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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 07 August 2020

Capel Fleet, 19:00 to 19:30
1 Mute Swan, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1200 Starling (circa), 11 Corn Bunting [Jonathan Barnard]

Leysdown, 12:00 to 12:00
4 Yellow Wagtail (Juveniles at Vanity Village holiday site) [Jonathan Barnard]

Abbot's Court, 09:45 to 10:35, Hot!
1 Sparrowhawk (west of Abbots Court.), 1 Wheatear (along sea wall 400 yards SE of Abbots Court and several WALL butterflies.) [Keith Cutting]

Capel Fleet, 08:00 to 08:00
5 Great White Egret (Alongside the Harty Road) [Derek Faulkner]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:00, Hot
1 Grasshopper Warbler (Ringed 0530), 2 Willow Warbler (Ringed) [Brian Watmough]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 08:30, hot, sunny and calm. HT circa 03:30. With SC.
1 Spoonbill (ad. flew into EF from W at 06:20 and flew back W at 06:50), 1 Hobby, 1 Grey Plover (summer plumage ad. on EF), 1 Little Stint (ad. on EF early morning then flew to Swale with Ringed Plovers and Dunlin), 4 Ruff (on EF), 5 Snipe, 13 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 1 Common Sandpiper (on EF), 5 Turnstone, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad. on mud E of slipway), 35 Common Tern (in one flock W along Swale), 1 Turtle Dove (ad. on wires), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat (in juncus just E of Dan's Dock) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 06 August 2020

Tonbridge, 19:00 to 19:30
1 Hobby (over the town), 4 Swift (last few over colony in South Tonbridge) [Martin Garwood]

Grove Ferry, 15:00 to 18:00
6 Mute Swan (Trip on the river to Redhouse Marsh), 2 Buzzard, 7 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail [Peter Dale]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 14:30 to 15:30
3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern (2 juv), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler [James King]

Egypt Bay, 12:00 to 15:00, Anticyclonic. Hot. Jet ski disturbance (originating from Canvey)
25 Oystercatcher, 600 Avocet, 30 Ringed Plover, 100 Grey Plover, 1500 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew (All waders gathering in managed retreat prior to HT. Common Seal in river devouring large(8lb plus) skate or ray.), 35 Common Tern (Including two flocks of 15 and 16 upriver) [Russell Brockett]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 10:05 to 11:20, Warm, brief shower, sun 26C
800 Greylag Goose, 48 Canada Goose, 10 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern (juv), 1 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 24 Pied Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Linnet [Bexley Birdbrains]

Penshurst, 07:00 to 08:00, mild and overcast.
12 Crossbill (Feeding in larches next to fish ponds. Flock disturbed and flew off south.) [John Guiver]

Wednesday 05 August 2020

Bough Beech Reservoir, 15:30 to 17:00, Main Res.
1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern (juv) [James King]

Coombe Bay, 11:15 to 12:30, Warm and sunny with fresh SW wind. Rising tide, HT at 14.45
60 Black-tailed Godwit (along tide edge), 28 Whimbrel (feeding across the bay on rising tide) [Murray Orchard]

Chartham, 09:50 to 09:50
2 Grey Wagtail (Corn Mill weir - 1 juvenile) [Tim Flisher]

Conyer, 09:30 to 09:50, sunny and clear but stiff S breeze; tide out
1 Spoonbill (feeding in channel on Swale mud close to shore W side of creek mouth), 1 Wheatear [James Massey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:40 to 08:45
15 Golden Plover [Chris Hindle]

Cliffe Pools, 08:30 to 14:15, Sunny, warm with fresh SW wind. Two visits: 08.30-10.30 & 13.15-14.15 High tide 14.45, BB2,3,5 and Point Pool dry, very little water on BB4
16 Teal (BB1), 4 Shoveler (HP), 76 Great Crested Grebe (4 on FP, 72 RP), 2 Cattle Egret (adult and juv feeding with small herd of cattle on marsh near coastguards), 10 Oystercatcher (8 on FP, 2 HP), 8 Avocet (BB1), 1 Dunlin (BB4, report of Wood Sandpiper by two other birders), 110 Curlew (roosting on FP, but no sign of roosting BTGs or Avocet), 2 Greenshank (RP/HP), 1 Sand Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing by 1st viewpoint) [Murray Orchard]

Knole Park, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler [James King]

Tuesday 04 August 2020

Conyer, 15:20 to 15:20, partly cloudy, warm and breezy from SW; ebb tide
1 Turtle Dove (adult showing nicely perched on bush top just E of old brick field, then flew E across grazing marsh giving a welcome prolonged view of flight) [James Massey]

Dartford Marshes, 13:30 to 13:30
1 Great White Egret (Seen in flight) [Phillip Royston]

Little Farthingloe, 12:10 to 12:10
1 Honey Buzzard (low over woods) [Mark Kennett]

Tonbridge, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Turtle Dove (Eldridge's Lock) [James King]

Birling, 09:00 to 09:05, Bright,SW
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (all in the same bit of sky,over the Downs.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby [Alan Michael Woodcock]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
10 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Whinchat, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Richard H Bailey]

Monday 03 August 2020

Grove Ferry, 20:30 to 21:00
1 Garganey, 2 Hobby, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Green Sandpiper [Tony Swandale]

East Peckham, 16:00 to 16:00
9 Egyptian Goose (2 adults and 7 goslings near to flight - have bred successfully) [Andy Lees]

Conyer, 14:50 to 14:50, partly cloudy with sunshine; ebb tide
70 Whimbrel (65,5 over W, calling) [James Massey]

Grove Ferry, 14:45 to 16:30, Dry & cloudy
1 Water Rail (Juvenile ), 24 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Bearded Tit (From ramp) [Arnie Van Orsouw]

Oare Marshes, 11:45 to 17:45, Mainly sunny,clouding over late pm. HT 1.20pm
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 57 Avocet, 20 Golden Plover, 87 Lapwing, 170 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1430 Black-tailed Godwit, 69 Whimbrel (One flock flying W along Swale @ 1.10pm), 1 Spotted Redshank, 350 Redshank (+), 2 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bonaparte's Gull, 800 Black-headed Gull (+), 3 Common Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 juvs), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail [Damon Smith]

Burham, 10:00 to 11:10, warm, dry and sunny. Rapidly rising tide
7 Greylag Goose, 88 Canada Goose, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 35 Wood Pigeon (+), 4 Collared Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, 9 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 39 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 250 Starling (+, 3 flocks), 45 House Sparrow (+), 30 Goldfinch (+, mainly juv.) [Bill Stoneham]

Elmley NNR, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, 22C, Wind about 10mph at times Heat Haze
3 Grey Heron, 4 Marsh Harrier (+), 5 Buzzard (+), 5 Kestrel, 30 Swallow (+, Flying over), 6 Pied Wagtail (+), 1 Whitethroat, 20 Rook (+), 10 Goldfinch (+, Including juveniles) [John Bunting]

East Peckham, 08:00 to 08:00
7 Grey Wagtail (Together at Sluice Weir Lock), 2 Spotted Flycatcher [Andy Lees]

Capel Fleet, 07:00 to 07:10
4 Great White Egret (Alongside the Harty Road) [Derek Faulkner]

Shuart Farm, 06:00 to 11:00
1 Hobby, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 32 Sedge Warbler, 45 Reed Warbler, 20 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 02 August 2020

Oare Marshes, 16:30 to 18:30, LT 18.55, E side
1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 4 Ringed Plover, 60 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (Ad. on East Flood), 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (Ad. on Swale mud E of Slipway), 1 Sand Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail [James King]

Ramsgate, 14:30 to 14:30, Warm sunshine
10 Sandwich Tern (Group gathered on No 6 Channel mark on approach to Ramsgate Harbour. ) [Peter Dale]

Cliffe Pools, 10:30 to 12:15, Warm,broken cloud,HT 12.40
2 Spoonbill (Male with green ring on left leg and white on right + female/juvenile (Radar Pool)), 2 Common Sandpiper (BB1) [Iain Black]

Furnace Pond, 07:45 to 09:15
12 Mandarin Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Sand Martin (over S/W), 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch [Stephen Mills]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 07:00 to 09:30, Bright and sunny
23 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great White Egret (Roosting on west bank), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe (1st of autumn ), 3 Green Sandpiper [Alan Ford]

Oare Marshes, 05:15 to 10:30, warm and sunny with a light W breeze. HT circa 12:15. With TR, SC and JR.
1 Cattle Egret (ad. on EF first thing only with four Little Egrets), 1 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover (juvs. on EF), 13 Ringed Plover (+), 34 Golden Plover (on EF), 2 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (ad. on EF), 500 Dunlin (circa on EF), 6 Ruff (ads. on EF), 10 Whimbrel (+), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad. on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 2 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 5 Common Sandpiper (on EF), 8 Turnstone (+, incl. four on EF and four on Green buoy), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad. on mud E of slipway first thing then roosting on EF on rising tide), 1 Turtle Dove (ad. on weathervane), 25 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Whinchat (just E of Dan's Dock (two later per JR)), 1 Wheatear (per JR) [Murray Wright]

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