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Records submitted in the last 7 days, most recent first. Amber indicates scarce, yellow indicates rare (Kent requires notes or a description), cream indicates non-native. A Rarity Description form can be downloaded here.

Friday 29 August 2014

Kingsdown, 13:45 to 16:00, Sunny Intervals,strong SW wind
7 Swift [Barry Woolhouse]

North Foreland, 08:30 to 10:00
12 Swift (S), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail (S), 17 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler [Simon Mount]

Bekesbourne, 06:30 to 11:00
1 Tree Pipit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Nuthatch [Robert Douthwaite]

Pegwell Bay, 06:30 to 14:00, clear with light s/w steadily picking up to 25mph s/w with squally showers
1 Glossy Ibis (marsh behind garage pool), 1 Osprey (arrived from the north then headed off west overland @08.30 ish.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 400 Sandwich Tern (+, Offshore/high tide), 100 Common Tern (+), 1 Arctic Tern (6+ on rising tide), 3 Little Tern, 9 Black Tern (South offshore in one group), 50 Swift (all south), 3 Tree Pipit (3 singles south early am), 31 Yellow Wagtail (8 present and 23 south inc 1 group of 13), 1 Grey Wagtail (south), 1 Redstart (Hover port am.) [Phil Milton]

Shuart Farm, 06:00 to 10:00
2 Turtle Dove, 96 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Chris Hindle]

Thursday 28 August 2014

Bough Beech Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:00
15 Mandarin Duck, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black Tern (with party of 10 migrating common terns), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail [Russell Brockett]

North Foreland, 13:30 to 15:30
20 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Wheatear [Simon Mount]

Bishopstone, 11:45 to 12:00
1 Ortolan Bunting (on ploughed field on cliff top between bishopstone and reculver) [Chris Hindle]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 10:10 to 11:30
5 Mute Swan (Pen, with 3 'Polish' and 1 normal cygnet), 1 Kingfisher (juvenile), 0 Swallow (complete absence of all hirundine) [Robert Douthwaite]

New Hythe, 10:00 to 14:00, Mostly Overcast
1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern [Phillip Sharp]

Pegwell Bay, 07:30 to 14:30, Breezy southerly - clear throughout.
2 Teal, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Coot (Garage pool), 40 Ringed Plover (+), 3 Sanderling, 100 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 410 Curlew, 160 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 100 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 18 Swift (all south), 50 Sand Martin (circa), 1000 Swallow (+, n/west), 9 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler (hover pad), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (seen by SH), 1 Pied Flycatcher (water reservoir on farm) [Phil Milton]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 08:45, Seen by Matt Hindle
1 Buzzard, 9 Swift, 1 Wryneck (beside River Wantsum), 23 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Pied Flycatcher [Chris Hindle]

Warden Point, 06:00 to 10:30, Overcast, S breeze
2 Buzzard, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 17 Arctic Tern (Roosting on foreshore then flew NW), 1 Little Owl, 4 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 100 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher (+) [Simon Tilley]

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Deal, 17:00 to 17:05, overcast
1 Whimbrel (passed overhead, heading inland) [Peter Flint]

North Foreland, 14:00 to 15:30
15 Common Scoter (S), 8 Arctic Skua (S), 30 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear (SW off sea) [Simon Mount]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 13:40 to 14:45, warm, SE breeze, clear, some sun
25 Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Common Tern [Graham Barker]

Lower Hope Point, 11:30 to 15:00, E.3
95 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler (a flock upstream), 1 Goldeneye, 1 Hobby (crossed river from Essex), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Sandwich Tern, 50 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern [Richard Elvy]

North Foreland, 06:45 to 11:00
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, 1 Skylark, 1 Tree Pipit (S), 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Simon Mount]

Shuart Farm, 06:30 to 10:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Chris Hindle]

North Foreland, 05:15 to 10:15, Breezy easterly on coast, clear odd bits of cloud
1 Wigeon (south), 14 Teal (12 south and 2 north), 119 Common Scoter (all south), 3 Gannet (south), 1 Arctic Skua (south), 24 Sandwich Tern (south), 60 Common Tern (or 'commics' all south), 5 Arctic Tern (south), 21 Yellow Wagtail (c12 Elmwood, 7 south and 2 cliff top (Joss Bay)), 14 Wheatear (10 Elmwood and 4 cliff top) [Phil Milton]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Kestrel, 40 House Martin (Flying East), 3 Black Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 26 August 2014

TQ7052, 18:55 to 19:15, Light drizzle on & off before heavy rain returned
2 Buzzard (1 feeding on ground, 1 over), 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 3 Wheatear (In paddocks nr Tutsham Hall), 5 Mistle Thrush [Adam Whitehouse]

Shellness, 13:30 to 15:30, ENE 5 rain then mist
2 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern, 1 Wheatear [Richard Elvy]

Cliffe Pools, 12:30 to 16:00, Mod ENE, very wet. All on Flamingo pool except spoonbills
2 Spoonbill (Ski pool), 31 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Turnstone, 1 Red-necked Phalarope (Flamingo pool sandbar c1pm to 2.40 at least, very elusive in appalling weather), 7 Little Tern [Sean Huggins]

Reculver, 11:00 to 16:00, seawatch from Towers
35 Common Scoter (flying E), 1 Fulmar, 15 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua (juvenile seen by Frank Cackett), 9 Great Skua, 2 Little Gull (adults E), 1 Kittiwake, 120 Common Tern (flying E), 1 Little Tern (flying E), 2 Black Tern (flying E), 5 Swift [Chris Hindle]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 08:00, seen by Matt Hindle
1 Grasshopper Warbler [Chris Hindle]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 09:00
3 Grey Heron (W off sea), 1 Golden Plover (S), 1 Green Sandpiper (SW), 1 Swift, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat [Simon Mount]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
7 Fulmar, 200 Mediterranean Gull (circa, Offshore), 50 House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 5 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 10 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet [Derek Smith]

Monday 25 August 2014

North Foreland, 15:45 to 16:30
12 Sandwich Tern (offshore), 40 Common Tern (offshore) [Simon Mount]

North Foreland, 09:00 to 10:30
9 Eider (offshore), 14 Common Scoter (S), 2 Swift (S), 2 Blackcap [Simon Mount]

Lower Hope Point, 08:30 to 15:00, SE 1-4 mostly rain
37 Shelduck, 2 Common Scoter (Down), 9 Grey Heron (A flock up), 1 Merlin (crossed river from Essex), 2 Golden Plover (Up), 6 Arctic Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern (Up; 3 back down), 410 Common Tern (Upstream; 190 back downstream), 5 Arctic Tern (Up) [Richard Elvy]

Bishopstone, 06:30 to 06:35
2 Carrion Crow (hanging upside down on telephone wires for 5 minutes) [Chris Hindle]

Grove Ferry, 05:10 to 08:45
233 Greylag Goose, 161 Teal, 1 Pochard, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 5 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (juvenile male), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Martyn Wilson]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Black Redstart, 8 Stonechat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit [Derek Smith]

Sunday 24 August 2014

St Margaret's, 18:45 to 19:45
1 Kestrel, 10 Herring Gull, 25 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Swallow (+), 10 Wheatear (circa), 1 Blackcap, 5 Jackdaw, 10 Carrion Crow (+), 2 Linnet [Martin Collins]

Cliffe Pools, 13:00 to 18:00, Cloudy but sunny, warm with light SW breeze. Counts for RSPB reserve (HT 12.58, 5.6m)
245 Teal (Ski Pool/BBPs), 1 Garganey (BBPs), 16 Shoveler (Ski Pool/BBPs), 23 Pochard (BBPs), 5 Grey Partridge (covey flushed off marsh by Marsh Harrier, landed on coastguard road where later watched dust-bathing (from last year's re-introduction)), 3 Great Crested Grebe (on BBPs with 2 young), 1425 Avocet (Ski/Flamingo Pools), 6 Ringed Plover (Flamingo Pool), 48 Grey Plover (Ski/Flamingo Pools), 1 Sanderling (juvenile with Dunlin), 27 Dunlin (Flamingo Pool), 4 Snipe, 875 Black-tailed Godwit (mostly roosting on Ski Pool), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (with Grey Plover), 12 Greenshank (10 on Radar Pool), 4 Sand Martin, 4 Whinchat (BBPs/coastguards), 1 Stonechat (BBPs/coastguards), 1 Cetti's Warbler (song heard by 1st viewpoint), 145 Linnet (flock feeding on thistles etc near 1st viewpoint) [Murray Orchard]

Egypt Bay, 13:00 to 14:30, humid, cloudy, HT
4 Buzzard (high towards Cliffe marshes), 2 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow (+), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler (around Swigshole), 1 Bearded Tit (several heard in fleet) [Peter Beckenham]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 12:30 to 13:30
1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest [John Reeves]

Reculver, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Honey Buzzard [Chris Hindle]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 10:50 to 12:00
2 Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 19 Common Tern, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin [John Reeves]

Cliffe Pools, 09:45 to 12:45, High cloud, warm. Calm/light W breeze.Counts for non-RSPB pools
24 Mute Swan (all adults - Alpha Pool), 137 Greylag Goose (Timber Lake), 10 Gadwall (Timber Lake), 57 Great Crested Grebe (Timber Lake), 1 Green Sandpiper (Timber Lake), 49 Common Tern (43 on Thames off Cliffe Fort, 6 around Alpha islands with 4 fledged young), 1 Cetti's Warbler (calling by Timber Lake) [Murray Orchard]

North Foreland, 08:45 to 10:00
9 Eider (offshore), 9 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat [Simon Mount]

Samphire Hoe, 08:00 to 08:00
175 House Martin, 10 Rock Pipit, 9 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 15 Linnet [Keith Privett]

Samphire Hoe, 08:00 to 08:00
6 Fulmar, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 150 Sand Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 6 Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat [Keith Privett]

TQ7052, 08:00 to 08:30, Bright, no wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 12 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 2 Whinchat (all migrants in paddock east of Tutsham Hall c. TQ708525), 1 Wheatear, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet [Adam Whitehouse]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 06:00 to 08:30, cool, bright, some mist clearing
1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Common Sandpiper, 35 Black-headed Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 60 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 9 Stock Dove, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 40 Chiffchaff (+) [Graham Barker]

Oare Marshes, 05:50 to 12:00, Sunny with a light W breeze.
2 Sparrowhawk (+), 1 Hobby, 3 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (adult and two juvs), 21 Whimbrel (flew N in one flock), 2 Spotted Redshank (winter adults), 1 Greenshank (over), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (juv/1st winter), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (adult winter still), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv), 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap (+), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Willow Warbler [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 05:00 to 12:45
128 Greylag Goose, 10 Gadwall, 160 Teal, 2 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck (west), 5 Grey Heron, 2 Honey Buzzard (circling south at 11.35am with two Common Buzzards), 6 Marsh Harrier (1 juvenile), 4 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Stock Dove (10 north 7.20am), 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 7 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (juvenile), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap (all females), 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 12 Bearded Tit, 45 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Chislet Marshes, 02:00 to 08:15, dry-mild-no breeze
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Tawny Owl (heard but not seen throughout the early hours), 1 Jay [Peter Bailey]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 6 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler [Derek Smith]

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