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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.

Friday 24 October 2014

Longfield, 17:25 to 17:45
1 Kestrel, 45 Ring-necked Parakeet (circa, flying west in a single flock), 17 Meadow Pipit, 22 Corn Bunting [Peter Beckenham]

TQ6961, 11:30 to 11:30, cloudy mild
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flying around houses for about five minutes) [Jeremy Hall]

TQ5842, 11:15 to 11:15, Overcast
1 Ring Ouzel (Perched on fir tree, flew off in a south west direction.) [John Guiver]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 11:00 to 12:50, overcast, SW f1-3, warm
12 Greylag Goose, 19 Shoveler, 9 Cormorant, 200 Black-headed Gull (+), 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Skylark (+), 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 15 Linnet [Graham Barker]

Thursday 23 October 2014

Knole Park, 15:30 to 17:15, Overcast, rain
2 Stock Dove, 30 Ring-necked Parakeet (circa), 7 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 200 Jackdaw (circa, coming in to roost), 1 Yellowhammer [Nick Upton]

Swale NNR, 07:30 to 10:15
44 Pink-footed Goose, 1 White-fronted Goose, 160 Greylag Goose, 11 Snipe, 7 Bearded Tit [Derek Faulkner]

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Herne Bay, 14:30 to 15:00, sunny brisk wind,high tide
1 Little Auk (hampton pier,feeding around pier the flew inland and headed west) [Mark Chidwick]

Harty, 11:05 to 12:10, Bright, but slightly chilly.
5 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Merlin (One adult female, and one first winter male.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female), 50 Golden Plover (+), 3 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting (All seen from Raptor Mound.) [Mike Norman]

Eastchurch, 10:15 to 10:20
1 Hen Harrier (male - flying N - S over village) [Derek Faulkner]

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail (Still there at 5 pm) [Ken Digby]

Shorne, 08:00 to 09:00, overcast
2000 Wood Pigeon (Heading SW in flocks of around 100 at intervals over an hour.), 4 Fieldfare (Heading SE ), 2 Jay [Julie Peeling]

Swale NNR, 07:30 to 09:45
37 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Derek Faulkner]

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Maidstone, 17:30 to 18:00
12 Pied Wagtail (+, Loads more town centre) [Ken Digby]

Reculver, 16:00 to 16:00, seen by Matt Hindle
1 Grey Phalarope (flying w and landing on sea) [Chris Hindle]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 15:20 to 15:20
1 Grey Wagtail [Robert Douthwaite]

TQ7058, 15:00 to 15:05
2 Grey Wagtail (in Ditton Stream) [Mike Easterbrook]

Faversham Creek, 14:30 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail (From Morrison's car park) [Stephen Wood]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Shore Lark, 1 Lapland Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Monday 20 October 2014

Swale NNR, 15:00 to 17:00, sunny with increasing W wind
37 Pink-footed Goose (+, viewable from seawall hide), 1 White-fronted Goose, 5 Greylag Goose, 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat [Adam Whitehouse]

Leysdown, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Black Redstart (seaward side of seawall opp Muswell Manor), 3 Wheatear (+) [Adam Whitehouse]

Warden Point, 14:00 to 15:00
1 Black Redstart (in paddock near cliff edge) [Adam Whitehouse]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Long-eared Owl (in orchard by Kingshill Farm) [Adam Whitehouse]

Sissinghurst Castle NT, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Ring Ouzel [Stephen Message]

Harty, 07:30 to 08:00
1 Great White Egret (NW over Mocketts Hill, viewed from Oare KWT) [Adam Whitehouse]

Sunday 19 October 2014

Egypt Bay, 15:45 to 16:45, Sunny, mild with SW 4-5 wind
1 Swallow, 1 Great Grey Shrike (still present along concrete sea wall on W side of the bay, or on posts of black plastic fence below wall. Catching plenty of prey (found by Paul Hawky) ) [Murray Orchard]

Harty, 14:00 to 16:00, sunny windy
26 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 42 Skylark, 2 Stonechat [Gavin Malloch]

Funton Creek, 13:00 to 13:15, sunny ssw 3
500 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 100 Redshank [Gavin Malloch]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 11:00 to 14:00, Dry, cool, very windy
2 Black-necked Grebe (From Scott hide), 1 Cattle Egret (In with the cattle by the entrance), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Stint (On the islands), 1 Tree Sparrow (On the feeders by the loos) [Keith Witham]

Egypt Bay, 10:00 to 13:30, Again mild SSW wind increasing as the day progresses
1 Sparrowhawk, 282 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Stonechat, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Great Grey Shrike (Catching & eating wasps on the sea wall) [Ray O'Reilly]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 09:00 to 17:00, Add species
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female from Makepeace), 2 Bittern (1 ARC, 1 Dengemarsh), 1 Great White Egret (Dengemarsh), 1 Glossy Ibis (Hayfield 1), 17 Dunlin (Makepeace), 1 Ruff (ARC), 1 Greenshank (ARC), 2 Swallow, 2 Stonechat (Dengemarsh) [Mike Puxley]

Seasalter, 09:00 to 12:00, all birds seen from beach tractor
260 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 31 Oystercatcher, 340 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint (on high tide roost), 140 Turnstone (circa), 7 Common Gull, 18 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Wheatear [Mike Gould]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 11:00, SW gusting f4-5, sunny intervals, cloudy intervals, warm
15 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (f), 1 Snipe, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler (singing) [Graham Barker]

Dungeness Bird Observatory, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Kestrel, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear [John Reeves]

TQ6960, 07:50 to 08:50, cloudy light rain
18 Redwing (two small flocks feeding in hedgerow on edge of golf course) [Jeremy Hall]

Aycliff, 07:30 to 08:45
2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Migrant), 1 Brambling [Mark Kennett]

Warden Point, 07:30 to 10:00
1 Hen Harrier (ad male in-off), 3 Skylark, 2 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 120 Chaffinch (+) [Simon Tilley]

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