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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.

Tuesday 18 June 2019

King's Wood (Challock), 21:30 to 22:30
1 Nightjar (churring) [Mark Kennett]

Canterbury, 12:15 to 13:15
2 Turtle Dove (Probably 3, possibly 4 all purring at Old Park (ex MOD)), 2 Grey Wagtail (Pair upstream of the Westgate ) [Tim Flisher]

Warehorne, 07:00 to 07:00
2 Turtle Dove (Purring birds along the RM Canal by Warehorne Bridge.) [David Burt]

Monday 17 June 2019

Brabourne Lees, 21:45 to 22:00, calm, clear
2 Tawny Owl (both juveniles, in garden trees) [Stuart Dove]

Conyer, 16:00 to 18:00, Sunny warm bit breezy
1 Marsh Harrier (Above sheep field well marked male ), 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinch, 0 Bullfinch (So want to see as never seen one ,James Massey where are they lol ) [Steve Tonkin]

North Foreland, 13:50 to 13:55
1 Honey Buzzard (W) [Simon Mount]

Conyer, 11:30 to 13:30, warm and sunny, partly cloudy with iridescence; SW breeze; rising tide to HW; WeBS count
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 5 Whimbrel (on Fowley Island, tidal roost), 2 Redshank, 274 Mediterranean Gull, 710 Black-headed Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 12 Common Tern [James Massey]

Burham, 09:40 to 10:55, Low tide. Sunny and dry but stiff southerly wind.
2 Mute Swan, 6 Greylag Goose, 11 Canada Goose ((inc. 4 juv).), 5 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 12 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 20 Wood Pigeon (+), 3 Collared Dove, 5 House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 10 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 10 Carrion Crow, 80 Starling (+ - a number of small flocks), 22 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 08:30 to 10:50, Sunny, mild.
2 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen (1 adult 2 juvenile), 4 Coot (2 adult 2 juvenile), 6 Swift (+, Over), 3 Yellow Wagtail (+, Including 1 juvenile. Possible 4 in all), 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (Male), 3 Jay, 4 Magpie (+), 1 Jackdaw [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 07:15 to 08:15, Mild Sunny, Still Tide out
2 Shelduck (West of Slipway), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (WF), 1 Grey Heron (Flew East), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male), 20 Coot (+, 1 juvenile), 1 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Appeared to only have one leg), 10 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Cuckoo (First seen at slipway then flew across West flood.), 3 Skylark (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard at car park), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (West flood), 1 Bearded Tit (In flight West Flood), 1 Reed Bunting (Female) [John Bunting]

Foreness, 06:00 to 09:00
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On sea), 17 Common Scoter (East), 56 Swift (South), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler (Male, in song) [Barry Hunt]

Sunday 16 June 2019

Tonbridge, 17:40 to 18:30, Tanyard Farm to River Medway, 17 deg C, f1-2w, sunny
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 25 Swift, 1 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 4 Blackcap (+), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat (+), 4 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting [Dave De Silva]

Goodnestone, 14:40 to 14:40
1 Little Owl (near church ), 1 Swallow (a few around the farm ) [Steve Arthur]

Boughton Street, 14:15 to 14:15, Boughton Churchyard area, south of Boughton St
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Bullfinch (pair ) [Steve Arthur]

Cliffe Pools, 11:30 to 17:20, Cloudy with frequent showers and blustery SW wind, some drier/sunnier spells.WeBS count for RSPB reserve.
29 Greylag Goose, 16 Canada Goose, 517 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 35 Teal (returning birds on BBPs), 13 Mallard, 45 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 120 Coot, 12 Oystercatcher (including 3 AON and 2 pairs each with a well grown youngster), 224 Avocet (including roost of 143 on FP), 14 Grey Plover (HT roost on FP), 37 Lapwing, 85 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 92 Mediterranean Gull (18 large young, from 12 of the breeding pairs, so far showing above or at edge of vegetation.), 2990 Black-headed Gull (many young on islands in all three gulleries - post breeding birds gathering on non breeding pools, with several fledged juvs.), 1 Sandwich Tern (one resting on Crystal Pool island but didn't stay long), 18 Common Tern (about 15 AON and one small chick seen), 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Murray Orchard]

Cliffe Fleet, 07:30 to 09:30, Mostly overcast, mild with light but increasing SW breeze.Highlights of WBBS 2nd visit
28 Greylag Goose (total count of adults, plus 58 well grown goslings/juvs), 13 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 32 Mallard, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher (pair), 9 Lapwing (flying W - no sign of any breeding Lapwings or Redshanks ), 13 Mediterranean Gull (overflying birds, traffic from the Cliffe Pools colony), 20 Reed Warbler (singing males), 1 Bearded Tit (male seen with food for young), 3 Reed Bunting (singing males) [Murray Orchard]

Cliffe Pools, 07:00 to 09:15
18 Teal, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (Black Barn Pools), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Black Barn Pools), 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin (Black Barn Pools), 2 Greenshank (Radar Pool), 2 Cuckoo, 36 Swift (Many flying up Thames), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Juvenile), 4 Stonechat (including 2 Juvs), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Corn Bunting (Singing at Coastguards) [Ray O'Reilly]

Foreness, 06:00 to 08:00
1 Green Sandpiper (South, calling loudly), 2 Grey Wagtail [Barry Hunt]

Saturday 15 June 2019

Foreness, 07:00 to 08:00
93 Swift (West), 2 Sand Martin (East) [Barry Hunt]

Knole Park, 07:00 to 07:00
2 Bullfinch (Pair at W end of Gallops Valley) [James King]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 10:45, mostly sunny with a freshening SW breeze. HT circa 12:00.
1 Wigeon (drake on EF still), 2 Teal (drakes on EF), 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Whimbrel (on mud at mouth of Faversham creek), 2 Turtle Dove (one 'purring'), 2 Cuckoo (calling males), 1 Barn Owl (carrying prey to barn at 08:20), 200 Swift (circa feeding over reserve), 1 Yellow Wagtail (over), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (one singing), 3 Corn Bunting (singing males) [Murray Wright]

Conyer, 04:15 to 11:00, mostly cloudy and calm to start but brightening up with increasing SW breeze; rising tide; includes 49 birds from ringing session for CES Scheme with BW et al
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo (two males chasing female), 2 Swift (W), 1 Swallow, 2 Wren, 7 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 5 Nightingale (including adult male and two juvs ringed), 2 Blackbird, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 5 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (+), 6 Long-tailed Tit (+), 12 Blue Tit, 2 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch (adult pair plus two juvs) [James Massey]

Friday 14 June 2019

Cliffe Pools, 18:00 to 21:50, sunny warm
10 Egyptian Goose (flew south towards Radar Pool or beyond at dusk), 4 Greenshank (Flamingo Pool), 1 Cuckoo (singing), 2 Barn Owl (carrying prey, one flew a long way east), 1 Corn Bunting (singing ) [Michael Paice]

Graveney, 14:50 to 14:55, sun, SW breeze; cloud 4/8
1 Hobby (across marsh and over car) [Mike Roser]

Conyer, 12:00 to 13:00, warm, sunny and breezy; ebb tide; 1 painted lady
3 Turtle Dove (min, two seen), 1 Nightingale [James Massey]

Finberry (Ashford), 10:45 to 11:15, Warm cloudy with slight breeze
4 Grey Heron (Family on mud with gulls), 1 Stock Dove, 2 Turtle Dove (From waterbrook pools pair flew off towards Mcarthur Glen outlet) [Christopher Gillard]

Thursday 13 June 2019

Conyer, 15:00 to 16:45, tide out; blowing increasingly strong from SW; spots of rain
4 Mute Swan (first summer birds), 18 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 6 Avocet, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Owl, 2 Swift, 1 Skylark, 10 Swallow (+), 5 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 10 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

TR2856, 12:00 to 19:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turtle Dove (Purring), 1 Little Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Female feeding juv), 1 Skylark (Singing), 1 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Greenfinch (Both singing) [Bill Mclay]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:00
69 Swift (flying W around showers) [Chris Hindle]

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