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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 28 March 2017

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Sand Martin (at colony), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart [Chris Hindle]

Monday 27 March 2017

Swale NNR, 15:00 to 15:15
1 Merlin [Derek Faulkner]

Conyer, 14:35 to 16:35, Haze with sun breaking through. W side of creek via Blackett's, Tonge Corner and back along Swale
33 Shelduck, 1 Pheasant, 7 Great Crested Grebe (inc 2 displaying pairs), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel (pair together and vocal), 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Turnstone, 6 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit, 50 House Sparrow (+, Tonge Corner), 2 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Conningbrook GP, 14:00 to 15:00
60 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adut in full summer plumage with large flock of other gulls ), 2 Reed Warbler [John Neighbour]

East Malling, 13:00 to 13:10
57 Waxwing (+, in silver birch stand just north of railway line, on research land 200-300yds east of East Malling Railway Station. Viewable from public footpath between railway crossing and churchyard.) [Adam Whitehouse]

Grove Ferry, 13:00 to 14:00, sunshine, light breeze
1 Cormorant (Diving in the river), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (on peanut feeder), 1 Robin, 6 Jackdaw (attacking peanut feeder), 2 House Sparrow (on peanut feeder), 1 Chaffinch (male), 2 Greenfinch (on peanut feeder) [Peter Dale]

Capel-le-Ferne, 12:35 to 13:55, from Folkestone Warren
2 Stock Dove, 4 Chiffchaff [Jonathan Barnard]

Oare Marshes, 11:00 to 13:00, Misty N/EastBreeze
1 Whimbrel (On salt marsh), 1 Curlew ((luecistic ) on salt marsh), 2 Swallow (Heading north), 10 Linnet (+) [Terry Ryan]

Samphire Hoe, 09:30 to 12:30, Warm and sunny, about 14C, hazy, gentle easterly. Two Harbour Porpoises close to shore.
42 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (North-east in four groups.), 2 Fulmar (On the cliffs), 1 Shag (Feeding on the sea), 1 Raven (Being given a hard time by Peregrine and later by Carrion Crows) [Jonathan Barnard]

Tonbridge, 08:40 to 08:40, Shipborne Rd and Whistler Rd junction
2 Mandarin Duck (a pair, landing in oak trees nr the road junction) [Dave De Silva]

Dover, 08:30 to 10:10
261 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (east), 7 Red-throated Diver (east), 1 Shag, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone [Mark Kennett]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck, 3 Little Ringed Plover (2 courting), 1 Grey Wagtail [Mathew Bournat]

Foreness, 07:00 to 10:10
9 Red-throated Diver (E), 1 Avocet (E), 4 Little Gull (E), 3 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (E) [Barry Hunt]

Sunday 26 March 2017

West Brook Valley, 15:00 to 15:00
46 Rook (23 nests) [Chris Hindle]

Conyer, 14:30 to 15:30, East creek loop. Sunshine with cold ENE breeze. 1 stoat
2 Pheasant, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 75 Grey Plover (at creek mouth mud as tide ebbed), 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunnock, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldfinch [James Massey]

Upnor, 10:15 to 10:15, Sunny and blustery
1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling heard from Frindsbury LTC) [James King]

Langdon Cliffs, 08:00 to 09:15
1 Black Redstart, 1 Yellowhammer [Russ Blackman]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 06:15 to 08:15, Bright, clear E f2-3 chilly
4 Mandarin Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 7 Stock Dove (+), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 41 Chiffchaff (+) [Graham Barker]

Grove Ferry, 06:10 to 11:00
99 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 97 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail past ramp at 06:15), 1 Water Rail, 18 Lapwing, 3 Ruff (males), 10 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Skylark, 5 Water Pipit, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 25 March 2017

Shellness, 12:00 to 13:15, Strong NE wind but sunny
1 Great Skua, 1 Firecrest (carpark bushes) [Simon Tilley]

Dengemarsh, 11:15 to 11:45, Sunny with brisk easterly wind..
2 Black Redstart (along Dengemarsh gully with 2-3 Wheatears), 1 Raven (seaward end of Dengemarsh gully.) [Keith Cutting]

TR1052, 10:15 to 11:15
6 Chiffchaff [Robert Douthwaite]

Rede Common, Strood, 08:30 to 10:00
13 Waxwing (By main entrance adjacent to the A2. Another 35+ also still at nearby Bligh Junior School. ), 6 Chiffchaff [Rob Peters]

Shuart Farm, 08:00 to 09:30
2 Sparrowhawk, 14 Lapwing (7 displaying pairs ) [Chris Hindle]

Foreness, 07:00 to 08:30
14 Red-throated Diver (E), 19 Gannet (E), 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake (E), 1 Chiffchaff [Simon Mount]

Cliftonville, 06:15 to 07:00
29 Red-throated Diver (E), 13 Gannet (E), 1 Shag (E), 2 Sandwich Tern (E), 1 Black Redstart [Barry Hunt]

Grove Ferry, 05:10 to 11:00
54 Mute Swan, 27 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 148 Teal, 3 Pintail (2 drakes), 18 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck (2 pairs), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (adult male at marsh hide at 08:10), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 25 Lapwing, 15 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Long-eared Owl (Flying in front of the car along the boundary road towards the Boat house at 05:06 this morning), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 24 March 2017

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 10:15 to 12:40, Overcast
3 Shelduck (East Lake), 5 Gadwall (Circa. Tyler Hide ), 5 Shoveler (Circa. Tyler Hide), 2 Little Grebe (Tyler Hide), 2 Little Ringed Plover (East Lake islands. From Tyler Hide then later from bench/viewpoint overlooking the East Lake roughly 250 metres SW along the path from Sutton Hide), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming heard near North Lake), 7 Chiffchaff (+ singing), 1 Siskin (In tree at Wildlife Garden), 15 Lesser Redpoll (Circa.mobile flock feeding in Alder trees along path from Sutton Hide to Slingsby Hide) [James King]

Downe, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Red Kite (Flying over West Kent Golf Course due East) [Russell Brockett]

East Malling, 08:50 to 08:50
60 Waxwing (+, in trees adjacent to railway just east of East Malling Railway Station) [Adam Whitehouse]

East Malling, 08:30 to 10:30, Overcast, cold wind.Birds unsettled
50 Waxwing (+, Many thanks to Adam Whitehouse for reps.Birds ground feeding apples on RsrchStn land having exhausted berries on car pk shrubs.Best view f path at end of station platform. ) [Dick Cridlan]

Oare Marshes, 08:30 to 10:30, wind N/NE ;cloud 8/8;cold and murky
11 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 60 Shoveler (circa), 1 Black-necked Grebe (summer plumaged; off Faversham Spit buoy), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Mike Roser]

TQ7062, 08:00 to 08:00, cloudy cool
1 Little Egret (flew towards bypass), 1 Hobby (low north east over marsh.), 1 Blackcap (male singing), 2 Chiffchaff (males singing) [Jeremy Hall]

Elmley NNR, 07:45 to 10:30, Cool easterly, rising tide.
380 Shelduck (+), 47 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 60 Teal (+), 14 Shoveler, 28 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 11 Little Egret, 8 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 14 Oystercatcher, 88 Avocet, 30 Grey Plover, 114 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Stonechat, 4 Reed Bunting (Lapwing and Redshank in good numbers around Reserve.) [Mike Norman]

North Foreland, 07:15 to 08:15
1 Barnacle Goose (S), 15 Red-throated Diver (S), 26 Gannet (S), 1 Great Skua (S) [Simon Mount]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 07:00 to 07:00
1 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper (This evening at 5pm), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser Redpoll [Mathew Bournat]

Funton Creek, 06:35 to 07:15, Overcast rising tide.
210 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 190 Shelduck (+), 90 Avocet, 500 Golden Plover (circa), 450 Knot, 300 Dunlin (circa), 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Redshank [Mike Norman]

Thursday 23 March 2017

Horsmonden, 15:30 to 15:45
1 Blackcap (singing intermittently in back garden) [Stephen Mills]

Conyer, 14:50 to 15:45, Strong cold wind, some sunshine
3 Pheasant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel (female), 2 Cetti's Warbler (calling) [James Massey]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:15 to 11:20, overcast, occasionally bright, N f4
2 Mandarin Duck (1m1f), 4 Goldeneye (2m 2f), 4 Fieldfare, 35 Chiffchaff [Graham Barker]

Furnace Pond, 08:30 to 09:15
2 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 11 Moorhen, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting [Stephen Mills]

East Malling, 08:00 to 08:00
83 Waxwing (+, on car park berberis and apple orchard just west of East Malling Research station lab buildings ) [Adam Whitehouse]

North Foreland, 07:15 to 08:30
6 Red-throated Diver (S), 23 Gannet (S), 1 Glaucous Gull (/Herring Gull hybrid), 4 Guillemot (S), 2 Raven (S) [Simon Mount]

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Rede Common, Strood, 17:00 to 17:05
1 Raven (Flying north ) [Rob Peters]

Furnace Pond, 16:05 to 16:15
2 Mandarin Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe (pair displaying), 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redwing [Stephen Mills]

Hayesden, 11:00 to 11:45, cold, wet, windy
8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sand Martin (foraging up high over the Hayesden lake.), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch [Martin Garwood]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 09:25 to 10:35, W5 Cloudy
2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye (All F), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Mainly winter plumage), 3 Chiffchaff [Richard Collins]

East Malling, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (calling over research station land), 70 Waxwing (+, in silver birch stand c200m east of railway station, viewable distantly from public footpath crossing) [Adam Whitehouse]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 08:15
1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 25 Gannet (S), 1 Great Skua (S) [Simon Mount]

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