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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 04 September 2015

Hollingbourne, 14:00 to 15:00
1 Hobby, 3 Siskin [Alan Pavey]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 13:00 to 16:00, Cloudy
14 Egyptian Goose, 1 Garganey, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 16 Sand Martin (+), 25 Swallow (+), 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear [Alan Ford]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 08:30
5 Ruff [Derek Faulkner]

Cliffe Pools, 07:15 to 10:30, cloudy cool
8 Pintail (on bb4), 6 Ruff (from second viewing mould), 1 Whimbrel (near flamingo pool), 2 Greenshank (on flamingo), 1 Green Sandpiper (from second viewing mould), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult feeding in cliffe creekmouth), 3 White Wagtail (at least on flamingo pool with pieds, hard to count due to mobile nature of flock), 50 Pied Wagtail (feeding in low grass on edge of flamingo pool) [Jeremy Hall]

Thursday 03 September 2015

Dungeness, 13:00 to 14:00, offshore from power station
2 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 11 Dunlin, 5 Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Tern (circa), 2 Black Tern [Nick Upton]

Langdon Cliffs, 13:00 to 16:00
1 Short-eared Owl (In off), 2 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Raven, 30 Siskin (3 small flocks) [Alan Pavey]

Oare Marshes, 11:20 to 17:35
77 Little Egret (In flight nr Castle Coote), 1 Marsh Harrier (Ad male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Stint (Juv), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (Ad, most red plumage moulted out), 1 Spotted Redshank (Non-br adult), 3 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Black-headed Gull (Yellow ring 2FPX ringed Pitsea landfill site Dec 2014 ), 3 Little Tern, 3 Wheatear [Sean Huggins]

North Foreland, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Marsh Harrier (S offshore coasting down Channel), 1 Sparrowhawk (SW off sea), 1 Kestrel (SW off sea), 2 Raven (W) [Simon Mount]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 10:00 to 12:15
1 Cattle Egret (with cows, seen from entrance track), 3 Great White Egret (Denge Marsh), 1 Honey Buzzard (from ARC pits car park), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Hobby (juvs), 80 Golden Plover (circa), 1 Dunlin (ARC pits), 8 Ruff, 1 White-winged Black Tern (juv ARC pits), 2 Yellow Wagtail (entrance track), 3 Whinchat, 3 Whinchat (entrance track), 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (ARC pits car park), 7 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Red-backed Shrike (entrance track) [Nick Upton]

TQ6961, 08:00 to 08:00, cloudy cool
2 Hobby (adult and young bird calling over housing EST than drifted south) [Jeremy Hall]

Bekesbourne, 07:45 to 07:45
1 Spotted Flycatcher [Robert Douthwaite]

Wednesday 02 September 2015

Minster (Sheppey) , 17:00 to 18:00
48 House Sparrow (Resident flock in my garden) [Derek Faulkner]

Cliffe Pools, 15:45 to 18:00, Increasing cloud and heavy showers. NW breeze.Count of high tide roost on RSPB reserve
91 Shelduck (FP), 20 Little Egret (scattered), 4 Spoonbill (roosting on SP), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1543 Avocet (1470 on SP, 73 on FP), 166 Ringed Plover (FP), 116 Grey Plover (106 on SP, 10 on FP), 5 Knot (FP), 220 Dunlin (FP; no sign of any Little Stints or Curlew Sands), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+; mostly SP), 20 Bar-tailed Godwit (18 flying to Thames, 2 on FP), 133 Curlew (FP), 1 Spotted Redshank (SP), 6 Greenshank (FP/SP), 1 Common Sandpiper (RP) [Murray Orchard]

Bekesbourne, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Little Owl [Robert Douthwaite]

Chamber's Wall (Reculver Marshes), 15:00 to 15:10
1 Honey Buzzard, 1000 Swallow (flying west) [Chris Hindle]

Yantlet Creek, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny with 3-5/8 cloud and light WNW breeze. Count of high tide wader roost.
66 Little Egret (roosting on saltings), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1290 Oystercatcher, 49 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1610 Black-tailed Godwit, 186 Curlew, 17 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear [Murray Orchard]

North Foreland, 11:00 to 11:30
1 Osprey (S), 3 Lesser Redpoll (N) [Simon Mount]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 09:45 to 17:00, Bright and sunny some cloud.Rising tide.
65 Shelduck, 80 Wigeon (circa), 200 Teal (circa), 14 Tufted Duck, 11 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 9 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 194 Ringed Plover, 45 Golden Plover, 2 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 164 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Whimbrel, 275 Curlew, 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 350 Sand Martin (circa), 75 Swallow (+), 15 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2000 Starling (circa) [Mike Norman]

Kingsdown, 09:45 to 09:50, Sunny Intervals.
4 Swift [Barry Woolhouse]

Conyer, 09:00 to 12:00, Sunny periods, cool light northerly breeze
1 Hobby, 20 Swallow (+, 20 - 30 between Conyer and Oare ), 10 Yellow Wagtail (10+ between Conyer and Oare), 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Stephen Lea]

Wouldham, 07:00 to 18:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 3 Hobby, 1 Oystercatcher, 40 Lapwing (circa), 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Ian Shepherd]

Warden Point, 06:45 to 09:30
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest [Gavin Coultrip]

Swale NNR, 06:00 to 08:00
2 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl [Derek Faulkner]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 12:00, Sunny with a light NW breeze. Temp 18C.
20 Wigeon (E along Swale), 3 Gadwall (W along Swale), 1 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard (+), 1 Hobby, 30 Knot, 1 Little Stint (juv), 1 Whimbrel (over SW), 1 Greenshank (in Faversham Creek), 1 Wood Sandpiper (juv), 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern (W along the Swale), 3 Black Tern (lingering along the Swale), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat (male and juv), 3 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Jay [Murray Wright]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (West beach (Mike Varley)), 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 12 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blue Tit, 8 Magpie, 4 Raven, 5 Linnet [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 01 September 2015

Leysdown, 15:15 to 18:00
3 Gannet, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult & juvenile.), 1 Redstart (Male), 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Gavin Coultrip]

Boughton Park, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Swift, 2 Spotted Flycatcher [Alan Pavey]

North Foreland, 12:00 to 13:00
3 Whimbrel, 6 Common Sandpiper [Simon Mount]

Capel Fleet, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Hobby [Richard Elvy]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 10:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (adult and immature), 1 Arctic Skua (flying W), 3 Great Skua (flying W), 1 Guillemot, 2 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail (flying W), 1 Black Redstart, 1 Siskin (flying W) [Chris Hindle]

Shellness, 07:00 to 12:00
25 Common Scoter, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Gannet, 10 Arctic Skua, 16 Great Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 4 Black Tern [Richard Elvy]

Warden Point, 06:30 to 11:00
1 Fulmar (west), 4 Gannet (east), 1 Arctic Skua (west), 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Gavin Coultrip]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swift, 9 Swallow, 100 House Martin (Plus), 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 7 Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 14 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 4 Blackbird, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 40 Whitethroat (Plus), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 8 Jackdaw, 30 Starling [Derek Smith]

Monday 31 August 2015

Barham, 19:00 to 19:30, Dry, cool, overcast and post rain.
1 Nightjar (Have seen it twice now in 3 days in postcode CT4.) [Marian Langford]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 18:00 to 19:00
3 Great White Egret, 6 Yellow Wagtail (+) [Phillip Royston]

Dungeness, 17:00 to 17:30
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Old lighthouse garden) [Phillip Royston]

Lower Hope Point, 16:30 to 18:30, Cloudy drizzle wind northerly 3-4
2 Arctic Skua (Flew up then back North at the point), 35 Black Tern (20 up 15 downriver), 1 White-winged Black Tern (Juvenile flew downriver with 15 Black terns.) [Frank Cackett]

TR1261, 16:00 to 17:00, overcast
2 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 20 Chaffinch [Kieron McDonnell]

Lydd Ranges, 14:50 to 15:15, Drizzle
3 Hobby (From the Army Road, 6 Yellow Wagtails, c20 Linnets and a Stonechat.) [Keith Cutting]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 14:00 to 15:30, Wet and a very grey day
150 Greylag Goose (+), 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin Duck, 10 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 1 Garganey, 40 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black Tern [Alan Ford]

TQ7647, 12:00 to 12:00, Heavy rain
4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Snipe, 17 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper [Alan Pavey]

Penshurst, 11:00 to 13:00, Steady rain
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male), 3 Whinchat (Together at Well Place farm. Glad I went out in the rain !), 1 Wheatear (Perched on hay bale), 11 Mistle Thrush [John Guiver]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 10:45 to 10:50
1 Icterine Warbler (Watched for couple of minutes in the first bush on the left towards Firth Hide. Rain stopped play and not seen thereafter. ) [Steve Broyd]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 10:45 to 14:45, Light rain on and off
2 Great White Egret (on Reserve.), 1 Spotted Redshank (from Firth Hide with 2 Avocet, c15 Ruff and a Common Sandpiper.), 2 White-winged Black Tern (juveniles on ARC with 3 plus Black Terns, 1 Common Tern and 28 Golden Plover), 1 Whinchat (from entrance track with at least 4 Lesser Whitethroats et al.) [Keith Cutting]

Leigh , 09:00 to 10:00, grey and wet
1 Kestrel, 4 Swallow, 1 Blackcap ((all behind Ensfield Farm)), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch [Martin Garwood]

Reculver Marshes, 07:20 to 09:30, heavy thundery rain
15 Teal (flying W), 12 Grey Partridge, 11 Snipe (flying W), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 100 Swallow, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 15 Whitethroat [Chris Hindle]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 08:00
1 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Simon Mount]

Grain Country Park, 06:45 to 10:30, low cloud, rain
2 Green Woodpecker, 35 Swallow (SW), 1 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 20 Blackcap (+), 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Peter Beckenham]

Grove Ferry, 05:15 to 10:20, Lots of rain
408 Greylag Goose, 18 Canada Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck (an eclipse pair), 7 Gadwall, 122 Teal, 7 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier (all females), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Water Rail, 108 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 23 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 3 Whinchat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Bearded Tit, 10 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 6 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Magpie, 11 Carrion Crow [Derek Smith]

Sunday 30 August 2015

ARC Pits (Dungeness), 17:45 to 19:30, Mostly overcast. Mod breeze
2 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 65 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 7 Ruff, 1 Common Tern, 6 Black Tern, 2 White-winged Black Tern (juvs feeding over pit with Black Terns from causeway and later roosting on islands viewed from Hanson Hide) [Murray Orchard]

Leysdown, 14:30 to 15:00
1 Wryneck, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Gavin Coultrip]

Dartford, 13:00 to 13:00
2 Swift (Darent valley hospital. Two flew East ) [Barry Wright]

Conyer, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 17 Shelduck, 10 Spoonbill, 1 Avocet, 4 Whimbrel, 300 Redshank (circa), 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Sandwich Tern [Nick Upton]

Leigh , 08:00 to 09:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (same spot), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Behind Ensfield Farm on road to Tonbridge), 6 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch [Martin Garwood]

Sandwich Bay, 07:30 to 08:00, Overcast with mod breeze
1 Hoopoe (around area where sandy track joins Ancient Highway S of Mary Bax's but flighty.), 5 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear [Murray Orchard]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 08:30
1 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler [Simon Mount]

Shellness, 07:00 to 14:00
1 Shelduck (in from E), 6 Teal (in from E), 1 Shoveler (in from NE), 1 Tufted Duck (in from NE), 30 Common Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Merlin, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 28 Arctic Skua, 30 Sandwich Tern, 70 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern [Richard Elvy]

Cliffe Pools, 06:50 to 10:00, cloudy/cool
4 Wigeon (on flamingo ,), 1 Ruddy Duck (on bb2), 9 Ruff (on bb4), 1 Spotted Redshank (on radar pool), 10 Greenshank (on various pools), 6 Green Sandpiper (on radar pool), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (all adults in cliffecreekmouth.), 1 Caspian Gull (adult in creek with yellow legged gull, same bird as other day.) [Jeremy Hall]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:00, Overcast with a NE breeze. Temp 18C.
7 Canada Goose, 38 Knot (on East flood), 1 Little Stint (adult), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv on mud), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (female on mud), 2 Wood Sandpiper (juvs), 1 Common Sandpiper (in Faversham creek), 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (first of year!), 1 Long-tailed Tit [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 05:00 to 09:40
262 Greylag Goose, 19 Canada Goose, 17 Gadwall, 171 Teal, 2 Garganey, 1 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 195 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Stock Dove, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Whinchat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 120 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

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