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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 30 September 2016

Oare Marshes, 15:30 to 16:00, Sunny
1 Pallid Harrier ((Juv)showing well below church on Sheppey at 15.30 and again at 16.30 although distant this time) [Terry Ryan]

Tankerton, 10:30 to 10:40, Sunny, 18C
6 Sandwich Tern [Ben Tavener]

Cliffe Pools, 09:00 to 12:00
100 Teal, 22 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 40 Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Oystercatcher, 300 Avocet (On Essex side of Thames), 30 Ringed Plover, 50 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 100 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 21 Snipe, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven, 24 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting [Nick Upton]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
18 Wigeon, 58 Mallard, 1 Grey Partridge, 51 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Sandwich Tern, 45 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaff, 52 Goldfinch [Chris Hindle]

Oare Marshes, 07:45 to 08:15, cool; cloud 4/8; receding tide
1 Osprey (Sheppey banks), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 80 Golden Plover (E flood), 400 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 5 Bearded Tit (seawall reedbed) [Mike Roser]

Thursday 29 September 2016

Church Hougham, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Osprey (south west) [Mark Kennett]

Penshurst, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 20 Skylark, 200 Swallow (large numbers of hirundines passing over ahead of cold front), 200 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat (female near Ensfield bridge) [Martin Garwood]

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Conyer, 16:00 to 16:45, Cloudy with sun breaking through
1 Marsh Harrier (Direction Uplees), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (+), 1 Kingfisher (Marina) [James Massey]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 17:00, Warm, slight breeze
5 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Osprey (Seen twice over the river), 7 Coot, 7 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail (One at Grove Ferry Bridge the other at weed barrier upstream.), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay [Peter Dale]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
19 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 74 Mallard, 33 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 21 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 26 Carrion Crow, 72 Goldfinch, 15 Reed Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Oare Marshes, 12:00 to 15:30, Tide going out, warm
1 Osprey (From Sea hide; diving into the Swale, and post perching on Harty side.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Perched on the beach, in front of the Graveney wall), 1 Little Stint [Keith Witham]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:30
80 Mallard, 130 Golden Plover, 22 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 14 Chiffchaff [Chris Hindle]

Wouldham, 07:00 to 17:00
5 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 13 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Ian Shepherd]

Monday 26 September 2016

Harty, 10:00 to 10:30, Calm
1 Osprey (On post east of the Ferry inn,can be seen with scope from Oare Marshes ) [Terry Ryan]

Harty, 09:15 to 09:20
65 Corn Bunting (On wires near Raptor Viewing Mound) [Derek Faulkner]

Deal, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Merlin (freshly dead juvenile, still warm, emaciated, at the end of the pier, 0800.) [Peter Flint]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00, In-coming tide
1 Osprey, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Avocet, 70 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Knot, 2 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern [Phil Beraet]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Hen Harrier (adult ringtail), 220 House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Bearded Tit [Derek Faulkner]

Oare Marshes, 07:30 to 11:30, cool; cloud 7/8;high tide
26 Wigeon (flock in high), 14 Little Egret (tide margin at slipway), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Osprey (Sheppey bank with TR), 2 Kestrel, 24 Avocet (all E flood), 80 Ringed Plover (circa ), 160 Grey Plover (circa Sheppey bank), 150 Lapwing (circa), 12 Little Stint (min, with Ringed Plovers), 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 300 Dunlin (circa), 20 Ruff (circa), 450 Black-tailed Godwit (circa inc 80 Uplees), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 400 Redshank (circa), 7 Greenshank, 9 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 13 Blackbird, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Bearded Tit (2 parties; seawall dyke) [Mike Roser]

Shuart Farm, 06:30 to 11:15
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Dotterel (flying W calling), 20 Lapwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 20 Reed Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 25 September 2016

Cooling Marshes, 16:30 to 17:30, Sunny, little cloud, fresh SW wind. Observations for "Salt Bay" - new managed retreat W of Egypt Bay
300 Greylag Goose (on grazing marsh by Salt Fleet), 550 Wigeon (on new mud in bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Green Sandpiper (on small inland pool near new sea wall), 4 Pied Wagtail (along new sea wall) [Murray Orchard]

Egypt Bay, 16:00 to 17:45, Sunny, little cloud, fresh SW wind
19 Shelduck, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and juv), 1 Buzzard, 2 Grey Plover, 41 Bar-tailed Godwit (feeding along tide line), 1 Green Sandpiper, 40 Yellow Wagtail (feeding around cattle by sea wall), 4 Whinchat, 15 Goldfinch [Murray Orchard]

Tonbridge, 16:00 to 19:00, Coldharbour and Horns Lodge Lane area. Warm, breezy, brief shower.
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 House Martin (circa), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Treecreeper [Dave De Silva]

Harty, 15:15 to 15:50, Sunny calm
1 Osprey (Viewed from Oare marshes by scope ,sitting on post east of the Ferry Inn) [Terry Ryan]

Cliffe Quarries, 12:15 to 13:30, Cloudy but sunny, fresh SW wind
4 Mute Swan (pair with 2 young), 24 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 78 Shoveler, 65 Pochard, 225 Cormorant (originally roosting in dead trees but then leaving en mass to form a huge feeding flock moving around the quarry), 4 Stock Dove [Murray Orchard]

Elmley NNR, 09:00 to 11:30, Breezy, intermittent cloud and sun, 16c
6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Pallid Harrier (Juvenile. Seen sat in field outside Well Marsh hide for 10 mins, then flew over sea wall.), 20 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 50 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Bearded Tit (Flock heard in reeds) [Michael Warren]

Cliffe Pools, 07:35 to 12:40, Slight wind;Sunny,Light cloud
1 Water Rail (Heard), 1 Oystercatcher, 1000 Avocet, 100 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 35 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 4 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 75 Dunlin, 10 Ruff, 30 Snipe, 1000 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 150 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear [George Kalli]

Grove Ferry, 06:00 to 10:00
18 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose, 26 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 434 Teal, 5 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 18 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 212 Lapwing, 87 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Martyn Wilson]

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