greenshank. Neatholme Scrape - Two Snipe. The Willows - Single Kingfisher along drainage dyke and 1 Green Sandpiper over. (P.J.Freeman, I.Cowgill)

Friday 9th October
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single OSPREY (CJP,TE) present at approx 13:50pm circling lake being mobbed by crows then drifted north towards Chainbridge area. Blaco Pits - Single female Marsh Harrier over, 1 Egyptian Goose and 1 Grey Wagtail. Wildgoose Farm - Single Kingfisher. Neatholme Fen - Single Snipe and Little Egret. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper and Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Three Ruff and 1 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Ruff, 2 Snipe, 3 Little Egret and a female Marsh Harrier. Chainbridge Pit - A group of 25 'feral' Barnacle Geese still with Greylag's plus 2 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Snipe. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, C.Janson-Piers, T.Evans)
 
 
Osprey - Bellmoor Lake, 9th October 2015. ©Cris Janson-Piers

Thursday 8th October
 
Neatholme Lane - c40 Pink-footed Geese over south, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. Neatholme Scrape - Two Swallow. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single 'cream-crowned' Marsh Harrier, 14+ Ruff, 15+ Snipe, 3 Greenshank and 1 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Six Red-crested Pochard. (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Wednesday 7th October
 
Bellmoor Pits (Bailey Bridge) - A party of 6 COMMON CROSSBILL (165) were reported as being present in pine trees west of the bridge at 9:30am. No further details. (Twitter, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 6th October
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - 15 Ruff, 1 Water Rail calling, 8 Golden Plover on scrape plus a further 19 flew over heading towards the common and 2 Goldcrest. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single RuffChainbridge Pit - Two Little EgretNeatholme Scrape - Singles of Dunlin, Kestrel, a male Peregrine and female Goldeneye. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Willow Tit, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Lane (near to footbridge over river idle) - Two Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and single Coal Tit amongst mixed tit flock here. Neatholme Pit - Two Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Single Kingfisher. (D.Housman)

Monday 5th October

The first Redwing of the autumn noted today. 

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 7 Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Pit - Single male Pintail, 3 Egyptian Geese, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Egret and still some 'feral' Barnacle Geese still present with Greylag Geese. Water Ski Pit - 20 Redwing flew through today. (J.Parker)

Sunday 4th October
 
Bellmoor Lake - Two Egyptian Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk, c200 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25+ Golden Plover circled briefly, 20+ Starlings and 50+ Lapwing. Bellmoor Pits - Single Treecreeper. Bunker Wood - Single Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Jay calling. Hallcroft Sewage Works - During the ringing session held here today the combined ringing totals include 48 Greenfinch, 27 Great Tit, 24 Dunnock, 21 Blue Tit, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 11 Goldfinch, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Chaffinch, 7 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Wren, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Sparrowhawk (186 birds). In addition there were also 7 re-traps, single Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Chaffinch from this site earlier this year and Greenfinch from Adrian Blackburn's garden a few days ago and also a Long-tailed Tit also from Adrian's garden from August 2013. (A.Blackburn, C.Booth, G.Hobson)

Friday 2nd October
 
Blaco - Single RED KITE (DM) moved over here heading towards Linghurst Wood at 18:00pm. Parish Park - 19 Siskin and 3 Blackcap. Clayworth Common - Up to 6 Buzzard over. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Hobby. Chainbridge Pit - 22 'feral' Barnacle Geese with 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ruff and Snipe. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three Little Egret and 1 Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Scrape - Two Ruff, 32 Golden Plover roosting, 2 Little Egret and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Three Ruff and 1 Greenshank. (T.Tonlinson, D.Housman, D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 30th September
 
Neatholme Fen - Single immature/female Marsh Harrier. Neatholme Scrape - Male Marsh Harrier and 2 Snipe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ruff and a female Marsh Harrier. (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Monday 28th September
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Snipe. Neatholme Pit - Two Green Sandpiper and 1 Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Three Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret and 35 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Six Ruff, 5 Snipe and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - 16 'feral' Barnacle Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 15 Red-crested Pochard and 4 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male Stonechat, 3 Ruff, 5 Buzzard and a male Sparrowhawk. (T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill, D.Housman)

Saturday 26th September
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Stonechat. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Whinchat. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 50+ Lapwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Dunnock, 1 Snipe, 10+ Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron. Windsurf Pool - Three Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Water Rail calling. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Snipe, 40+ Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 50+ Red-crested Pochard, 1 Grey Heron. Bellmoor (Rural Learning Centre) - Up to 6 Chiffchaff near feeders, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 male Grey Wagtail by centre moat. Bellmoor Lake - Single Swallow and up to 10 Great Crested Grebe. (G.Hobson, I.Cowgill) 

Friday 25th September
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Ruff and 1 Dunlin. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 29 presumably 'feral' Barnacle Geese flew in and stayed for approx one hour, 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe and 3 Little EgretThe Willows - Two Buzzard over mobbed by corvids and a Coal Tit. Cross Lane - Single female Marsh Harrier over. Neatholme Pit - Two Greenshank. Bellmoor Lake - Single Common Sandpiper and Water Rail calling late afternoon. (P.Cottam, P.Hobson)

Thursday 24th September
 
IVNR - Up to 9 'feral' Barnacle Geese and the hybrid Bean x Greylag reported back on site today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 10 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 3 Lesser Redpoll over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - 25 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Egret and 1 Buzzard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 6 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe and 1 Shelduck. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 7 Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Single Greenshank. Neatholme Lane - Two Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Siskin and 3 Blackcap. Neatholme Pit - Two Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Single Jay and a 1 White Wagtail. Bellmoor Lake - Single Common Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 10 Great Crested Grebe and 1 'Acro' in flight over main island, probably Sedge Warbler. (I.Cowgill, P.Hobson)

Wednesday 23rd September
 
Neatholme Scrape - Four Ruff, 2 Snipe and 1 Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Ten Ruff, 2 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Single Green Sandpiper in dyke. (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Tuesday 22nd September
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Male probably second-year MONTAGU'S HARRIER (DM,AM) (164) flew low and south over the Conservation Lake and here at 11:50am being mobbed by crows, also 2 Buzzard noted. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Hobby and 1 Sparrowhawk. Cross Lane - Five Lesser Whitethroat (a family party) were noted here this morning. (D.Mannifield, A.Marshall, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone)

Sunday 20th September - NWT Sunday Bird Walk
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single RED KITE (IC) flew NE over here at 8:30am today, 2 Greenshank and 3 Buzzard distantly over Clarborough Hill. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single OSPREY (DHo) flew south over here today, 1 Greenshank, 6 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 1 juvenile female Marsh Harrier up to 6 Ruff mid afternoon. Neatholme Scrape - Six Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank and 3 calling Green Sandpipers. Sheep Field (Low Level) - Three Buzzard in area. Bellmoor Pits - Single juvenile male Kestrel with one eye, 3 Siskin, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 3+ Jay, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Cormorant and numerous Lapwing. Bellmoor Lake - Eight Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Siskin and 2 Chiffchaff. Retford - Single RED KITE reported flying east over Worksop Road at 4:00pm this afternoon. (M.Guest, I.Cowgill, G.Hobson, D.Housman) 

Saturday 19th September
 
IVNR - 26 Pink-footed Geese flew south at 18:00pm. (D.Evans, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 18th September
 
Blaco - Single Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Snipe. Neatholme Fen - Ten Snipe, 4 Little Egret and 1 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - A total of 106 Red-crested Pochard, 5 Snipe and 2 Ruff. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 10 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 1 juvenile Peregrine, 3 Snipe, 3 Siskin flew west plus 4 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - 12 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Little Egret. Doughty's Pit - Single Greenshank. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Greenshank. Clayworth Common - Two Golden Plover flew over then landed on common, 12 Ruff and 5 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single female Marsh Harrier, 1 Greenshank, 100 Goldfinch, 50 Meadow Pit, 50 Reed Bunting and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Two Little Egret and 3 Green Woodpecker. (I.Cowgill, T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, C.Cornish)

Wednesday 16th September
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Snipe. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Seven Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 2 Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Single Greenshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine and Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Four Egyptian Geese, 69 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 10 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and 1 Siskin noted today. (P.Cadman, D.Roberts, I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 15th September
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Knot and Little Stint. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Stint and 6 Dunlin. Neatholme Scrape - Single Turnstone, Greenshank, Ringed Plover and Ruff. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Garganey still present. (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Monday 14th September
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Stint and Hobby this morning. (M.McCallum)

Sunday 13th September - WeBS Count
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Stint still, 3 Dunlin, 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 163 Lapwing, 5 Common Tern, 6 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 28 Gadwall, 34 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker and a 2 singing Chiffchaff. River Idle (Bellmoor Lake) - Single Grey Wagtail on river. Tiln Pits - Six Gadwall and 2 Little Grebe. Tiln Fishery - Five Little Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 10 Gadwall, 8 Mute Swan and 12 Tufted Duck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Stint, 4 Dunlin, 4 Ruff and 2 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Little Grebe, 3 Teal and 17 Gadwall. Neatholme Scrape - Female Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank, 5 Pochard, 33 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 40 Gadwall, 3 Cormorant, 1 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 94 Lapwing, pair of Pintail, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 113 Tufted Duck and 8 Ruff. (P.Hobson, M.Fitzsimmons, N.Braund)

Saturday 12th September
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Stint still present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Ringed Plover, 1 Water Rail showed well, 3 Snipe and 2 Dunlin. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Garganey still present. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile Marsh Harrier, 4 Ruff and 2 Greenshank. (S.Davenport, I.Cowgill)

Friday 11th September
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank. Neatholme Lane - Single female Sparrowhawk hunting along lane adjacent to the Fen. Neatholme Fen - Two Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 5 Ruff, 3 Little Egret and 1 Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Scrape - Single Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3 Ruff and 70 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Ruff and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single female Marsh Harrier, 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Three Greenshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby and 85 Wigeon. Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Stint from 6:45am and still present at midday, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover all on small island. Blaco Fields - 10 Yellow Wagtail. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Thursday 10th September
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Curlew Sandpiper mid morning at least, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Tern (including 2 Juveniles), 5 Ruff, c100 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin and 60+ Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Pintail, 6 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 6 Ruff, 3 Common Tern (same as Neatholme Fen ?). Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Green Sandpiper and 5 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Single Greenshank. Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Stint, 2 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, and 8 Common Tern (Including 6 juveniles). (D.Housman, C.Bell via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 8th September
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Redshank. Chainbridge Pit - Three Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Garganey. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Hobby. Neatholme Scrape - Two Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 70 Red-crested Pochard (including 1 leucistic male), 1 female Goldeneye and female Marsh Harrier. Neatholme Fen - Up to 5 Ruff and 2 Greenshank. Clayworth Common - A flock of 25 Herring Gull. Neatholme Lane - Single Bullfinch and Treecreeper. (P.Hobson)

Monday 7th September
 
Linghurst Pool - Two Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Egret, 5 Ruff. Neatholme Pit - Single female Marsh Harrier, Greenshank and juvenile male Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Scrape - Four Egyptian Geese, 35 Red-crested Pochard, 5 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret and single Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Green Sandpiper and Kingfisher. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - 26 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Little Egret and single Ruff and Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Greenshank and 3 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Two Greenshank. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single RAVEN (TT, VG, KW) flew over being chased by crows. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single immature male Marsh Harrier and Hobby both hunting, 2 Whinchat on posts, 2 Greenshank, 15 Yellow Wagtail and c80 Meadow Pipit. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill)

Sunday 6th September
 
Bellmoor Lake - Two Buzzard. Bellmoor Pits - Single Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest. Bunker Wood - Single Jay, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor (old Tarmac Works) - Single Buzzard and Jay. (G.Hobson)

Friday 4th September 

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Chainbridge Pit - Two Egyptian Geese, 2 Little Egret and single female Marsh Harrier and Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret plus single Ruff and Greenshank. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Greenshank and 12 Little Grebe. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellowhammer, 2 Blackcap and 5 Grey partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Five Common Tern plus 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 3 Swift, 2 Red-crested Pochard and 1 juvenile Sparrowhawk. River Idle (Neatholme Scrape) - Four Little Egret feeding. Neatholme Fen - Two Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret and 3 Egyptian Geese. Blaco - Two Common Sandpiper and 5 Yellow Wagtail. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill, C.Bell via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)


Thursday 3rd September 

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape -Two Ruff and 1 Greenshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper, Turnstone and Ruff noted. Neatholme Pit - Two Turtle Doves flew over and 1 Ruff. Neatholme Fen - Three Ruff and 1 Greenshank. (M.McCallum)


Wednesday 2nd September 
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Little Egret, 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 RuffTiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 16 Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile Hobby hunting over & then perched, 4 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 4 Common Tern. The Willows - Both adult & sub-adult female Marsh Harriers over with the later wearing a yellow wing tag and a female Common Redstart still present. Neatholme Fen - Three Ruff and 1 Greenshank. Bellmoor Lake - Single Turnstone still this afternoon, also 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 5 Common Tern, 10 Sand Martin and 1 Yellow Wagtail over. (P.Cottam, P.Hobson)

Tuesday 1st September
 
Blaco Pits - Three Common Sandpiper and 10 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Fen - Five Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 8 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 8 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret and singles of Swift, Turtle Dove and Common Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - 81 Red-crested Pochard 1 Greenshank and 1 Wheatear. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 3 Little Egret and singles of Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and Hobby. Cross Lane Marsh - Three Marsh Harriers hunting here including a female and 2 juveniles. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Three Greenshank and 2 Egyptian Geese. Bellmoor Lake - Single Turnstone and 3 Common Sandpiper. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill, P.Hobson)

Monday 31st August
 
Belated verbally given report of a 'ringtail' Harrier sp sat on a fence post at the Conservation Lake today. Interestingly a 'ringtail' Montagu's Harrier reported a few days earlier on the 28th by the nearby A1 at Upper Morton, near Retford. Same bird? 
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Black-tailed Godwit. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 10 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 35 Wigeon and 12 Red-crested Pochard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 juvenile Shelduck. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single juvenile Garganey and a reported 'ringtail' Harrier sp perched on a fence post here. Clayworth Common - Two Ruff and 120 Lapwing. Neatholme Scrape - Four Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 8 Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Up to 3 Tawny Owl calling at 8:15pm. Chainbridge Pit - Single Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Up to 5 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret and 1 Buzzard. (P.Hobson)

Sunday 30th August
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Knot flew from here at 2:45pm. Chainbridge Pit - Single Reed Warbler, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Whitethroat. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Two Great Crested Grebe, 15 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 15 Mallard, 18 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 8 Mute Swan, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Jay, 1 Kestrel,1 Chiffchaff, 1 juvenile Pied Wagtail, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Tit and 6 Long-tailed Tit. Neatholme Fen - Single Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 25 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 60 Mute Swan, 1 Carrion Crow, 25 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe and 60 Lapwing. Linghurst Pool - Six Pochard, 4 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan and 14 Tufted Duck. Neatholme Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Redshank and Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Ruff, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 20 Starling, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 16 Pochard, 14 Common Tern, 12 Mute Swan, 6 Sand Martin and 3 Pheasant. Neatholme Lane - Four Wren, 2 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 1 Blackcap and 1 Garden Warbler. (I.Cowgill, G.Nelson, S.Nelson)  

Saturday 29th August - Lound Bird Club's 25th year celebration 'BIG BIRD DAY' event.
 
Can we thank all those members and visitors who joined in with recording today's bird sightings. An amazing day with a very welcome day list total of 101 species. A fitting end to this celebration event and once again putting the LBC recording area and the Idle Valley Nature Reserve at the top of the list of best birding locations in Nottinghamshire. Thank you to you all! 

Bellmoor Lake - Three Wood Sandpiper dropped in here mid afternoon, a single BITTERN was noted in flight over the riverside viewing screen mid afternoon, 2 Turnstone, 3 Ruff, up to 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Flycatcher noted early morning, c100 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 1 female/immature Mandarin Duck late afternoon, 1 adult Herring Gull, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6+ Cormorant, 6+ Shoveler, 4 Teal and 5 Great Crested Grebe.
 
 Turnstone - one of two birds, Bellmoor Lake, 29th August 2015. ©Janet Nyland
 
Bellmoor Pits/Bunker Wood - On the bird walk here 2 Coal Tit, 5+ Goldcrest, 4+ Chiffchaff, 5 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Treecreeper calling, 3 Jays, 1 Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker. Lound Village - Three Mistle Thrush and 1 Jay. Windsurf Pool - Three Little Grebe, 1 Hobby over, 3 Grey Heron and 1 Cormorant. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East/West) - Single OSPREY (AR,MR,GH) circled several times over eastern viewpoint at 11:35am then flew south steadily towards Retford and out of sight, 2 Wood Sandpiper briefly early afternoon, up to 4 Greenshank, up to 9 Ringed Plover (8 present from 6:30am), up to 4 Little Egret, up to 3 Hobby, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Buzzard, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Curlew later afternoon, 1 Blackcap, 2+ Whitethroat, both immature male and juvenile/immature female Marsh Harriers through, 5+ Pied Wagtail, c200+ Lapwing, 3+ Common Tern (including feeding flights), 3+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler in bushed below eastern viewing screen and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker flew from Cross Lane Marsh area to Bittern Pools, 10+ Teal, 5+ Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 5+ Swallows, 20+ House Martin and several hundred Sand Martins. Chainbridge Pit - Single immature male Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Egret, 2 Hobby18 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher late evening, 10+ Swallow, c20 House Martin and c400+ Sand Martin. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Despite the unnecessary and unwanted overnight camping activities here single Wood Sandpiper Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were noted early morning but most if not all the Little Grebes have now gone, presumably onto Tiln North again. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank, 1 Hobby and 1 Egyptian Goose. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark and 2 Stock Dove. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Kestrel and Hobby plus the juvenile/immature Marsh Harrier through south. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - The ringing demonstration organised with North Notts Ringing Group went ahead as planned and despite a relatively small catch of 19 birds it still saw some ringing highlights including a adult female Common Redstart, juvenile Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 1 juvenile Willow Warbler, 3 Dunnock and 1 Chiffchaff. Of these single Dunnock and Whitethroat were retraps. Thanks to Adrian Blackburn and his team of ringers for volunteering their time to show our walking group the birds and thanks also to Janet Nyland for taking the images of some of the bird being ringed. Also seen in the area today were 12 Grey Partridge, 2 Chiffchaff, 20+ Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Hobby. 
 
 Common Redstart - adult female, The Willows, 29th August 2015. ©Janet Nyland
 
Neatholme Scrape - Between 4 & 5 Wood Sandpiper (three flew south early morning with two remaining on and off), single OSPREY (MDa) noted heading south just prior to the Chainbridge sighting, up to 7 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, up to 7 Ruff, 1 immature Goldeneye early morning, 1 juvenile Garganey, up to 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 male Sparrowhawk pursued by Magpies, 2 Jay flew along the western bank, up to 10+ Cormorant, up to 5+ Common Tern, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting and 2 Turtle Dove over after midday. Neatholme Pit - Single eclipse male Garganey, c70 Teal, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron and 20 Wigeon. Neatholme Lane - 10+ Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Garden Warbler all bathing and drinking in a small puddle near footbridge over river, 2 Bullfinch, 5+ Swift over here today, 1 Lesser Redpoll over and 1 Grey Wagtail over. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, c100 Sand Martins, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cormorant, 13+ Common Tern, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Little Egret and 4 Great Crested Grebe. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Little Egret. Hawthorn Lane - Single Chiffchaff, Wren and Great Tit.
 
(G.Hobson, P.Hobson, E.Hobson, M.Dawson, M.Vickers, A.Blackburn, C.Booth, I.Baxter, J.Nyland, M.Nyland, M.Richard, A.Richards, B.Wilkinson, G.Nelson, S.Nelson, P.Kenworthy, N.Braund, L.Noar, D.Lee, A.Lee, A.Nicholson, P.Fontana, D.Mannifield, M.Holgate and all those other visitors and ringing group volunteers I didn't get a name from.)
 
  
Juvenile Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat - The Willows, 29th August 2015. ©Janet Nyland
 
 
Greenshank - Neatholme Fen, 29th August 2015. ©Christine Booth

Friday 28th August
 
Blaco Pits - 10 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 15 Yellow Wagtails. Blaco Farm - 20 Tree Sparrows. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard. Neatholme Fen - Single female Marsh Harrier, 9 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Little Egret, 11 Stock Dove, 2 Greenshank, 3 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Single Grey Wagtail, 3 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Two Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 12 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 5 Snipe and 1 Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - 8 Swift over here today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Hobby, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Greenshank and 6 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Two Egyptian Geese, 300 Sand Martin and 5 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Wood Sandpiper, 3 Black Tern still, 2 Hobby, 3 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper. Bellmoor Lake - Single Turnstone still and 3 Common Sandpiper,2 Ruff, Yellow-legged Gull late evening, 350 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Pochard. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill, D.Mannifield, P.Hobson)

Thursday 27th August
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Egret, 1 Ruff and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Four Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Ruff. Neatholme Pit - Single Wood Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Three Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 3 Black Tern (1 adult & 2 Juveniles) still, 5 Common Tern, 5 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret and 1 Egyptian Goose. (D.Mannifield, P.Hobson) 

Wednesday 26th August
 
Doughty's Farm (Sheep Field) - Single Wheatear. Sheep Fields (High Level) - Single Whinchat noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Hobby, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Tern and 3 Grey Heron. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Greenshank, 1 Turtle Dove and 1 Common Sandpiper. Cross Lane Marsh - Single juvenile female Marsh Harrier. Neatholme Fen - 18 Common Tern, 3 Black Tern (1 juvenile), 1 Buzzard, 8 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 8 Ruff and 2 Snipe. Neatholme Scrape - Three Black Tern again here, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff and 4 Common Tern. The Willows - Single Hobby Bellmoor Lake - Two Turnstone still and still present at 7:30pm, 3 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Common Tern. (D.Housman, G.Hobson, D.Mannifield, M.McCallum)

Tuesday 25th August
 
Four or more Wood Sandpipers, up to four Black Tern still, three different Marsh Harrier, a mobile Black-tailed Godwit and the first Wheatear of the autumn?  
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Ruff, 2 Hobby and 3 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Ringed Plover, 6 Snipe, 1 Greenshank and 3 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Single Greenshank, 2 Egyptian Geese and up to 7 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank plus male and female Marsh Harrier. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Wood Sandpiper still, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ruff, 3 Greenshank and counts of up to 17 Little Grebe. Clayworth Common - Four Buzzard over today. Cross Lane Marsh - Single male Marsh Harrier over. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 4 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 3 Black Tern (1 adult & 2 juveniles). The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single female Sparrowhawk, 4 Turtle Dove (including 2 juveniles) and 1 Jay. Neatholme Pit - Four Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Snipe and 2 Ruff. Neatholme Scrape - Three Black Tern (2 adults & 1 juvenile), 4 Ruff, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 5 Snipe, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Hobby, 1 juvenile Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Egret, 1 Swift and 150 Sand Martin. Neatholme Fen - Up to 8 Ruff, 4 Wood Sandpiper (present late afternoon), 5 Little Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank. Linghurst Pool - Single Yellow-legged GullWildgoose Farm - Three Whitethroat in hedgerow here plus 2 Buzzard. Blaco Pits - 12 Red-crested Pochard plus single Little Egret, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. Blaco Farm (Cottages) - Up to 30 Tree Sparrows noted here. IVNR - Whole site count totals of 147 Mute Swan and 563 Lapwing. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill)

Monday 24th August
 
Up to 4 Black Tern now present plus 2 new Turnstone. 
 
Bellmoor Lake - Two Turnstone, 2 Ruff, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 3 Greenshank and single HobbyNeatholme Scrape - Up to 11 Dunlin, 7 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Black Tern (2 adult & 1 juvenile now) plus 2 adult Common Tern and 1 juvenile. Neatholme Fen - Four Black Tern (three adults) and probably including the 3 noted earlier from Neatholme Scrape, 4 Ruff, 1 Greenshank plus 13 Common Tern including at least 9 juveniles. Walters Lane (Bluebell Fishery)  - Five Yellow Wagtail. (D.Housman, P.Hobson)

Sunday 23rd August
 
Cross Lane Fishery - Two Greenshank flew over here towards Neatholme Fen. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Black Tern (adult & juvenile) late afternoon, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 150+ Lapwing, 1 Hobby, 6 Common Tern and 1 Egyptian Goose. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper late afternoon plus 14+ Little Grebe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine mobbed by corvids, a female Marsh Harrier over and 2 Black Terns. Neatholme Pit - Single Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 3 Wigeon, 68 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 10+ Teal, 6+ Blackcap in elderberry and 1 Grey Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Single male and female Marsh Harrier over here today, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Black Tern (adult & juvenile) until 10:00am, 2 Ruff, 3 Dunlin,1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper 2 Little Grebe and 2 Turtle Dove flew over North and 1 Turtle Dove was on the eastern shore. Neatholme Fen - Two Ruff, 2 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank and 1 Dunlin. Clayworth Common - Single female Sparrowhawk. (P.Cottam, G.Hobson, J.Tupling, P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Saturday 22nd August
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Wood Sandpiper still, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Garganey and 2 Marsh Harriers over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Greenshank, 1 Redshank and 1 Marsh Harrier. Neatholme Area - Single Turtle Dove sat in a tree. The Willows - Single Common Redstart and 1 Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper. Bunker Wood - Single Tawny Owl heard calling and 2 Reed Warbler noted. Bellmoor Pits - Single Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler. Bellmoor Lake - Single Turnstone, 3 Ruff and 1 Sedge Warbler. (P.J.Freeman, A.Shooter, C.Scott via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 21st August
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Marsh Harrier over, 8 Little Egret and 1 Common Sandpiper. Chainbridge Wood NR - Three RAVEN (PCo) being mobbed by crows then flew off SW at 8:30am. Chainbridge Pit - Two Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Wood Sandpiper noted here today. Clayworth Common - Single Swift. Neatholme Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper (different bird), 3 Ruff, 7 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern, 3 Snipe, 3 Little Egret, 30 Pochard, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Egyptian Goose and a male Marsh Harrier NE over here then same bird over Clayworth Common. The Willows - Single female Common Redstart, 25 Chaffinch, 15 Linnet, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Lane - Three Blackcap. Neatholme Pit - Single Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron and Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Three Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, 200 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret and 1 Bullfinch. (P.Cottam, P.Hobson)

Thursday 20th August
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Wood Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper plus 2 Greenshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, up to 3 reenshank, 2 juvenile Black Tern, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Egret and 14 Common Tern including 5 juveniles. Neatholme Fenup to 5 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 8 Common Tern including 3 juveniles and 2 Ruff. Neatholme Pit - Three Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Tern. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Red-crested Pochard and 4 Little Egret. (P.J.Freeman, D.Housman) 
Wood Sandpiper - Juvenile, Conservation Lake/Neatholme Scrape, 20th August 2015. ©Darren Housman 

Tuesday 18th August
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin and 2 Egyptian GooseClayworth Common - Single male Marsh Harrier over. Neatholme Pit - Single eclipse Garganey, 3 Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper and 6 Common Tern including 4 juveniles. (P.Cottam)

Monday 17th August
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper present at 09:25am, 1 Water Rail, 3 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 8 Common Tern and 4 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Five Ruff, 8 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret and 4 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Spotted Redshank noted here plus 16 Little Grebe. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Spotted Redshank again and up to 10 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single 2nd-summer male Marsh Harrier. Chainbridge Pit - Two Egyptian Geese, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 Little EgretBellmoor Lake - Three Common Tern, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 240 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Pochard. (I.Cowgill, D.Housman, P.Hobson, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Sunday 16th August - WeBS Bird Count & NWT Sunday Bird Walk
 
Another good day with a few waders around still and loads of passerines including three Spotted Flycatcher and three Common Redstart. 
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Spotted Redshank briefly on western shore by river the flew to SE corner, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 male Marsh Harrier hunting, 1 Greenshank, 1 juvenile Shelduck, 25+ Teal,3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 10+ Teal, 1 Kestrel and 5 Little Grebe. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single immature/eclipse male Red-crested Pochard, up to 12 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Egyptian Goose, 50+ Lapwing, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 10+ Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 7 Red-crested Pochard and 3 Little Egrets. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Spotted Flycatcher (163), 1 male Common Redstart, 1 immature/female Common Redstart briefly, 1 male Marsh Harrier over, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+, Chiffchaff, 5+ Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 15+ Linnet, 40+ Chaffinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Turtle Dove sat in dead tree on north side, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stock Dove and 1 Song Thrush. Neatholme Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit, up to 8 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 3 Stock Dove, 10+ Pochard, 4 Common Tern, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Turtle Dove feeding on eastern side and 2 Turtle Doves which flew from The Willows. Neatholme Lane - Two Spotted Flycatcher noted by Neatholme Fen, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Bullfinch. Neatholme Pit - Single Garganey, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret and up to 7 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Three Greenshank, 4 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern and 7 Ruff. Bellmoor Lake - Single immature/female Common Redstart feeding in cow parsley in SE corner, 165+ Lapwing, 10 Cormorant, 12 Gadwall, 142 Tufted Duck, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 3 female Red-crested Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Tern, 32 Mute Swan, 2 Garden Warbler plus single Jay, Buzzard and Bullfinch. Tiln Pits - Single Little Grebe. Tiln Fishery - Two Wood Sandpiper briefly but were flushed by a fisherman and flew high east, 5 Ruff, 7 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Pochard and 6 Yellow Wagtail. River Idle (Bellmoor) - Single Little Egret and Kingfisher. Bunker Wood - Eight Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler and 12 Long-tailed Tit. Bellmoor Pits (Warbler Walk) - Single Blackcap, Turtle Dove heard and seen then showing well on wires at 10:15am, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Linnet, 1 Kestrel, 4 Buzzard (including 2 juveniles), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Treecreeper. (G.Hobson, S.Davenport, P.Hobson, E.Hobson, P.J.Freeman, M.Guest, M.Fitzsimmons)

Saturday 15th August
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single Turnstone at 6:55am, 1 Garganey at 8:55am, 1 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 immature Black Tern, 1 Peregrine over and sub adult female Marsh Harrier over NE. Neatholme Fen - Four Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 adult and 9 juvenile Common Tern. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Green Woodpecker. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Hobby perched, single Spotted Redshank again, 1 Redshank and 3 Stock Dove. (P.Freeman, S.Davenport, P.Cottam, I.Cowgill, D.Housman)

Friday 14th August
 
In an exceptionally good day for post rain and thunderstorm passage migration, today has been excellent for the few observers lucky enough to witness it. 
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Wood Sandpiper for majority of the day but wasn't present early evening plus 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Greenshank and 14 Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Single Spotted Redshank (162) flew south (heard calling three times at 10:40am, a female Marsh Harrier, single Whimbrel flew west and north east, 2 Ruff, 7-14 Dunlin, 5 Common Tern, 1 Little Egret and initially 2 Black Tern from 12:00pm then later 5 birds were present at 14:50pm. Neatholme Fen - Six Ruff, singles of Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Snipe, 9 Common Tern and 3 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit for just 5 minutes then south, female Mandarin Duck again, 1 Oystercatcher, up to 21 Snipe including 11 flew south west, 7 moved north east and 3 were grounded plus 4 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Ringed Plover flew in late evening. Neatholme Pit - Up to 8 Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpiper. (I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, M.McCallum)

Thursday 13th August
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper present at 9:20am. Neatholme Scrape - Single Black Tern present from 2:20pm until 18:00pm at least, also 10 Dunlin and 2 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Green Sandpiper, single Kingfisher and 20+ Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Single sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank and 6 Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Wigeon and 8 Little Grebe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 Little Egret, female Mandarin Duck and 4 Yellow Wagtail. (I.Cowgill, D.Mannifield, P.Hobson)

Local News
Newington Flood/Hagg Lane Flash - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER still present, 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET still present (commuting between both locations) from 3:10pm until 4:30pm, up to 21 Ruff, 9 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 3 Egyptian Geese. (P.Hobson, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers Twitter feed)

Wednesday 12th August
 
Neatholme Lane/The Willows? - Up to two Common Redstart (including 1 juvenile (first-winter) male photographed) plus 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Fen - Single Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Turtle Dove feeding at south western edge. Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin. Neatholme Pit - Four Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier here. (C.Scott via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 11th August
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 10 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 RuffTiln North (Restoration Area) - Both male & female Marsh Harrier hunting over southern end, 4 Greenshank (later flew onto Conservation Lake), 1 Hobby and 11 Stock Dove. Clayworth Common - 14 Grey Partridge on track. Neatholme Scrape - Two Snipe, 4 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 4 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Two Common Tern, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Little Egret. Neatholme Lane - Single Common Redstart noted here today. Neatholme Fen - Up to 6 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 4+ Ruff, 1 Redshank, 6 ad plus 3 juvenile Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Hobby hunting over plus 4 Greenshank. The Willows - Female Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Whitethroat. (P.Cottam, M.Lee, C.Bell via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 7th August
 
Neatholme Fen - Eleven Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin and singles of Yellow-legged Gull, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Turtle Dove. Neatholme Pit - Up to 7 Green Sandpiper and 1 Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Marsh Harriers including a sub-adult male and an adult female, 4 Little Egret and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - Two Egyptian Geese, 8 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 40 Pied Wagtail. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Adult female Marsh Harrier over. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Hobby plus 18 Little Grebe including 7 juveniles. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Twenty Pied Wagtail and 8 Yellow Wagtail including adults and juveniles. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Tuesday 4th August
 
Neatholme Scrape - Up to 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe and single Turtle Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Little EgretNeatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Three Ruff, 6 Dunlin, 7 adult Common Tern and 5 juveniles, 1 Turtle Dove on wires and single Yellow-legged Gull and Little EgretThe Willows - Single male Common Redstart, 2 Yellowhammer and 2 Whitethroat. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 9 Common Tern and 1 Common Sandpiper. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Little Egret. (P.Cottam, I.Cowgill)

Monday 3rd August
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Common Tern including 5 juveniles, 2 Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 2 juvenile Turtle Dove on wires. Neatholme Pit - Four Green Sandpiper and 3 Little Egrets. Neatholme Scrape - Four Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover and single Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single second-summer male Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk and up to 7 Little Egrets. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 50+ Pied Wagtail and 5 Yellow Wagtails feeding on shoreline. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 20 Little Grebe here including 5 fledged and 2 very small chicks. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)
 
 
Greenshank - Neatholme Fen, 3rd August 2015. ©Tony Tomlinson 

Sunday 2nd August
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 8 Little Egret noted here. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and Hobby. Neatholme Fen - Up to 11 Common Tern, 3 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper and a single Ruff. (I.Hunt, D.Housman)

Friday 31st July
 
Lound Village - Single Hobby flew over gardens here early am. (M.Vickers)

Thursday 30th July
 
IVNR - Two different Marsh Harrier were noted today - no further details. Neatholme Fen - Up to 14 Common Tern including 5 juveniles, 5 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper and singles of Little Egret and Kingfisher. Neatholme Pit - Three Green Sandpiper noted here. Neatholme Scrape - Five Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and singles of Little Egret and Common Sandpiper. Walters Lane Pit - Two Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Little Egret and single Hobby. Chainbridge Pit - Two Oystercatcher and singles of Redshank and Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine again sat on distant pylon. Cross Lane Marsh - Up to 3 Hobby hawking insects here. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, V.Giles, I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 28th July
 
Neatholme Fen - Single adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCo) present from 11:40am until 20:30pm (MMc) at least, initially on mud in front of screen then flushed to western shore, also 1 Dunlin, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Common Tern (including 2 juveniles). Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper at southern end. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ruff, 2 Redshank, 5 Little Egret and 1 Red-crested Pochard. (P.Cottam, M.McCallum)

Sunday 26th July
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Black-tailed Godwit feeding here at 9:30am, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Little Egrets. Neatholme Pit - Three Green Sandpiper plus single Little Egret and Common Sandpiper. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Friday 24th July
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 7 Ruff and up to 4 Little EgretChainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Dunlin, 2 juvenile Ringed Plover, 5 Red-crested Pochard including 2 juveniles and 2 Little EgretTiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine hunting over plus 3 adult & 4 juvenile Little Ringed PloverNeatholme Pit - Three Little Egret and 4 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Up to 8 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Common Tern including 3 juveniles and single Green Sandpiper and up to 5 Little Egret. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper and Kingfisher. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires opposite Neatholme Fen. Neatholme Scrape - Single summer plumage Sanderling on scrape plus Green Sandpiper and up to 4 Common Tern. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill)

Thursday 23rd July

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Black-tailed Godwit flew into here at 11:35am. Neatholme (Area) - Up to 9 Green Sandpipers noted at various locations here. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Common Redstart noted here today. (I.Cowgill, M.McCallum)

Tuesday 21st July
 
Walters Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Water Ski Pit - Single Peregrine over being mobbed by a Common Tern. Neatholme Scrape - Two Ruff with Lapwings. Neatholme Pit - Up to 3 Little EgretsNeatholme Fen - Three Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 Turtle Dove on wires, 7 Common Tern and 2 Little Egret. (P.Cottam)

Monday 20th July
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Turtle Dove, 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret, 3 Dunlin and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gull. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper and Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Six Ruff. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Little Egret. Walters Lane Pit - Eight Grey Heron, 2 Ruff and 1 Little Egret. Chainbridge Pit - Four Egyptian Geese and 2 Oystercatcher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine noted sat on a distant pylon. (T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill)

Sunday 19th July - WeBS/Bird Count
 
Blaco - Single Common Tern and Cormorant plus 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Coot, 9 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan and 2 Greylag Geese. Bellmoor Lake - c200 Lesser Black-backed Gull (including 17 juveniles), 1 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Black-headed Gull, 44 Coot, 60 Mallard, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Canada Geese, 44 Greylag Geese, 31 Gadwall, 4 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Wren, 45 Swift, 30 House Martin, 26 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Oystercatcher, 31 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher and 6 Lapwing. Bellmoor Ponds - Single Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler plus 2 Wren, 7 Great Tit, 4 Mute Swan and 3 Mallard. Bunker Wood - Two Whitethroat, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blackcap and single Garden Warbler. Tiln Pits - Single Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and Willow Warbler plus 6 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck and 2 Little Grebe. Tiln Fishery - Four Little Egret, 81 Greylag Geese, 5 Mute Swan, 44 Tufted Duck, 1 female Pintail, 36 Coot, 40 Sand Martin, 25 Swift, 3 Great Crested Grebe and single Black-headed Gull, Lapwing, Canada Goose, Kestrel and Whitethroat. (K.Wilson, M.Fitzsimmons)

Saturday 18th July
 
Neatholme Pit - Up to 9 Green Sandpiper noted plus a Greenshank. (I.Cowgill) 

Friday 17th July
 
Walters Lane Pit - Up to  6 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Gull and 7 Grey Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 6 Common Tern, 1 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Hobby. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Hobby hunting over. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Little Egret. The Willows - Single Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Single summer Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, 12 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Stock Dove and 1 Turtle Dove calling. Neatholme Scrape - Single Peregrine hunting over. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Wednesday 15th July
 
Walters pit lane 6 ruff 1 redshank

Willows singles of female redstart female & sparrow hawk, green woodpecker greater spotted lesser white throat.

Bellmoor lake 20.30 pm 12 blk wit looked to land but flew towards Tiln.
Walters Lane Pit - Up to 6 Ruff and 1 Redshank. The Willows - Singles female Common Redstart still present, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Bellmoor Lake - At 20.30pm 12 Black-tailed Godwit looked to land but then flew towards Tiln village. (D.Housman)

Tuesday 14th July
 
The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single male Common Redstart seen in morning with another female noted here at 17:30pm, also 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Turtle Dove, many Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, a pair of Blackcap, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 6 Reed Bunting, 30+ Goldfinch, 20+ Chaffinch and 5 Wren. Neatholme Fen - Two Turtle Dove, 5 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, up to 12 Common Tern and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Six Ruff and 1 Kingfisher. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Turtle Dove in tree and at 9:20am two Knot (161) circled the (East) scrape then were lost from view over Cross Lane Marsh. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - Single Egyptian Goose and 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Hobby hunting. Blaco Pits - Ten Red-crested Pochard and 1 Common Sandpiper. Blaco Fields - Up to 4 Buzzard. (D.Housman, T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill)

Monday 13th July
 
Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Single Barn Owl again hunting the set aside fields near the Tarmac site. (I.Cowgill)
 
Barn Owl - Bellmoor (Rural Learning Centre) - 13th, July 2015. ©Ian Cowgill 

Sunday 12th July
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret. Lound Village - Two Greenshank flew SW over gardens at 19:30pm. (I.Hunt, I.Cowgill, M.B.Vickers)

Saturday 11th July
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Yellow-legged Gull on small island and 1 Egyptian Goose on the main island. (P.Hobson)

Friday 10th July
 
Neatholme Fen - Four Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Little Egret, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 juvenile Peregrine hunting and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pool - Two Hobby hunting over here. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 5 Ruff here. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Hobby and Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Egret and up to 7 Common Tern. Chainbridge Pit - Single Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher. Lound Village - A successful Goldcrest pair were feeding 5 recently fledges young in a garden in the village. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, M.B.Vickers)
 
 
Goldcrest - Five chicks in a garden in Lound Village, 10th July 2015. ©Mike Vickers 

Tuesday 7th July
 
Walters Lane Pit - Nine Ruff (including 1 juv and 8 moulting males), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Lapwing and a pair of Bullfinch. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Shelduck with 4 ducklings still, female Mallard with 9 ducklings, at least two pairs of Lapwing with a single chick each, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 2 Stock Dove. Chainbridge Lane - Single Kestrel and Sparrowhawk over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Common Tern, 100+ Lapwing and 1 Dunlin. Bellmoor Lake - The single 'feral' Snow Goose species is looking like a 'hybrid' Greylag from brief observations today. (G.Hobson, D.Hursthouse)

Monday 6th July
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single adult summer Black Tern present at 10:10am and still present at 15:00pm at least plus 1 Green Sandpiper here. Neatholme Fen - Two Whimbrel feeding, 7 Little Egret, up to 12 Common Tern, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 120 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and a male Cuckoo. Neatholme Pit - Up to 3 Green Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin plus 3 Ringed Plover and 3 Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 4 Ruff, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Dunlin. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret present. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Black-tailed Godwit present along with the Black Tern, 6 Common Tern, up to 8 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Little Egret and 325 Lapwing. Walters Lane Pit - Four Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff and 1 Greenshank. Bellmoor Lake - Single Kingfisher, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Egret flew north, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 singing Garden Warbler, 2 Egyptian Goose on main island and a distant unidentified, though presumably 'feral' Snow Goose species which was also photographed on the deck. (Birdguides, P.Hobson, I.Cowgill, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, D.Housman)
 
Black Tern - Adult summer, Chainbridge NR Scrape, 6th July 2015. ©Darren Housman  

Sunday 5th July 
 
Walters Lane Pit - Three summer Black-tailed Godwits, 5 moulting Ruff, c35 Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron and two unidentified waders. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black Tern (158) present from 7:20am until 8:30am at least, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Little Egrets. (M.Wilde) 

Saturday 4th July
 
Walters Lane Pit - 4 adult male Ruff, 6 Oystercatcher and 1 Black-tailed GodwitClayworth Common - Two Hobby, single female cuckoo and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern and 4 Little Egrets. Neatholme Fen - Up to 13 Common Tern (including at least 1 large chick), 5 adult and 1 3rd year Yellow-legged Gulls, single male Cuckoo, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern and 2 Little Egrets. (D.Housman)

Wednesday 1st July
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Ruff present. Neatholme Pit - Two Green Sandpiper. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Green Sandpiper. (I.Cowgill) 

Sunday 28th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Yellow Wagtail flew from waters edge. (B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone)

Saturday 27th June
 
Bellmoor Lake - Two Egyptian Geese, 2 Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Pochard, 260 Lesser Black-backed Gull roosting on small island plus 7 young, only 5 young Black-headed Gull and 1 sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull at 5:00pm this evening. (P.Hobson)

Friday 26th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape/Tiln North? - Single Ruff, 6 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 injured? Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck with 3 ducklings, a male Red-crested Pochard, Yellow Wagtail and c100 Swifts. (C.Grimshaw via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Thursday 25th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Cuckoo on power lines plus c130+ larger gulls roosting. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Possible WATER PIPIT (CB) briefly for 5 seconds on the shoreline plus a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Little Ringed Plover including chicks and 5 Ringed Plover including chicks. Neatholme Scrape - Pair of Common Tern. (C.Bell via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Wednesday 24th June
 
Bellmoor Lake - Many loafing large gulls early evening. Bellmoor Pits - Two Kestrel along river. Bellmoor (Bailey Bridge) - Single Green Woodpecker calling with lots of warblers still singing in this area. Bunker Wood - Singing Song Thrush and 2+ Chiffchaff. (G.Hobson)

Sunday 21st June - NWT Sunday Bird Walk
 
Bellmoor Areas (including the Warbler Walk route) - 17 Greylag Geese, 31 Canada Geese, 1 Wren, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher, numerous Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, numerous Whitethroat, a Long-tailed Tit family, numerous Goldfinch, a Goldcrest calling, a family party (3+) of Coal Tit around the pines, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Turtle Dove heard 'purring' in dense Alder around Bunker Wood. (M.Guest et al)

Friday 19th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, c200+ Swift, c20 Swallow, c50 House Martin and c50 Sand Martin. Chainbridge Pit - Single Common Tern, 1 Redshank, c100+ Swifts and 4 Cormorant. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and up to 7 Redshank including up to 4 fledged juveniles, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 1 Kestrel and 2 Little Grebe. Chainbridge Lane (Charcon Works) - Two Turtle Dove flew over lane heading towards Sandy Hills. (G.Hobson)

Tuesday 16th June - NWT Worksop Group Members Walk
 
Poplar Walk - Two Chiffchaff and 2 Stock Dove. Neatholme Lane - Several Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Turtle Dove calling, 2 Cuckoo, 20+ Chaffinch, 1 Green Woodpecker and sadly a dead adult Mute Swan. Neatholme Fen - 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 5+ Common Tern, 5+ Lapwing, 2 Cormorant, 40+ Pochard (including less than 5 females), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron over, 2 Gadwall, 4+ Shelduck and several Reed Warblers along lane side reedbeds. Neatholme Pit - Several Cormorant over and 1 Sparrowhawk briefly on power lines. Neatholme Scrape - Three Common Tern, 1 male Shoveler, 15+ Pochard (mainly males), 10+ Cormorant, 4 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank calling, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, several Blackcap, 1 Turtle Dove calling behind viewing screen and 1 Cuckoo. Cross Lane - Two Cuckoo flew east along lane calling late evening. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Dunlin flew into land on east scrape, 5+ Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher flew over and 5+ Cormorant flew over. Windsurf Pool - Several Reed Warblers singing in reedbeds. Chainbridge Lane - Two Oystercatcher flew over. (G,Hobson, N.Braund, C.Booth, P.Kenworthy, K.Moss, S.McIlwaine et al)

Sunday 14th June - WeBS/Bird Count 
 
Bellmoor Lake - Highlights from WeBS/Bird Count were Single Yellow-legged Gull, 1 male Red-crested Pochard, 81 Tufted Duck, 36 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 1 Shelduck, 67 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including 36 adults and 3 medium sized chicks), 88 Black-headed Gulls (with no live chicks visible), 1 Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kingfisher, 80 Swift, 3 Cuckoo in vicinity calling simultaneously, 3 Blackcap, 7 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Wren and single Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff. Bellmoor Ponds - Single Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Wren and Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler and 8 Long-tailed Tit. Bunker Wood - Single Song Thrush and Bullfinch, 4 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Whitethroat. River Idle (Bunker Wood) - Single Grasshopper Warbler seen and heard from east bank here. Tiln Pits - Single Little Grebe and Pochard. Tiln Fishery - Single Turtle Dove, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Tufted Duck, 30 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Shelduck, 2 (pair) Red-crested Pochard, 20 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Hobby over lake. (M.Fitzsimmons)

Thursday 11th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Common Tern. Neatholme Scrape - Two Redshank and 2 Common Tern. Walters Lane Pit - Four Egyptian Geese back here plus a pair of Shelduck with five ducklings. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Hobby over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Shelduck with four ducklings still, 5 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Egyptian Geese. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

The second record for the recording area, a single Gull-billed Tern gave birders the run-around today but thankfully Darren Houseman got the all important images which secure the ID of this fantastic rarity for Nottinghamshire.   
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single GULL-BILLED TERN (157) found by Darren Housman and later seen by Peter Cottam and Ian Hunt was noted feeding here initially at circa 9:15am before it flew west towards Neatholme Fen at 9:45am. It had returned to Neatholme Scrape by 10:13am then flew off south towards Chainbridge Lane at 10:20am. Mark Dawson (and others?) saw the bird fly south over Chainbridge Lane again at 11:35am heading towards Bellmoor but again it went missing until Dave Mannifield saw it at Doughty's Pit at 12:58pm for around five minutes with Dave Hursthouse and Alan Scrimshaw before it then flew North towards Lound village at 13:03pm. A report at 13:20pm on Birdguides is unconfirmed and no sign of the bird after the 13:03pm departure.  
   
 
   
Gull-billed Tern - Neatholme Scrape, 11th June 2015. ©Darren Housman
 
River Idle (Neatholme Scrape/Cross Lane) - Three Mandarin Duck (inc 1 male and 2 females) noted here today. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Apart from GBT mentioned above a single Hobby was noted here to. Chainbridge Pit - Three Common Tern noted here today. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 8 Redshank here today. (D.Housman, P.Cottam, I.Hunt, D.Mannifield, S.Dunn, M.Dawson, A.Scrimshaw, D.Hursthouse et al)

Monday 8th June
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Mandarin Duck again. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, a male and female Cuckoo noted again and 21 Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Pit - Single Red-crested Pochard with one duckling. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Black-tailed Godwit present. Chainbridge Pit - Two Egyptian Geese, 3 Redshank and 2 Common Tern. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Nine Ringed Plover (inc 4 chicks), 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 5 Redshank (inc 3 chicks), 6 Shelduck (inc 4 ducklings), 3 Common Tern and 2 Yellow Wagtails. (D.Mannifield, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, D.Housman)

Sunday 7th June
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Hobby over plus 1 Kestrel and 4 Pochard. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Mandarin Duck again, 1 Little Egret and 6 Pochard. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single RED KITE (IH) flew east over here at 10:00am plus 2 Buzzard over. Neatholme Scrape - Two Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin and both male and female Cuckoo noted. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 Little Egret and 4 Common Tern. (I.Hunt, D.Mannifield, G.Hobson, D.Housman, S.Davenport)

Saturday 6th June
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Turnstone reported early am but flighty, 1 Dunlin, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel and 2 Shelduck with 4 ducklings still. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Egyptian Geese, 4 Pochard and 2 Cormorant.  Bellmoor Lake - Two Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Kestrel. (G.Hobson, C.Booth, I.Cowgill, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 5th June
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin and Turnstone at 8:25am today. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Mandarin Duck (156) noted on here this afternoon. Bellmoor Lake - Single Barn Owl hunting in usual area. Blaco Pits - Ten Red-crested Pochard today including 8 males. (I.Cowgill, K.Wilson) 
 Barn Owl - Hunting near Bellmoor Lake, 5th June 2015. ©Ian Cowgill
 

Thursday 4th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - A pair of Pochard including a 'bill-tagged' female with a letter H blazoned across the top and either BT or 8T on the edged. (P.Kenworthy)
 
Pochard - A 'bill-tagged' female, Chainbridge NR Scrape (East), 4th June 2015. ©Peter Kenworthy 

Wednesday 3rd June
 
Neatholme Fen - Six Common Tern and 3 Little Egrets. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Turtle Dove calling. (I.Hunt, D.Housman)

Tuesday 2nd June

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover plus 2 chicks, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a pair of Shelduck with 4 ducklings still. Neatholme Fen - Single Sanderling (a different bird to Tiln bird), 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret and a female Cuckoo flying over 'bubbling'. Clayworth Common - Single Yellow Wagtail on track. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Ringed Plover. (I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, S.Dunn, P.J.Freeman)

Black-tailed Godwits - Chainbridge NR Scrape (East), 2nd June 2015. ©Steve Dunn 


 

Monday 1st June
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern,1 Cuckoo, 2 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and 18 Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank and 2 Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Egyptian Geese. Blaco Pits - Eight Red-crested Pochard including 7 males, 5 Oystercatcher including 2 chicks and 2 Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Two Turtle Dove flew over. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Sunday 31st May

 

Neatholme Fen - Three Sanderling present all day. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Sanderling this evening. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher, 6 Shelduck, 3 pairs of Mute Swan, one bird still sat on a nest, 1 Common Tern and 3 Cormorant. Chainbridge Pit - Two Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing and 5 Mute Swan. Bellmoor Lake - Single Red-crested Pochard and a pair of Mute Swan with 2 cygnets. Bellmoor Pits - Pair of Mute Swan with 3 cygnets, 1 Whitethroat and calling Chiffchaff, Cuckoo and Turtle Dove all noted in area. (I.Cowgill, S.Dunn, K.Waplington, S.Waplington)

Saturday 30th May 
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (IC,MD) (155) still present here today though went missing briefly mid afternoon and had returned by 16:45pm at least. Also here, 1 Hobby, 3 Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 20+ Sand Martin, 7 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck with 4 ducklings, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Kestrel. Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel. Bellmoor Pits - Single Cuckoo. Bunker Wood - Single Turtle Dove calling here today plus singing Goldcrest. Walters Farm - 5+ Collared Dove. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Egyptian Geese. (I.Cowgill, M.Dawson, G.Hobson, Birdguides)

Friday 29th May
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (IC) (155) present here at 13:30pm but soon moved to Neatholme Scrape briefly before returning here and being present from 14:40pm until early evening at least. Neatholme Scrape - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (IC) relocated here briefly at 14:00pm. (I.Cowgill, Birdguides)
 
Pectoral Sandpiper - Adult, Tiln North, 29th May 2015. ©Richard Challands 
 
 
Pectoral Sandpiper - Adult, Tiln North, 29th May 2015. ©Steve Dunn 

Thursday 28th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Sanderling today. IVNR - A flock of 13 Ringed Plover flew west today. (I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 27th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Sanderling today (I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 26th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Sanderling today. Neatholme Lane - Single ringed Blackcap by bench overlooking Neatholme Scrape. Neatholme Scrape - Two Shelduck, 2 Kestrel, 1 male Pochard, 2 Red-crested Pochard flew south towards Chainbridge Pit and 2 Cormorant. Clayworth Common - Up to 4 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Pair of Red-crested Pochard.   (I.Cowgill, G.Hobson)

Monday 25th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Six Common Tern, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Blaco - Single OSPREY (KW) flew over here at 8:30pm this evening. Also here 7 Oystercatcher including 2 juveniles plus 2 pair of Red-crested Pochard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Five Ringed Plover, 5 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Redshank. Clayworth Common - Four Egyptian Geese still. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Cuckoo. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill)

Sunday 24th May - NWT Dawn Chorus Event
 
A very nice mornings birdwatching for those attending today's Dawn Chorus Event. Hope you all enjoyed listening and observing all the birds.   
 
Bellmoor Lake - UP to 7 Egyptian Geese, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Barn Owl returning to box, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Oystercatcher and up to 7 Herring Gulls amongst many Lesser Black-backed Gulls loafing late afternoon. Bellmoor Pits/Bunker Wood - Single Kestrel, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 pairs of Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Jay, up to 10 Song Thrush singing on territory in the area today, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher heard calling on river, 20+ Swift, 10+ House Martin, 10+ Reed Warbler, 5+ Dunnock, 3 Whitethroat, 10+ Blackcap, 5+ Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Pheasant. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 2 Hobby feeding from mid day onwards, 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 calling Turtle Dove. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove noted on power lines and Lesser Whitethroat singing at Walters Lane junction again. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Redshank and Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Peregrine flew through here early afternoon towards Wildgoose Farm, 2 Common Tern, 2 Sanderling and 2 Hobby. Neatholme Fen - 15+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 7+ Common Tern. (G.Hobson, C.Booth, S.Davenport, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield et al)

Saturday 23rd May
 
Neatholme Scrape - Two Hobby hunting over scrape, 1 Reed Warbler singing on island and 3 Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo calling from trees. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sanderling, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires near Charcon Works. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling from dead tree at back of Chainbridge Scrape plus single Cuckoo flying over. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Friday 22nd May
 
Neatholme Fen - A flock of 7 Sanderling dropped in here at 7:50am and were still present at 10:00am at least. (I.Cowgill)

Thursday 21st May
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires near 'Charcon' buildings plus Lesser Whitethroat singing from opposite 'Charcon' office. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo calling. Parish Park - Two Tawny Owls calling. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Wednesday 20th May
 
Blaco Fields/Mattersey Priory - Single COMMON CRANE (MWa,PCa,IH) (154) noted calling twice at 12:00pm plus 1 Hobby here. Neatholme Fen - Two Turnstone present at 7:55am, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin, 21 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail plus 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing by Walters Lane junction. Parish Park - Two Little Grebe, plus single Cuckoo and Turtle DoveIVNR - A flock of 12 Ringed Plover flew west today. (I.Cowgill. M.Warne, I.Hunt, P.Cadman, J.King)

Tuesday 19th May
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single adult Yellow-legged Gull (photographed below) was present here today with single Dunlin Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. Hawthorn Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Tawny Owl calling mid afternnoon. Chainbridge Lane (Walters Lane Junction) - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing mid afternoon. Neatholme Fen - Single Sanderling here at 10:20am, 4 Common Tern, 140 Great Black-backed Gull, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 6 Herring Gull. Neatholme Scrape - Single Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 male Pochard and 16 Shelduck. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin with a badly broken leg, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Blaco - Two male Red-crested Pochard.  IVNR - A flock of 13 Ringed Plover flew west today. (I.Cowgill, D.Housman, K.Wilson, D.Roberts) 
 
 
Yellow-Legged Gull - Adult, Bellmoor Lake, 19th May 2015. ©Darren Housman 
 

Sunday 17th May - Mini Birdrace & WeBS/Bird Count
 
Two teams completed today's 6 hour mini birdrace and drew level at the close on 81 species each though the combined lists of both teams totalled 86 species. Added to this a further 5 more species that were recorded by other birders so today's combined list was 91 species. Thanks to everyone who took part.   
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (IC) was still present plus, 1 Wheatear, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover and 3 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane - Single calling Turtle DoveChainbridge Lane (Walters Lane Junction) - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing from concrete works side. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires at junction with Walters Lane. Clayworth Common - Single Egyptian Goose with Greylags plus 1 Yellow Wagtail on track and 1 Yellowhammer by Cross Lane Marsh. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two male Wigeon and 3 male Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Single OSPREY being mobbed over scrape at 12:30pm, 1 Hobby early morning,1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Seven Cormorant over. Neatholme Fen - Single Dunlin and Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk flew towards Lound village, 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret and 16 Great Crested Grebe. Parish Park - Single first-summer Common Gull flew over, 1 Jay, 7+ Little Grebe plus 3 chicks plus a pair of Wigeon and Cuckoo calling. Sandy Hills - Single Cuckoo calling. Blaco - Three Oystercatcher, a pair of Wheatear, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Bellmoor Lake - Single Barn Owl, 1 male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Bellmoor Pits - Single Goldcrest and Kestrel. Bellmoor (Bailey Bridge) - Single Treecreeper. Lound Village - Single Coal Tit, 1 Song Thrush, several House Sparrows and 4+ Collared Dove. (I.Cowgill, P.Hobson, E.Hobson, G.Hobson, C.Booth, P.Cottam, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, K.Wilson)

Saturday 16th May
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (IC) was still present today with 1 Little Stint. Windsurf Pool - Single Curlew Sandpiper reported here today. (I.Cowgill, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Friday 15th May
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (IC et al) (151) was present at 6:50am, 5 Redshank, up to 8 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Curlew Sandpipers (152) flew over here at 5:40pm. Cross Lane Marsh - Three Hobby feeding over here today. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Stint (153) noted this evening. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Dove in usual area. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern and 2 Cuckoo. Neatholme Fen - Up to 6 Dunlin, 3 Little Egret, 4 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Cuckoo. (I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, D.Housman, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson) 
 
 Temminck's Stint - Tiln North (Restoration Area), 15th May 2015. ©Darren Housman

Thursday 14th May
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single male Goosander again, 3 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Cuckoo calling. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Five Dunlin 7 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Four Dunlin, 1 Sanderling 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern plus single Turtle Dove calling and 1 Cuckoo. (D.Housman) 

Wednesday 13th May 
 
Bellmoor Lake - Two Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, an unseasonal Goosander and Turtle Dove calling near wooden footbridge. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Ringed Plover and 4 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Tern, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and single Little Egret and Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Hobby and 4 Buzzard over. (D.Housman)
 
Local News
 
Mattersey - Single OSPREY (DM) flew over here heading towards Lound at 13:50pm. Same bird was presumably also noted in this area yesterday. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)
 
 Osprey - Mattersey, 13th May 2015. ©Dave Mannifield

Tuesday 12th May

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sanderling, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane - Two Yellow Wagtail noted. Neatholme Scrape - Three Common Tern, 2 Dunlin and Cuckoo calling. Neatholme Fen - Three Egyptian Geese, up to 6 Common Tern, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 11 Great Crested Grebe. (P.Cottam)

Monday 11th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Nine Common Tern. 3 Little Egret and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern and 1 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Three Egyptian Geese noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Five Hobby feeding over here today. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Sunday 10th May
 
Water Ski Pit - Single OSPREY (IH) noted here at 9:05am. Clayworth Common - Single Hobby. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Single Kingfisher. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. (I.Hunt)

Friday 8th May

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 1 Cuckoo over calling. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Hobby hunting here today. Neatholme Pit - Single Grasshopper Warbler present. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove calling, 4 Little Egret and 1 Cuckoo over. Wildgoose Farm - Two Treecreeper and 2 Green Woodpecker. Blaco - Single Sparrowhawk over. River Idle (Chainbridge Bridge) - Single Kingfisher flew south along river. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Thursday 7th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Whimbrel. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single Turtle Dove calling from traditional area. (I.Hunt, D.Housman)

Wednesday 6th May
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sanderling noted here at 7:10am until 8:30am at least feeding with a Redshank. Also here, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Little Ringed Plover. In the evening 5 Sanderling and 8 Dunlin were noted. Neatholme Fen - 12 Dunlin here in the evening plus 5 Common Tern, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Little EgretChainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Hobby over. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single Red-legged Partridge. (I.Cowgill, P.Harrison, P.Cadman, D.Housman) 

Tuesday 5th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Turnstone (150) here at 4:50pm and still present mid evening at least, up to 7 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover 5+ Common Tern, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret and 7 Cormorant plus many large immature gulls. Chainbridge Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing by Poplar Walk entrance gate. Parish Park - Up to 3 Little Grebe, female Mallard with 4 ducklings, 1 Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap and several Long-tailed Tit. Linghurst Pool - Two Shelduck. Neatholme Lane - Male Sparrowhawk and many Blackcap. Neatholme Scrape - c100 Swift, c250 Sand Martin, c50 Swallow and a few House Martin. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove flew over lane into a tree briefly then flew towards Bittern Pools. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Great Crested Grebe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 4 Shelduck. Clayworth Common - Four Egyptian Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese in Geese/Swan flock. Bellmoor Lake - Seven Red-crested Pochard and 2 Oystercatcher. (I.Cowgill, P.Cadman, K.Waplington, I.Hunt, G.Hobson, C.Booth)

Monday 4th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Up to 6 Common Tern, up to 8 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover and up to 6 Little Egret. Neatholme Pit - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo. Blaco - Four Red-crested Pochard. Parish Park - Single Cuckoo. Clayworth Common - Four Egyptian Geese still. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Wigeon. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Little Ringed Plover, up to 6 Ringed Plover, 9 Ruff at 7:45 then north, 1 Redshank, 2 Dunlin and Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Hobby and 2 Buzzard over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Turtle Dove calling at 14:45pm today. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Cuckoo calling. Bellmoor Lake - Single Whimbrel and a Tawny Owl calling here at 21:30pm. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, M.Warne)

Sunday 3rd May - LBC Spring Bird Walk
 
Many Greylag and Canada Geese 'goslings' were noted around the reserve today. The first Lapwing chicks were noted.
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two summer plumage Golden Plover and 1 Dunlin early morning in the rain, 1 Wood Sandpiper (IC) (149) noted here at 12:25pm for a short time but then went missing again until relocated here again at 18:45pm this evening. Also here today, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Dunlin still mid afternoon, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Common Tern, 5+ Yellow Wagtail, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 25+ Lapwing plus at least 1 hatched chick, 10+ Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 1 male Kestrel, 5 Shoveler and 5+ Shelduck. This evening 4 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover were present. Hayton Common - Three Reed Bunting, 5+ Yellow Wagtail and several Skylark. Clayworth Common - 10+ Stock Dove and 25 Linnet in recently tilled field east of the oilseed rape field, 6+ Reed Bunting in oilseed rape and several Skylarks. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 5 Egyptian Geese, 5 'feral' Pink-footed Geese, 2 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe. Chainbridge Pit - Two Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet and a Cuckoo this evening. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Oystercatcher, 4+ Teal, 2 Cormorant, 1 male Shoveler, 50+ Sand Martin, 1 Swift, 20+ Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Goldfinch. This evening 5 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover were present. Bluebell Fishery - Single adult Coot struggling to walk with Sheep wool wrapped around its feet! Please keep an eye on him. Police Pond - Male Pochard, 2 Shoveler and 2 Teal. Doughty's Farm - Single Little Owl noted. Doughty's Pit - 5+ Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Pits/Bunker Wood - Two Jay, 2 singing Goldcrest, 10+ Whitethroat, 15+ Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Linnet, 1 Kestrel and 2 Sedge Warblers. Bellmoor Lake - Single Dunlin, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 30+ Swift, 50+ Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Sedge Warbler and 48 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull plus several immature birds and 5+ immature Great Black-backed Gulls. (G.Hobson, A.Clark, C.Booth, K.Waplington, I.Cowgill, I.Baxter, P.J.Freeman, I.Hunt, M.Goodman, P.Cadman)

Saturday 2nd May
 
No reports received today!

Friday 1st May
 
The first arrivals of Turtle Dove with at least 2 singing birds noted in traditional areas. Also two late Golden Plover at Tiln North.
 
Bittern Pools/Hawthorn Lane - Single Turtle Dove (148) calling here today. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove calling here at the same time as Chainbridge bird. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Turtle Dove calling at north end then flew to Water Ski Pit just after midday plus 1 Cuckoo calling. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) -Two Egyptian Geese, 2 Wigeon, 4 'feral' Pink-footed Geese and 2 Hobby here. Clayworth Common - Five Wheatear in ploughed field east of Conservation Lake. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin and Little Ringed Plover, up to 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 summer plumage Golden Plover, 1 Wheatear and a pair of Red- crested Pochard. Cross Lane Marsh - Up to 15 Swift here today. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, 2 Dunlin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Common Tern, 2 Buzzard and c250 Sand Martin. Neatholme Fen - Up to 3 Little Egret, 5 Little Ringed Plover, up to 5 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Blaco Pits - c120 Sand Martin. Lound Village - Two House Martin. IVNR - Single female Marsh Harrier reported today (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, V.Giles, P.Cadman, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 
 
 Golden Plover - Single moulting into summer plumage, Tiln North, 1st May 2015. ©Tony Tomlinson

Thursday 30th April
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Black-tailed Godwit early am then flew north. Neatholme Fen - Two Greenshank early am then flew north. (I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 29th April
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Arctic Tern here from 10:00am, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Tern, 1 Ringed Plover, up to 4 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper plus many Yellow Wagtails. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 3 Dunlin noted today. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Six Whimbrel flew west this morning. Up to 7 Dunlin, 1 Wheatear still, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank. This evening up to 5 Ringed Plover and many Yellow Wagtails were present. (I.Cowgill, I.Hunt)

Tuesday 28th April
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single OSPREY (147) (IC) was noted here at 15:15pm, 4 Wheatear, 1 summer plumage Golden Plover, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Oystercatcher. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Lesser Whitethroat and Song Thrush. Neatholme Bridge - Pair of Bullfinch over. Neatholme Scrape - c200 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 10 Swift, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Four Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1` Little Egret and 1 Dunlin. Chainbridge Pit - Five Arctic Tern noted here and 1 Cuckoo calling from east bank. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush. Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Single Barn Owl hunting around car park and surrounding fields. (I.Cowgill, D.Parmenter, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson)
 

Monday 27th April
 
Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo and 12 Swift. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing from Blackthorn along track. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Scrape - Single Cuckoo, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing in NE corner. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Fen - Single female Common Redstart feeding in hedgerow at western end at 11:30am. Also here today were 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Egyptian Geese flew off east. River Idle (Cross Lane) - Two pair of Grey Partridge. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin and Wheatear, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover and 3 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth/Hayton Common - Single Hobby hunting over oilseed rape field plus 1 Cuckoo. Chainbridge Lane - Single Yellow Wagtail and 1 Reed Warbler near viewpoint. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Cuckoo. Chainbridge Pit - Two Cuckoo here this evening. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, B.Hurst, M.Hurst, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, J.King, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Sunday 26th April
 
Neatholme Lane - Single Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Two Whimbrel were roosting on island at 11:00am, a female Common Redstart (145) was found initially at 9:15am by two visiting Wakefield birders in the hedgerow towards the western end, it was seen again at midday and again at 15:15pm and 16:00pm near Cross Lane/Neatholme Lane junction. Also here today were WOOD LARK (146) (DM) calling briefly from along lane near viewpoint, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 1 male Wheatear, 1 Swift and up to 5 Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 5 Swift over, 4+ Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel and 1 Grey Heron. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo calling. Windsurf Pit - Two Reed Warblers singing in NW corner reeds. Bittern Pools - Single Reed Warbler and many Blackcap here. Cross Lane - Single Jay calling. Cross Lane Marsh - Up to 5 singing Reed Warblers, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Kestrel. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Teal, 1 Redshank, 3 Pink-footed Geese and 4 Wigeon. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge Lane - Two Reed Warbler in dyke alongside the lane plus 1 Reed Bunting and 4+ Whitethroat. (B.Hurst, M.Hurst, P.Cadman, R.Egan, A.Whales, I.Cowgill, G.Hobson, K.Wilson, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, D.Housman)

Saturday 25th April
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single RuffHayton Common - Four Pink-footed Geese and 1 Hobby hunting over oilseed rape field. Neatholme Pit - Two Grey Partridge and 1 Green Woodpecker in field at eastern edge. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo flew over from The Willows and sat in tree near Chainbridge Pit. Chainbridge Pit - Single Buzzard on fence hounded by a crow. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Friday 24th April
 
First Hobby and Lesser Whitethroat records today.
 
Lound (Horse Paddock) - Two Mistle Thrush. Alan's Meadow - Single Cuckoo here feeding and resting on willow shoots. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret over, 5+ Swift, c100 Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin and c50 Swallows. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Mistle Thrush. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Whimbrel were present at 1:00pm with at least 2 Whimbrel present at 2:30pm, 3 Curlew, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 14 Shelduck later evening, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cuckoo calling from river bank, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 5+ Skylark and 2 Meadow Pipit. Hayton/Clayworth Common - Single Hobby (143) hunting over oilseed rape field. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single White Wagtail late evening, 6 (3 pair) of Wigeon, 2 Skylark, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Teal. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Single Cuckoo in trees here then wandered up and down river bank. Cross Lane Marsh - 10+ Swift with many other hirundines over here and Neatholme Scrape and 1 Cuckoo calling. Neatholme Scrape - Two Whimbrel over north, 1 male Goldeneye, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Song Thrush singing and 1 Lesser Whitethroat by viewing screen on west bank. Mattersey Common - Single Hobby flew east here at 12:30pm. Neatholme Pit - Single Grasshopper Warbler seen and photographed here mid afternoon. Neatholme Fen - Five Little Egret, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern at 15:00pm and 1 Garden Warbler singing from Blackthorn. Water Ski Pit - Single Lesser Whitethroat (144) along lane. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, P.Cadman, G.Hobson)

Thursday 23rd April
 
Neatholme Fen - Single first-summer Little Gull this afternoon, 2 Oystercatcher, up to 5 Little Egret, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ruff and 3 Swift. Neatholme Scrape - Pair of Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo sat of fence and second bird flew over. Windsurf Pool - Two male Red-crested Pochard. (D.Mannifield, I.Hunt, I.Cowgill) 
 Little Gull - First-summer, Neatholme Fen, 23rd April 2015. ©Dave Mannifield)
 
 
Cuckoo - Chainbridge Pit, 23rd April 2015. ©Dave Mannifield  

Wednesday 22nd April
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear, 1 Peregrine hunting in afternoon. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo calling from island. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two RuffNeatholme Lane - A single female Brambling (141) was noted at 13:00pm today 100m before river bridge. Neatholme Pit - Up to 3 Grasshopper Warblers (142) reeling here at 20:15pm during the moth trapping session. (C.Johnson, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Roberts) 

Tuesday 21st April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Mistle Thrush. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 7 Ruff and 1 Redshank noted here today. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo calling. Tiln North (Restroration Area) - Two Wheatear plus 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew and up to 4 Ringed Plover this evening. River Idle (Chainbridge Scrape) - Single Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Jay plus 6 Linnets all in brambles alongside river. Clayworth Common - Two Swallow flew north. River Idle (Neatholme Scrape) - Single WHINCHAT (IC,PCo) still present in reeds by river at 11:30am and still present this evening, 1 Swift, 1 female Marsh Harrier flew south and 2 Stonechat noted here. Neatholme Lane - Singing Garden Warbler by Neatholme Scrape plus Yellow Wagtail over. Neatholme Scrape - Two Goldeneye plus 2 Common Tern this evening. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Egrets and in the roost this evening a 3cy 'probable' Caspian Gull x Herring Gull hybrid and another 'Caspian' looking adult Herring Gull with a damaged/missing leg. (I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, B.Hurst, M.Hurst, P.Hobson)

Monday 20th April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Cuckoo calling. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Snipe roosting. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 3 Wheatear still, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Ruff, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 1 Redshank present. River Idle (Chainbridge Pit) - Single Kingfisher and 2 Grey Partridge along riverside track. River Idle (Neatholme Scrape) - Single WHINCHAT (TT, KW, PCa, IH) (140) at on fence by bend in the river at 15:20pm and still present in reeds at 18:25pm. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Cuckoo calling and 1 male Greenfinch. Neatholme Scrape - Three Little Gull present at 18:35pm but flew high north at 19:33pm, also 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo on fence by Cross Lane, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Whitethroat. Neatholme Lane - Single male Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover, 4 Little Egret, 10 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Reed Warbler calling from reeds. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo calling. Linghurst Wood - Single Cuckoo calling. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)
 
 Whinchat - male, Neatholme Scrape/River Idle, Monday 20th April 2015. ©Tony Tomlinson

Sunday 19th April - WeBS/Bird Count
 
Blaco - Single Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lapwing, 8 Gadwall, 54 Tufted Duck and 81 Mute Swans. Mattersey Common - A total of 79 Mute Swans here today. Chainbridge Pit - Single Kingfisher, 1 Ruff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldeneye and 6 Swallow. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, up to 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single cuckoo calling at 13:30pm and 1 Garden Warbler singing by entrance to wood. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Ruff and Redshank plus 14 Wigeon, 1 Common Gull and 3 Pink-footed Geese. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Single Egyptian Goose flew south over here this morning plus single Common Tern and 8 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Three Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank, 2 Swift (139), 1 House Martin and a few Swallow and Sand Martins, 52 Mute Swan, 4 Teal, 26 Tufted Duck and 3 Cormorant. Neatholme Fen - Single Reed Warbler (138) calling in reeds on southern edge, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, up to 5 Little Egret, 1 Pied Wagtail, 17 Mallard, 19 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck and 8 Great Crested Grebe. Wildgoose Farm - Single Green Woodpecker. Linghurst Pool - Three Little EgretParish Park - Six Little Grebe. Windsurf Pool - Single Cuckoo calling from western end early this morning. Bittern Pool - Single Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor Lake - 118 Tufted Duck, 34 Coot, 13 Mallard, 6 Moorhen, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Mute Swan, 365 Black-headed Gull, 74 Lesser Black-backed Gull (including 47 adults), 42 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail in SW corner, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Snipe, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch and 6 Chaffinch. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Bellmoor Ponds - Two Song Thrush, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 1 Wren and 3 Mallard. Bunker Wood - Single Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Wren and 4 Chiffchaff. Tiln Pits - Two Mute Swan, 2 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Jay. Tiln Fishery - 7 Teal, 27 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 8 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 71 Greylag Goose, 12 Swallow, 140 Sand Martin, 4 Gadwall, 2 Red-crested Pochard plus single Willow Warbler, Shelduck and Oystercatcher. (K.Wilson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Housman, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, M.Fitzsimmons, R.Scott)

Saturday 18th April - NWT Spring Event
 
First Arctic Tern and Garden Warbler records for the year plus an abundance of Blackcap noted today. 
 
Bellmoor Lake - Two Great Crested Grebe, 4+ Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat near southern viewing screen in hedgerow, 50 (adult) Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Moorhen with 2 chicks in small pool on road to Rural Learning Centre. Bellmoor Pits - Two or three Goldcrests (two singing), 15+ Blackcap, 10+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Kestrel, 3+ Buzzard, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 1 singing Treecreeper. Doughty's Farm - Single Yellow Wagtail flew past plus up to 5 Pied Wagtail in sheep field here. Doughty's Pond - Up to 7 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 3 Lapwing, 2 Teal and 2 Sand Martin. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Wheatear, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Kestrel. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Grey Heron and up to 8 Cormorants. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 3 Ruff here today, 1 Redshank, 6 Wigeon, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Pied Wagtail. River Idle (Neatholme Scrape) - Single Green Sandpiper here. Neatholme Scrape - Single Arctic Tern (136) briefly early this afternoon, 2 Sedge Warblers and good numbers of hirundines. Neatholme Lane - c10 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Kestrel and 3 Chiffchaff. Neatholme Pit - Three Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 5+ Shoveler and 2 Cormorant. Neatholme Fen - Three Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Teal, 1 Goldeneye 1 Garden Warbler (137) singing by viewing screen. (G.Hobson, C.Booth, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, Mary ?)
 
Goldcrest in song, Bellmoor Pits, 18th April 2015. ©Christine Booth 

Friday 17th April
 
Site counts of 18 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler and 9 Whitethroat (135). The Willows - Two Linnet, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Red-legged Partridge plus single Buzzard and Kestrel. Neatholme Fen - Single Common Tern (133) present here at 7:45am, 1 Greenshank all day and Whimbrel calling here at 7:55am, up to 8 Little Egret, up to 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Ruff and 3 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Singles of Jay, Whitethroat and Little Egret plus 3 Swallow and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper, 4 Goldeneye and 1 Common Tern. Blaco - Single Sparrowhawk noted. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 5 Ruff here today, 4 'feral' Pink-footed Geese and 2 Redshank. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank (132) at 7:00am, up to 4 Wheatear, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank and 3+ Yellow Wagtail (134). Chainbridge NR Scrape - Singles of Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Snipe and Swallow. Chainbridge Pit - Single Sedge Warbler. Windsurf Pool - Single Green Woodpecker. Water Ski Pit - Two Bullfinch and 1 singing Sedge Warbler. Hallcroft Sewage Works - c30 Swallow, c20 House Martin and 6 Sand Martin. Tiln Pits - Single Cuckoo calling today. Bellmoor Lake - Three Ringed Plover on main island at 15:00pm plus 1 Sedge Warbler singing in SE corner. (I.Cowgill, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, P.Cadman, M.Warne, D.Roberts, I.Baxter)  

Thursday 16th April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Cuckoo heard calling today. Tiln Pits - Single Cuckoo calling here today. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, I.Baxter)

Wednesday 15th April
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Sanderling (130) present at 17:35pm today plus 1 Dunlin from mid afternoon, 5 Little Egret, 4 Little Ringed Plover, c100+ Sand Martin and a few Swallows through. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper present at 16:00pm today plus 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo (131) calling. Clayworth Common (Restoration Area) - Single (presumed different) Common Sandpiper present at 16:15pm, also here 1 Ruff. Mattersey Common - Single Tawny Owl calling from that direction. (I.Cowgill, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, A.Bell, P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Tuesday 14th April
Neatholme Fen - LRP, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2 Lt Egret, 2 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker
Cross Lane - 2 Bullfinch

Neatholme Fen - Single Black-tailed Godwit (129) at 7:13am with 2 Black-tailed Godwit moving NW calling at 20:30pm, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Stock Dove and a Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper present this evening. Cross Lane - Two Bullfinch. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Wheatear present this evening. Chainbridge Lane (Horse Paddocks) - Single Tawny Owl flew over lane after dark.  (P.Cottam, I.Cowgill, P.Cadman, I.Hunt)


Monday 13th April

Neatholme Pit - A pair of Kingfisher noted here today. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff and 2 Kingfisher also noted here today. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female Marsh Harrier hunting. Windsurf Pool - 9 Sand Martins. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. Good numbers of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap noted today. (B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone, I.Hunt, I.Cowgill, K.Wilson, T.Tomlinson, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Sunday 12th April
 
Neatholme Scrape - c200 Sand Martin late evening then flew north plus 1 Green Sandpiper. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Saturday 11th April
 
River Idle (Bellmoor Weir) - Single Grey Wagtail feeding in diverted river course alongside the existing weir. IVNR - A large flock of hirundines over river including several Swallow at at least 2 House Martin (128). (T.Hibbert, I.Baxter)

Friday 10th April
 
Could today be the beginning of the first significant influx of returning summer migrants to the reserve.  
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single drake Garganey (125) present from 9:00am near viewpoint then again by the small island this afternoon until 6:30pm at least. Also here 2 Red-crested Pochard present this afternoon. Doughty's Pond - Single singing Blackcap & Willow Warbler. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Mistle Thrush. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Swallow and 3 Sand Martin. Hawthorn Walk - Two Willow Warblers singing. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 4 Ruff and 2 Redshank. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Swallow. Neatholme Scrape - Single adult summer Little Gull (126) this afternoon, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 singing Blackcap on the lane adjacent. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Treecreeper. Neatholme Lane - Singing Sedge Warbler (127)Neatholme Fen - Up to 8 Little Egret, up to 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 possible Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Swallow. Wildgoose Farm - Two Yellowhammer. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Six Yellowhammer and 2 Swallow. (I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, P.J.Freeman, P.Hobson, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Thursday 9th April
 
Neatholme Fen - Up to 6 Little Egret, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 2 Redshank and 6 Great Crested Grebe displaying. Cross Lane - Two singing Willow Warbler. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two singing Willow Warbler. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, and 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Ruff and 2 Redshank. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Wednesday 8th April
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover displaying, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Ruff, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Pink-footed Geese and the 'hybrid' Bean Goose still with Greylag Geese. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Tuesday 7th April
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Swallow flew north. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Three Ruff today plus a Whimbrel (124) calling over here at 22:45pm. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper. Parish Park (Linghurst Lakes) - Four Yellowhammer in hedge plus Blackcap singing. Neatholme Lane - Up to 3 Green Woodpecker and several Chiffchaff. (M.McCallum, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, P.Cadman) 

Monday 6th April
 
Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single Mistle Thrush and Swallow plus 15 Yellowhammer. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Five Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover and 4 Buzzard. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Four Ruff and 2 Redshank. Clayworth Common - Four Whooper Swan. Mattersey Common - Three Whooper Swan. Neatholme Lane - Single Willow Warbler. Neatholme Pit - Up to 6 Whooper Swan, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Treecreeper nearby. Neatholme Fen - Single Common Sandpiper (123), 1 Redshank, 9 Great Crested Grebe and up to 6 Little Egret. Parish Park - Three Chiffchaff. Windsurf Pool - Four Red-crested Pochard. Blaco - Four Tree Sparrow, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Red-crested Pochard and 1 Snipe. (P.Cottam, P.J.Freeman, B.Hurst, M.Hurst, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Sunday 5th April
 
Mattersey Common - 101 Whooper Swans feeding here at 4:30pm this afternoon which flew then to Neatholme Pit presumably to roost. Blaco - Single Little Owl and Tree Sparrow noted here. Neatholme Fen - Single Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Snipe and 4 Little Egrets. Neatholme Pit - 23 Whooper Swans and 15 Goldeneye early this morning with 18 Whooper Swans and 41 Goldeneye present at 5:30pm. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper and 20 Goldeneye. Parish Park - Eight Little Grebe and 2 Wigeon. Neatholme Lane - Three Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting. Gadwall Tail - Five Fieldfare, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Jay. Blaco - Single Little Owl (122) noted along track. Lound Village - Two pairs of Goldcrest were present again seemingly holding territory in one garden on east side of main street. (K.Wilson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, P.Hobson, M.Vickers, P.J.Freeman) 
 
 Whooper Swans - Mattersey Common, 5th April 2015. ©Ken Wilson
 
 
Goldcrest - One of four birds, Lound Village, 5th April 2015. ©Mike Vickers 

Saturday 4th April
 
Record numbers of Whooper Swans noted today. Return passage back to breeding grounds obviously now getting close and birds taking their last chance to feed up for the long journey. 
 
Clayworth Common - A amazing count of c170 Whooper Swans noted here late morning. Hayton Common - Single 'feral' Pink-footed Goose, 1 Buzzard and the 'hybrid' Bean Goose still with Greylag Geese. Chainbridge Pit - Single Swallow (121) over here at 16:30pm this afternoon. Neatholme Pit - An amazing record high count of 181 Whooper Swans roosting on here late afternoon. Neatholme Lane - Single singing Blackcap plus 3 Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single unusually 'dark faced' 2nd-winter Herring Gull (possibly believed to be stained by printer ink?) was observed and photographed (see image below) here this afternoon. Also here, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret and 3 Oystercatcher. Blaco Farm - Single Barn Owl noted at 18:30pm. Windsurf Pool - Four Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Lake - Three Red-crested Pochard, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Buzzard. (I.Cowgill, M.Dawson, D.Housman, S.Davenport, K.Wilson, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)
 
 Herring Gull - Unusual 'dark stained' 2nd-winter, Neatholme Fen, 4th April 2015. ©Darren Housman

Friday 3rd April
 
14+ Chiffchaff in the Bellmoor/Bunker Wood areas this afternoon but no sign of any Blackcaps or Willow Warblers there. 
 
Bellmoor Lake - Up to 40 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (some paired birds but very little displaying or territorial behaviour noted) loafing on island with other Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls of varying ages. Also here, c300+ Black-headed Gulls (display and copulation noted but still not settling to breed yet), 2 Shelduck, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush and up to 4 Chiffchaff along northern boundary. Bellmoor Pits - 5+ Chiffchaff at points along the riverside track plus 1 Song Thrush and 2 Coal Tit. Bunker Wood - 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor Sand Pit - 2+ Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush and 1 Grey Heron over. (G.Hobson)

Thursday 2nd April
 
Neatholme Fen - Five Little Egret, 5 Snipe, 13 Shelduck, 5 Buzzard and 3 Sparrowhawk mobbing buzzard. Neatholme Pit - A total of 65 Whooper Swan which flew off to the nearby common, 26 Goldeneye and 1 Kingfisher. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper. River Idle (Neatholme Scrape) - 9 Shelduck. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl and 4 Buzzard in area. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 4 Ruff, 2 Kingfisher and 3 Egyptian Geese. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and up to 4 Redshank. Bellmoor Lake - Six Oystercatcher noted here. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, I.Hunt, P.Cadman, V.Giles) 
 
Local News
 
Newington (Hagg Lane) - Single RED KITE (PHa) again today. (P.Harrison)

Wednesday 1st April
 
Mattersey Common - 84 Whooper Swan with 72 Mute Swan in field north of The Willows. Wildgoose Farm - Four Little Egret in dyke here. Neatholme Scrape - Possible Greenshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Little Ringed Plover (120). Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - two Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard and 1 Green Woodpecker flew into Chainbridge Wood NR. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Oystercatcher and 1 Buzzard catching worms. (K.Wilson, A.Crompton, J.Crompton)

Monday 30th March
 
Local News
 
Newington - Single RED KITE (MGu) flew off from near Tunnel Tech building area at 4.00pm today. (M.Guest)

Saturday 28th March
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Egyptian Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose and 1 'hybrid' Goose still with Greylag. Walters Lane - In cattle paddock next to the farm bungalow 3 further Egyptian geese were present. Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Single Kingfisher and Water Rail in pond in corner of car park. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Friday 27th March
 
Chainbridge Wood NR - Single singing Willow Warbler (117) this afternoon with 1 Chiffchaff noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Snipe and 2 Buzzard over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Wheatear again at eastern fence line, 2 Buzzard and 2 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Three Redshank, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 1 'hybrid' Goose still with Greylag. Neatholme Pit - Single Ruff and 3-4 Chiffchaff in area. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, M.McCallum)

Wednesday 25th March
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Redshank and a single male Wheatear on fence posts. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Wheatear (116) which flew to Tiln North, 1 Egyptian Goose and up to 3 Redshank. Clayworth Common - Five Ruff and up to 20 Golden Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret roosting. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Little Egret and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Two Redshank. Alan's Meadow (formerly Short Rotation Coppice) - Three Sand Martin flew south. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe and 2 Oystercatcher over. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Pit - Seven Whooper Swans from 13:15pm until 13:30pm then flew towards Mattersey plus 1 Little Egret and 9 Goldeneye. Blaco - Up to 4 Buzzard in area. Wildgoose Farm - Two Red-legged Partridge. Bunker Wood - Single Goldcrest. (D.Housman, M.Warne, I.Hunt. P.Cadman, C.Bell via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Monday 23rd March
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Five Ringed Plover and 4 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Kingfisher along river. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Egyptian Goose. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Water Rail calling plus single Redwing and Fieldfare in Birch and Willows scrub. Neatholme Fen - Single Green Sandpiper 1 Redshank, 2 Little Egret and 1 Kingfisher. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Lake - Single Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Oystercatcher. (D.Housman, P,Cadman)

Sunday 22nd March
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 4 Little Egrets, 2 Snipe, 2 Buzzard and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single singing Chiffchaff. Cross Lane Fishery - Single singing Chiffchaff. Neatholme Scrape - Nine Whooper Swans and 1 Green Sandpiper. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Green Woodpecker, 6 Whooper Swans flew north and a single Curlew flew East. Neatholme Lane - Two Chiffchaff singing along lane near Neatholme Fen. Neatholme Pit - Up to 9 Whooper Swans noted here today plus up to 9 Buzzard viewable from the viewing mound. Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead SMEW (PCo, DM,VM,KW) still present in NE corner, singles of Curlew and Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe plus 20 Sand Martin. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 4 Ringed Plover plus Sparrowhawk and Buzzard noted along fence line. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Egyptian Goose with c200 Wigeon still and 12+ Reed Bunting. Bellmoor Lake - Single immature male Grey Wagtail on river by the weir, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 15 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 2 Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 4+ Chiffchaff singing around lake and 1 Kestrel. (I.Hunt, G.Hobson, P.Cottam, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, K.Wilson, C.Booth, A.Shooter)

Friday 20th March
 
Neatholme Fen - A single adult Kittiwake (DHo,PCa,ASh) (114) was present (and photographed) here from 15:15pm to 16:30pm when it then flew SE. Also here 2 Kingfisher. Bellmoor Lake - Single Water Rail heard calling plus 2 Oystercatcher on island. Broom Wood (Tiln) - Single Chiffchaff calling. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Red-crested Pochard.  (D.Housman, P.Cadman, A.Shooter)
 
 
 Kittiwake - Adult, Neatholme Fen, 20th March 2015. ©Darren Housman

Thursday 19th March
 
Neatholme Lane - Two Chiffchaff. Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DM) still present today. Windsurf Pool - Three Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Single Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - 24 Goldeneye. Up to 15 Reed Bunting noted today. (M.McCallum, D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 18th March
 
Chiffchaff seem to be arriving in greater numbers today. 
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Stonechat flew into here from riverbank at dusk, 5 Reed Bunting flew into reedbed, 1 Skylark singing, up to 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank. Blaco - Single Kestrel and 2 Buzzard soaring. Linghurst Wood - Two Buzzard soaring. Neatholme Fen - probable 'second-winter' ICELAND GULL (IC) noted here from 10:15am until at least 11:30am, single 'redhead' SMEW still present today, 2 Little Egret, 3 Snipe and 1 Kingfisher. Neatholme Lane - Up to 3 Chiffchaff singing at various locations along the lane. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret and 1 Chiffchaff calling along lane. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper. Hayton Common - Single Little Egret in dyke. Clayworth CommonSingle 'hybrid' Bean Goose still with and paired with a Greylag. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Six Ruff, c200 Wigeon at dusk. Chainbridge Pit - Two Chiffchaff singing, 4 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard and 2 Cormorant. Chainbridge Lane - Three Fieldfare in Oak along lane at dusk plus 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Shelduck, 1 Kestrel and 50+ Wigeon. Walters Lane Pit - Five Egyptian Geese still in field by pit and 1 Mistle Thrush flew off wires over towards Chainbridge Pit. Doughty's Pit - Up to 15 Sand Martin late afternoon, 10 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 5+ Pied Wagtail and 10 Long-tailed Tit. (D.Housman, G.Hobson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 17th March

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Lane - Single immature male Marsh Harrier heading towards Neatholme area. River Idle (Chainbridge) - Single Kingfisher and 3 Redwing. Chainbridge Pit - Pair of Goosander. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard over. Neatholme Pit - Single Sparrowhawk over. Neatholme Fen - 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 1 Chiffchaff singing opposite entrance to viewing screen, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Dunlin. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank, 1 winter plumage Dunlin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Little Egret. Wildgoose Farm - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Tree Sparrow. Blaco - Up to 4 Buzzard soaring overhead. Cross Lane - Single Jay and Green Woodpecker. Doughty's Pit - Up to 12 Sand Martin plus 6 Red-crested Pochard. (P.Cottam, D.Housman. M.McCallum)

Monday 16th March
 
Neatholme Fen - Single female Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 2 Oystercatcher and up to 20 Sand Martin. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Marsh Harrier and Green Sandpiper. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine on deck with kill, 1 Stonechat, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard over and 3 Sand Martin. Hayton Common - Single 'hybrid' Bean Goose still with and paired with a Greylag. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher, 1 Ruff and c200 Wigeon. Chainbridge Pit - Three Goosander. (P.Cadman, D.Housman, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, D.Housman)

Sunday 15th March
 
A trickle of Sand Martin through again today plus the first Yellow-legged Gull for the year. 
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Yellow-legged Gull (113) noted today. Neatholme Scrape - Six Sand Martin noted here today. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Egret, 1 Sand Martin and 3 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. River Idle (Chainbridge) - Four Goosander flew over. Hayton Common - Single Buzzard feeding on worms plus 2 Oystercatcher. Bellmoor Lake & Warbler Walk - Single Buzzard, Kingfisher, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker and Grey Wagtail plus Siskin, Skylark singing, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Goldfinch. (D.Housman, A.Crompton, J.Crompton, M.Guest et al)

Saturday 14th March
 
Small influx of Sand Martin today. 
 
Doughty's Pond - Three Sand Martin, 1 Snipe, 7 Little Grebe and 8 Red-crested Pochard. Sheep Fields (High Level) - A total of 8 Oystercatcher here. River Idle (Bellmoor Weir) - Two Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Curlew and Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Up to 15 Sand Martin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 1 Little Egret, plus the remains of a Little Egret at the side of the footpath. Neatholme Lane - Pair of Bullfinch, c20 Redwing and a Song Thrush. Chainbridge Pit - 3 Goosander. Neatholme Scrape - Two Goosander. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Pink-footed Goose. Goldeneye still in good number with 9 at Linghurst Lake, 7 at Neathome Fen and 12 on Neatholme Scrape. (P.J.Freeman, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone)

Friday 13th March
 
Sheep Fields - Up to 6 Ruff, 2 Oystercatcher and 200 Common Gull. Walters Pit - 5 Egyptian Geese still. Bluebell Fishery - Two Oystercatcher. Cross Lane - Two Grey Partridge. Neatholme Pit - Two Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - 42 Whooper Swans flew into here to roost at 18:00pm. Neatholme FenSingle 'redhead' SMEW (PCo,TT) still present, 11 Whooper Swans in addition to the Neatholme Scrape birds, 5 Bullfinch, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret and 1 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Seven Whooper Swan and 5 Snipe. Tiln North - Single male Peregrine hunting Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Golden Plover over and 2 Meadow Pipit. Chainbridge Wood NR - Pair of Bullfinch. Mattersey Common - Up to 16 Whooper Swan including 2 juveniles. The Willows - c40 Fieldfare. Lound Village - 35 Yellowhammer in hedgerow. (P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, P.J.Freeman)

Thursday 12th March

Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW still present. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Dunlin and 1 Redshank. (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)


Wednesday 11th March

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Curlew on southern end of scrape, 3 Ringed Plover on eastern shoreline and up to 5 Oystercatcher in area. Clayworth Common - 200 Golden Plover in flight over common. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Monday 9th March
 
The first Sand Martin reported through Tiln North this morning. 
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sand Martin (112) through this morning and 4 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Two Snipe in flight. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Ringed Plover in flight. Clayworth Common - 25 Golden Plover feeding. Bellmoor Lake - Two Kingfisher noted. (M.Warne, J.King)

Sunday 8th March - WeBS Count
 
No sign of any Red Kite today. 
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Ringed Plover and 2 Snipe on Island, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 4 Reed Buntings at feeders by centre building. Bellmoor Pits - Two Kingfisher calling, 2 Treecreeper along river, 6+ Stock Dove, 3+ Jay, 2 Buzzard displaying over area and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Bunker Wood - Two Coal Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 2 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Bullfinch. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Ruff with up to 3 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Five Egyptian Geese still on adjoining field plus 40 Teal here. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard and 2 Goldeneye over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ringed Plover, 1 Stonechat and 1 Buzzard. Hayton Common - Single Green Sandpiper in dyke. Doughty's Pit - 26 Red-crested Pochard, 29 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Kingfisher. Police Pond - Two Oystercatcher. Bluebell Fishery - Two Oystercatcher. Mattersey Common - 11 Whooper Swans still present. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret, 12 Whooper Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher and 12 Goldeneye here today. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 1 Goldeneye. Linghurst Pool - 11 Goldeneye and 1 Little Grebe. Parish Park - Single Snipe and 4 Little Grebe. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, P.J.Freeman, G.Hobson, T.Carter, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, K.Wilson, C.Booth) 

Saturday 7th March
 
Bellmoor Pits - Two RED KITE (IB) over area 300 yards north of weir at 11:53am. Mattersey Common - 21 Whooper Swans still present including the colour-ringed individual reported previously. Linghurst Pool - Single male Stonechat here at 14:00pm. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Jack Snipe noted here today. (I.Baxter, K.Wilson, M.McCallum, D.Housman)
 
 
 Red Kite - One of two birds noted over Bellmoor Pits this morning, 7th March 2015. ©Ian Baxter

Friday 6th March
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single RAVEN (IC) calling overhead as it flew SW over here at 11:17am. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Curlew present during day on the island with three present here at dusk still feeding in grassland on island, up to 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank at dusk, up to 4 Oystercatcher, 304 Wigeon, 2 Kestrel, 3 Reed Bunting roosting in reeds and 1 Stonechat calling. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl hunting prior to dusk. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - A count of 86 Wigeon, 1 Woodcock flew around western edge at dusk. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Peregrine overhead, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers noted. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Five Ruff, c200 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, c150+ Fieldfare, 1000+ Black-headed Gull and 50+ Starlings. Walters Lane Pit - Five Egyptian Geese on field with Greylag Geese. (P.Cadman, P.Cottam, A.Crompton, J.Crompton, G.Hobson, I.Cowgill)

Thursday 5th March
 
River Idle (Chainbridge Wood) - Single female Stonechat photographed here today. (P.Kenworthy)
 
 
 Stonechat - female, River Idle (Chainbridge Wood), 5th March 2015. ©Peter Kenworthy

Wednesday 4th March
 
Up to 5 Stonechat noted from two areas today. 
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Redshank heard calling. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Bullfinch flew to Bittern Pools. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Treecreeper. Neatholme Fen - Two Shelduck and 64 Lapwing. Neatholme Pit - Single Redshank and Little Egret. Neatrholme Scrape - Pair of Stonechat on western shoreline at 13:45pm plus 6 Shelduck. Water Ski Pit - Single Bullfinch. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Red-crested Pochard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Stonechat at 12:30pm, 1 Dunlin and 4 Oystercatcher. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Tuesday 3rd March 
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 5 Oystercatcher,1 Barn Owl late afternoon, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew and 2 Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - Single Green Woodpecker. River Idle (Tiln) - Three Ringed Plover in flooded field south of Tiln village. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Kestrel in dead tree, 5 Ruff and a male Stonechat. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, D.Housman, M.Hill)

Monday 2nd March
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Six Ruff flew to western edge, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Snipe, 5+ Skylark and 2 Buzzard. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green Woodpecker.  Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here today with 3 Chiffchaff. (M.Warne, J.King, I.Cowgill)

Sunday 1st March 
 
Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers were reported at as present here again today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel and c25 Teal. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Five Ruff here early morning. Walters Lane Pit - Five Egyptian Geese on field by pit. Mattersey Common - 17 Whooper Swans with 30 Mute Swans. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Ringed Plover and Short-eared Owl reported. Clayworth Common - Two Oystercatcher. (K.Wilson, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, G.Hobson, D.Hursthouse)

Friday 27th February
 
Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen and heard calling at north edge of wood and driven off north out of wood by a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers at 8:25am. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin (111) on pools on island. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 7 Red-crested Pochard (including 4 males) were noted here today. (J.Anson, K.Valentine, S.Valentine, D.Roberts)

Thursday 26th February
 
Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers were reported at as present here again at 10:00am today. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Ruff today plus 2 Oystercatcher. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Ruff today plus 1 Oystercatcher. Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Two Snipe over at dusk and a Little Egret noted in the area today. (S.Dunn, G.Hobson, M.Fisher, I.Baxter, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Wednesday 25th February
 
Chainbridge Wood NR - A pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers were seen and heard calling/drumming at 10:00am today but no sign of them there at 13:00pm. Sheep Fields (Low Level) Six Ruff present here today. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Merlin male noted  a couple of times today and attracted by high numbers of Skylark in area. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Barn Owl and Red-legged Partridge. Mattersey Common - 19 Whooper Swans today. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Mannifield, D.Housman, N.Housman, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Monday 23rd February
 
Neatholme Lane - Single Woodcock flew south over here and over Charcon Works. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - c60 Skylark and c20 Reed Bunting feeding on grassland around here. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 6 Oystercatcher. (P.Cadman, D.Roberts)

Sunday 22nd February
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single Little Egret. Clayworth Common - c250 Golden Plover. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Jack Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat and 2 Meadow Pipit. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Three Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Five Egyptian Geese. River Idle (Bellmoor) - 70+ Lesser Redpoll and 6 Long-tailed Tit. (B.Hurst, M.Hurst, P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Saturday 21st February
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here today with 1 Chiffchaff. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - c20 Redwings. Parish Park/Linghurst Wood (Areas) - c50+ Lesser Redpoll. Wildgoose Farm - Single Kingfisher and Treecreeper. Neatholme Fen - Single Snipe and 3 Goosander. Blaco Pits - Single Oystercatcher and 7 Goosander. Mattersey Common - Up to 7 Whooper Swans with Mute Swan herd. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Jack Snipe and up to 5 Snipe flushed during work party. Also 2 Little Egret and up to 6 Oystercatcher over here today including groups of 4 and 2 birds in succession. Clayworth Common - Single 'feral' Pink-footed Goose with Greylag Geese. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover (110) noted around midday, 2 Oystercatcher and up to 3 Barn Owls and 4 Ruff late afternoon. IVNR - Short-eared Owl reported today. (G.Hobson, I.Cowgill, V.Giles, M.Fisher, D.Roberts, birdguides.com)

Friday 20th February
 
Blaco Farm - Single Yellowhammer and 6 Red-legged Partridge. Parish Park - Singing Chiffchaff plus single Little Grebe and Bullfinch. Linghurst Wood - Single Siskin and Bullfinch plus 50+ Lesser Redpoll. Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (MH) seen briefly at 10:30am, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Yellowhammer and 4 Bullfinch. Wildgoose Farm - Pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - 334 Lapwing. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Oystercatcher and Redshank, 111 Lapwing, 26 Common Gull and 190 Black-headed Gull. Also reported today were Jack Snipe and Marsh Harrier but no details. (P.Cadman, M.Warne, M.Hill)

Thursday 19th February
 
Cross Lane Marsh - Single CETTI'S WARBLER (IC) sang briefly. (I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 18th February
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Oystercatcher viewable from the Rural Learning Centre plus 4 Goosander. Bellmoor (Bailey Bridge) - Four Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, c20 Goldfinch and Siskin noted. Bunker Wood - Mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing plus a Kestrel hunting and Lesser Redpoll noted. Tiln - Mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing here. Walters Lane - Two Grey Partridge. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Four Ruff reported here today. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Egret at southern end. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Egret and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (109) (now a very scarce bird locally) was seen briefly in a hawthorn within the wood. Another or the same bird had been heard calling along Cross Lane sometime last week. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Oystercatcher and 4 Little Egret noted here. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret. Clayworth Common - Single presumed 'feral' Pink-footed Goose. Mattersey Common - 19 Whooper Swans noted here today. Neatholme Pit - Three Oystercatcher. Lound Sewage Works - Single Chiffchaff and Grey Wagtail feeding on filter beds. (J.Anson, P.Cottam, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Tuesday 17th February
 
Sheep Fields - Single RuffChainbridge NE Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret and 5 Buzzard soaring above. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine hunting over, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher and StonechatClayworth Common -  c100 Golden Plover with Lapwing. Cross Lane Marsh - Single RED KITE (PCo,RCh) (108) drifting SW over at 13:10pm. Up to 10 Buzzard reported over the site today. (P.Cottam, R.Challands)

Sunday 15th February
 
Blaco - 15 Whooper Swans (including 4 juveniles), 1 'feral' Barnacle Goose with Greylag Geese and 2 Oystercatcher. Blaco Farm - Two Tree Sparrow and 1 Red-legged Partridge. Wildgoose Farm - Single Chiffchaff in hedge north of farm cottage plus 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Jay, 1 Treecreeper and 9 Long-tailed Tit. Mattersey Common - Up to 21 Whooper Swans including 4 juveniles. Neatholme Pit - Four adult Whooper Swan flew off here at 10:35am, 22 Common Gull and 1 Goosander. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 5 Bullfinch 4 Long-tailed Tit and Song Thrush. Neatholme Scrape - 29 Common Gull and 18 Shelduck. Water Ski Pit - Single Jay. Sandy Hills - Single Coal Tit singing from Poplar tree. Linghurst Wood - Single Song Thrush and c30 Lesser Redpoll. Parish Park - Single Song Thrush and Green Woodpecker. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Grey Partridge and 1 Lesser Redpoll over. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - 15 Long-tailed Tit. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard and a party of 11 Pink-footed Geese which flew into here at 11:45am then moved to Neatholme area. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Three Ruff and a single Pink-footed Goose with Greylag Geese. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Oystercatcher, 58 Common Gull and 2 Goosander. Chainbridge Pit - Single male Yellowhammer, 52 Common Gull and 3 Goosander. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard and 1 Snipe. Chainbridge NR Sc rape (West) - Two Oystercatcher, 27 Common Gull, 1 Little Egret and 1 Green Woodpecker. Windsurf Pool - Single Kingfisher. Lound Village - Two Lesser Redpoll on Niger seed feeders - the first this winter. Bellmoor Lake (and Pits) - Single Shelduck, 22+ Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 80+ Greylag Geese, 8 Goosander, 6 Mute Swan, 30+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Lapwing, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, c300 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 4 Great Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Dunnock and 1 Skylark. (P.Cadma, I.Hunt, M.Guest, R.Scott, M.Vickers)

Friday 13th February
 
Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - 12 Goldfinch. Bellmoor Lake - Four Goosander. Bellmoor Ponds - Two Coal Tit calling plus 4 Redwing, 3 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest. Bunker Wood - Three Song Thrush noted singing here today plus 7 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit and a Treecreeper. Tiln Fishery - Single Redshank and 3 Skylark. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret. Chainbridge Wood NR - Three Bullfinch plus single Jay and Treecreeper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Oystercatcher heard calling plus 1 Little Egret. (M.Warne, P.Cadman)

Thursday 12th February
 
Cross Lane Marsh - Single Marsh Harrier over here at 11:00am. (via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Wednesday 11th February
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Oystercatcher still on small island, 8 Snipe in front of the centre building and a Barn Owl near entrance gate to Rural Learning Centre this evening. Bunker Wood - Four Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Treecreeper in roving tit flock here this afternoon. Tiln Fishery - A single male Peregrine (including a possible fitted tracking device with trailing wire antenna) was seen circling the lake briefly then flew south. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, M.Fisher)

Monday 9th February
 
Hallcroft Sewage WorksSingle probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here today. Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Single Reed Bunting noted at feeders by centre building and Snipe in field by new cattle shed. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Short-eared Owl noted here today. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Stonechat noted here today. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. (I.Cowgill, RLC Log, M.Fisher)

Sunday 8th February - WeBS/Bird Count
 
Bellmoor Lake - 45 Teal, 1 Oystercatcher, 255 Black-headed Gull, 53 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 351 Lapwing, 6 Moorhen, 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 80 Common Gull, 28 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 96 Coot, 24 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 9 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 8 Goosander, 19 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Shoveler plus single Mistle Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker. River Idle (Bunker Wood)Single Green Sandpiper, 11 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Goosander, 15 Meadow Pipit and 1 Grey Heron. Bunker Wood -  Two Willow Tit in pines, 25 Siskin, 12 Long-tailed Tit plus single Goldcrest and Treecreeper. Tiln Fishery - 38 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 4 Shelduck, 3 Cormorant, 8 Coot, 300 Black-headed Gull, 80 Common Gull and 8 Great Black-backed Gull. Doughty's Pit - 153 Coot, 40 Canada Geese, 39 Greylag Geese, 30 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 8 Tufted and 2 Mute Swan. Sheep fields (Low Level) - 200 Lapwing and 3 Ruff plus 3 Teal, 2 Coot and 1 Grey Heron in dyke. Bluebell Fishery - 11 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Coot and 2 Mute Swan. Walters Farm - 2 Moorhen, 2 Canada Geese and 2 Greylag Geese. Walters Pit - 4 Greylag Geese, 24 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 3 Shelduck plus Grey Heron on nearby fishing ponds. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Great Crested Grebe, 1 male Pintail, 26 Common Gull, 7 Shelduck and 1 Grey Wagtail over. Windsurf Pool - Single Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Pit - 11 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Goosander, 1 Kestrel and 90 Common Gull. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green Woodpecker and 6 Fieldfare. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Stonechat, 2 Buzzard and 1 Redshank. Clayworth Common - 25 Whooper Swan flew low north, 2 immature Pink-footed Geese still with Greylag Geese, 80-100 Golden Plover, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel and 1 Little EgretClayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Greylag Goose, 191 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 3 Teal, 1 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander, 4 Coot. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Single Water Rail walking around base of reeds next to river. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - 6 Grey Partridge. Mattersey Common - 9 Whooper Swan still present. Neatholme Pit - Single Water Rail walking on northern shoreline, 1 male Marsh Harrier flew along western edge at 9:30am, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Snipe and 1 Little EgretNeatholme Scrape - Single Stonechat near to Cross Lane, 1 'cream-crowned' Marsh Harrier perched on island, a pair of Pintail, 9 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 26 Shoveler, 28 Teal, 34 Pochard, 57 Tufted Duck, up to 31 Goldeneye, 7 Coot, 1 Song Thrush by river and 13 Cormorant. Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PCa,IH) still present, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Shelduck and 9 Goldeneye. Water Ski Pit - Two Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 19 Gadwall, 7 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander and 127 Coot. Parish Park - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here again today feeding with at least 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest in Silver Birch near to Sewage Works. Lound Sewage Works - Single Chiffchaff feeding on filter beds. (P.Cottam, P.J.Freeman, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, R.Scott, V.Giles, M.Fitzsimmons, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Saturday 7th February
 
IVNR/Clayworth Common? - A single adult Bean Goose (105) was noted amongst a large Greylag Geese flock today. Probably a fabalis? type - A large looking bird (as large as a Greylag in size) with a dark face, longish neck with dark brown head, a long but slim looking bill with a narrow pale orange bill strap towards the bill tip and orange legs. (see image below) Also noted within the geese today were 2 immature Pink-footed Geese. (via D.Housman,P.Cadman)
 
 Bean Goose sp? - Probable fabalis race, Lound, 7th February 2015. (D.Housman)


Friday 6th February
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single Oystercatcher (104) was noted on the main island at 10:15am plus 7 Snipe on island, 1 Goosander, 1 Redwing and 1 Grey Heron. Bellmoor Sand Pit - Single Sparrowhawk and Song Thrush. Sheep Fields (High Level) - 350+ Lapwing and 1 Buzzard. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Five Egyptian Geese still. Bunker Wood - Single Goldcrest and 4 Siskin. Bellmoor Ponds - 20 Goldfinch and 1 Bullfinch. River Idle (Hallcroft Fishery) - Single Kingfisher. Rural Learning Centre - 20 Meadow Pipit feeding in field between here and the new livestock building plus single Pied Wagtail and Bullfinch. Walters Lane (Mucky Pond) - 12 Redwing feeding in field. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Four Red-crested Pochard and 1 Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail plus 4 Shelduck. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret, 1 Pink-footed Goose, and Buzzard plus 15 Golden Plover. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Stonechat still on northern fence line. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Marsh Harrier briefly at 15:45pm then north and 1 Redshank was noted calling. Neatholme Scrape - 28 Whooper Swans noted then at 12:20pm they flew to Mattersey Common. Also here, a 'cream crowned' Marsh Harrier flew over at 13:15pm. (D.Housman, M.Warne, P.Cadman, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)

Wednesday 4th February
 
Clayworth Common - Two Ruff feeding with Lapwing and c100 Golden Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Egret flew along western edge. Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PCa,IH) present on western end of the fen. Also here were singles of Little Egret and Kingfisher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Stonechat still along northern fence line and single Barn Owl noted hunting nearby. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Green Sandpiper and Kingfisher both flew along dyke on eastern boundary. Clayworth/Mattersey Common28 Whooper Swan (including 7 juveniles) still in field north of The Willows today with the colour-ringed (Yellow Z5K) bird still present. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, K.Wilson, S.Dunn)

Tuesday 3rd February
 
Clayworth/Mattersey Common28 Whooper Swan (including 7 juveniles) in field north of The Willows. One adult bird is colour-ringed (Yellow Z5K) and was first ringed as an adult female on February 11th 2011 at Caerlaverock WWT reserve in Dumfries. This individual is now at least 6 years old but has returned to the recording area once again having previously been seen at Hayton Common on 23rd February 2012. (K.Wilson)

Monday 2nd February
 
Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Merlin sat on fence post by lake at 14:00pm. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret, Whooper Swan and 30+ Golden Plover noted feeding. Linghurst Wood - 3 Treecreeper and 2 Goldcrest. Lound Sewage Works -The single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here again today with at least 2 Chiffchaff, with singles of Goldcrest and Grey Wagtail. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Pair of Stonechat still along northern fence line. (P.Cadman, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Sunday 1st February
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here again today with at least 2 Chiffchaff. All birds can get onto the filter beds and in the reeds or trees surrounding the works. Also here, single Grey Wagtail again. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. Wildgoose Farm - Single Red-legged Partridge. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Two Grey Partridge. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, S.Davenport)

Saturday 31st January
 
Blaco - Single male Marsh Harrier. Mattersey Common - Two Grey Partridge. (M.McCallum)

Friday 30th January
 
Bunker Wood - Single Marsh Harrier and Blackcap (106) reported here. Bellmoor Pits - Two RAVENS (107) and a single Woodcock reported here today. (RLC Log)

Thursday 29th January
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff was noted here again today with at least 2 Chiffchaff. (via Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Tuesday 27th January
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff (IC,SDu) was noted here again today with at least 1 Chiffchaff. Windsurf Pool - Four Red-crested Pochard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Stonechat still on eastern boundary. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail still. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Two Green Sandpiper in dyke on eastern boundary. (I.Cowgill, S.Dunn, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Monday 26th January
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis'  race Chiffchaff (IC,TT,MWa,PCa) was noted here again at 11:30am today with at least 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Goldcrest. Parish Park - Up to 3 Buzzard. Linghurst Wood - Nine Lesser Redpoll and single Treecreeper and Goldcrest. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Buzzard over here. Chainbridge Pit - Four Goosander. Clayworth Common - Single Peregrine on the deck at 14:00pm plus 4 Buzzard in area. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, 4 Snipe and 5 Shelduck. Doughty's Pit - Four Red-crested Pochard. Walters Lane (former Mucky Pond) - Five Egyptian Geese. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - 60+ Fieldfare here. Bellmoor Lake - Single Snipe and 9 Goosander. (P.Cadman, M.Warne, T.Tomlinson, A.Crompton, I.Cowgill, I.Hunt)

Sunday 25th January
 
Hallcroft Fishery/Sewage Works - Two Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest in hedgerow or nearby trees plus a Kingfisher on the River Idle here. Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - A flock of 40+ Meadow Pipit feeding in field between centre and new livestock building. Windsurf Pool - Large 'murmuration' of Starlings again (circa 10,000 or maybe more?) gathering to roost at dusk. Neatholme Fen - Single Green Sandpiper over here then flew north early afternoon. Lound Sewage Works - Two Chiffchaff noted here today with many other commoner passerines. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Little Egrets at dusk, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 male Pintail, 50+ Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander and 6+ Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Egret flew north from here at dusk plus a female Sparrowhawk circling then headed towards Windsurf Pool to harass the Starlings. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Barn Owl at dusk hunting the main dyke east of scrape. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, J.Dukes, C.Dukes, G.Hobson, B.Hurst, M.Hurst, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone) 

Saturday 24th January
 
Lound Sewage Works - Single probable Siberian 'tristis' Chiffchaff (IC) was noted here again today and was photographed (see below) with additional written notes from the finder. Also here 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Grey WagtailLinghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper and Goldcrest. Linghurst Pool - A gathering of 23 Goldeneye here today including 15 females plus single Kingfisher perched along nearby dyke near Wildgoose FarmNeatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PCa,IH) present here at 11:00am today plus 1 Curlew calling over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail and 2 Little Egrets plus a large Starling roost. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single male Bullfinch near entrance. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Barn Owl again. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Roberts, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, I.Cowgill, P.Cadman, I.Hunt)
 
 
 Probable 'Siberian' Chiffchaff Phylloscopus Collybita tristis - Lound Sewage Works, 24th January 2015. 
©Ian Cowgill
 Ian Cowgill also writes - "A lot of pro Sibe features; very pale above and below, supercillium shows up better than other colybita present, a hint of brown in ear coverts, hint of wing bar, green only in wing and tail as far as I can see? It looks pale brown in full light and grey in shade. Subtle dark lateral crown stripe". 

Friday 23rd January
 
Lound Sewage Works - Four Chiffchaff including a possible 'siberian' race bird (IC,PCo) which is still to be confirmed plus singles of Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper. Parish Park - Single Jay. Chainbridge Lane - Three Lesser Redpoll in garden behind Lound Hall Nursing Home. Lound (Horse Paddock) - 20+ Redwings. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Marsh Harrier cruising over reeds plus 1 male Pintail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel and 25 Shelduck. Clayworth Common - Single Marsh HarrierTiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male Stonechat in NE corner plus 1 Buzzard. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Kingfisher on River by entrance gate plus single Treecreeper, Bullfinch and Goldcrest. Neatholme Fen - Single Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Pit - Pair of Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - Three female Goldeneye. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Two Tree Sparrow and 40+ Redwing. Bittern Pools - The 'Murmuration' of Starlings now at 8-10,000+ birds at 4:50pm. Bellmoor Lake - Single Kingfisher flew past Rural Learning Centre building. (I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, D.Noar, L.Noar, T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Thursday 22nd January
 
Linghurst Wood - Single COMMON REDPOLL (DHo) (102) with Lesser Redpoll flock in Linghurst Wood at 11:35am. Lound Sewage Works - Two Chiffchaff. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single female Marsh Harrier over here then over Cross Lane Marsh plus a male Marsh Harrier hunting same route an hour later. Chainbridge Pit - Single Kingfisher, 10 Goosander and Marsh Harrier noted here. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret, 1 male Pintail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 27 Shelduck. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Ten adult Whooper Swan flew south here at 10:45am, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 1 Buzzard and a pair of Stonechat near cattle feeding trough. Hayton Common - Two Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DM,VM) still present here today plus 6 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Five Goldeneye. River Idle (Neatholme Scrape) - Single Kingfisher 50m south of bridge. Walters Lane (old Mucky Pond area) - Five Egyptian Geese here today.  Doughty's Pit - Two female Red-crested Pochard. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Housman, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers) 

Tuesday 20th January
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail, 2 Little Egret, 2 female Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret. Bluebell Fishery (Walters Lane) - Single Redshank. Chainbridge PitSingle Grey Plover (100) heard calling flying around pit, wood and scrape areas but not seen, 2 male Goldeneye, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail on eastern shoreline, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Little Grebe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Merlin on eastern boundary fence twice to 14:00pm and then seen heading low toward Tiln Wood, 2 (pair) Stonechat on northern fence, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 3 Goosander, 1 Grey Wagtail feeding here at 15:30pm, 1 Barn Owl at 14:00pm, 23 Golden Plover in flight and 2 Buzzard on eastern fence. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret in field next to Neatholme Scrape, 12 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Redwing and 2 Grey Heron. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Sparrowhawk on fence then flew towards Hayton village. Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker in tall tree west of the large oak tree. Blaco Farm - Single Buzzard. Mattersey Common - Single Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (IC,MWa,JK) to 12:30pm at least plus a male Marsh Harrier hunting east side. Neatholme Scrape - Single Grey Wagtail feeding on eastern shoreline with 2 Snipe. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Three Whooper Swans (2 adults plus 1 juvenile) in fields with Mute Swan herd plus 2 Kingfishers in dyke on east side.  Blaco - Single Green Sandpiper (101) flew from here to Neatholme Pit. IVNR - Single Curlew (103) reported today but no details. (I.Cowgill, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, M.Warne, J.King, D.Housman)

Monday 19th January
 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male Merlin flew low over scrape today being harassed by crows. Also here, 2 (pair) Stonechat in NE corner, 2 Buzzard distantly on hedgerows, 4 Kestrel and 2 Barn Owls late afternoon. Chainbridge Lane - Two Bullfinch. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 20+ Fieldfare. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single female Marsh Harrier sat in tree opposite viewpoint, 1 female Stonechat, 1 male Pintail, 3 Goosander and 24 Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - Single male Marsh Harrier, 1 Redshank, 4 Goosander and 1 Kingfisher. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Four Chiffchaff around the surrounding hedgerows here today. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, T.Tomlinson, A.Crompton, I.Cowgill)  

Sunday 18th January - WeBS/Bird Count and NWT Winter Bird Weekend Event (17th & 18th January)
 
Excellent coverage today from WeBS volunteers, those attending the bird walk this morning and visitors looking for the Smew and owls this afternoon. Thanks to everyone who joined in with today's events. Anything to add please send them to us. 

Bellmoor Lake - Two Great Crested Grebe, 46 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 33 Tufted Duck, 17 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 243 Lapwing, 184 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 69 Common Gulls, 12 Hering Gulls, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Treecreeper, 1 male Kestrel, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 20+ Long-tailed Tit and 5+ Lesser Redpoll. Bellmoor Pits (Bailey Bridge) - 10+ Siskin, 5+ Lesser Redpoll, 2 Redwing, 1 Jay calling, 2+ Coal Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Song Thrush. Tiln Fishery - Single male Merlin noted hunting on fields south of here at 9:15am this morning, 1 female Sparrowhawk hunting, 1 Kestrel, 305 Greylag Geese, 20 Canada Geese, 64 Wigeon, 22 Pochard, 10 Teal, 136 Black-headed Gull, 28 Common Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Cormorant and 1 Grey Heron. Tiln Wood - 110 Pink-footed Geese flew NW over here and Lound village at 10:45am. Chainbridge Lane - Large Greylag/Canada flock on the deck on Short Rotation Coppice fields. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Five Whooper Swans (including 2 adults and 3 immature) roosting here this afternoon. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - 26 Shelduck, 50+ Shoveler, 70+ Teal and 1 Song Thrush. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DM et al) present again this afternoon, 1 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5+ Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron and 21 Goosander. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Short-eared Owl hunting western edge alongside the river from 3:50pm until dusk with at least 2 Barn Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ruff flew over towards Clayworth Common, 1 Stonechat in NE corner, 100+ Wigeon at dusk, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Mistle Thrush flew over, 1 Goldcrest and 50+ Starlings. Clayworth Common - Five Ruff flew to Chainbridge Pit at dusk and 50+ Lapwing. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 308+ Wigeon early morning then just 74+ late afternoon with some birds having moved to Tiln North to feed, 5 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 5+ Teal and 10+ Skylark feeding around pit edges. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Single CETTI'S WARBLER (IC) seen and heard calling on river bank opposite Cross Lane ditch outfall pipe at around 10:00am but no further sign this afternoon or evening, 1 Water Rail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker calling, 2 Wren and 3 Goosander. Neatholme Pit - Four Whooper Swans flew NE over here this morning, 63 Teal, 17 Pochard, 8 Goldeneye and 1 Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - 33 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 30 Shoveler, 26 Tufted Duck, 16 Goldeneye  Neatholme Fen - 172 Teal, 20+ Shoveler, 53 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye and 1 Great Crested Grebe. Linghurst Pool - Two Teal, 1 Shoveler and 1 Goldeneye. Water Ski Pit - Single Goldcrest in hedgerow, 23 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 41 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard. Lound village (Orchard by Neatholme Lane) - Two Tree Sparrows. Lound village (Horse Paddocks) - Single Tree Sparrow. (I.Cowgill, V.Giles, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, N.Braund, M.Fitzsimmons, M.Guest, G.Hobson, C.Booth, A.Nicholson, M.Driver, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, K.Wilson, A.Shooter, C.Cornish, M.Dixon) 


Saturday 17th January - NWT Winter Bird Weekend Event (17th & 18th January)

Please could you send any wintering bird sightings today no matter what species so we can get a picture of the current status over the reserve for this weekends NWT - Winter Bird Event. Many thanks in advance. 

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DM) present again this afternoon in SE corner then flew to NE corner plus 2 Buzzard over and 1 male Pintail. Chainbridge Pit - 2 Goldeneye. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield) 


Friday 16th January 

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Short-eared Owl plus 1 Barn Owl and 6 Grey Partridge here at 15:40pm. (M.Goodman)


Thursday 15th January

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Five Little Egret feeding here then flew north and 24 Shelduck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Shelduck and a pair of Goosander. Chainbridge Pit - Four Goosander. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Chiffchaff calling by bridge here. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single male Sparrowhawk and a male Peregrine noted here today. Mattersey Common - c100 Pink-footed Geese in fields east of River Idle and Blaco. Lound Village - 160 Pink-footed Geese flew over NW at 13:00pm. (V.Giles, T.Tomlinson, P.Hobson, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)


Wednesday 14th January

Blaco - 150 Pink-footed Geese here this afternoon. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Short-eared Owl plus 3 Barn Owls here at 16:15pm. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - 20+ Tree Sparows feeding with mixed finch flock here today. (D.Mannifield, D.Housman, M.Goodman)


Tuesday 13th January

Blaco - Two Sparrowhawks over. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Goosander. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret, a kingfisher and a pair of Goosander over. Chainbridge Pit - Single Short-eared Owl roosting in trees. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Egret and a pair of Stonechat on northern fence line. (D.Mannifield, I.Cowgill, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone)


Sunday 11th January

Blaco - Three Red-legged Partridge. Linghurst Wood - Three Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest. Neatholme Fen - Three Bullfinch and 1 Little Egret. Wildgoose Farm - Four Bullfinch. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Three Yellowhammer at feeders. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt)


Saturday 10th January

Neatholme Fen - Single 2nd-winter ICELAND GULL (DHo) present here at 14:10pm. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW reportedly present here this morning. Parish Park - Mixed flock of 60+ finches mainly Goldfinch with a few Lesser Redpoll and Siskins plus single Coal Tit and Goldcrest. Lound Sewage Works - Single Chiffchaff and a pair of Bullfinch. Linghurst Wood - Five Lesser Redpoll with mixed tit flock. Linghurst Pool - Good numbers of wildfowl including a single Goldeneye. (D.Housman, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers)


Friday 9th January

Lound Village - A flock of 50 Redwing feeding in orchard in a garden in the village and 25 Yellowhammer were in a nearby hedgerow. Linghurst Wood - A flock of 60 Redwing feeding on the ground in the wood. Parish Park - c25 Lesser Redpoll. Blaco (Farm & Cottages) - A small group of 6 Tree Sparrows in hedgerow here. Blaco (Fields) - Single female Marsh Harrier hunting the area. Neatholme Scrape - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (IC et al) noted with a female Marsh Harrier at 11:50pm plus a male Marsh Harrier was also reported here. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret flew in. Lound. Clayworth Common - Two adult Whooper Swans reported here again with the Mute Swan flock. (I.Cowgill, T.Tomlinson)


Thursday 8th January

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Tawny Owl calling. Clayworth Common - Two adult Whooper Swans still with Mute Swans. Neatholme Scrape - Single immature Whooper Swan plus an adult male Marsh Harrier flew north then south again at 15:00pm. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Five Egyptian Geese again. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Barn Owls hunting northern edge. Wildgoose Farm - Single Little Egret in dyke. ((P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Parmenter)


Wednesday 7th January

Bellmoor Lake - Single Little Egret and Kingfisher plus 20 Snipe flew into roost on island. Bellmoor Ponds - Five Coal Tit and 3 Goldcrest. Bunker Wood - 20 Siskins. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Water Rail noted along reserve footpath. Hallcroft Fishery - Single Grey Wagtail noted on the approach road plus 2 Coal Tit in hedgerow. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Five Egyptian Geese present. Tiln Fishery - Single Little Egret on southern shoreline. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Woodcock flew SW over southern end of scrape. Tiln Pits - Six Lesser Redpoll. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Tuesday 6th January

Doughty's Pond - Two Red-crested Pochard this afternoon. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male Peregrine sat on post, 3 Stonechat, 1 Barn Owl seen distantly, 1 male Goosander over and a female Sparrowhawk over. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret and up to 4 Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Egret and 10 Goosander. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Five Egyptian Geese again. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Mixed flock c25 Fieldfare & Redwings. Neatholme Pit - Single female Marsh Harrier hunting. Neatholme Fen - Two Little EgretsLound Sewage Works - Single Grey WagtailParish Park - Mixed flock c100 Lesser Redpoll & Goldfinch plus 3 Bullfinch. Lound Village - 30 Yellowhammer noted.  (D.Mannifield, P.Cottam, T.Tomlinson, V.Giles)


Monday 5th January

No sign of either Smew or Short-eared Owls today. 

Chainbridge Pit - Two male Pintail, 6+ Goosander, 1 Water Rail seen on margin and swimming to small island and 2 Kingfisher. Clayworth Common - Two adult Whooper Swan still and 2 Barn Owl at dusk. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little EgretNeatholme Fen - Single sub-adult female Marsh Harrier. Wildgoose Farm - Single Little Egret in dyke farm. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Single Ruff noted today. Bellmoor (Bailey Bridge) - Five Goldcrest noted here today. Lound Village - Single Woodcock flushed from garden. (M.Goodman, P.Cadman, I.Baxter, M.Vickers)

Sunday 4th January

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single 'redhead' SMEW (MFi) present here at 11:15am today. Also 1 Goldeneye and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret and 1 Stonechat on island. Chainbridge Lane - Two Lesser Redpoll. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green Woodpecker calling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit and 2 Greenfinch. Chainbridge Pit - The single 'redhead' SMEW (PJF,PCo) now present here from 13:30pm until at 16:10pm at least feeding in SE corner. Also here today 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Snipe and 5 Goosander. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single female Stonechat in reeds along northern edge, a Peregrine was seen hunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 36 Linnet, 2 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl was seen at 16:20pm and 1 Short-eared Owl sat on a fencepost at 16:30pm. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 22 Skylark. Clayworth Common - Three Buzzard. Cross Lane - Single female Sparrowhawk over and 1 Green Woodpecker. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Two Chiffchaff feeding in riverside trees plus 1 Water Rail seen feeding and heard calling and 1 Little Grebe on river. Walters Lane Pit - A covey of up to 12 Grey Partridge feeding in field. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Two Ruff still plus 11 Golden Plover and 3 Egyptian Geese. Water Ski Pit - Single Grey Wagtail flew over. Neatholme Pit - Eight Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Two Goldeneye and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 11 Goldeneye, 2 immature Whooper Swans with Mute Swans, 2 Green Woodpecker in trees, 2 Song Thrush and Water Rail heard calling along river here. Wildgoose Farm - A covey of 8 Red-legged Partridge flew over field (M.Fitzsimmons, P.J.Freeman, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, P.Cottam, M.Warne, R.Scott, J.Parker, D.Mannifield, I.Cowgill)


Saturday 3rd January

Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DHo) present here at 10:40am today but no sign by 12:30pm. Also here single Grey Wagtail on eastern bank and a Kingfisher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Short-eared Owl and 4 Barn Owls noted along south side this pm. Chainbridge Lane - Single Woodcock noted today. Chainbridge NR Scrape - 13 Snipe noted here today. (D.Housman, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, I.Cowgill, P.J.Freeman) 


Friday 2nd January

A good selection of sightings on what has been a very cold and fresh day for local birders looking to build on their year lists. A total of 86 species have been recorded so far in 2015. If you were one of the many visiting birders that I saw there today please send in your sightings so that they can be included here. Thanks. Gary Hobson. 

Bellmoor (Bailey Bridge) - Single Woodcock flushed in scrub behind pines here this morning plus Siskin noted here. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Single Ruff, 50+ Lapwing, 300+ Rook, 50+ Jackdaw, 2 Mistle Thrush, 50+ Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, female Sparowhawk and 100+ Starlings. Chainbridge Pit - Single Grey Heron, 8 Goosander, 5 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 5 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Wood - Single Tawny Owl calling at dusk. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Jack Snipe this morning, a pair of Stonechat around cattle feeder all morning and a Barn Owl at southern end at 4:20pm this evening. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 15 Skylark and 80+ Wigeon feeding on far bank. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Single CETTI'S WARBLER (TT) flew over river into reeds but soon disappeared and is still extremely elusive, also here 1 Water Rail still calling, 1 Snipe calling, 1 Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker calling. Clayworth Common - Two adult Whooper Swans with c90 Mute Swans, 15 Skylarks again, up to 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 1 Peregrine noted very distantly mid morning being chased by a small looking falcon sp (Merlin?) then was later sat on deck on common. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail, 4 Shelduck and 2 Shoveler. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Four Goosander, 90 Pink-footed Geese flew high west, 3 Shelduck, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Skylark over, 10 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush over, 1 Redwing over, 1 Green Woodpecker calling, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Buzzard. Windsurf Pool - Single Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wigeon and 8 Mute Swan plus 6+ plastic Decoy Ducks and two individuals shooting wildfowl here today. Hawthorn Lane - Five Lesser Black-backed Gulls over, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock and 3+ Redwing. Water Ski Pit - Single Grey Heron, 3 Shoveler, 5 Cormorant, 10 Teal and 2 Bullfinch. Parish Park/Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Stock Dove, 100+ Lesser Redpoll with 50+ Goldfinch and 3 Bullfinch. Linghurst Pool - Five Little Egrets roosting in trees on western bank, 1 Shelduck, 9 Goldeneye, 12 Teal, 30 Wigeon, 3 Herring Gull over and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Three Little Egrets, 1 male Sparowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 1 Shelduck, 100+ Teal, 60+ Pochard, 40 Wigeon and 1 Skylark over. Wildgoose Farm - Three Buzzard including a bird in heavy primary moult in one wing, 5+ Skylark, 2 Redwing, 1 Jay, 1 Reed Bunting and 5+ Great Tit. Neatholme Pit - Six Goldeneye, 50+ Teal, 20 Mallard, 10+ Pochard, 1 Water Rail on edge of pit, 1 Grey Wagtail over towards Blaco, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Cormorants and a Tawny Owl roosting nearby. Neatholme Scrape - Nine Goldeneye, a pair of Pintail, 19 Cormorant, 100 Black-headed Gulls, a number of Common Gulls late afternoon, 3 Shelduck, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch. (G.Hobson, D.Housman, I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield, T.Tomlinson)


Thursday 1st January - Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers New Year Bird Race Day

Clayworth Common - Two female Stonechat and 2 adult Whooper Swans with 10 Mute Swan. Chainbridge Pit - Five Goosander, 5+ Goldeneye and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail and up to 3 Shelduck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Goosander. Hawthorn Lane - Single Water Rail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Fieldfare and 2 Bullfinch. Bittern Pools - c6500 Starling roosting here plus 60 Jackdaws. Water Ski Pit - Single Shelduck. Chainbridge Meadows - Single Green Woodpecker. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Pied Wagtail. Neatholme Fen - Three Little Egret, 40 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 1 Shelduck, 1 Pheasant, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Bullfinch and 1 Song Thrush. Neatholme Pit - Single male Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Great Black-backed Gulls, 5 Fieldfare and 1 Goldcrest. Neatholme Scrape - Two Grey Heron, 6 Goldeneye and 10 Cormorant. Parish Park - Single Jay, 5 Chaffinch and 10 Redwing. Wildgoose Farm - Single of Little Egret, Buzzard, Kestrel and Skylark plus 2 Herring Gull and 2 Reed Bunting. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Little Egret and Sparrowhawk. River Idle (Cross Lane Marsh) - Single Goosander on river but no sign of Cetti's Warbler today. Walters Farm - A total of 42 Collared Dove. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Two Ruff, 70 Canada Geese and 12 Lapwing. Doughty's  Pit - Single Little Grebe. Hallcroft Fisheries - Several Goldcrest were noted along the hedgerows on eastern side and around the first fishing lake. Also here were single Chiffchaff, single Grey Wagtail plus Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit. Bellmoor Lake - Shelduck and Goosander were noted. (C.Cornish, N.Crouch, J.Reese, D.Housman, P.Cadman, P.Hobson) 


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