Systematic List 1995 - 2013      

Compiled by Robert Hoare          

The systematic list (including sub-species) now stands at 197 species, recorded in the Clifton and Barton-in-Fabis area between 1995-2013. The following accounts feature a number of photographs, arrival dates of regular migrants and detailed accounts of rarer species recorded within the area. Black-Throated Diver Gavia arctica, Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa, Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor and Hooded Crow Corvus cornix  have only been recorded here once. They have not occurred for many years, but are very important records and fully deserve a place on the systematic list.

I have now been recording birds here for the past eighteen years, but only on a more regular basis since 2002.  I don't confess to have seen all the species recorded here, and actually missed the Cattle Egret in May 2008 when it arrived on the same day that I flew out to Lesvos for a two week birding trip.

The latest edition to the area is the record of a Kittiwake from Beeston Weir on the 14th October 2013 


Black-Throated Diver Gavia arctica

Very rare winter visitor

Only an old record of this very rare species to the area, seen on the River Trent from Clifton Grove on the 22nd February 1979. 


 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

Resident Breeding Species in small numbers.

Noted regularly in suitable locations in the area, main sites been Holme Pit and Branshill Wood Ponds.


Great Crested Grebe   Podiceps cristatus

Resident Breeding Species in small numbers.

Most sightings from the River Trent and occasionally from Holme Pit.


Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena 

Very rare winter visitor.

Just one record of a single bird on the River Trent on the 30th December 1995.


Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo carbo

Resident non breeding species.

A very common sighting on any area of water in the area. Large numbers can be seen flying up the River Trent prior to dusk to roost over the river at Attenborough. 


Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Very rare storm-driven visitor.

Only an old record of a single bird showing from late morning until 14.15 on the River Trent between Barton-in-Fabis and Attenborough 30th September 1978. 

This record was one of three Leach's Storm Petrel to be found in Nott's on the 30th September 1978, forced inland by severe storms associated by a still vigorous Hurricane Flossie in the Atlantic.


Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Scarce winter visitor.

The first Bittern to be recorded here was in December 1998 from the reedbed on Holme Pit. The next occurrence wasn't for another nine years, when in March 2007 the second Bittern arrived and was again from Holme Pit.

Since 2007 Bittern has become an almost annual winter visitor, recorded every winter up to 2011 apart from one absent year in 2008. The severe winter of 2010/2011 was an exceptional winter, with four different birds present on Holme Pit on the same date 11th Dec 2010.

The only records of Bittern away from Holme Pit are of one to two Bittern throughout early December 2010 that were seen to fly into Beeston Weir at first light, and a single bird  that was seen walking around the field near Barton Flash 18th December 2010. 

A small female Bittern was also caught and ringed on Beeston Weir using a baited walk-in trap in early December 2010 by local ringer Chris Southall [ring number: 128657 on left leg] an amazing achievement.

Bittern Occurrences 1998 - 2013

1 Holme Pit - 27th/28th December 1998

1 Holme Pit - 3rd March 2007

1 Holme Pit noted on five dates between - 17th/28th December 2007

1 Holme Pit - 23rd December 2009

1 Holme Pit - 6th January 2010

1 Holme Pit - 27th/28th February 2010

1 Holme Pit - 23rd/28th November 2010

1 Holme Pit - 3rd December 2010

1 to 2 Beeston Weir - throughout early December 2010

4 Holme Pit - 11th December 2010

2 Holme Pit - 12th/13th/18th December 2010

1 Barton Flash - 18th December 2010

1 Holme Pit - 19th/25th/31st December 2010 

1 Holme Pit - 1st/6th/9th/22nd January 2011

1 Holme Pit - 18th/19th November 2011

2 Holme Pit - 28th November 2011

1 Holme Pit - 1st December 2011

1 Holme Pit - 4th December 2011

1 Holme Pit - 10th December 2011

1 Holme Pit - 2nd January 2012

1 Holme Pit - 14th March 2012

1 Holme Pit - 19th/21st January 2013

1 Holme Pit - 2nd February 2013

2 Holme Pit - 16th February 2013

 

  

Holme Pit -  December 2010 

Holme Pit - 14th March 2012

Holme Pit - 21st January 2013


Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

Very rare vagrant with an incredable two records.

A superb adult male spent just over an hour in the vicinity of Barton Flash on the 27th June 1998.

It was originally found on the delta over the river at the Attenborough Nature Reserve on the 27th June 1998 [R.Martin].  In the mid afternoon it flew across the river from Attenborough and landed in the vicinity of Barton Flash where it fed there for perhaps an hour or so before flying back over the river, and onwards towards Attenborough village not to be seen again. It was then rediscovered at Martins Pond Wollaton on the 29th June where it remained until 1st July.

On the 29th October 2011 I had spent most of the morning over the river watching the Juvenile Squacco Heron that was discovered yesterday afternoon, I left the site and had a walk along the river from Barton-in-Fabis.

As I reached Barton Island I was totally "gob smacked" to see the Juv Squacco Heron fly in. It landed on the river bank Just in front of Barton Island at 12.45 pm at some distance to where I was stood, and then walked out of view into willows. As I moved closer, it flew out and over the river landing on Barton Island but quickly disappeared into cover and wasn't seen again.

Photo: Iain Leach

Barton Island - October 2011


Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Very rare vagrant with just one record.

Only a single record of an adult summer  bird present on fields near Barton Flash, Barton-in-Fabis for one day on the 3rd May 2008. This bird was first seen over the river at Attenborough on the 2nd May 2008.

Barton-in-Fabis - 3rd May 2008.   photo's: Lynne Demaine


Little Egret Egretta garzetta

As with the national trend this species is becoming more frequent but is still a rare visitor to the area. 

The first record of this species was of a pair seen seen fly into the heronry at Branshill Wood Barton-in-Fabis on the 25th March with the same pair again copulating in the heronry later on the same day. The second record involved three birds seen flying over Cottages Flash September 2006. Several sightings throughout August 2007 from Cottages Flash, sightings of this species are becoming more frequent but still remains a rare bird to the area. As it continuous to colonize Nottinghamshire it will probably become a common sighting, only time will tell. 

Most Recent Occurrences 2010 - 2013

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 12th March 2010

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 2nd April 2010

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 4th May 2012

Adult fishing on Beeston Weir - 20th March 2012

2 adults found feeding on Cottages Flash - 23rd July 2012

3 adults Cottages Flash - 24th July 2012

5 birds present on Cottages Flash - 27th July 2012.

3 birds present on Cottages Flash - 20th August 2012.

Single bird feeding on Cottages Flash - 1st September 2012.

2 birds on Cottages Flash - 2nd September 2012.

2 adults Cottages Flash - 27th September 2012

Single adult flying down river from Beeston Weir - 13th October 2012

single bird over the Clifton estate - 14th February 2013

1 Cottages Flash - 18th March - 2013

Pair in pine belt at an undisclosed location - 10th March 2013.

1 Cottages Flash - 12th March 2013.

1 over the Clifton estate - 16th March 2013

One to two birds on Cottages Flash throughout July/August 2013.

  

flying over the river near Cottages Flash -1st August 2009

Cottages Flash - July 2013


Great White Egret Egretta alba

Vary rare vagrant to the area

Four records of this very rare bird to the area. The first record was of of a adult seen flying along the river Trent near Barton-in-Fabis on the 21st October 2007. following records were a single bird flying along the river towards Long Eaton Gravel Pits on the 27th September 2008. An adult was seen from Attenborough flying down the river Trent on the 6th June 2009. On the 4th May 2010 an adult bird in full breeding plumage was seen feeding on Cottages Flash at 7.30am. It was then seen to fly down river towards the Long Eaton Gravel Pits (P.Buxton) .


Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea

Resident  breeding species.

A large Heronry in Branshill Wood was deserted in March 2007 after continuous harassment from Common Buzzard Buteo buteo that took up territory in the area. The now deserted Heronry regularly held up to 40 breeding pairs and was one of the largest Heronries left in Nottinghamshire. A smaller Heronry in spring 2009 consisting of Twelve active nest in conifer trees behind Thrumpton Hall is now the only Heronry in the area 


Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia

Rare Vagrant with only two records

An adult bird drifting high S/W towards Thrumpton/Ratcliff-on-Soar at 1.00pm, viewable from Cottages Flash on the 3rd April 2009. This bird was initially found feeding over the river on Clifton Pit at Attenborough at around 10.00am, and was only viewable here when it flew off from from this site.

The second record here was also seen as it left the Attenborough Nature Reserve, on the 13th April 2013. It was originaly found at 7.30am as it flew over the visitors center, and was quickly located feeding on Works Pond. At 9.30am I was heading down foxcovet Lane towards Beeston Weir when I saw it fly up near Beeston Marina. I then watched her slowly rise up to a great hight and drift off in a north-easterly direction. The Darvic ring on the left leg reads FJ9. This bird was ringed as a nestling on 9th April 2007 at Sevilla, Casa Neves, Spain and sexed as a probable female. It has wintered on the Taw estuary, Devon, every year since 12th October 2007 and visited several counties including Somerset, Dorset and Norfolk.

Attenborough - 13th April 2013  [photo - Sean Browne]

High over Beeston Marina - 13th April 2013


Mute Swan Cygnus olor

Resident breeding species.

Successfully breeds in small numbers within the area, with one pair breeding successfully on Holme Pit since 2000. Large herds of c50 birds have wintered on fields S/W of Barton-in-Fabis for many years


Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbiaus

Very rare winter visitor.

Only two records that both involved small groups of four adults that stayed for several weeks.

The first record is of four adults in fields with the Mute Swan Cygnus olor herdS/W of Barton-in-Fabis. All four birds were first seen on 28th December 2008 and were last seen on 26th February 2009.

All four birds would sometimes go missing and were recorded at Long Eaton Gravel Pits Derby's on two occasions. One of the adults was bearing a white plastic ring on the right leg below the knee with the letters BJN. Information from the BTO showed that the bird was ringed as an adult female on Lovetskiiy Island(coast) Gulf of Korovinskaia Russia on the 16/08/2007 by a research team from the WWT. This was the first confirmed sighting of this bird since the ringing date.

On 26th Dec 2010 four adults joined a herd of Mute Swan on Barton Lane, Barton-in-Fabis that stayed faithful to this site up to their departure on 29th January 2011. All four birds would fly off from the field just before dusk to roost over the river on Clifton Pit at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, returning every morning just before first light.

4 adults with the single Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus 30th Jan 2009

showing leg ring BJN 

 

Bewick's Swan - Barton Lane January 2011


Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

Scarce winter visitor.

Very scarce winter visitor with only six confirmed sightings since 2002.

Whooper Swan Occurrences - 2002 - 2013

Single adult present in fields between Barton-in-Fabis and Thrumpton for one day only - 3rd January 2002

A group of seventeen seen flying over Beeston Weir heading towards Attenborough on the morning of the 12th November 2007

Single adult that joined the four Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbiaus in the field S/W of Barton-in-Fabis for two days on the 30th/31st January 2009.

Single adult was also present for two days near cottages Flash from 26th/27th April 2009. 

Two adults over Beeston Weir heading west - 30th October 2010

Two adults that arrived with four Bewick's Swan to join the large Mute Swan herd on Barton Lane Barton-in-Fabis - 26th December-31st December 2010.

A group of nine birds in the large field at Thrumpton 12th January 2012

A herd of twelve adults Thrumpton - 23rd March 2012 

Eight flew into Attenborough from the direction of Thrumpton - 17th February 2013.

A large herd of 39 birds present in fields between Barton-in-Fabis and Thrumpton - 13th March 2013.

single bird with Bewick's Barton-in-Fabis - 30th January 2009


Tundra Bean Goose Anser fabalis

Very rare winter visitor

Bean Goose Occurrences - 1981 - 2012

A very old record of a very impressive thirty seven bean geese feeding near the river at Barton-in-Fabis on the 19th December 1981 is the largest record of this species here.

After an absence of twenty years, a single Tundra Bean Goose flew into fields at Thrumpton at 11.30 am on the 13th November 2011.  It joined a small flock of White-fronted Geese that I had found earlier that morning, but later flew into the middle of the field where it stayed until flying off west at 1.30pm.

A small group of four Tundra Bean Geese were found in fields at Thrumpton on the 23rd November 2011 at 10.30am and were present until 4.30pm at least.

Four Tundra Bean Geese again found in the large field at Thrumpton at 1,30pm on the 11th December 2011, with all 4 birds still present when I left the area at 3.30pm

A single adult was found on fields near the East Leake gravel pits - 24th March 2012

Thrumpton - December 2011

East Leake Gravel Pits - 24th March 2012


Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus

Regular passage migrant and scarce winter visitor.

Usually seen passing over in skeins as these birds migrate across the UK to and from thier wintering and feeding grounds.

Pink-footed Goose Occurrences 2005 - 2013

Four Skeins totaling over 1000 birds were seen heading S/W over Clifton Grove on the 31st January 2005.

Two skeins of 450 birds in total were again seen heading S/W over Clifton Grove on the 10th February 2006.

Four birds found feeding in fields with Mute Swan cygnus olor fom the 31st January /5th February 2005 at Barton-in-Fabis.

A single bird found feeding with Greylag Geese Anser anser in fields near Barton Flash from the 15th February 2009 to the 5th April 2009. This was closely followed by the arrival of two different individuals in the same location on the 12th and 13th April 2009. 

Single bird with Greylag Anser anser on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis 27th-28th May 2010.

Eight skeins over Clifton Grove/Barton-in-Fabis to the S/E throughout the morning of the 24th October 2010 totaling over 2000 birds.

A skein of c160 S/E over Clifton Grove on the 7th November 2010.

A skein of c100 east over Barton-in-Fabis on the 21st November 2010. 

Two skeins c180 east over Clifton Grove 28th November 2010.

Five skeins south south/east c400, c350 over Thrumpton, c250, c150 and  c80 over Barton-in-Fabis between 8.00 - 11.30am on the 5th November 2011.

Single bird present on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis between 2nd/24th May 2012.

Two skeins consisting of c500 birds north -westery over Barton-in-Fabis - 8th October 2012.

Several small Skeins of Pink-footed Geese high over to the south - south/east between 9.00 - 11.00am with a total of around c450 birds - 27th October 2012

A long staying indervidual was with Greylag on the riverside fields from the 12th January - 12th May 2013.

Barton-in-Fabis - April 2009


White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

Scarce passage migrant/winter visitor with only three records.

White-fronted Goose Occurrences 2000 - 2012

Two skeins 0f c200 and c100 were seen heading west over Barton-in-Fabis on the 16th December 2000.

Three White Fronted Geese were found with a large group of Greylags Anser anser and Canada Geese Branta canadensis feeding on stubble Fields south/west of Barton-in-Fabis on 16th November 2007.

On the 30th December 2010 nine adults were found feeding on stubble fields between Thrumpton and Barton-in-Fabis at 10.00am, but were quickly joined by a larger flock of 43 adults and Imms. All 52 birds stayed feeding on the stubble for over an hour before flying off high towards Clifton after being flushed by a farm vehicle.

A single adult was found on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis from the 24th-27th April 2011.

A small flock of five adults and tree Juv's found in fields at Thrumpton 13th November 2011.

Single adult with Greylags on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis 4th- 10th December 2011.

A group of thirteen were present between Clifton Gove and Thrumpton from the 16th January - 25th January 2012 

between Thrumpton & Barton-in-Fabis - 30th December 2010

The riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis 24th April 2011


Greylag Goose Anser anser

Common resident.

A large feral flock of c100 birds that can usually be found in fields near to the river around Barton-in-Fabis. Breeds in small numbers usually on the preferred Cottages Flash location. An interesting ringed individual seen on Barton Flash on the 15th April 2009 had the credentials of a true wild bird, but on receiving information back from the WWT it turned out that this was also of feral origin ringed as a gosling in York in 2006.  

Ringed individual C7U - Barton-in-Fabis


Ross's Goose Anser rossii

Escaped Native to USA, breeds arctic Canada

An adult male was found with the Greylag Goose Anser anser flock on the riverside fields near Cottages Flash on the 17th April 2010 and was still present in late May. It was seen on several occasions trying to copulate with a female Greylag Goose Anser anser. Oviously an escaped bird but a very smart looking indervidual.

April 2010 - Barton-in-Fabis


Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Very common resident.

Large numbers found in most locations along the river. Breeds in the area but not in very large numbers as one might have expected. 


Brent Goose Branta bernicla

A very rare winter visitor with just one record.

The only record of this species is of the rarer Pale-Bellied Race Branta bernicla hrota . First seen in fields facing Barton Island on the morning of the 30th November 2008. It stayed feeding in this field with Canada Geese Branta canadensis until the 12th December 2008 when it disappeared for a few days but was relocated in fields S/W of Barton-in-Fabis on the 14th December 2008 and was present at this location until the 20th December.

A Brent Goose flew West over the Long Eaton gravel pits on 21st Dec and was almost certainly the Pale Bellied bird that had been in the Barton-in-Fabis area. It  was then found later that evening just over the county boundary in Leicestershire by the River Soar with the Canada Goose flock where it remained till dusk.

December 2008 - Barton-in-Fabis


Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

All records refer to feral birds.

Two records with the first present in fields S/W of Barton-in-Fabis for three days from the 3rd - 5th January 2002.

The second record here was of an adult present with Greylags on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis - 24th February - 4th December 2011

The riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis February 2011


Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegytiacus

A small resident feral population.

 A count of eighteen birds in December 2008 is the highest number recorded in the area. An adult seen in June 2008 with 5 goslings was the first confirmed breeding attempt that I have seen in the area.


Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

Escaped Native to Europe, Asia and North Africa

A male bird first found feeding in fields with Egyptian Geese Alopochen aegytiacus S/W of Barton-in-Fabis on the 7th December 2008. It stayed in this general area throughout its stay and is the only record of this species recorded here. The last sighting of this bird was on the 1st February 2009, although it was reported as present over the river at Attenborough shortly after its departure from the area. On the 7th March 2010 a female was seen flying over Barton Flash. This was followed by a male and female on Barton Flash on the 8th Mach 2010 (R.Gimson) with the male bird again on the 13th March 2010. 

December 2008 - Barton-in-Fabis


Cape Shelduck Tadorna cana

Escaped Native to South Africa

A adult female was found feeding on fields near the river at Thrumpton on the 25th/26th February 2012

Thrumpton - February 2012


Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna

Scarce visitor to the area.

Scarce with most sightings coming from Cottages Flash Barton-in-Fabis.

The most recent records of this species is of two birds on Cottages Flash on the 24th March 2009.

A Juvenile seen heading high south over the Rough Wood on the August 2009.

Two adults feeding near Cottages Flash 8th January 2012.

Single adult on large field between Barton-in-Fabis and Thrumpton - 6th February 2013.

A group of Nine Common Shelduck flew over Barton Flash and headed off in the direction of Beeston Weir - 10th February 2013.

Up to two birds present on floodwater on field off Manor Rd, Barton-in-Fabis from the 3rd - 9th April 2013.

Cottages Flash - 8th January 2012

 

Count record of over Barton Flash - 10th February 2013


Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

Rare visitor to the area

The first record was of an adult Drake on the 24th January 2010.

It was seen swimming around the semi-submerged trees where the Trent had flooded, between Clifton Grove and the track down to Beeston Weir (L.Archibald). This was followed by a pair that were seen to fly onto Holme Pit on the 27th February 2010 but quickly dissapeared in the reedbeds (J.Hall & K.James)

Holme Pit - 27th February 2010 (photo J.Hall)


Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 

Fairly common winter visitor.

Fairly common bird to the area mainly in the months of December to March. Counts of sixty two birds on cottages flash is the largest number seen in the area. The only locations where this bird is likely to be found apart from flyover birds is Barton Flash and Cottages Flash.


Gadwall Anas strepera

Another scarce bird in the area with only small numbers seen on either Holme Pit or any other area of water in the area. Numbers usually peak in February but very rarely get into double figures. 


Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Annual winter visitor. 

Numbers fluctuate from year to year but numbers have peaked in the last four years in Febuary. The favored location is on Holme Pit or Branshill Ponds where they stay near to cover of the reed beds.


Mallard Anas platyrhychos

Very common.

A very common species throughout the area with every area of water holding a number of breeding pairs.


Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Three birds flying high over Beeston Weir at 10.30am on the 17th September 2011 is the only record of this species in the area.


Garganey Anas querquedula

A very scarce passage migrant and very rare breeder.

Garganey Occurrences 1999 - 2010

A pair were resident throughout the breeding season at Barton-in-Fabis in 1999 and possibly made an unsuccessful breeding attempt.

A female was on Branshill Ponds on the evening of the 15th September 2007.

Two females/moulting males were seen briefly on Branshill Ponds before disappearing into cover on the 1st September 2010


Northern Shoveler Anus clypeata

Annual winter visitor in small numbers.

An uncommon visitor to the area with only small numbers visiting at any one time, with all records coming from Holme Pit and Branshill ponds mostly in the winter months.


Red-crested Pochard Netta ruffina

Rare visitor with only three records.

A female seen on the river Trent in front of Barton Island on the 5th December 2009 was the first record of this species . A very confiding bird allowing close approch and was almost certainly one of the resident birds that are present over the river at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

A pair were present on Holme Pit from the 31st March - 9th June 2012.

A pair were found again on Holme Pit 18th March 2013

Two males and a single female were noted on Holme Pit on the evening of 22nd April 2013.

Pair present on Holme Pit - 17th May 2013. 

female - on the river in front of Barton Island

Holme Pit - June 2012

Holme Pit - 18th March 2013


Poachard Aythya ferina

Scarce winter visitor

Yet another scarce duck to the area with only a handful of sightings with the latest being two females on Holme Pit in February 2009. In February 2010 up to eight birds were present on Holme Pit peaking at ten birds on the 11th. With birds also seen on the river during the cold spell, winter 2010 has seen the highest counts for this species since Recording began. 


Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula

One of the commonest ducks found in the area with up to twenty birds regularly seen on Holme Pit and smaller numbers on other ponds in the area. Numbers may rise from August onwards if breeding pairs are successful.


Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Fairly common winter visitor.

Small numbers seen most winters with all sightings coming from the River Trent.


Smew Mergellus albellus

Very Scarce winter visitor.

Very few records of Smew have been recorded in the area, and they only seem to occure here in very cold winters.  All records are of redheads seen on the river, with the most recent records all being a redhead facing Clifton Grove for one day only on the 2nd March 2000. A redhead seen in flight over Beeston Weir on the 1st January 2009 and a 1W drake on the river near the riverside chalets at Thrumpton on several dates in december 2010.

Redhead Clifton Grove - 2nd March 2000

1w male Thrumpton - 19th December 2010 


Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

Very scarce winter visitor that is affected by severe weather.

Only eight occurrences of this very scarce winter visitor, with all but one turning up in very hard winters. 2010 was one of the coldest winters recorded here with temperatures down to -14. This produced two different birds on the river Trent during this period of extreme weather.

Red-breasted Merganser Occurrences 1997 - 2013

Female/immature - Beeston Weir 15th January 1997

Redhead - near Barton Island 28th December 2009

Redhead - Ratcliff-on Soar Power Station pond 10th November 2010

Redhead - Clifton Grove on the river bend 1st-7th December 2010

1w male - Clifton Grove between the weir and the river bend 25th December 2010. 

Female on the river below Cottages Flash - 23rd February 2013.

Female on the river near the riverside chalets Thrumpton - 5th March 2013

An adult male found on the 14th April 2013 was a most unexpected find. It was first seen as it flew down the river from the direction of Beeston Weir, but was soon lost as it flew round the river bend, and brief search further along the river produced no further sign of the bird. I presumed that it had flew straight through the site.

After around an hour it was again relocated on the river halfway down the Grove, were it showed very well although a bit flighty. This is the first adult male bird to be recorded in the area.

1w male - Clifton Grove 25th December 2010

Clifton Grove - 14th April 2013


Goosander Mergus merganser

Fairly common winter visitor 

A regular winter visitor to the River Trent but numbers tend to remain small. Counts into double figures are very unusual but do occure in very hard winters. Birds tend to arrive at the end of December and have usually left the area by early April.


Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Very rare visitor

Only a four occurences with all records coming in December 2010. December 2010 was a very cold winter with all ponds freezing over both sides of the river, with the river Trent being the only option for wildfowl.

Ruddy Duck Occurrences 2010

Imm/female found on the river facing Clifton Grove - 4th December 2010

Male and female near Beeston Marina - 26th December 2010

Male near Barton Island - 28th December 2010

Male and female near Barton Island - 31st December 2010

 

Imm/female Clifton Grove - 4th December 2010

Male and female near Barton Island - 31st December 2010


Red Kite Milvus milvus

A rare visitor, but records have increased in recent years with birds sighted on many occasions from over Branshill Wood.

Red Kite Occurrences 2008-2013

Single birds reported from over Branshill Wood on 5th April 2008 and 21st December 2008.

A single bird was seen almost daily in the winter of 2008/2009 in the Brickyard Lane area of West Leake and is possibly the same bird that has been reported in the Barton area

A Juvenile bird appear low over the flood-bank at Barton-in-Fabis, as it approached it almost flew directly over my head. It then drifted off slowly over Branshill Wood. At 12.00am the same bird was relocated on Clifton Pastures following the plough with two Common Buzzard Buteo buteo. It  was watched feeding on insects disturbed by the plough for over half an hour before it flew into the small copse area facing the Gotham Road lay-by - 13th September 2009

Single adult drifted from over the river and up over Branshill Wood - 25th March 2012

A single bird on Clifton Pastures near the Fairham Brook - 31st March 2012

Two adults flew over Thrumpton towards the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station on the afternoon of the 1st April 2012 

Single adult over Branshill and Branshill Wood - 16th April 2012

Single adult over the riverside fields and Branshill Wood - 19th May 2012

Single bird over Clifton Pastures - 17th June 2012.

Single adult over Ratcliffe-on-Soar - 2nd April 2013.

Juvenile September 2009 - Barton-in-Fabis

2 adults Thrumpton - April 1st 2012


Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

A rare but increasing annual passage migrant with one or two records in recent years

Twelve individuals recorded since 2004 of this very scarce passage migrant, but many more must pass through undetected.

Marsh Harrier Occurrences 2004-2013

A male and female were seen over Gotham Moor/Clifton Pasture 8th August 2004

Single female Gotham Moor/Clifton Pasture 30th July 2005

Two females seen quartering the area around Branshill Ponds 8th September 2006

Single female over Clifton Pasture 26th October 2008

Single male seen from the Grove over fields on the opposite side of the river 12th January 2009.

A cream crown bird was following the Fairham Brook on Gotham Moor/Clifton Pastures on the 1st May 2010

Cream crown over Clifton Pastures till dusk when it dropped down to roost near the Fairham Brook  - 2nd August 2010

Cream crown over Clifton Pastures/the Drift - 5th August 2010

Cream crown over Clifton Pastures - 18th April 2011

Cream crown over Clifton Pastures - 18th May 2011

Juv over Barton Flash/Branshill Moor from 3.00 to 3.30pm on the 13th August 2011 then  slowly drifted of west towards Thrumpton.

Female high over Barton Lane towards Barton-in-Fabis - 18th March 2012

On the 2nd April 2013, three Marsh Harrier passed through the area with a adult male heading east over Clifton Woods, a cream crown heading south - east over Branshill Wood and a second cream crown cross the river from attenborough and head off towards the Grove.

Cream Crown over fields behind Cottages Flash before drifting off towards Thrumpton late evening - 15th May 2013 

Clifton Pastures - 1st May 2010

Barton-in-Fabis - August 2011   


Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

Very rare visitor to the area with just six records.

Hen Harrier Occurrences - 2006 - 2012

Ringtail seen heading over fields towards Beeston Weir on the 30th October 2006.

Ringtail quartering fields around the Drift on the morning of the 9th November 2008. 

Ringtail on Clifton Pastures on the afternoon of the 31st January 2009. It was last seen at dusk when it dropped down into an area of set-aside next to Fairham Brook at around 5.00pm.

A 3rd cy male bird was seen appear from over Branshill Wood and drift slowly over Barton Flash and then over the river towards Attenborough -16th May 2009

A ringtail was reported quartering an oilseed rape field near Barton-in-Fabis - 16th May 2010, observer unknown.

Ringtail over Branshill Moor from 5.00pm til dusk when it was seen to drop down near Branshill Ponds to roost - 30th September 2010

Ringtail present in the vacinity of Barton Flash and Branshill Moor between the 2nd - 4th November 2011.

A Ringtail Hen Harrierwent through Thrumpton/Barton-in-Fabis this afternoon before heading north-east over the river - 25th October 2012.

Ringtail January 2009 - Clifton Pastures

 

 3rd CY male May 2009 - Barton-in-Fabis                                                                     


Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus

Very Rare Passage Migrant with only one record

On the 3rd June 2013 at 1.15pm I watched a Ring-tailed Harrier that was hunting over the area of Branshill near to Burrows Farm early afternoon. It was fairly distance at first, but after around 10mins turned and started heading straight towards where I was stood. Within seconds it was directly overhead and gradually began gaining height circling up, before finally drifting off towards the river where it was lost from view.

When in the field I opted for the most likely candidate of Hen Harrier but was never 100% convinced, and Montagu's Harrier was always a very likly option. 

The following ID features all taken from my photo's confirm that this bird is a 1st summer Montagu's Harrier.

The length and shape of P5 (the fifth primary counting from the carpal) which is short and blunt, does not form a 'finger' and is not emarginated. This rules out Hen Harrier which would have a longer P5 forming a finger, as it is emarginated. The very prominently barred axillaries and prominent white around the eyes rule out Pallid Harrier, which shows a similar wing shape to Montagu's.
It is a first-summer based on the longer (newly replaced) central tail feathers, and probably also the seemingly worn outer primaries.

Without looking into the subject further it is very difficult to sex bird.

Many thanks to the RBA Team who helped to clinch the id of this Nott's mega.

Branshill - 3rd June 2013


Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Very rare visitor with just a single record.

Only a single record of this magnificent Raptor. On the13th September 2003 an adult male was seen catch a Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus on the edge of Branshill Wood Barton-in-Fabis. I  watched this bird at very close range for around an hour as it devolved it prey from a fence post, before it flew off over the wood towards Barton.


Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Common resident.

A very common Raptor throughout the area with sightings of one or two birds seen on most visits.


Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Escaped Native to North America.

This bird was fist seen very briefly on the 23rd January 2006 sat in a larch tree in Branshill Wood. As it flew off into the woodland I noticed that it had a reddish pale tail, but with such a quick glimpse of the bird in flight I put the tail colour down to a trick of the light. It was not until late May early June 2006 when watching displaying Common Buzzard Buteo buteo that I again noticed that one of the displaying birds had a bright orange tail and was also noticeably larger in size. My first impression was Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus but it was very distant and its true identity wasn't solved until 11th July when I managed to get some good photos of the bird. In July and August it was seen displaying with a Common Buzzard Buteo buteo over Branshill Woodand on one occasion was seen carrying sticks into the woodland as if it was nest building. I thought I saw this bird trying to mate with a Common Buzzard Buteo buteo in late august, but this was incorrect as I observed a Common Buzzard copulating with this bird on three occasions in June 2008. This bird has now been holding territory in the same area for four years but successful breeding has yet to be confirmed as no hybrids have been seen in the area so far. Where this bird came from is anyone's guess but it has prompted some interesting emails from as far a field as the U.S,  with the majority commenting that it is probably a light morph eastern Canadian bird.

August 2007 - Barton-in-Fabis

June 2012 - Barton-in-Fabis


Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Common Buzzard has become one of the commonest sightings throughout the area. In the early nineties any sighting of this species were virtually unknown. In 1996 regular reports started to suggest that after a long absence the Common Buzzard was once again colonizing the area. 

Breeding was first suspected on 3rd July 2005 when two adult Common Buzzard were seen feeding a juvenile near Branshill Wood. Since this date pairs have been seen displaying on a regular basis in the area. In February and March 2007 the most unexpected act of avian cleansing began as the Common Buzzard with the help of an escaped Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis began the eviction of  the Grey Heron's from the Heronry in Branshill wood. Continuously harassing nesting birds with regular aerial assaults resulted in all the Grey Heron been flushed time after time, by the end of March 2007 the Heronry was deserted. Common Buzzard were soon seen to take up territory  in the Heronry with two different birds seen sat in various Heron nests on the 17th March. 

 


Osprey Pandion haliaetus

A scarce but regular spring and autumn passage migrant to the area, with many birds possibly moving through undetected.

Osprey Occurrences 2002 - 2013

The first record of Osprey here was of an adult bird fishing on Holme Pit for 30mins on the 31st March 2002.

The second and third sighting were probably the same bird first seen heading high S/W over Branshill Wood towards Attenborough on the 29th April 2007. The following morning possibly the same bird was seen slowly drifting towards Branshill Wood from the direction of Attenborough.

An adult was seen drifting south/west over the top of Branshill Wood on the evening of the 3rd September 2008

A Juvenile bird was circleling high over Barton Flash at midday slowly drifting S/W towards Attenborough 19th October 2008.

A single adult flew over Beeston Weir and onwards towards Beeston on the morning of the 3rd May 2011.

An adult was seen flying up river from Clifton Grove at 7.00am on the 24th May 2012.

High over the river, before drifting off towards Beeston - 7th April 2013.

An adult flew over Branshill moor prio to dusk at 6.45pm and roosted the night in the area of pines in Branshill Wood. It was seen to leave the roost site the following morning at 5.45am but quickly left the area 12th/13th April 2013.

An adult went north-west over the Clifton Estate at 6.00am on the 5th July 2013. 

Barton Flash - 19th October 2008

Clifton Grove - May 2012


Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Very common with sightings virtually on every visit. Breeds in the area in suitable locations.


Merlin Falco columbarius

A scarce winter visitor

One or two birds usually present each winter mainly from the area of Clifton Pastures /Gotham Moor.

Most recent Occurrences 2008 - 2013

The most recent records are of a male present for one day only in fields S/W of Barton-in-Fabis on the 1st November 2008.

A female that was present on Clifton Pastures from 2nd November 2008 to 12th March 2009.

A second female seen in the Barton-in-Fabis area on the 1st January 2009 and 7th February 2009. 

On 20th February 2010 a male bird was seen on Barton Lane/Gotham Road Junc perched on a road sign before it flew off in the direction of the Drift.

The same bird or another male was then seen again from Clifton Pastures on the 28th February 2010 (J.Christmas).

Adult male hunting skylark on the Drift 27t October 2011 [J.Christmas]

Imm/fist winter male in hedgerow at Thrumpton 6th November 2011

Imm/female on the Drift 11th October 2011.

Imm/female over fields at Thrumpton 13th November 2011.

imm/female chasing Skylark over fields near Thrumpton 5th December 2011.

Male hunting Skylark in the large field at Thrumpton 20th December 2011.

Male sat out on fence post between Barton/Thrumpton - 21st March 2012

Male in pursuit of Skylark over the large field at Thrumpton - 24th March 2012

Juv/female Barton-in-Fabis - 27th September 2012

Imm/female hunting Skylark Thrumpton - 20th October 2012.

female over Barton Lane - 20th January 2013

A male was seen perched up in trees near the river at Thrumpton - 17th & 23rd February 2013

Female/Imm over fields off Barton Lane, Thrumpton - 23rd March 2013 

female(imm) Gotham Moor - October 2007 photo David Kirman

female Barton-in-Fabis - 1st November 2008

female Clifton Pastures - January 2009

Male Thrumpton - 6th November 2011

 


Hobby Falco subbuteo

An uncommon summer visitor and rare breeder

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 4th May / 2003 12th May / 2004 2nd May / 2005 7th May / 2006 27th May / 2007 30th April / 2008 16th May / 2009 26th April / 2010 18th April

Fairly regular sightings from May to mid September, but August is by far the best month to see this species here, as there are Juveniles as well as adults present throughout the month. The latest sighting of Hobby here is a record of a Juvenile seen over Branshill Wood on the 3rd October 2006. The best area's to find this species is the Branshill area and Holme Pit where they can be watched hawking Dragonflies.

one of five adults present over Branshill  Wood - September 2012


Peregrine Falcon Falcon peregrinus

A scarce visitor to the area

Peregrine sightings vary from year to year but are getting more regular. Recent sightings are of an adult seen throughout the winter of 2008/09 on Clifton Pastures and Barton-in-Fabis. In August 2008 a Juvenile was present throughout the month around Branshill Wood and a adult was also seen in the same area on the 24th August 2008. Has been know to breed at the Ratcliff on Soar Power Station, where there is a nesting platform erected at the top of one of the cooling towers but this site is very hard to monitor as there is no access within the power station grounds.

 

Juvenile Branshill Wood - August 2008

 Adult Clifton Pastures - 3rd January 2010        


Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa

Common resident

Fairly common around The Drift, Barton Lane and Clifton Pastures with sightings of 20 or more a common sight. Although it is very hard to distinguish how many of these birds are true wild birds, as many are captive bread and released for shooting purposes 


Grey Partridge Perdix perdix

Scarce resident

A resident but threatened farmland species. Recent sightings in 2009 of coveys of up to sixty birds on Clifton Pastures is evidence that this species is doing well in the area.

Barton-in-Fabis - June 2009


Quail Coturnix coturnix

Rare summer visitor

Small numbers of summer records from Gotham Moor and Clifton Pastures in recent years of singing males. It is possible that many birds go unnoticed here and I wouldn't be surprised if this was a regular summer visitor on the Clifton Pastures/Gotham Moor area. The most recent records are of two singing males from Gotham Moor on the 23rd June 2009 and possibly the same two singing males on Clifton Pastures on the 5th July 2009.


Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Very common resident

Very common throughout the area but lots of birds are captive bread and released for shooting purposes.


Common Crane Grus grus

Rare vagrant

Only four records of this very rare bird to the area.

Common Crane Occurrences - 2004-2012

An adult in fields near Barton Island that was observed from over the river at Attenborough on the 14th October 2004.

Two Common Crane were seen heading high over Attenborough from an easterly direction at 5.30pm -14th May 2009 

A single bird was seen heading high N/E as it flew over the area observed from Attenborough - 11th July 2010.

A single adult first seen circling high over Barton Flash before it flew over my head as it headed off east over Branshill - 1st May 2011.

2 adults flew west at 9.25am over Holme Pierrepont on the 16th June 2012, at 9.35am they were over Beeston and then over the Long Eaton Gravel Pits at 9.45am. These 2 birds must have flew over the area somewhere between Clifton Bridge and Clifton Grove, as I was stood at Barton-in-Fabis waiting for them to fly over after a tip off that they were heading my way

Branshill - 1st May 2011


Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

Uncommon passage migrant/winter visitor

Calling birds can be heard on Holme Pit from November to March with up to five calling birds on some occasions. Holme Pit and the brook that runs through Clifton Wood are the only two locations in the area where Water Rail is found. It is very Possible that this species breeds in the area but it hasn't been proven and records from April to September are very scarce.  

Holme Pit - January 2009


Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Resident breeding species.

Common species with pairs resident on all suitable habitat. 


Coot Fulica atra

Resident breeding species.

Common species on all suitable habitat especially Holme Pit and Branshill Ponds


Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Scarce passage migrant/visitor

Regular records from the Cottages Flash area since 2002, with the most recent sightings of two adults throughout March and April 2009

near Cottages Flash - March 2009


AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

Very rare passage migrant with Just a single record.

A single bird was present on cottages Flash from 11.45 - 3.00pm on the 4th April 2013, before it relocated over the river on Tween Pond, Attenborough.

Cottages Flash/Attenborough [photo - M.Harvey]


Little-ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Rare passage migrant

Little Ringed Plover Occurrences - 2004-2013

Single adult from Cottages Flash - 25th March 2005

Single Adult Cottages Flash11th April 2009.

The only Autumn record is of a single bird on Cottages Flash on the 3rd August 2002.

A failed breeding attempt was observed on Cottages Flash in spring 2010. A male bird present from the 2nd April 2010 was joined by a female in early May. Mating was observed on several occasions and a nest scrape was prepared on the edge of the flash but both birds vacated the site when of cattle were introduced onto the flash by the landowner. 

An adult was present for a few hours on the steps of Beeston Weir on the 20th May 2012 

Adult on Cottages Flash - 6th April 2013

Three Lrp's were present on Cottages Flash between the 22nd - 24th April 2013, with Just one remaining bird present between the 25th - 29th April 2013. 

Cottages Flash - April 2009

Cottages Flash - May 2010


Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Rare summer visitor/Passage migrant

Ringed Plover Occurrences - 2007-2013

An adult was on Cottages Flash on the morning of the 25th August 2007 before flying off high east.

A single adult was seen flying high east calling repeatedly over Beeston Weir at 6.30am on the 7th May 2011.

2 adults found on Cottages Flash on the 27th April 2012

3 adults were present on Cottages flash from the 31st May - 1st June 2012

Single adult on Cottages Flash - 24th September 2012

one to three birds were on flood-water off Barton Lane, Thrumpton from - 23rd March - 2nd April 2013 

Ringed Plover - Cottages Flash April 2012


Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria

Common passage migrant/winter visitor

Annual visitor to the area but numbers fluctuate  from year to year. In 2007/2008 very large numbers were present from December 2007 to March 2008 on Clifton Pastures and The Drift with numbers peaking at 2500. 

December 2007 Sightings

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane             26/12/2007     250

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane             27/12/2007     1500

January 2008  Sightings

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane            02/01/2008      450     

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane            03/01/2008      350     

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane            04/01/2008      300     

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane            20/01/2008      350

February 2008 Sightings 

European Golden Plover            Clifton Pastures          16/02/2008     1045

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                   16/02/2008     1000

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                   17/02/2008      1100   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                    29/02/2008     1500

March 2008  Sightings

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                 04/03/2008        2515   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                 06/03/2008        2000   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                 08/03/2008        2515   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                 11/03/2008        2050   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                 12/03/2008        1600   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                 16/03/2008         846     

European Golden Plover            Clifton Pasture          16/03/2008         1100   

European Golden Plover            Drift Lane                  24/03/2008         152     

European Golden Plover            Barton-in-Fabis         26/03/2008          450     

European Golden Plover            Barton-in-Fabis         30/03/2008           33       

 

A count of 846 Golden Plover over the Drift March 2008


Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Uncommon breeding resident abundant passage and winter visitor.

A once common breeding species in the area has declined in recent years, but still doing fairly well as a breeding species in suitable locations. Large flocks gather in the winter months with recent counts of 1000 birds.  

 


Sanderling Calidris alba

Rare passage migrant with Just two records.

On the 31st March 2013 at around 15.30 I was scanning over an area of floodwater on fields off Barton Lane, Thrumpton when I picked up on 3 very pale waders that I quickly recognised as Sanderling. As I continued to watch, they were joined by a further 4 birds. All 7 birds were present until 16.30 when they  all flew off high towards the river.

The second record here was of a single bird reported from Cottages Flash early morning  on the 2nd April 2013, before flying off high east.


Dunlin Calidris alpina

Scarce passage migrant

Dunlin Occurrences - 2010-2013

2 adult summer birds were flushed from the edge of Cottages Flash on the 11th May 2010

2 adult birds were found feeding around Beeston Weir late morning on the 2nd May 2011.

A single bird was seen to fly high over Branshill from the Clifton Pit at Attenborough [S.Browne] on the 4th November 2011

A single bird was present on Cottages Flash on the 31st May 2012 and was joined by a second bird on the 1st June 2012.

2 adults found feeding on Cottages Flash - 27th July 2012.

Single adult on Cottages Flash - 5th August 2012.

Single adult winter bird on Cottages Flash - 10th March 2013.

Single bird on flood-water near Barton Island - 13th March 2013.

Beeston Weir - 2nd May 2011

Dunlin with Ringed Plover on Cottages Flash - May 2012


Ruff Philomachus pugnax

A very rare passage migrant with only three records.

The first record here was of a single adult found on Cottages Flash - 23rd April 2012

The second record involved two adult males present on Cottages Flash on the 28th April 2012, they were then joined by a third male on the 29th. The last sighting of these birds was of a single male present on  the 30th April 2012

The third record involved a winter bird found on the 2nd December 2012, feeding with Golden Plover on the large flooded field between Barton-in-Fabis and Thrumpton.

Ruff - Cottages Flash - 29th April 2012

Thrumpton - December 2012


Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus

Rare winter visitor

Very few records of this very secretive bird in the area with the most recent records been, two on Barton Flash  6th February 2005 and two from Cottages Flash on the 20th January 2008 


Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Scarce passage/winter visitor

This is another bird that has declined in recent years and has almost certainly been lost as a breeding species. The favored areas are Clifton Pastures, Barton Flash, Cottages Flash and the many dikes that are in the area.

12 birds found feeding together on Cottages Flash, 23rd September 2012 was a very good record for the area.


Woodcock Scolopax rusticola

Scarce winter visitor.

One or two sightings most winters with the most recent sightings coming from the set-aside behind Barton Flash. Two birds were flushed on the 5th and 7th February 2009, and a single bird was flushed from under my feet as I almost stepped on it on the 20th February 2009. 

Barton Flash - 10th January 2010


Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

A scarce passage migrant.

Black-tailed Godwit Occurrences - 2004 - 2013

Single bird briefly on Barton Flash on the 16th August 2004

Thirteen birds flying over Holme Pit on the 17th August 2006

Seven birds feeding on Cottages Flash Barton-in-Fabis on the 29th July 2007

Twelve birds briefly on Cottages Flash on the morning of the 19th July 2009.

Two birds briefly on Cottages Flash before flying off high west - 14th July 2010

A flock of 10 birds were seen fly south/east over Attenborough and high over Branshill Wood on the 21st April 2012.

A group of eight stunning summer plumaged  birds of the race islandica and were found late afternoon on Cottages Flash on the 26th June 2012 and were present until 6.45pm when they all flew off high south/east.

5 birds present on Cottages Flash on the 7th July 2012, with one remaining bird on the 8th. 

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 27th July 2012.

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 17th August 2012

Three birds found early morning, Cottages Flash - 18th August 2012.

Single bird present on Cottages Flash from the 19th-22nd August 2012.

Five birds were seen to fly onto Cottages Flash on the morning of 26th August 2012, but 2 flew east shortly after being disturbed by an angler.

Three of the remaining five stayed on Cottages Flash six days, when two departed on the 31st August 2012. The final bird departed the next day on the 1st September 2012.

Single adult winter bird, Cottages Flash - 10th March 2013 

Single adult near summer bird on flood-water off Barton Lane, Thrumpton - 23rd/24th March 2013

Two near summer plumaged birds on Cottages Flash - 29th April 2013. 

Cottages Flash - June 2012

Cottages Flash - August 2012


Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Very Rare passage migrant

Only three records here 

Two birds flying over Barton Flash heading towards Attenborough on the 5th May 2005.

Two birdswere seen on the shingle ridge near Beeston Weir at 8.30am before flying off down-river - 5th May 2011

A single adult was found roosting on Cottages Flash on the evening of 15th May 2013, and was still present at dusk.

Cottages Flash - 15th May 2013


Curlew Numenius arquata

Scarce passage migrant/winter visitor

Scarce passage migrant/winter visitor  to the area with the majority of the records  been in the spring. In the very cold winter of 2010 up to six birds were present in the area.

Curlew Occurrences - 2005 - 2013

Two birds flying high over Barton Flash calling on the 1st April 2005.

Single bird flying high calling S/W over Holme Pit on the 22nd March 2009

Single bird high over Clifton Pasture heading west on the 26th April 2009.

A single bird present on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis from 9th October-6th December 2010.

Six birds present on stubble Fields between Barton-in-Fabis and Thrumpton on the 19th December 2010

Two birds on stubble fields Barton-in-Fabis 27th December 2010

Two over the riverside fields and onwards towards Thrumpton - 18th March 2012

Single bird high over Holme Pit - 7th April 2012

Calling bird high south-east over Cottages Flash 8th July 2012.

2 birds on flood water on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis - 10th March 2013.

Calling bird in fields off Manor Rd, Barton-in-Fabis - 13th March 2013.

Four birds flew high from Attenborough and onwards over Burrows Farm - 4th April 2013.

Single bird flew east from Barton Flash - 6th April 2013

Calling adult high north-east over Branshill at 6.30pm - 8th July 2013

 

 The riverside fields - October 2010 


Redshank Tringa totanus

Rare passage migrant/winter visitor

Common Redshank Occurrences 2009-2013

Single bird on flooded fields S/W of Barton-in-Fabis 0n the 28th February 2009.

A calling bird high over to the north from Barton-in-Fabis on the 10th September 2009.

A single bird high over Barton-in-Fabis/Thrumpton 31st December 2010.

A single bird high over Beeston Weir heading east 21st May 2011.  

A single bird feeding along the edge of the ponds on the west of Barton-in-Fabis village on the 28th January 2012.

A single bird was on the far side of Cottages Flash - 26th May 2012.

4 Common Redshank were found on the far side of Cottages Flash early morning on the 10th July 2012.

Calling Redshank on Cottages Flash but not seen 15th July 2012.

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 11th/12th April 2013.

A single bird was present on Cottages Flash - 12th July 2013

Barton-in-Fabis - January 2012


Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Rare passage migrant

Greenshank occurences 2007 - 2013

An adult was present on Cottages Flash on the 12th August 2007.

The second record also came from Cottages flash on the 10th June 2009.

An adult bird was present on Cottages Flash from the 7th - 21st July 2012

On the 9th July 2012 at around 7.00pm, 2 calling Greenshank flew high over Cottages Flash,  but headed off south/east

A Juvenile was present for around 30mins early morning on Cottages Flash - 26th August 2012. 

An adult was present on Cottages Flash from the 22nd - 27th April 2013

Cottages Flash - August 2012


Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Scarce passage migrant

Green Sandpiper occurences 2004 - 2013

Very few records of this scarce passage migrant to the area, although 2012 was a excellent year for sightings of this species.

Single bird Cottages Flash from the 16th - 29th August 2004. 

Single bird on Beeston Weir 25th August 2010

Single bird Cottages Flash on the 29th August 2010.

Single bird on Beeston Weir 1st May 2011.

Single bird on Barton-in-Fabis ponds 28th January 2012.

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 26th June 2012

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 7th July 2012

Single bird on Cottages Flash - 21st July 2012

2 birds on Cottages Flash - 23rd July 2012

4 birds on Cottages Flash - 24th July 2012

3 birds on Cottages Flash - 27th July 2012

Single adult Cottages Flash - 29th July 2012

2 adults Cottages Flash - 4th August 2012

6 Green Sandpiper found on Cottages Flash late evening on the 5th August 2012, was a count record for the area.

2 adults, Cottages Flash - 12th August 2012. 

Regular sighting of a single bird on Cottages Flash from late August to 27th September 2012.

Single bird on floodwater on the Thrumpton Hall Estate - 17th February/17th March 2013. 

Six Green Sandpiper - Cottages Flash August 2012


Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Scarce passage migrant

Only small numbers seen here with all records coming from the River Trent location, with singles seen feeding on the steps of Beeston Weir and on the Island in the middle of the river facing Clifton Grove. The most recent sightings are of two birds on the edge of the river at the side of Cottages Flash on the 19th April 2009,   18th/19th July 2009 and 7th September 2009. Cottages Flash - 26th/27th/28th April 2013, and a second bird on Beeston Weir 27th April 2013. 

side of the river Barton-in-Fabis  -  April 2009


Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

Rare visitor

Mediterranean Gull occurences 2005 - 2013

The first record was of an adult seen near the Fairham Brook outlet that flows into the River Trent near Clifton Bridge on the12th August 2005.

This was quickly followed by a second adult seen on the 9th September 2005 in the exact same location as the first record, with both records probably relating to the same individual. 

A first winter bird seen on the 1st January 2010 On Beeston Weir with Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibbundusbefore flying off over towards the marina where it was lost from view.

On the 22nd October 2011 a first winter bird was found feeding with large numbers of Black-headed Gull Larus ridibbundus on Clifton Pastures, before flying off towards Barton Lane. A first winter bird was seen again on the 25th October 2011 at the same location, and is very likly to be the same individual.

A 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull was found on Cottages Flash on the 9th July 2012. 

Clifton Pastures - October 2011


Little Gull Larus minutus

Very rare passage migrant

Only a single record consisting of possibly 14 different birds. 

Between 6.00 - 8.00pm on the 25th April 2012 there was a large passage on Little Gull flying south/east over Thrumpton, with at least 14 different birds high over.

Adult summer with Arctic Terns, Thrumpton - 25th April 2012 

1st summer Little Gull, Thrumpton - 25th April 2012

 


Black-headed Gull Larus ridibbundus

Resident non breeding species.

A very common species throughout the area, with numbers at their greatest in winter with counts of 1000 birds not uncommon.


Common Gull Larus canus

Uncommon winter visitor.

Regular but scarce visitor from August till April, very rare outside these periods. 


Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus graellsii

Uncommon  Autumn/Winter visitor.

Very scarce apart from Large numbers passing over en route to roost sites.


Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Scarce winter visitor.

Large numbers pass over en route to roost, but otherwise scarce


Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

Rare visitor

A 3rd winter bird was seen flying around Beeston Weir before it headed off down river on the 20th March 2010.

An adult summer bird was found feeding on newly ploughed fields on Clifton Pastures on the 3rd August 2011,  followed by a second sighting of this bird feeding on fields near Gotham village on the 4th August 2011. [J.Hennig ]


Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Scarce Winter visitor.

Very scarce anywhere in the area apart from birds flying over en route to roost.


Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla

Very rare with one record

An adult was found lingering on Beeston Weir for five minutes before heading off upriver at 8.00am on the 14th October 2013. 

 

over Beeston Weir - 14th October 2013


Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis

Very rare passage migrant with only two records

An adult was found on Cottages Flash on the morning of the 1st April 2013 but soon disappeared, although it was seen again shortly after its departure flying downriver near Thrumpton.

On the 12th April 2013, I arrived at Cottages Flash Just before 5.00pm a Tern was seen flying towards me from the direction of Clifton, I soon realized it was a Sandwich Tern [second site record] and quickly got it in the camera as it flew past Cottages Flash. It then turned and flew over the river towards the Clifton Pit where it was lost from view. Making a few phone calls it was soon relocated [P.Buxton] across the river on the Sailing Lake, Attenborough, where it sat out the rain storm perched on a buoy.

over the river near Cottages Flash - 12th April 2013


Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Common summer visitor

A very common summer visitor to any area of water in the area. No records of breeding as there is no suitable breeding sites within the area.


Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Scarce passage migrant.

Numbers vary from year to year with most years producing no sightings, but the spring passage can occasionally bring a large movement of birds through the area. 

On the 19th April 2010 fithteen birds were seen on passage as they flew down river from Beeston Weir

An adult summer bird was found on Beeston Weir for 20min's at 7.30pm on the 28th July 2011

A large passage of around c40 birds flying south/east on the evening of the 25th April 2012

Beeston Weir - July 2011


Little Tern Sternula albifrons

Very rare passage migrant with only one record.

Two adult Little Tern were seen to go through Beeston Weir and over the Marina on the morning of the 2nd May 2011


Black Tern Chlidonias niger

An uncommon passage migrant with only three recent records.

Black Tern occurences 2006 - 2012

A flock of seventeen were seen flying up the River Trent at Thrumpton on the 13th September 2006.

A single immature bird seen flying up the River Trent past Barton-in-Fabis on the14th September 2006.

An adult summer bird seen just over the river from Thrumpton on the 16th May 2009.

Three adult summer birds viewed from Thrumpton feeding over the windsurfing pit with large numbers of Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea on the 25th April 2012

photo: Glyn Sellors  


White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias niger

A very rare vagrant with just one record.

An immature bird was present with the flock of Black Tern Chlidonias niger that were seen at Thrumpton on the 13th September 2006. This bird was first seen on the Long Eaton gravel pits, Derbyshire earlier in the day. Staking out the river faceing the Long Eaton gravel pits, I was rewarded as it flew up the River Trent past Thrumpton heading into Nottinghamshire.

photo: Glyn Sellors      


Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus

A very rare vagrant with just one record

As the rain cloudes darkened on the evening of the 25th April 2012, a stocky tern with the jizz of a marsh tern came flying high over the river from the direction of Ratcliff-on-Soar. As I got it in the scope it was apparent that It had the short marsh tern tail but not the coloration of Black Tern that I was inspecting. The white cheeks and dark underparts were obvious and stood out against the dark skies. I soon grasped that I was watching a adult "Whiskered Tern".I quickly grabbed the camera and fired off a few record shots as it flew high over where I was stood. As it flew north-east over the river it was quickly obscured from view by the willows on the river path and was lost from view not to be seen again.

This record has been accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee

Whiskered Tern - Thrumpton - April 2012


Feral Rock Dove Columba livia

A very common breeding species that is found throughout the area.


Stock Dove Columba oenas

Resident breeding species in small numbers.

A rather common resident throughout the area, numbers greater in the winter months when birds join the large Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus flocks to roost over at Attenborough. Breeds in small numbers where it is in competition with Jackdaw Corvus monedula  for suitable tree hole nest sites. 


Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

Very common resident.

Probably the most abundant species in the area with recent winter flocks in 2009/2010 estimated at 3000/4000 birds.


Collard Dove Streptopelia decaocta

Common resident.

Common resident in gardens and residential areas, less abundant in the more rural locations.


Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Rare summer visitor

As with the national trend this once fairly common summer visitor has declined alarmingly with only four sightings in 2007 and none in 2008.

A single bird was a very welcomed site on the Drift Lane location on the 18th June 2009.

A second sighting on the 29th June 2009  from fields near Barton-in-Fabis village was probably the same bird seen earlier in the month on the drift. 

An adult was flushed from the Rough Wood on the evening of the 23rd August 2011 and flew up over Branshill landing in the hedgerow in front of Burrows Farm.

Foxcovet Lane - July 2000

Branshill - August 2011


Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Scarce Summer Visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 -2010

2002 3rd May / 2003 13th April / 2004 18th April / 2005 7th May / 2006 23rd April / 2007 13th May / 2008 30th April / 2009 25th April / 2010 11th April/2011 no records/ 2012 5th May

Three or four sightings regularly each spring, but the familiar sound of the Cuckoo in the spring is getting worryingly scarcer. 

After a blank year in 2011 it was nice to see singing males back in the area in 2012. 

2 singing males were heard from Gotham from the 5th - 9th May 2012

Singing male from Crownhill Wood Thrumpton - 10th May 2012

Singing male from the area near Branshill Ponds - 10th May 2012

Singing male from Barton-in-Fabis village - 30th May 2012

Singing male on the river bend Clifton Grove - 13th June 2012

Male seen fly over the river from Attenborough - 10th May 2013.

Singing male on the hedgerow behind Cottages Flash, before flying off towars Barton-in-Fabis - 15th May 2013

 


Barn Owl Tyto alba 

Scarce Resident

Scarce but increasing resident in the area. With the help of the Rushcliffe Barn Owl Group this species has made a dramatic comeback to the area, with successful breeding in the area helped by a  nestbox scheme.

Barton-in-Fabis - February 2010

Clifton Grove - August 2008

newly rung chicks undisclosed site - June 2008


Little Owl Athene noctua

Scarce resident.

Scarce resident in the area with only one known pair that successfully bread in a dead Ash tree in spring of /2006/2007/2008 but in the winter of 2008 this nest site was lost when the tree was felled in a heavy storm. In June 2009 a pair of Little Owl were noted on many occasions in a new location but breeding wasn't proven. Two pairs were found to be breeding in the area in spring 2010 with both birds feeding owlets in the last week of May.

In Spring/Summer 2013 a pair of Little Owl successfully nested for the first time in one of five nest-box's I put up throughout the area in 2011.  

near Foxcovet Lane - January 2010

female in nest-box with newly hatch chicks - May 2013

Ringed Owlet's - June 2013


Tawny Owl Strix aluco

Scarce resident.

One pair successfully bread in Clifton Grove 2008. Up to eight calling birds were heard in Clifton Woods and Branshill Wood areas in spring 2008. The most recent record is of four calling birds from Branshill Wood in July 2009.


Long-eared Owl Asio otus

Rare Visitor/Resident?

Only a small number of records from the area. But it is possible that this species could be more common than records suggest, as roosting birds can be very tricky to locate even when you know the roost site . Due to this species been a very rare breeding bird within the county all site locations are undisclosed.

   

site undisclosed


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Scarce winter visitor.

Short-eared Owl remains a scarce winter visitor to the area with most years producing no records, whilst in other years up to five birds have been present together. January 2006 was an especially good Month with three birds present all month in the set-aside area near Barton Flash peaking to five birds on the 8th.

Most recent  Occurrences 2009 - 2012

A single bird on Clifton Pastures was present on several dates between January/February 2009 (J.Christmas).

On the 20th/21st February 2010 a single bird was found hunting the fields between Barton-in-Fabis and Thrumpton.

A single bird that was flushed from the side of the Fairham Brook on Clifton Pastures on the 21st August 2011 before landing on a hay bale 100ft away,  is the only summer record of this species. [J.Christmas]

A single bird was flusher from the bottom of a hedgerow in Thrumpton 27th November 2011.

A single bird was found roosting along a drainage dyke before flying off towards Thrumpton on the 2nd January 2012.

A single bird was seen flying low over fields from Thrumpton heading towards Barton-in-Fabis 14th March 2012.

An adult was watched hunting over Clifton Pastures on the 20th May 2012.

Single bird flying around the Beeston Marina Chalets on the 28th August 2012.

Single bird flushed from cover along Wood Lane, Gotham - 24th January 2012

  

Barton-in-Fabis - 20th February 2010

Thrumpton - January 2012


Swift Apus apus

Abundant summer visitor/passage migrant.

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 5th May / 2003 6th May / 2004 27th April / 2005 7th May / 2006 29th April / 2007 21st April / 2008 29th April / 2009 24th April / 2010 2nd May

Generally arrives late April and departs mid August. Large numbers recorded daily after arrival date.


Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Scarce resident.

One known pair have been known to used the same breeding locations for many years up to 2007, with at least another two pairs that possibly breed within the area. 


Hoopoe Upupa epops

A very rare passage migrant with only a single record.

On the 15th April 2006 I heard that a Hoopoe had been reported inside the grounds of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station. Driving over to the Power Station I was told by security staff that there was strictly no access to the site. Not to be put off I spent the rest of the day viewing the golf course area from the main road but with no luck. I spent the next few days trying to arrange some sort of access to be let in for a few hours to see if I could relocate the Hoopoe, but the situation seemed hopeless. On the morning of the 18th Andy Hall informed me that access had been granted for a small group to enter the site for one hour. On entering the complex one of the staff told us he had just seen the Hoopoe feeding below one of the cooling towers. We were all issued with high visibility vests and were driven over to the cooling towers by the security staff. On arrival at the cooling towers the Hoopoe was seen feeding on a rough patch of ground and showed very well allowing very close approach. After an hour we were told that we had to leave and were all escorted back to the gatehouse. A big thankyou to all involved that pushed for access to be granted .   

  

Ratcliffe-on-Soar - 18th April 2006


Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Common resident

Common throughout the area with sightings on most visits to the area. 

   

Juvenile - Barton-in-Fabis July 2009


Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

Common resident

The commonest  woodpecker in the area with regular sightings of  two-four daily. 

     


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor

Very rare resident.

This has never been an abundant species in the area, but recent records show that this is another species that is declining worryingly throughout the area.

The most recent record of this species is of a calling male bird from Clifton Grove high in the trees behind Clifton Hall on the 28th February and 1st March 2009.

A calling male on the 12th, 19th and 25th February 2012 in the vacinity of the Church Yard and water users car park, Clifton Village.

Calling male from Clifton church yard - 4th April 2012.

Calling male high in trees on the Thrumpton Hall estate - 3rd February 2013.

Male calling from Clifton village church yard - 24th March 2013.

Clifton Village - February 2012


Woodlark Lullula arborea

Very rare passage migrant

Only two records of this very rare visitor to the area. The only record of Woodlark here was found on the 27th February 2010, through low to the west over fields in front of Branshill Wood at 09.30am. The approching bird was first picked up by its very distinctive 'fluty' call of which I immediately recognised as woodlark. As it passed overhead the short-tail and short rounded wings and general Jizz were confirmation of Woodlark. It was only in view for a few minutes, as it flew straight through along the flood-bank towards Barton-in-Fabis were it was lost as it disappeared from view.

A second bird was reported from the Riverside Fields Barton-in-Fabis 2nd January 2011.


Skylark Alauda arvensis

Common resident/passage migrant

The area still holds a healthy breeding population with pairs occupying most suitable habitats within the area. In the winter months large numbers have being recorded on Clifton Pastures. A massive flock of over 1000 birds were recorded on the 7th February 2009 with 500 birds still present in this area for at least a week feeding in fields near Fairham Brook.

 

part of a massive movement on Clifton Pastures - 7th Feburary 2009


Sand Martin Riparia riparia

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 17th March / 2003 25th March / 2004 20th March / 2005 20th March / 2006 31st March / 2007 25th March / 2008 16th March / 2009 16th March / 2010 18th March / 2011 12th March

Common Summer Visitor

Generally arriving mid March with numbers increasing into April. Birds have bread in the area with small nesting colonies in suitable river-bank locations. 


Swallow Hirundo rustica

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 17th March / 2003 19th April / 2004 20th March / 2005 31st March / 2006 31st March / 2007 9th April / 2008 31st March / 2009 29th March / 2010 27th March /2011 13th March

Regularly seen during the summer months with birds starting to arrival by mid March. Breeding pairs nest in any available outbuildings and any other suitable locations within the area. Post-breeding  flocks begin to build up from August, and southerly passage generally begins in September.

Barton-in-Fabis - August 2009


Red-rumped SwallowHirundo daurica

A very rare vagrant to the area with one record

On the 26th April 2013 a Red-rumped Swallow was seen within a large group of Hirundines high above the river, between the derelict chalet and Cottages Flash. It was only in view for around two minutes at the most before drifting off over the river. It wasnt seen again after this all to brief sighting either side of the river.

Surprisingly it was a very easy bird to pick out from the mass of Hirundines that were feeding in the area, and I got on it almost within miniutes of arriving. It was generally feeding higher up from the large hirundine flocks, but soon dropped down and was lost from view. This was an exceptional find by S.Aitken over at Attenborough.

 

The Riverside Fields, Barton-in-Fabis


House Martin Delichon urbica

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 7th April / 2003 19th April / 2004 27th March / 2005 9th April / 2006 10th April / 2007 15th April / 2008 5th April / 2009 10th April / 2010 2nd April

Generally arrives mid to late March with numbers increasing by April. Breeds in most residential location in the area but numbers seem reduced in recent years. 


Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Rare passage migrant .

A rare passage migrant with very few records.  

A singing male was found singing from willows near Branshill Wood on the 23rd April 2007.

A calling bird flew high over Clifton Woods on the 27th August 2011 [C.Southhall]

On the 28th August 2011 another Tree Pipit was found in hawthorns on the edge of the Rough Wood [LC.Archibald, K.Archibald].

The Rough Wood - August 2011 [photo - K.Archibald]


Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis

Scarce resident/common passage migrant

Small numbers are present throughout the year in suitable habitat with male birds heard singing and seen displaying from March to April. This species is more numerous as a passage migrant with large numbers moving through the area in recent years.

singing male Foxcovet Lane - April 2009

   

 Barton Flash - September 2009        


Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta

Very Rare visitor with only three records

on the 2nd December 2012, 2 Water Pipit were found whilst scanning through a large number of c350 Meadow Pipit that were feeding on the edge of a flooded field at Thrumpton, at a distance of around 1000 meters.

Although I got great views through the scope, It was impossible to get to within any suitable distance to photograph the birds ,as there was a massive area of flood water between me and where they were feeding. Both birds were very weakly streaked on the underparts with streaking mainly confined to the breast, giving the birds a clean white belly appearance. Upperparts were generally grey with little if any streaking. A strong white Supercilium was also a very obvious feature on both birds, leg colour was seen to be dark compeared to the pale orangy legs of the Meadow Pipits.

Both Pipits showed very well although at distance for over an hour, before flying off high towards the river with the Meadow Pipit flock.

 

The second record of Water Pipit was found on the 23rd March 2013, feeding at distance with a large numbers of Meadow Pipit. Again this species was found on the same large field as the first record, off Barton Lane Thrumpton.

 

On the 24th March 2013 A.Brittern & M.Tring found the areas third record of a single bird feeding briefly with Meadow Pipit near Branshill Ponds. It is very likely that this was the same bird as the Thrumpton indervidual, although a new bird is always a possability.


Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus prtrosus

Very Rare visitor with only a single record.

One very well marked bird seen feeding in fields near the Landing Stage whilst looking for wheatears on the 15th April 2008.


Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima

Scarce summer visitor/Passage migrant

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 20th April / 2003 19th April / 2004 14th April / 2005 9th April / 2006 19th April / 2007 22nd April / 2008 17th April / 2009 11th April / 2010 10th April

Generally recorded as a passage migrant with large numbers recorded passing through the area from the last week of August. Small numbers of breeding pairs are usually in evidence in the first weeks of May. Has been known to breed in good numbers on Clifton Pastures/Gotham Moor and on any other suitable cereal  field within the area.

Autumn 2011 was an exceptional season for passage Yellow Wagtail through the area with an estimated 250 birds through between 27th August and the 1st October.

Branshill - August 2011


Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Scarce Resident

Only a few records each year with most sightings coming from the area near Beeston Weir, one pair has probably bread in this location as newly fledged Juvenile birds have been seen here in the last few years. On the 10th August 2009 two adults and five Juveniles were seen feeding on the steps of the weir, suggesting that breeding had took place on the weir. 


Blue-Headed Wagtail Motacilla flava

Rare passage migrant

a male bird was seen in the ploughed field facing Branshill Wood on the 23rd/24th April 2006. 

A female wagtail seen on the riverside fields Barton-in-Fabis on the morning of the 24th April 2011 is thought to be of this race.

The riverside fields - 24th April 2011


Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrelli

Common Resident

A common resident throughout the year with numbers peaking in the winter months, where large numbers can be seen feeding together in various fields.


White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

Scare passage migrant

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 28th April / 2003 no records / 2004 11th April / 2005 6th May / 2006 8th April / 2007 9th April / 2008 19th April / 2009 8th April / 2010 24th March

Most years only produce small numbers with birds usually arriving in the second two weeks of April. Numbers fluctuate from year to year with the largest number recorded in the area been eleven birds feeding together on a newly ploughed field facing Branshill Wood on the19th April 2006.

 

Barton-in-Fabis - 8th April 2009 


Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus

Scarce Irregular winter visitor.

Waxwing occurences 2005 - 2013

A group of twenty two birds were found feeding on rowan berries on Greencroft Clifton on the 2nd April 2005,  five birds were still present on the 10th April.

A small flock of  twelve birds were present in the grounds of the South Nott's University feeding on a small Rowan tree outside the Darwin building from the 15th - 17th January 2009.

Six birds were found feeding on a small Rowan tree in Morrisons car park Clifton 24th October 2010

12 birds were feeding on berries on Green Lane Clifton 28th November 2010.

Two small groups of twenty and twenty two birds were found on Southchurch Drive Clifton, and roosing in trees outside the University south entrance 6th December 2010

A single bird was on church street Thrumpton 12th December 2010.

A flock of twenty birds were feeding on berries in a private garden in Gotham village 23rd December 2010.

Two birds were seen flying into private gardens in Clifton village 25th December 2010.

A flock of fifty five birds were found in trees on Southchurch Drive Clifton 1st January 2011

A flock of c20 birds were seen flying out of the Clifton estate on the 26th March 2011.

A small flock of up to Nine Waxwing in trees withinthe Nottingham Trent University campus - 6th/7th and 8th November 2012.

A flock of c40 flew over Southchurch Drive, Clifton - 19th November 2012.

14 in trees within the Nottingham Trent University - 24th November 2012. 

c40 feeding on Rowan trees near the darwin Building within the Nottingham Trent University - 25th November 2012

Clifton University Campus - 16th January 2009


Dipper Cinclus cinclus gularis

Very rare visitor

Only one record of a single bird on the Fairham Brook on the 3rd February 2003. 


Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

Very common resident

A very common bird throughout. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of sixty one birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and sixty five on a late summer visit. This species was less abundant in the winter of 2007 with thirty one recorded on an early  visit and only twenty three on a late visit.


Dunnock Prunella modularis

Very common resident

A very common bird throughout. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of forty birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and twenty eight on a late summer visit. 


Robin Erithacus rubecula

Very common resident

A very common bird throughout. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of fifty seven birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and seventy four on a late summer visit.


Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos

Very rare summer visitor

Just one record of this species from Fairham Brook of a bird that was seen and heard on at least three occasions from the 23rd June to the 5th July 2000


Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Very rare passage migrant

Black Redstart occurences 1997 - 2011

Only three records of this very rare passage migrant.

A male was seen at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station for one day only on the 26th June 1997.

On the 27th November 2009 a first winter male was found at the Lark Hill Retirement Village Clifton. But on the 28th November 2009 two first winter males were seen feeding on the same roof top. (J.Christmas). Both birds stayed faithful to the site and many observers were rewarded with excellent close up views of these superb birds. The last confirmed sighting was on the 27th December 2009.

On the 19th March 2011 a female/1w male was seen on rooftops on the Clifton Estate from my back garden !

 

Clifton - 13th December 2009. 


Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Rare passage migrant

Common Redstart occurences 2006 -2013

A moulting male found by D.Kirman was recorded from Gotham Moor on the 6th August 2006.

A adult female was seen in the Rough Wood in the evening of the 9th September 2009. It was only seen briefly before it flew into cover and was lost from view, and couldn't be relocated.

On the 20th April 2010 two adult males were found on Branshill Moor just behind the hedgerow near the Rough Wood. One bird showed very well briefly perched out in the open, but both birds were generally elusive dissapearing for long periods into the hedgerow.

A moulting male was found in the hedgerow near to the entrance to Branshill Wood  on the 12th September 2010 and was still present on the following morning.

A moulting male was seen in the Roughwood/Branshill location on the 3rd/4th September 2011

A single female was present on the edge of the Rough Wood on the 22nd April 2012.

A first winter male Common Redstart was found in the small hawthorn bush's near the vehicle access gate to Holme Pit, along Foxcovet Lane - 15th September 2012.

A adult male was found along the Rough Wood hedgerow/Rough Wood - 21st April 2013. 

Branshill Moor - 20th April 2010

1st winter male - Foxcovet Lane - September 2012


Whinchat Saxicola rubetra

Scarce passage migrant

Whinchat occurences 2006 -2013

This once fairly common summer visitor is now a scarce visitor but annual passage migrant. The set-aside areas in front of Branshill Wood have been the favored locations to see this species in the last few years.

The 5th September 2006 was an exceptional date with a passage of seven birds present in the set-aside in front of Branshill Wood in the evening.

The most recent records are of a single female in the set-aside facing Branshill Wood on the 11th/12th October 2008.

A single female in the rough field facing the Rough Wood on the 2nd May 2009.

A 1st winter male on fence post near the flood-bank behind Barton-in-Fabis on the evening of the 9th September 2009.

Three males were found in the area in spring 2010 with one on Gotham Moor on the 1st May.

A male on the 5th/6th May 2010 near the riverside chalet Barto-in-Fabis.

A male on fence posts near the Yellow Gate on the 16th May 2010.

Autumn 2010 was an exceptional season with a staggering fifteen birds found in the area.

Autumn 2011 was another good season with eight different birds present between 27th August and 18th September 2011.

A single female was present along Foxcovet Lane on the 7th May 2012.

Five different Whinchats were present between Branshill and Barton-in-Fabis from the 28th - 29th August 2012. 

An adult male was on the Riverside fields at Barton-in-Fabis - 21st April 2013.

Two females were on fence post's halfway up Branshill on the - 25th April 2013.

Two males in the hedgerow bordering the riverside fields, Barton-in-Fabis - 28th April 2013. 

 

female Barton-in-Fabis - 11th October 2008

female near the Rough Wood - 2nd May 2009

1st winter male - Barton-in-Fabis - 9th September 2009

Barton-in-Fabis - 5th May 2010


Stonechat Saxicola torquata

A once Regular winter visitor that has now declined due to two very cold winters.

Arrival and Departure Dates 2002 - 2009

2002 30th Nov / 2003 28th Nov / 2004 14th Oct / 2005 22nd Oct / 2006 21st Oct / 2007 6th Oct / 2008 2nd Oct/ / 2009 4th Oct / 2010 27th Oct

2003 15th Feb / 2004 16th Feb / 2005 13th Feb / 2006 12th March / 2007 18th Feb / 2008 25th Feb / 2009 22nd Feb / 2009 6th Dec

This once annual winter visitor to the area has now declined possibly due to three very cold winters in 2010/2011 and 2012. 

The only recent sightings are of a single male feeding along the floodbank off Manor Road, Barton-in-Fabis on the 7th January 2012 and a single male on the 24th September 2012.

   

male Branshll Moor - January 2008


Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe

Regular passage migrant

Arrival dates 2002 - 2010

2002 13th march / 2003  28th march / 2004  10th April / 2005  23rd march / 2006  4th April / 2007  14th April / 2008 30th march / 2009 28th March / 2010 21st March

A regular passage migrant to the area with 250 individuals recorded since 2002. The majority of these records have occurred during the spring, with the earliest spring arrival date recorded on the 13th March 2002. Surprisingly only 8 of these records have came from autumn with the latest autumn record recorded on the 20th October 2007.

There has also been a very remarkable record in the summer of 2 Juveniles seen in the location of Beeston Weir on the 28th June 2008.

On the afternoon of the 27th April 2012 there was a massive fall of Northern Wheatear in the area. A count of 47 birds between Beeston Weir and Barton-in-Fabis was an exceptional record.

  

Male - Beeston Weir April 2012

one of two Juveniles Beeston Weir - 28th June 2008


Greenland Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa

Very scarce passage migrant

Only seven inderviduals of the race Leucorhoa have been recorded in the area but has possibly been overlooked.

A female bird present in the Beeston Weir area on the evening of the 26th April 2006 was thought to be of this race.

On the 8th May 2010 a very bright male and two females were found on fence posts on Foxcovet Lane between the Yellow Gate and Beeston Weir.

Another paler male was found in the same location on the 9th May and was  present until the 11th May 2010.

A female was present on fence posts on Foxcovet Lane between the Weir and the Yellow Gate on the 6th October 2011.

A single male was present on Branshill Moor on the 21st May 2012.

An adult male was present on the Riverside fields, Barton-in-Fabis 11th/18th May 2013 

Foxcovet Lane - 8th May 2010

Branshill Moor - May 2012


Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

Rare passage migrant

A rare passage migrant with birds appearing in the area from mid April, all records coming from Branshill and Branshill Moor.

Ring Ouzel occurences 2008 - 2012

Two male birds present in the field opposite the Rough Wood on the morning of the 20th April 2008. Both birds were watched at distance for over an hour before they both flew over my head towards Branshill. 

On the 20th April 2010 three males and a single female were found feeding on Branshill and Branshill Moor on the exact same date and location as the first record. All four birds could be very elusive when feeding on the ground but with persistence showed very. All four birds were present until the 27th April, but went missing on two of the days between the 20th-27th. It was reported on several bird information services that five birds were present on several dates between the 20th-27th, but I only ever saw a maximum of four individuals.

A female was found on the 15th April 2011 feeding on Ivy berries on the edge of the Rough Wood, before flying off over Branshill.

A male was seen on fence posts and trees on Branshill Moor/Branshill on the 22nd April 2011 [LC.Archibald/K Archibald].

Female present on Branshill and the Rough Wood hedgerow - April 10th/11th 2012

Two male and a female found on Branshill on the 17th April 2012, with one of the male's present on Branshill until the 24th April 2012

 

2 males in field on Branshill Moor - 20th April 2008

Branshill Moor - 20th April 2010

Branshill - 22nd April 2011 [photo K Archibald]

Branshill - 10th April 2012


Blackbird Turdus merula

Common resident

Very common resident throughout the area with numbers increasing slightly with the arrival of winter thrushes during the Autumn.  A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of sixty six birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and eighty seven on a late summer visit.


Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

Common winter visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2009

2002 23rd Nov / 2003 21st Oct / 2004 10th Oct / 2005 22nd Oct / 2006 2nd Nov / 2007 20th Oct / 2008 18th Oct / 2009 17th Oct

Common winter visitor throughout the area with the first birds arriving from the first week of October. 


Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Common resident

Despite the national decline of this species Song Thrush seems to be doing well here with a recent breeding bird survey producing good numbers. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of forty four birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and fifty two on a late summer visit.


Redwing Turdus iliacus

Common winter visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2009

2002 30th Nov / 2003 21st Oct / 2004 9th Oct / 2005 22nd Oct / 2006 22nd Oct / 2007 28th Oct / 2008 18th Oct / 2009 16th Oct

Common winter visitor that starts to arrive in the area from the second week of October.


Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

Scarce resident.

A recent breeding bird survey produced very small numbers of Mistle Thrush throughout the breeding season with only six birds found in a early spring visit and only five on a late summer visit. 


Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti

A very rare visitor, but records increasing. Possibly originating from the Atteborough breeding pair that raised four young in 2007 {first breeding record for Nott's}

Cetti's Warbler occurences 2007 - 2013

On the 27th November 2007 I was looking for Bittern Botarus stellaris on Holme Pit when I heard a  Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti calling from the reed-bed in the far left corner of the pit. As usual with this species it proved very elusive and wasn't seen despite searching the area until dusk. On a return visit on the afternoon of the 28th the Cetti's was once again heard calling from the same area at 3.30pm. It was located calling from the bottom of a Hawthorn Bush near one of the fishing platforms where it stayed in view for about five minutes before disappearing into the reed-bed. It wasn't seen or heard again until the 9th December when it was very vocal for long periods but staying very elusive showing only occasionally from 1.00pm - 2.00pm.

The second record here is of two birds seen and heard on several occasions from Holme Pit in November 2008. I myself never saw or heard these birds but am reliably iinformed that they were present. 

A Singing male was present on Holme Pit from the 31st March - 24th May 2012 and was seen with a second bird on the 7th April 2012

Singing male from willows on the river bend Clifton Grove - 4th April 2012

Singing male on Barton Island - 7th/9th April 2012

Vocal bird calling from from Barton Island 23rd January 2013

Calling from Barton Island - 18th March 2013

Singing male on Barton Island - 14th April 2013

Singing male on Barton Island - 18th May 2013


Grasshopper Warbler Locusstella naevia

Scarce summer visitor

A very scarce summer visitor here with only small numbers recorded prior to April 2009, when there was an influx of singing males in brambles on Branshill Moor facing the Rough Wood in the second week of April, with two birds present on the 13th April peaking to five on the 14th April. Males were still singing in the middle of May so it is very likely that several pairs bread in this area. On the 5th September 2009 three individuals were seen moving along the hedgerow between the Rough Wood and Branshill Wood, this record constitutes as the only autumn record.   

  

   

Clifton Grove - 14th April 2009

Hedgerow near the Rough Wood - 5th September 2009


Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 6th May / 2003 13th April / 2004 5th April / 2005 6th May / 2006 15th April / 2007 29th April / 2008 19th April / 2009 11th April / 2010 11th April

Breeds in good numbers in the reed beds at Holme Pit and in any suitable habitat by the side of the river.


Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Scarce summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 26th April / 2003 6th May / 2004 24th April / 2005 6th May / 2006 15th April / 2007 18th April / 2008 19th April / 2009 18th April / 2010 26th April

Breeds in reasonable numbers on Holme Pit. Has also been seen occasionaly on the small pond east of Barton-in-Fabis, the Yellow Gate Pond and the wet area in front of the Rough Wood. 


Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca

Scarce summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 -2010

2002 26th April / 2003 6th May / 2004 24th April / 2005 6th May / 2006 no records / 2007 no records / 2008 26th April / 2009 20th April / 2010 22nd April

Only a few sightings most years with number fluctuating annually. The autumn passage always produces the best chance of seeing this species, probably breeds in small numbers. 

Rough Wood - September 2009


Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 20th April / 2003 13th April / 2004 14th April / 2005 9th April / 2006 16th April / 2007 29th April / 2008 10th April/ 2009 13th April / 2010 10th April

A very common summer visitor with birds recorded from most locations throughout the area from April to September.


Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

Scarce summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 26th April / 2003 6th May / 2004 1st May / 2005 6th May / 2006 30th April / 2007 29th April / 2008 30th April / 2009 20th April / 2010 23rd April

Fairly common summer visitor with birds more often heard singing than seen. The autumn passage can produce large numbers as birds migrate through the area.


Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 31st March / 2003 19th April / 2004 4th April / 2005 2nd April / 2006 9th April / 2007 29th April / 2008 23rd March / 2009 21st March / 2010 20th March

Common summer visitor with numerous records from April to September. Several recent records of over wintering birds.


Wood Warbler Phylloscopus borin

Rare passage migrant and rare summer visitor.

Only one recent record of this now very rare summer visitor of an  adult male singing in Clifton Wood on the 30th May 2004


Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 31st March / 2003 19th April / 2004 4th April / 2005 20th March / 2006 31st March / 2007 25th March / 2008 29th March / 2009 21st March / 2010 19th March / 2011 13th March

Abundant summer visitor with numerous records from March to September. Several records of over-wintering birds that were all seen in with mobile Tit flocks.


Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

Common summer visitor

Arrival Dates 2002 - 2010

2002 31st March / 2003 19th April / 2004 14th April / 2005 20th March / 2006 5th April / 2007 29th April / 2008 21st April / 2009 12th April / 2010 4th April

Fairly common summer visitor to the area but has shown a slight decline in recent years.


Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Scarce resident

More abundant in the winter months where birds can be seen foraging with mobile Tit flocks. Flocks can occasionally be in double figures in the Autumn as birds arrive from Europe. Breeds in small numbers in the areas woodlands.


Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus

Very Rare

Only a single record of a bird present in a Clifton garden on the 12th March 1998.


Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Scarce Summer Visitor/Passage Migrant

This once common species is now almost a rarity to the area. With just one recent spring record in 2012, all records here are of autumn birds passing through the area.

Spotted Flycatcher occurences 2006 - 2013

A single bird in Branshill Wood on the 8th September 2006.

Two on the 11th September 2008 by the ponds in front of Branshill Wood.

Five birds on the edge of the Rough Wood on the 14th September 2008.

A single bird on the edge of the Rough Wood and Branshill Wood on the 28th August 2009.

Single bird on the edge of the Rough Wood 5th September 2009.

Two in the horse paddocks in Barton-in-Fabis village 5th September 2009.

Two birds on the edge of the Rough Wood 5th September 2010.

Two Birds in trees behind Clifton Hall 5th September 2010.

A sngle bird found in the Rough Wood 27th August 2011.

Three birds were found feeding around Branshill after a heavy rainstorm on the 4th September 2011.

A single bird was present in the Rough Wood area on the 18th September 2011.

Three birds were in the Rough Wood Hedgerow 20th September 2011. 

The first spring Spotted Flycatcher since recording began was present near Clifton Bridge on the 12th May 2012.

Single bird in horse paddocks on New Road, Barton-in-Fabis is the earlist autumn record to date- 11th August 2012

Four birds found feeding around the Rough Wood hedgerow on the 2nd September 2012.

Single bird on the edge of the Rough Wood - 3rd September 2012.

2 birds present on the edge of the Rough Wood and a third in a large Oak in the Grove on the 8th September 2012.

Branshill Ponds - 11th September 2008

The Rough Wood - September 14th 2008

Rough Wood Hedgerow - September 2011


Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

Common breeding resident.

A very common resident throughout the area with mobile flocks very noticeable in the winter months.


Marsh Tit Parus palustris

scarce resident

This once fairly common resident species has become very scarce within the area. Several records of single birds throughout 2010 sugests that this species is just about holding on in the area.


Willow Tit Parus montanus

Fairly common resident.

Still fairly common in the Grove and parts of Clifton Wood but this species has shown a decline in recent years.


Coal Tit Parus ater

Fairly common resident.

Small numbers in suitable woodland areas.


Blue Tit Parus caeruleus

Very common widespread resident.

Very common breeding species throughout the area.  A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of ninety five birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and eighty seven on a late summer visit.


Great Tit Parus major

Very common and widespread resident.

Very common species throughout the area. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of fifty three birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and fifty seven on a late summer visit.


Nuthatch Sitta europaea

Fairly common resident.

Common near the church car-park in Clifton Village where birds can be heard calling or seen high in the trees on most visits. Elsewhere in the areas woodlands it is less abundant but still fairly common. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of fourteen birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and nine on a late summer visit.


Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

Fairly common resident.

Fairly common throughout the Grove, Clifton Wood and Branshill Wood with proved breeding at all three sites.


Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor

Very rare winter visitor

Only an old record  of a bird present Attenborough/Barton-in-Fabis from October 3rd - December 31st 1978, and again from January 4th - March 3rd 1979.


Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

Very Rare Visitor

Only a single record of a first summer female found on fence posts near the riverside chalet at Barton-in-Fabis on the 27th May 2010. The Shrike was present from 5.30pm until dusk when it was seen to go to roost in the hedgerow. It was seen by twenty or so local birders after I quickly put the news out, but it couldn't be relocated the following morning despite many birders searching the area.

 

Barton-in-Fabis - 27th May 2010


Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

A very rare passage migrant

Just a single record of this very rare passage migrant. The unmistakable flutey notes of a singing male were heard in the early morning at Clifton Grove on June 27th 1998


Jay Garrulus glandarius

Scarce resident

Resident in all the areas woodlands but birds are more often heard than seen. Four birds seen together is the greatest number seen so only small numbers seem to be present as a recent survey suggests.  A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of thirteen birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and eleven on a late summer visit. 


Magpie Pica pica

Common widespread resident.

A very common bird throughout the area with the highest counts seen in the winter months. The largest single count is fifty two birds on the edge of Clifton Grove in December 2007.   A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of eighty five birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and one hundred sixteen on a late summer visit.


Jackdaw Corvus monedula

Common resident.

A very common species in the area with small numbers nesting in the same tree holes in the Grove and Clifton Wood year after year. Large numbers of Jackdaw can be seen in the Barton-in-Fabis and Clifton Pastures areas from October to March with counts of 1600 birds not uncommon.  A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of eighty one birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and sixty three on a late summer visit.


Rook Corvus frugilegus

Common Resident

Common in the winter months with large numbers seen feeding on fields with other corvids. Only small numbers recorded breeding here as there are no large Rookeries within the area.  


Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone

Very common resident

Commonest in the winter months with large numbers feeding in fields. Breeds in a number of locations throughout the area.  A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of hundred thirty five birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and hundred eighty six on a late summer visit.


Hooded Crow Corvus cornix

Only one old record of this Rare visitor

On April 3rd 1989 S.Browne and C.Mills found a Hooded Crow that flew from the field behind Barton Island, across the Trent and over the reserve.


Raven Corvus corax

Scarce Visitor

Raven Occurrences - 2005-2013

The first record was of a single bird seen over the Ratcliff -on- Soar power station on the 6th May 2005.

Two birds were seen mobbing a Peregrine Falcon peregrinus over Branshill Wood on the 2nd August 2008 

Two birds over Branshill Wood on the 17th August 2011 [ P.Buxton & S.Roberts ]

Two birds feeding on carrion just off the Gotham Road on the 1st September 2011

Two Ravenwere found over Branshill Wood late afternoon 25th September 2011 

A single bird was found feeding on a dead Sheep near Barton Flash 5th January 2012.

Single bird over Gotham Hills - 23rd May 2012.

Single bird over Gotham Wood - 28th July 2012.

Single bird feeding in fields with other Corvids till dusk when it flew off towards Ruddington Moor - 11th October 2012.

Single bird over Branshill Wood  and a second sighting of probably the same bird over Gotham Wood - 11th November 2012.

Single bird calling from over Branshill Wood - 7th May 2013.

Displaying pair over Branshill Wood - 11th May 2013.

Single bird over Branshill - 26th May 2013.

  

mobbing Peregrine - 2nd August 2008

Clifton Pastures - October 2012

Branshill Wood - 11th November 2012


Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Common Resident

A common resident throughout with numbers building in June when there are lots of Juveniles birds. In the winter months large numbers of birds flock together prior to dusk to roost in favored areas, but in recent years only smaller pre roost flocks have been seen. On the 4th July 2000 a leucistic individual was seen amongst a flock of Juvenile's in my garden in Clifton. It was seen on several occasions throughout July and was last seen on the 27th July 2000.

July 2000 - Clifton


House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Common Resident

Despite the national decline of this species it is still a fairly common resident around the Clifton estate and other Urban locations within the area 


Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Scarce Resident.

Tree Sparrow is one of the areas scarcest residents with numbers rarely reaching over twenty birds. Favored locations are the area of hedgerows near Barton Island, and and the area near the Yellow Gate. In October 2006 I placed a number of nest-boxes in suitable locations to try and tempt pairs to breed. Success was achieved in the first season with five nest-boxes occupied. Since 2006 pairs have bread every year with several pairs having second broods. I am now thinking of adding more nest-boxes to the area.    

     


Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Very common resident

 A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of sixty six birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and ninety five on a late summer visit.


Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

Scarce Passage Migrant/winter visitor

Three birds present in the Alder Plantation at the rear of Clifton Wood throughout January/February 2008.

Two birds were seen with Chaffinch Carduelis chloris feeding in fields near the Clifton Estate on Clifton Pastures January 2009.

Single male in the hedgerow by the old riverside Chalet Barton-in-Fabis 14th November 2010

Two to three birds high in the tree tops of the Rough Wood from the 15th-16th April 2011.

A single bird was noted in a private garden at Clifton Grove 21st January 2012.

Four birds found feeding high in beech trees in the Thrumpton Hall estate - 20th October 2012.

A small group of 4 or 5 calling Brambling flew over the Alder Plantation with a mixed finch flock - 10th November 2012.

Two Brambling flew over the Alder Plantation towards the Rough Wood - 18th November 2012.

A male Brambling was found in the willows on the river bend Clifton Grove - 22nd November 2012

Riverside Chalet - 14th November 2010


Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

Very common resident

 A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of forty nine birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and hundred eighteen on a late summer visit.


Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

Very common resident

 A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of fifty birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and eight six on a late summer visit.


Siskin Carduelis spinus

Scarce winter visitor

Siskin numbers fluctuate yearly with some winters holding flocks of up to a hundred birds in the area, but in recent years numbers have been poor with less than twenty seen all winter. The best site to see this species is either the Alder Plantation at the rear of Clifton Wood or the small group of alder trees at the end of Clifton Wood near Fox Covet Lane. 


Linnet Carduelis cannabina

Fairly common resident

A fairly common breeding species throughout the area in suitable locations. Large numbers can be seen feeding together in flocks during the winter months with one hundred birds not uncommon. Favored areas are Clifton Pasture and any set-aside in the area. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of twenty four birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and eighty two on a late summer visit.


Twite Carduelis flavirostris

Only one confirmed record of this rare winter visitor/passage migrant.

A single bird was observed at close range feeding on millet with a flock of sixty Linnet Carduelis cannabina on the edge of a set-aside behind Barton Flash at 10.30am on the 3rd February 2007.  


Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea

Very rare visitor

A single Mealy Redpoll was found with a larger flock of Lesser Redpoll in fields in Thrumpton on the 18th December 2011. It was watch at very close range before it flew off towards the river and was lost from view.

This Redpoll had a very cold feel to it, underbody was largely white and the undertail covets showed some thick smudgy lines; typical of Mealy. Lesser Redpolls tend to show thinly and sparsely streaked undertail coverts.
The flanks and breast sides were largely white and had some thick flank streaking.
The head showed some nice buffish tones that are present in summer plumage Mealy Redpoll males. The bill was also large and thick set.
The second photo shows a lot of white in that rump area and it looks extensive.

I think this removes any doubt that this is a Mealy Redpoll.

Thrumpton - December 2011


Lesser Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret

Scarce Resident?/Winter visitor

Very scarce winter visitor with only records been of small groups of birds feeding on alders with Siskin Carduelis spinus. Themain locations to see this species is in the Alder Plantation and Clifton Wood where it can be found feeding on alder trees usually with Siskin Carduelis spinus.. A single bird seen feeding on seed heads in April 2009 is the only spring record.  

Clifton Grove - April 2009


Common CrossbillLoxia curvirostra

A very rare visitor

A Common Crossbillwas heard calling as it flew pretty low over the Rough Wood heading towards Barton-in-Fabis at 11.00am on the 4th June 2012.[C.Southall & I.Blackmore] first site record.


Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Scarce resident

Small numbers can be seen on most visits and are always seem to be seen in pairs. Good numbers of Juvenile birds were seen in September 2008 feeding on black berries proving that this bird is successfully breeding here. The best sites to see this species is along the hedgerow between Clifton Wood and Branshill Wood, another favored area is the hedgerow along the footpath in  the Alder Plantation. A breeding bird survey in 2008 found only  fifteen birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and thirteen on a late summer visit.


Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Very rare species to the area with just two records of two small flocks both from Clifton Wood.

The first record was of three birds seen in the Alder Plantation at the rear of Clifton Wood 1.00pm on the 23rd December 2005. All three birds stayed in the area for around an hour before the flew off high towards Clifton Grove. The second record was again from the Alder Plantation on the 12th March 2006 and involved a small flock of four birds. Again they stayed in the area for around an hour before they flew off in the direction of Attenborough 

The Alder Plantation - 23rd December 2005


Snow Bunting

Very rare with only one record

Only a single record of a female seen feeding on the  Weir Field on the 20th November 2005. It was watched at close range before it flew off in the direction of Attenborough.


Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella

Fairly common resident 

A fairly common species on suitable locations such as Clifton Pastures and Branshill Moor. Birds do flock in the winter months with counts of  fifty not uncommon.  A breeding bird survey in 2008 found a total of twenty two birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and fifty eight on a late summer visit.


Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniculus

Scarce resident / breeding species.

A breeding bird survey in 2008 found only ten birds throughout the area on a early spring visit and twenty four on a late summer visit.


Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

Rare resident/breeding species.

The Corn Bunting is probably the most Threatened species throughout the area. The small breeding population is now threatened with various construction projects that will cut right through their favored breeding sites, and will almost certainly push this species to the brink of extinction in the area. Having been red-listed in all three "Birds of Conservation Concern" reviews, this farmland species continues to be an urgent conservation priority. Remains on the Red list. 

Male Barton Lane - June 2009

Nottingham Road - June 2013


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