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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.

Tuesday 03 May 2016

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Cetti's Warbler [Derek Faulkner]

Monday 02 May 2016

Uplees Marsh, 15:30 to 16:30
1 Hobby, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear [Steve Arthur]

Leybourne/New Hythe, 12:00 to 13:00
4 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Nightingale (+), 2 Blackcap (+) [Mike Easterbrook]

Cliffe Pools, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Nightingale, 1 Wheatear, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Russell Brockett]

TR1052, 10:30 to 10:45
1 Nightingale (singing) [Robert Douthwaite]

Chartham, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 1 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Chris Powell]

New Hythe, 08:00 to 08:05, Overcast,west.
1 Common Sandpiper (Brook House lake.), 1 Willow Warbler (nest building (west scrub).) [Alan Michael Woodcock]

North Foreland, 07:30 to 10:00
1 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel (W), 3 Yellow Wagtail (N) [Simon Mount]

Swanscombe, 06:30 to 10:00, HT; cool, overcast
1 Cuckoo, 8 Swift (N), 15 House Martin (+, N), 1 Grasshopper Warbler [Peter Beckenham]

Grove Ferry, 05:00 to 11:30, Cold, overcast, windy south westerly
1 Shoveler (the drake still from the boardwalk paired to the Cinnamon Teal), 2 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 16 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit (male) [Martyn Wilson]

Sunday 01 May 2016

TQ6954, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny, light wind
2 Collared Dove, 1 Turtle Dove [Adam Whitehouse]

Oare Marshes, 14:00 to 15:00
3 Hobby (Hawking Hairy Dragonflies), 2 Whimbrel (Oare Creek), 1 Little Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat [Stephen Wood]

TQ9552, 14:00 to 15:00, Spuckles Wood, Stalisfield
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male calling), 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Bullfinch [Tony Swandale]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 17:00, Sunshine
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 20 Cetti's Warbler (+, Heard along the banks of the river ), 1 Treecreeper [Peter Dale]

TQ9651, 12:00 to 13:30, Hurst Wood & adjacent farmland
6 Buzzard (approx., including adjacent tetrads), 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Marsh Tit (1 singing), 2 Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer [Tony Swandale]

Northfleet, 10:30 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard (Over), 5 Swift, 1 Sand Martin [Barry Wright]

Church Wood, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (1 seen, others singing distantly ), 2 Garden Warbler (a pair ), 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Treecreeper [Steve Arthur]

Grain (other sites), 08:00 to 08:00
3 Whimbrel (On beach ), 1 Cuckoo [Barry Wright]

New Hythe, 08:00 to 10:00, Clear,light west.
18 Nightingale (singing birds in Leybourne Country Park), 1 Whitethroat (good numbers in Leybourne Country Park,10 singing birds at least. ), 1 Linnet (pair nest building,leybourne Country Park) [Alan Michael Woodcock]

Tonbridge, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 2 Turtle Dove (near Eldridges lock on the Medway), 1 Cuckoo, 10 Swift (+, over Whetstead gravel pits), 2 Nightingale, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Linnet [Martin Garwood]

Otford, 05:30 to 06:00
5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit [Adam Whitehouse]

Grove Ferry, 04:30 to 15:00
2 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 1 Garganey (male again on Stodmarsh lake), 15 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 9 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern, 7 Stock Dove, 5 Turtle Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Nightingale, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Bullfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Chattenden Woods, 03:45 to 06:15, Clear, calm but very cold
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Tawny Owl (about two birds heard hooting over area), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Nightingale (TQ77L [some parts of the woods not covered in the available time and Rough Shaw and Deangate MoD compound not visited at all]), 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Coal Tit (singing male - first breeding season record on the Hoo Peninsula for about 20 years) [Murray Orchard]

Saturday 30 April 2016

Goudhurst, 14:00 to 17:00
4 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (pair foraging in Old Park Wood), 2 Blackcap, 1 Marsh Tit [Martin Garwood]

Oare Marshes, 14:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Little Gull, 2 Swift, 1 Nightingale, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Bearded Tit (+) [Alan Pavey]

Reculver, 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny, low tide
14 Turnstone, 1 White Wagtail (Male) [David Carey]

Oare Marshes, 10:30 to 12:15, Sunny
1 Little Gull [Barry Woolhouse]

Chamber's Wall (Reculver Marshes), 09:20 to 09:25
1 Wryneck (Just to the north of the Fisherman's carpark) [Jim Bloor]

TR1261, 08:30 to 12:00, sunny
1 Grey Heron (south), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Swift (west), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wren, 5 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap (6 male), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 9 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 10 Chaffinch (+), 4 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer (singing male) [Kieron McDonnell]

Chamber's Wall (Reculver Marshes), 08:00 to 17:00
1 Wryneck [Chris Hindle]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo (Female), 2 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 House Martin, 2 Nightingale, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch (Male) [Richard H Bailey]

Otford, 08:00 to 20:00
4 Sparrowhawk, 10 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Barry Wright]

Reculver Marshes, 07:40 to 10:00
2 Dunlin, 1 Cuckoo, 48 Swallow (flying W), 1 Black Redstart, 6 Reed Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Conyer, 07:20 to 09:10
1 Canada Goose (Quite scarce around here! ), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull (several around Fowley Is. and overhead), 1 Cuckoo, 5 Nightingale (at least), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch [Steve Arthur]

Seasalter, 06:45 to 08:15
1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Julian Russell]

Longfield, 06:10 to 07:45, cold (frost), sunny
5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (2nd patch record), 11 Whitethroat, 2 Rook (S), 9 Corn Bunting [Peter Beckenham]

Grove Ferry, 04:30 to 12:30
2 Shelduck, 9 Teal, 1 Garganey (drake on the lake at Stodmarsh), 18 Shoveler (one drake paired to the female Cinnamon Teal in the Alder Wood), 3 Pochard (2 drakes), 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 12 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 8 Hobby, 1 Snipe (drumming along Harrison's), 8 Common Tern, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Cuckoo, 100 Swift (+), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Nightingale, 12 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler (+ (an influx last night!)), 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 20 Whitethroat, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 29 April 2016

Canterbury, 18:20 to 18:25
2 Swift (over the city centre) [Jonathan Barnard]

Swale NNR, 08:15 to 09:15
72 Avocet [Derek Faulkner]

Thursday 28 April 2016

Boughton Monchelsea, 19:40 to 19:55, Dry but cold
1 Nightingale (Singing weakly close to wood yard), 2 Song Thrush (In the vicinity of the wood yard) [Bill Stoneham]

Langdon Cliffs, 14:00 to 15:30, Sunny cool wind
1 Ring Ouzel (Male in Langdon Hole. Possible female too), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing) [Danny Chesterman]

Bockhill, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny, cool wind
1 Ring Ouzel (Male in Freedown) [Danny Chesterman]

Sissinghurst Castle NT, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Ring Ouzel ((Per T.Pavey)) [Alan Pavey]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 10:00
2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Grey Partridge, 1 Hobby, 2 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Little Owl, 2 Swift, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Sedge Warbler (singing males), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 34 Whitethroat (singing males), 32 Goldfinch (flying W) [Chris Hindle]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 04:20 to 05:40, Dark...! Cool, some cloud W f2-3
3 Mandarin Duck (2m 1f), 12 Nightingale [Graham Barker]

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Barming, 19:30 to 19:30
2 Kingfisher (River Medway E of Barming Bridge) [Adam Whitehouse]

TQ7353, 18:50 to 18:55
1 Grey Wagtail (East Farleigh lock) [Adam Whitehouse]

Farningham, 17:45 to 17:45
1 Hobby [Peter Beckenham]

TQ7156, 17:30 to 17:35
1 Grey Wagtail (on track on E side of Oaken Wd, before flying E into Gallaghers Quarry) [Adam Whitehouse]

Burham, 12:55 to 14:00, Cloudy with occasional warm sun. Bitingly cold wind and rapidly rising tide
3 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag Goose, 19 Canada Goose, 12 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 16 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 8 Wood Pigeon, 8 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 3 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 9 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 13 Magpie, 19 Jackdaw, 14 Carrion Crow, 100 Starling (estimated number with one flock of c75), 3 House Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Leeds Castle, 12:00 to 15:00
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap [Mike Puxley]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 12:30, bright but clouding over, some rain/snow/sleet later, cool to cold W f2-4
1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Snipe, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow (+), 25 House Martin (+), 6 Nightingale, 23 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Whitethroat, 34 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Graham Barker]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff [Richard H Bailey]

Bockhill, 06:30 to 08:00
1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel (Freedown; 2 also here on 24th), 4 Lesser Whitethroat [Tony Swandale]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Fulmar, 9 Whimbrel (Flying east), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 House Martin, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Derek Smith]

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