Bird Sightings

As many are aware we have some birdwatchers who are social members and come and watch from the corner, or watch the bird feeders they have put up beyond the Flying 15 area. We have asked John one of the regulars to let us know what they see. The Terns are nesting on the raft so please give that a good berth (they will let you know if you get to close!). If you want to know more stop and ask.


July is generally a very quiet time for birdwatching in Nottinghamshire and this was reflected in sightings around the Sailing Lake.

Perhaps the most interesting bird was a Knot seen on the tern raft on the 17th. A type of small wading bird it is more at home on the coast and less than ten birds are reported annually in the county. Later in the day it moved to the shore around the club house and showed no fear of people. Apparently several members were quite intrigued as to what it was. A Marsh Harrier was seen on the 20thbut was quickly chased away by the adult Common Terns. Three pairs have nested on the raft this year which has proved really successful. They are very protective parents and will see off any other birds they consider a threat. It’s always nice to see an Osprey and a bird spent a few minutes over the lake and the river on the 27thbefore moving off north. It may have originated from Rutland Water where a few pairs breed.

Red Kites were once a very rare sight in Nottinghamshire but thanks to several reintroduction schemes around the country their numbers have increased dramatically. Although they don’t breed at Hoveringham they are often seen over the ridge on the opposite side of the river and up to four birds have been seen this month on several dates.

Other birds of note were a flock of 21 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpipers, several Yellow-legged Gulls and a few Little Egrets.

Butterfly sightings have included Small Copper, Comma and Speckled Wood. A Brown Hare was seen along the approach road as was a Stoat.

John Hopper

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