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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 August 2015

Boughton Monchelsea, 17:20 to 17:25
2 Hobby (Just west of Church ) [Alan Pavey]

Friday 31 July 2015

Bockhill, 16:00 to 16:00
3 Bee-eater (Flew high over Hope Point, heading south-west) [Alison Borlase]

TQ5145, 10:30 to 12:00, Sunny
1 Kestrel (Mobbed by Martins, moved away for an easier time.), 250 House Martin (+ at Chartwell and many more in and around yew tree nearby.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Preening by the lake.) [John Guiver]

Oare Marshes, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny Intervals, calm
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 2 Temminck's Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 70 Whimbrel (Flying west), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (On the Swale), 1 Common Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtail [Barry Woolhouse]

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
2 Linnet (Possibly more but only 2 clearly visible.) [Ken Digby]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat [Richard H Bailey]

Rochester, 07:00 to 07:00
1 Gannet (medway city estate on quayside.(presumably hitched a lift on a ship). taken into care by swale animal rescue.) [Kevin Guttridge]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 11:00, Sunny and calm - a light E breeze later. Temp 7-15C.
1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover (adult), 14 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover (over), 1 Temminck's Stint (adult), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (adult), 7 Ruff (six Ruff and a Reeve), 2 Spotted Redshank (winter adults), 2 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper (four on East Flood and two on West Scrape), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Murray Wright]

Thursday 30 July 2015

Bough Beech Reservoir, 19:00 to 19:45, Mild, calm
4 Greylag Goose, 5 Mandarin Duck, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 11 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern (+), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail [John Reeves]

TQ6959, 11:00 to 11:10, cloudy/cool
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult flew east towards lakes ), 50 Swift (+, drifted west in one group) [Jeremy Hall]

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
1 Buzzard [Ken Digby]

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Oare Marshes, 10:00 to 13:00
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing (circa), 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 50 Dunlin (circa), 3 Ruff, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 100 Redshank (circa), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Reed Bunting [Nick Upton]

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
5 Buzzard (Flying among a big flock of swifts.) [Ken Digby]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 11:00, Sunny with a cool and brisk W breeze. Temp 17C.
2 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover (adult), 10 Golden Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (adults), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad winter), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper (juv), 5 Turnstone (summer plumage), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male) [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Bough Beech Reservoir, 14:00 to 14:45, Bright and windy
17 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Green Sandpiper (+), 4 Common Sandpiper (+), 10 Common Tern (+), 2 Black Tern, 1 Grey Wagtail [Alan Ford]

Monday 27 July 2015

Shellness, 11:00 to 14:00
2 Shelduck, 1000 Oystercatcher (circa), 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 75 Dunlin (circa), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 100 Curlew (circa), 10 Redshank (circa), 6 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern (3adults, 1 juv), 2 Common Tern, 3 Little Tern, 2 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit, 32 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting [Nick Upton]

Leysdown, 10:30 to 11:00, All listed species roosting on mini golf area.
2 Oystercatcher, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 120 Black-headed Gull, 15 Common Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern [Nick Upton]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
15 Swift, 4 Green Woodpecker, 20 House Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 20 Goldfinch [Richard H Bailey]

Sunday 26 July 2015

ARC Pits (Dungeness), 16:30 to 16:50
1 Garganey, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull (1st sum), 800 Sand Martin (Estimate) [Barry Wright]

Longfield, 16:30 to 17:45, cloudy, persistent drizzle, S breeze
12 Lesser Black-backed Gull (drifting S), 6 Stock Dove, 30 Swift (drifting S), 5 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat, 40 House Sparrow (c, good number for the location) [Peter Beckenham]

Dungeness, 14:00 to 15:20, Horrible heavy rain
4 Yellow-legged Gull (Jugs ) [Barry Wright]

Dungeness, 14:00 to 15:20, Horrible heavy rain
4 Yellow-legged Gull (Jugs ) [Barry Wright]

Dungeness, 14:00 to 15:20, Horrible heavy rain
1 Fulmar, 2 Little Gull (Ad at fishing boats offshore), 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Juvs at fishing boats) [Barry Wright]

Barming, 10:00 to 10:30
1 Mediterranean Gull (over S, calling), 12 Swift, 1 House Martin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (+, per G Robertson), 13 Siskin (+, mobile in South St PF.) [Adam Whitehouse]

Hooker's Pit (Dungeness), 08:00 to 08:00
1 Hobby [Barry Wright]

TQ7062, 07:25 to 08:25, cloudy cool later sunny
1 Green Sandpiper (feeding on edge of river), 3 Common Sandpiper (feeding on edge of river), 2 Stock Dove (in trees near river), 20 House Martin (feeding over construction for new bridge) [Jeremy Hall]

Grain Marsh, 06:00 to 10:00, Ringing Totals today 79 birds inc 1 retrap
6 Swallow, 6 Wren, 8 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Great Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting [John Horton]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 10:30, A sunny and calm start, but soon clouding over with steady rain from 10:00 and a strengthening SSE wind. Temp 16C.
1 Pintail (injured female still), 2 Spoonbill (adults on East flood until 07:00 then flew high E), 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot, 3 Little Stint (adults), 6 Curlew Sandpiper (adults), 19 Whimbrel (+ with two on East flood and groups of eight and nine over), 1 Spotted Redshank (moulting adult still), 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper (juvs?), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting adult on East flood until 10:00 then flew to Faversham creek), 1 Cuckoo (juv) [Murray Wright]

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