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Kent Ornithological Society Bird News

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.

Saturday 01 November 2014

Maidstone, 08:00 to 08:00
5 Redwing [Ken Digby]

Swale NNR, 06:00 to 08:20, Sunny, 14 degrees
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Derek Faulkner]

Friday 31 October 2014

Wateringbury, 08:55 to 09:00
1 Grey Wagtail (Feeding in the moss on barn roof.) [Ken Digby]

Horsmonden, 08:00 to 08:20
1 Peregrine Falcon (Smallbridge Road. Feeding on kill in field. ) [Robert Owen]

Longfield, 07:30 to 08:45
40 Wood Pigeon (flying SW in a single flock), 1 Stonechat (male, 1st of year), 2 Reed Bunting [Peter Beckenham]

Thursday 30 October 2014

Elmley (excluding Spitend), 14:40 to 16:10, Sunny and warm
150 Golden Plover (Plus from toilet block together with 40 Ringed Plover), 100 Curlew (Plus to west of entrance track.), 1 Short-eared Owl (east of entrance track at 15.45; also 3 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels and 6-7 Marsh Harriers.) [Keith Cutting]

Capel Fleet, 12:30 to 14:15, Sunny and warm
3 Buzzard (Together with 6-7 a Marsh Harriers, 4 Stonechats, 10 plus Skylark.), 1 Short-eared Owl (Just west of view point being mobbed by Buzzard.), 22 Corn Bunting (on wires along Harty Road.) [Keith Cutting]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 12:00 to 17:30, Mainly sunnny very mild .
550 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 4 Wigeon, 1500 Teal (circa), 15 Little Grebe (+), 5 Little Egret, 7 Marsh Harrier, 12 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 150 Golden Plover (+), 1 Grey Plover, 900 Lapwing (+), 6 Snipe, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 2 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew (+), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Barn Owl, 9 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1500 Starling (circa) [Mike Norman]

Funton Creek, 11:50 to 12:00
600 Avocet (Plus at low tide.) [Keith Cutting]

Gillingham, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (On Gasometer at the Strand) [Keith Cutting]

Reculver, 08:45 to 09:45
21 Mute Swan, 767 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 45 Meadow Pipit, 2 Black Redstart [Chris Hindle]

Swale NNR, 08:10 to 08:20
15 Ruff [Derek Faulkner]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 14:00, Warm sun after cloud
4 Marsh Harrier (Hunting across reserve), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Resting on fence joined / faced down by female Kestrel for 4 minutes), 2 Snipe (Flushed from ditch on way to Hide 2), 1 Short-eared Owl (Hunting pm across reserve), 2 Stonechat [Dick Cridlan]

New Hythe, 07:30 to 07:30, overcast,mild,light SW.
102 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew SW,more heard passing over one hour later.) [Alan Michael Woodcock]

Minster (Sheppey) , 07:00 to 07:10
290 Jackdaw (Twice daily feeding flock and increasing) [Derek Faulkner]

Wouldham, 07:00 to 13:00
67 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa, flocks of 9, 18 and c40 flying south between 0700 and 0800), 8 Little Grebe (on river), 16 Cormorant (along river), 4 Little Egret (along river), 2 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 1 Snipe (along river), 10 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 2 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Ian Shepherd]

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Scotney Gravel Pits, 16:10 to 16:20, stopped raining light fast fading
5 Snow Goose (in with Barnacle), 81 Barnacle Goose (feeding on grass between road and lake) [Paul Cumberland]

TR1651, 15:00 to 15:10, Dull
80 Common Gull (In grass field opposite the Duck Inn, Pett Bottom) [Tim Flisher]

Capel Fleet, 11:00 to 14:30, rain, mist. wind light E
2 Great White Egret, 12 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 350 Golden Plover (circa) [Richard Elvy]

Shellness, 07:30 to 10:00
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa. A flock 517 birds contained 105 juvs), 2 Stonechat [Richard Elvy]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
5 Cormorant, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Meadow Pipit, 10 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 5 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Reculver, 09:00 to 10:00
614 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose [Chris Hindle]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
6 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wren, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Blackbird, 15 Jackdaw, 40 Carrion Crow, 30 Starling, 4 Goldfinch [Derek Smith]

Monday 27 October 2014

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail [Ken Digby]

Kingsdown, 07:30 to 07:35, Sunny,SW wind
7 Grey Partridge, 1 Swallow (West at 10.15 am) [Barry Woolhouse]

Sunday 26 October 2014

Seasalter, 09:30 to 12:15, cloudy
2 Gadwall (all birds seen on the plots), 7 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Great Grey Shrike (on the plots for about a minute), 1 Jay, 100 Chaffinch (circa) [Mike Gould]

Dungeness, 08:30 to 17:00, KOS Trip- Dry & overcast conditions breezy South-westerly wind
1 Red-crested Pochard (female), 12 Common Scoter, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret (A Persil white individual), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 3 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Great Skua (Fishing Boats), 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd W), 15 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1 1st W 1 3rd W both on Burrows Pit), 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern (juv by Fishing Boats), 10 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 1 Barn Owl, 24 Skylark (In off the sea at Fishing Boats), 5 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff [Ray O'Reilly]

North Foreland, 08:30 to 10:30
2 Eider (offshore), 5 Skylark (S), 40 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail (S), 7 Mistle Thrush [Simon Mount]

North Foreland, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Red-necked Grebe (s), 1 Grey Heron (in off), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Arctic Skua (s), 60 Swallow (in off), 191 Starling (in off) [Phil Beraet]

Cliffe Pools, 07:10 to 10:30, cloudy mild
1 Green Sandpiper (near coastguards pool), 6 Yellow-legged Gull (feeding in cliffe creekmouth), 14 Bearded Tit (mobile flock between Blackbarn pools) [Jeremy Hall]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:15, Cloudy with a light SW breeze.
1 Wigeon (long staying injured drake still on East flood), 6 Gadwall, 10 Pintail, 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Curlew (leucistic bird back for another winter), 2 Greenshank (in Faversham creek), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail (flew W), 6 Stonechat (three pairs), 1 Redwing (flew SW), 3 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin (flew W - first this year!) [Murray Wright]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 6 Magpie [Derek Smith]

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