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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.

Monday 20 August 2018

Luddenham Marshes, 12:10 to 12:15, partly cloudy and humid; tide out
2 Hobby [James Massey]

Uplees Marsh, 11:45 to 11:45, partly cloudy and humid; tide out
1 Green Sandpiper [James Massey]

Knole Park, 11:00 to 13:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo (Juvenile), 1 Skylark, 25 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatcher (Adults and juveniles - thank you JK), 3 Nuthatch, 1 Siskin [Martin Garwood]

Oare Marshes, 10:45 to 12:00, Warm, still, overcast.Tide out.
8 Mute Swan (6 cygnets), 2 Grey Heron, 9 Buzzard (All together drifting W), 8 Avocet, 148 Golden Plover, 59 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint (EF), 27 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 1500 Black-tailed Godwit (c), 120 Redshank, 1 Little Owl, 3 Pied Wagtail [Damon Smith]

Conyer, 09:30 to 13:15, partly cloudy and humid; tide out; walk E along sea wall to Uplees Marsh and back
1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (heard), 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 50 Swallow (+), 1 House Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail (adult on rifle range plus three juvs by marina), 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wheatear (on rifle range), 6 Reed Warbler, 40 Goldfinch (circa), 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Warden Point, 06:30 to 09:00
1 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat (juv by radar tower), 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Simon Tilley]

Sunday 19 August 2018

Knole Park, 16:30 to 16:30
1 Whinchat (Golf Course Valley Scrub at 'TQ547544', NE of Knole House. ), 1 Willow Warbler (Juv in GC Valley scrub ), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 ad;3 juv at Golf Course Valley ) [James King]

Paddock Wood, 14:45 to 14:45, Windy with sunny intervals
4 Swift (Feeding with House Martin flock) [Andy Lees]

Hayesden, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Buzzard, 50 Linnet (in flocks near flood barrier) [Martin Garwood]

Uplees Marsh, 12:00 to 12:30, mostly cloudy with strong SW wind
3 Whinchat (together), 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 11:10 to 12:15, cloudy and windy
2 Little Ringed Plover (on north lake), 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Tree Pipit (in dead oaks from hide) [Iain Black]

Conyer, 11:00 to 12:00, mostly cloudy with strong SW wind
1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 5 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wheatear, 100 House Sparrow (+) [James Massey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:45
33 Oystercatcher, 15 Sanderling, 11 Turnstone, 11 Swift (flying W), 7 Swallow (flying W), 16 House Martin (flying W), 35 House Sparrow, 66 Linnet [Chris Hindle]

Foreness, 06:20 to 08:35
14 Swift (Flew west), 2 Tree Pipit (Flew west), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear [Barry Matlock]

Oare Marshes, 05:45 to 10:10, Windy, Overcast turning to sun, warm
2 Mute Swan (West Flood), 3 Shelduck (Juveniles near slipway), 2 Teal, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 3 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 50 Avocet (+), 1 Little Ringed Plover (juvenile), 9 Ringed Plover (+), 150 Golden Plover (+), 50 Lapwing (+), 1 Little Stint, 60 Dunlin (+), 8 Ruff (+, 1 juvenile, much smaller.), 2 Snipe, 300 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Whimbrel (Flew over road heading west.), 1 Spotted Redshank (Moulting), 100 Redshank (+), 6 Turnstone (On slipway), 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 2 Common Gull (On posts at side of slipway), 1 Common Tern (On posts at side of slipway), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Warbler [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 10:00, Sunny spells and a moderate SW breeze. HT circa 07:00. 3 Ravens over.
1 Little Ringed Plover (juv on EF), 18 Ringed Plover (on EF), 250 Golden Plover (circa on EF), 2 Grey Plover (over), 1 Knot (juv on EF), 1 Little Stint (ad on EF), 200 Dunlin (circa on EF), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (on EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (moulting ad on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 2 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 1 Wood Sandpiper (juv on EF), 1 Common Sandpiper (on EF), 6 Turnstone (on slipway), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad on EF), 6 Turtle Dove (on wires), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 13 Sand Martin (flew W) [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 04:50 to 10:00
2 Mute Swan, 212 Greylag Goose, 74 Gadwall, 144 Teal, 339 Mallard, 2 Garganey, 2 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Marsh Harrier (3 juveniles), 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 3 Moorhen, 14 Coot, 126 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 16 Black-headed Gull, 11 Stock Dove, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 30 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 2 Whinchat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 18 August 2018

Foreness, 18:10 to 19:15
3 Arctic Skua (Flew east), 29 Sandwich Tern (Flew east) [Barry Matlock]

Castle Coote (Swale LNR), 16:30 to 17:15
2 Wheatear [Brian Watmough]

Conyer, 15:00 to 17:00, mostly cloudy with WSW breeze; rising tide
1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Kestrel, 1 Avocet, 66 Ringed Plover (E end of Fowley Island), 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull, 1 Wheatear [James Massey]

TQ6736, 14:00 to 14:00, Cloudy and warm
1 Osprey (newly shed primary feather found on stubble field ) [David Lambert]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 16:00
10 Mute Swan, 3 Mallard (Female with 2 tiny chicks), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Coot, 3 Kingfisher [Peter Dale]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (juvenile), 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Chris Hindle]

Furnace Pond, 07:15 to 09:30
10 Mandarin Duck, 1 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron (over east), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (juvenile), 1 Kestrel, 15 Moorhen, 3 Black-headed Gull, 12 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail (over south east), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 20 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 16 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Jay, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet [Stephen Mills]

Harty, 06:40 to 06:45
40 Corn Bunting (along the Harty road) [Derek Faulkner]

Foreness, 06:00 to 08:30
2 Greenshank (Flew west), 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Common Sandpiper, 27 Turnstone, 9 Swift, 2 Sand Martin (Flew west), 40 Swallow, 75 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit (Flew west), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear [Barry Matlock]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 11:30, a sunny start but soon clouding over with a light SW breeze. HT circa 06:00.
46 Greylag Goose (on EF first thing), 86 Avocet (on EF), 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv on EF), 8 Ringed Plover (on EF), 218 Golden Plover (on EF), 1 Little Stint (ad on EF), 150 Dunlin (circa on EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (moulting ad on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 1 Wood Sandpiper (juv on EF), 5 Turnstone (on slipway), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad on the EF over high tide then back on the mud E of slipway from 08:00), 2 Sandwich Tern (flew into the mouth of FC), 4 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo (juv), 1 Little Owl, 1 Wryneck (a cracking find by Richard Roberts at 09:15 in a Hawthorn beside the Little Owl's favourite Elder roost site behind the East Hide, showed well for 2-3 minutes but not seen again by 11:30 - only the third I've seen on the patch!), 1 Willow Warbler [Murray Wright]

Friday 17 August 2018

Knole Park, 16:50 to 19:10
1 Kestrel, 2 Swallow (W), 40 House Martin, 6 Stonechat (Golf Course Scrub ), 1 Wheatear (Golf Course ), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (Juv in GC Valley Scrub ), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 ad; 3+ juv showing well from scrub bordering Golf Course Valley at 'TQ546545' ) [James King]

TQ8166, 15:35 to 15:35, Light cloud, sw moderate breeze
2 Hobby (East over Bloors Lane *allotments) [Dave Hale]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Black Tern (2 reported, Burrowes ) [Mathew Bournat]

Burham, 10:20 to 11:30, wrm and dry. Sunny with high cloud. Low tide - very quiet!
8 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Coot, 29 Lapwing, 10 Black-headed Gull (+), 75 Herring Gull (+), 12 Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon (+), 4 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 House Martin, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 22 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

TR0455, 10:00 to 15:00, Warm, light breeze
1 Buzzard (Very vocal), 1 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler (( 2 juveniles ) ), 1 Nuthatch (All birds seen in Perry wood.), 1 Treecreeper [John Thompson]

Conyer, 09:45 to 11:45, sunny and warm with gentle breeze from SW; tide out
1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel (together), 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear (together), 12 Linnet [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 08:30 to 08:35, warm;cloud 2/8;W breeze
1 Water Rail (one sooty-black downy young; openly self feeding NE corner E flood. Adult not in view. Breeding confirmation) [Mike Roser]

Capel Fleet, 06:00 to 06:15
1 Great White Egret [Derek Faulkner]

Foreness, 06:00 to 09:05
1 Little Ringed Plover (Flew SW), 4 Tree Pipit (Flew W), 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler [Barry Matlock]

Oare Marshes, 05:15 to 10:15, Warm and sunny with a gentle WSW breeze. HT circa 05:30.
4 Buzzard (circling and calling high over the reserve), 2 Ringed Plover (on EF), 200 Golden Plover (circa on EF), 2 Knot (ads on EF), 1 Little Stint (on EF), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (ad on EF), 150 Dunlin (circa on EF), 12 Ruff (two juvs), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad on EF), 4 Greenshank (on EF), 4 Green Sandpiper (over W side), 1 Turnstone (on EF), 3 Mediterranean Gull (ads on EF), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad on mud E of slipway from 08:00), 1 Willow Warbler [Murray Wright]

Bekesbourne, 05:00 to 10:30
1 Turtle Dove (purring), 2 Willow Warbler [Robert Douthwaite]

Thursday 16 August 2018

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 09:30, mostly cloudy with a brisk SW breeze. HT circa 04:30. 17 Little Egrets on EF.
6 Grey Heron (on EF), 96 Golden Plover (on EF), 2 Grey Plover (summer plumage ads at mouth of FC), 100 Dunlin (circa on EF), 8 Ruff (on EF incl one juv), 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (circa on EF), 9 Whimbrel (+, flock of nine flew W), 1 Spotted Redshank (moulting ad on EF), 5 Greenshank (on EF), 4 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 2 Turnstone (on slipway), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad on EF), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad on mud E of slipway from 07:45), 2 Turtle Dove (ads), 1 Barn Owl (hunting along sea wall to the W), 1 Little Owl, 25 Yellow Wagtail (+, incl 15 feeding amongst cattle), 2 Corn Bunting (at Dan's Dock) [Murray Wright]

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Conyer, 20:00 to 21:00, sunset to nightfall; tide out
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl [James Massey]

Knole Park, 17:10 to 19:20
1 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (SE), 3 Skylark, 15 House Martin, 6 Stonechat (Golf Course Scrub), 2 Wheatear (+ Golf Course ), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (2 ad;2 Juv flycatching from mature trees bordering Golf Course Valley at 'TQ546545' ), 1 Yellowhammer (Male in GC Scrub) [James King]

South Swale LNR, 15:30 to 17:00, SW breeze; cloud 7/8; full tide
2 Whimbrel (over), 2 Turnstone, 60 Common Gull (circa, with B H Gulls roosting on the sea.), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 42 Goldfinch (flock inc many juvs around beach-huts) [Mike Roser]

Coldharbour (Reculver), 14:00 to 15:00
46 Mallard, 1 Hobby (hunting dragonflies over Wantsum), 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 10 Sandwich Tern [Arnie Van Orsouw]

Chipstead Lake, 13:00 to 15:00
1 Hobby, 2 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [Mathew Bournat]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Teal, 2 Pochard, 2 Green Sandpiper (Tyler) [Mathew Bournat]

Chilham, 11:00 to 12:00, sunny, breezy
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (among trees Broadham Down KWTNR) [Stuart Dove]

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Oare Marshes, 19:00 to 20:15, low tide; cloud 4/8; Faversham NHS
1 Bonaparte's Gull (foreshore mud E of slipway), 2 Swift (over E flood) [Mike Roser]

Tonbridge, 18:00 to 19:00
2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Turtle Dove (on wires, Eldridge Lock), 10 Swallow, 8 House Martin [Martin Garwood]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 16:40 to 17:15
20 Teal, 2 Snipe (1 juv;1 prob. adult Main Res. ), 6 Green Sandpiper (NL ), 10 Swallow, 4 House Martin [James King]

Conyer, 15:55 to 15:55, sunshine and cloud; tide in
1 Hobby [James Massey]

Riverside Country Park, 11:20 to 12:30, The Pond. Dry, warm overcast
2 Moorhen, 5 Wood Pigeon (+), 7 Collared Dove, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 20 House Sparrow (+), 5 Chaffinch (2m 3f), 12 Goldfinch (+), 2 Linnet [John Bunting]

Newington, 10:45 to 10:45, Temp - 20c, Cloud cover - 100%, Wind speed - F2, Precipitation - nil
1 Honey Buzzard (Flew north to south over Newington village/Peene Railway Museum at 10.45.) [Jamie Fletcher]

Conyer, 10:30 to 13:30, mostly cloudy with W breeze; rising tide; 2 common seal
1 Shelduck, 10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 41 Lapwing, 7 Dunlin, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank (moulting adult in creek), 268 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Wheatear [James Massey]

Riverside Country Park, 09:50 to 11:10, Bloors Wharf. Overcast Warm dry
1 Mute Swan, 1 Mallard, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 50 Redshank (+), 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull (10 adults 4 juveniles), 1 Herring Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow, 1 Carrion Crow, 10 House Sparrow (+), 1 Goldfinch [John Bunting]

Lower Halstow, 09:00 to 09:30, Overcast, dry, warm
20 Redshank (+), 1 Greenshank, 100 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Herring Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Blackbird, 2 Carrion Crow, 20 House Sparrow (+), 3 Goldfinch [John Bunting]

Cliffe Marshes, 08:45 to 08:45, Part cloudy wind W force 4
1 Purple Heron (In flight between the second ramp and river. Landed into ditch out of view age uncertain ) [Neil Frampton]

Doddington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Hobby (In breeding habitat) [Brendan Ryan]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 09:30
1 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 21 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Swallow (flying W), 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear [Chris Hindle]

Harty, 06:30 to 06:35
38 Corn Bunting [Derek Faulkner]

Preston Court, 06:30 to 07:00, Sunny, light W wind
3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Coal Tit (singing), 1 Treecreeper [Tony Swandale]

Foreness, 06:00 to 07:30
1 Tree Pipit (West), 8 Yellow Wagtail (West), 1 Grey Wagtail (West), 2 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear [Barry Matlock]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 10:00, Sunny with a fresh W breeze. LT circa 09:30.
1 Hobby, 108 Golden Plover (on EF), 2 Grey Plover (over), 7 Greenshank (on EF), 2 Green Sandpiper (one on EF and one on W side dyke), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad on mud E of slipway), 4 Turtle Dove (three ads and a juv), 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher (on sluice), 25 Yellow Wagtail (circa around EF), 1 Willow Warbler [Murray Wright]

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