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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.

Tuesday 09 February 2016

Ashford, 16:20 to 16:30, fine,bright.
30 Goldfinch (probably more, in the small maples,by the garages,far end of Washford farm road.) [Allan Ward]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 17:30
2 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe (on riverbank at HW), 3 Snipe (on riverbank at HW), 1 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Raven [Ian Shepherd]

Monday 08 February 2016

East Malling, 13:00 to 13:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 100 Fieldfare (+), 20 Redwing (+), 1 Chiffchaff (individual lacking warm tones in windbreak by main EMR buildings), 8 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling (On research station land. PLEASE do not drive onto the site, and use public footpaths to view orchards. A birder had to be let out at the weekend after entering the site and getting locked in! Not making me popular with my work colleagues) [Adam Whitehouse]

Elmley NNR, 12:00 to 12:00
10 Bewick's Swan (circa, Back of Rose Cottage.), 28 Ruff, 120 Black-tailed Godwit (+, All waders on entrance track.), 450 Curlew (circa) [Mike Norman]

Downe, 11:00 to 11:00, squally
1 Stonechat (male sitting on a fence in front of the West Kent Golf Clubhouse.) [Russell Brockett]

Sunday 07 February 2016

Grove Ferry, 15:50 to 16:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl (Same place, same time as Short-eared Owl), 1 Short-eared Owl (Hunting in the fields behind Harrison's Drove hide), 1 Water Pipit [Jonathan Barnard]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 14:00 to 15:30, windy, sunshine and showers
3 Goldeneye (Pair on 2nd large pit from west end. Single female on small weedy pit to the west of last.), 1 Grey Wagtail [Peter Davies]

Headcorn, 11:40 to 11:45
1 Red Kite [Stephen Message]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:30, Wind, rain, cold, warm
5 Mandarin Duck (Hiding in the margins), 4 Goosander (Two Males), 1 Marsh Tit (On the feeders, with Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit etc) [Keith Witham]

Bedlam's Bottom , 10:20 to 12:50, High tide. Mild but with a steady westerly wind.
63 Canada Goose, 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 121 Shelduck, 212 Wigeon, 70 Teal (circa), 40 Mallard, 272 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 33 Coot, 2 Grey Plover, 550 Dunlin (circa), 23 Curlew, 62 Redshank (roosting), 20 Turnstone (circa, roosting), 5 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 1 Linnet [Jonathan Barnard]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 09:00 to 16:00, Strong westerlies
4 Pintail, 10 Goldeneye (4 ARC, 6 Burroughs), 3 Smew (Drake + redhead Burroughs, Redhead ARC), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Burroughs), 2 Black-necked Grebe (New Diggings), 1 Little Egret (Boulderwall), 1 Great White Egret (Boulderwall ), 350 Golden Plover, 1 Long-eared Owl (Behind Dipping Pond), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff (Hanson), 2 Goldcrest (Firth), 3 Long-tailed Tit (Firth) [Mike Puxley]

Minnis Bay, 08:00 to 09:00
81 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 62 Great Crested Grebe, 102 Oystercatcher, 56 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 113 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 27 Turnstone [Chris Hindle]

Stodmarsh, 06:30 to 12:30
53 Mute Swan, 1 Bean Goose (Tundra Bean Goose with Greylags in fields beside Collard's), 209 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon (2 drakes), 16 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Marsh Harrier, 5 Hen Harrier (2 males), 2 Kestrel, 4 Water Rail, 62 Lapwing, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Pipit, 300 Fieldfare, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 18 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Siskin [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 06 February 2016

Biddenden, 16:20 to 17:00
1 Cattle Egret (Feeding with a group of Little Egrets in field along Hareplain Road just beyond the junction with Beech Lane.) [Steve Broyd]

Church Wood, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [Steve Arthur]

Foreness, 08:15 to 10:00
120 Gannet (E), 4 Stonechat [Simon Mount]

Minnis Bay, 08:00 to 09:00
234 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 15 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 51 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Gannet, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Chris Hindle]

Stodmarsh, 06:30 to 12:30
1 Bean Goose (Tundra Bean with Greylags in fields beside Collard's), 223 Greylag Goose, 1 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye (2 drakes on Collard's), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Marsh Harrier, 5 Hen Harrier (2 males), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 100 Lapwing, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 97 Great Black-backed Gull, 600 Fieldfare, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 14 Siskin, 8 Yellowhammer, 16 Corn Bunting [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 05 February 2016

Bough Beech Reservoir, 15:30 to 16:00
1 Marsh Tit [Peter Eerdmans]

Ashford, 15:05 to 15:10, overcast,light drizzle.
1 Peregrine Falcon (flying around the old charter building,near the town centre ,as I turned into station road it veered off towards Henwood industrial estate.) [Allan Ward]

Chatham, 14:00 to 14:30
3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Shag (east basin, west side) [Peter Eerdmans]

Minster (Sheppey) , 12:00 to 13:00
20 Ringed Plover, 6 Sanderling, 1 Shore Lark, 2 Rock Pipit [Peter Eerdmans]

Swale NNR, 09:30 to 11:00, dry, cloudy
175 White-fronted Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 200 Golden Plover, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 1 Richard's Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Hooded Crow [Peter Eerdmans]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
334 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 628 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Stonechat, 4 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Thursday 04 February 2016

Rye Street, 16:30 to 17:00
8 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan (in paddock with mute swans), 2 Buzzard (on marsh) [Peter Beckenham]

South Swale LNR, 16:30 to 16:30
1 Short-eared Owl [Steve Arthur]

Chattenden Woods, 14:30 to 16:15, overcast, light breeze
5 Song Thrush (singing birds), 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (pair), 3 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper (1 singing), 2 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch [Peter Beckenham]

Lower Halstow, 14:20 to 15:10, Dry, light wind. Tide out.
170 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (All feeding on sheep field. No young seen & no sign of Brant.), 1 Little Owl (calling.) [Derek Tutt]

Grove Ferry, 14:00 to 17:00, full cloud,occasional light showers,9Centigrade
10 Marsh Harrier (+, into roost), 1 Hen Harrier (Male into roost), 3 Barn Owl (hunting from 15.00 hours), 2 Water Pipit, 800 Fieldfare (coming into roost at Stodmarsh) [Malcolm McVail]

Cliffe Pools, 12:00 to 14:00
30 Pintail, 18 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Russell Brockett]

East Malling, 09:30 to 12:30, Cloudy,breezy,mild
500 Fieldfare ((++)), 200 Redwing ((++)), 10 Brambling (Circa. Orchard just West of Research Station), 6 Greenfinch (Churchyard) [Kevin Morris]

Minnis Bay, 08:15 to 08:45
2 Shelduck (flying W), 11 Red-throated Diver (flying W), 1 Great Northern Diver (flying W), 142 Gannet (feeding offshore) [Chris Hindle]

TQ6241, 08:00 to 08:00, overcast, dry
5 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin (my garden) [Graham Barker]

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