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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.

Saturday 20 October 2018

South Swale LNR, 16:30 to 18:00
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10000 Black-headed Gull (At least on outer Swale before sunset), 1 Stonechat [Brian Watmough]

Conyer, 16:00 to 18:00, mostly sunny and calm to sunset; tide out
1 Kestrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Owl, 20 Meadow Pipit (+), 3 Stonechat, 17 Fieldfare [James Massey]

Elmley NNR, 13:45 to 14:45
5 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron [Gavin Coultrip]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 16:00, Sunny and clear skies
4 Mute Swan (Two large signets), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, 30 Redwing [Peter Dale]

TR2856, 12:00 to 15:20
7 Pheasant (Daily.1 Male), 3 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 1 Skylark (Singing), 1 Blackcap (Male) [Bill Mclay]

Faversham, 09:00 to 09:45, Abbey fields, south of solar farm, sunny.
2 Skylark (1 singing), 25 Blackbird (approx), 60 Fieldfare (at least), 5 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing [Steve Arthur]

Abbotscliffe, 08:30 to 10:30, Warm, sunny no wind
1 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Short-eared Owl (In off the sea), 4 Swallow, 4 Ring Ouzel, 4 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, 15 Siskin [Mark Varley]

Luddenham Marshes, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling [Julian Russell]

TR0239, 07:30 to 09:00, 33 species including
2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 25 Rook (site record), 5 Lesser Redpoll [Robert Carr]

Furnace Pond, 07:25 to 09:45, Clear and cold with a lot of visible migration either west or south west.
10 Canada Goose, 3 Mandarin Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 17 Stock Dove, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 11 Blackbird, 67 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 145 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Marsh Tit (2 at feeders and 1 in Shirrenden), 43 Starling, 40 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 1 Linnet, 6 Lesser Redpoll [Stephen Mills]

Conyer, 06:30 to 11:30, calm, chilly and damp becoming sunny and clear; rising tide to HW 10:10; ringing session with BW et al
1 Marsh Harrier (+), 20 Fieldfare (+, W), 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (one calling by marina entrance; two E of creek), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 100 Chaffinch (circa, W), 4 Lesser Redpoll [James Massey]

Friday 19 October 2018

Graveney, 21:00 to 21:10
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+Flock heard not seen flying N over house towards Swale), 1 Barn Owl (Calling), 1 Little Owl (Calling), 1 Tawny Owl (Calling ) [Bob Gomes]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 18:00 to 18:50
19 Wigeon, 31 Redwing [Jack Headley]

Furnace Pond, 16:00 to 17:45
2 Mandarin Duck (a pair), 16 Mallard, 3 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 10 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wren, 4 Robin, 5 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll (over west), 1 Reed Bunting [Stephen Mills]

Graveney, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail (Flying west), 75 Fieldfare (Flying west) [Bob Gomes]

Lower Halstow, 13:45 to 14:50, Sunny & a northerly breeze force 3. Temperature 15C. Low tide.
64 Shelduck, 350 Wigeon (+), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Redshank (+), 16 Greenshank, 4 Lesser Redpoll [Derek Tutt]

Faversham, 11:00 to 13:30
3 Buzzard (Soaring over town drifted north towards Swale), 2 Kingfisher (Stonebridge allotments), 1 Grey Wagtail (Stonebridge allotments), 1 Jay (Stonebridge allotments) [Bob Gomes]

TQ6760, 11:00 to 15:00, Dry, sunny, 14-16 degrees hardly any wind
5 Buzzard (Soaring together on one thermal), 3 Brambling (Flew over calling), 9 Siskin (Flew over calling) [Trevor Manship]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 10:00, Foreness birders
2 Shag, 2 Great White Egret (N out to sea), 1 Short-eared Owl, 27 Skylark (W), 1 Grey Wagtail (W), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 95 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 1 Raven (W), 39 Brambling (W), 90 Siskin (W), 4 Lesser Redpoll (W), 4 Crossbill (W), 6 Reed Bunting [Simon Mount]

Shuart Farm, 06:30 to 11:00
56 Lapwing (flying W), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 87 Skylark (flying W), 22 Fieldfare (flying W), 31 Song Thrush (flying W), 51 Redwing (flying W), 1464 Starling (flying W), 91 Chaffinch (flying W), 43 Brambling (flying W), 48 Siskin (flying W) [Chris Hindle]

Thursday 18 October 2018

Conyer, 13:30 to 16:00, increasingly sunny but with cold NNE wind; tide out; quiet
75 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa, W), 4 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 46 Coot, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 10 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Knole Park, 11:00 to 11:00
10 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 40 Redwing, 10 Siskin, 4 Linnet (S), 1 Lesser Redpoll (E) [James King]

TR0239, 09:35 to 11:30, 33 species including
1 Fieldfare, 5 Siskin [Robert Carr]

Warden Point, 09:30 to 12:30, Dry, sunny, with strongish NE breeze
1 Blackcap (Male), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest [Trevor Manship]

Swale NNR, 09:00 to 09:10
1 Jay (rare bird on Sheppey) [Derek Faulkner]

TR2856, 09:00 to 11:15
1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 1 Skylark, 1 Blackcap, 2 Jay [Bill Mclay]

Shell Ness, 08:00 to 08:00, wind NNE then E 17mph Vis v.good.
225 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (In. No juvs in flock of 46 on mud), 4 Wigeon (In), 26 Teal (In), 1 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 45 Gannet, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv), 25 Sanderling, 2 Pomarine Skua (juvs), 1 Great Skua, 5 Little Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Tern [Richard Elvy]

Shell Ness, 07:00 to 19:00, Cloud clearing to mainly sunny. Cool in a NE then E wind, gusting to 25 mph at times. Tide was in, went out, then came back in again!
8 Little Egret (08.15 in across Swale from presumed mainland roost.), 1 Marsh Harrier (15.30, out towards Leysdown Marsh), 1 Little Owl (18.30), 1 Short-eared Owl (14.17, in off sea) [Bryan Benn]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 10:30, sunny intervals with a cool NNE wind. HT circa 07:30.
14 Little Egret (five on EF and group of nine flew W), 1 Spoonbill (juv/imm on EF still early a.m.), 2 Marsh Harrier (around EF early a.m.), 1 Hobby (hunting over EF early a.m.), 1 Water Rail (imm in NE corner of EF), 1 Spotted Crake (showed 'well' for six of us 08:20-09:00 in NE corner of EF same area as per y'day), 1 Little Ringed Plover (on EF still), 1 Spotted Redshank (flew from EF to creek), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Great Skua (chasing gulls over Swale again circa 09:15), 2 Sandwich Tern (along Swale), 1 Grey Wagtail (over) [Murray Wright]

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Conyer, 17:00 to 17:30, cloudy; rising tide
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Owl, 4 Pied Wagtail, 35 Fieldfare, 30 Chaffinch (W) [James Massey]

Shuart Farm, 16:20 to 16:30, Sunny
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (in sycamores near railway crossing.) [Keith Cutting]

Knole Park, 15:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Fem. at Golf Course), 1 Kestrel, 40 Meadow Pipit (N), 2 Stonechat, 30 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Treecreeper, 20 Siskin (N), 1 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (N- 1st for patch) [James King]

Western Heights, 14:30 to 14:35
1 Yellow-browed Warbler [Mark Kennett]

Margate, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny and calm
2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Wheatear, 1 Pallas's Warbler (Stonking views in small sycamore on east side of the Winter Gardens) [Danny Chesterman]

Shell Ness, 12:00 to 18:30, Mild, sun/cloud then cloudy. NW - N - NNE, always a light breeze. Tide coming in to high.
1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl (Flying near car park at dusk), 1 Short-eared Owl (In off sea) [Bryan Benn]

Knole Park, 11:30 to 13:45
8 Greylag Goose (flyover), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing (circa), 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Coal Tit, 7 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Nick Upton]

Goudhurst, 11:00 to 14:00
10 Redwing, 2 Jay, 2 Raven (over Old Park Wood) [Martin Garwood]

Conyer, 09:30 to 11:00, partly cloudy with occasional sun; ebb tide
5 Little Grebe (together on old rudd lake), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 49 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Coombe Bay, 09:15 to 12:00, Overcast, mild and calm with occasional drizzle. Records for the bay and fields behind. Ebbing tide.
51 Shelduck, 50 Mallard, 8 Little Egret, 550 Oystercatcher, 114 Grey Plover, 1 Snipe, 340 Curlew, 12 Skylark, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 15 Carrion Crow, 40 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [Murray Orchard]

Oare Marshes, 08:30 to 09:00, Lt airs part cloudy
1 Hen Harrier (Adult male hunting at the southernmost area of the west flood ) [Neil Frampton]

TR1259, 08:15 to 08:15
1 Raven (west over Blean School) [Jim Bloor]

East Peckham, 08:00 to 09:25
1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Grey Wagtail (Sluice Weir Lock) [Andy Lees]

Langdon Cliffs, 07:15 to 10:00
42 Skylark, 22 White / Pied Wagtail (in off sea), 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 1 Firecrest, 3 Brambling (in off sea), 130 Linnet, 9 Reed Bunting [Mark Kennett]

Foreness, 07:05 to 10:30
1 Shag, 1 Great White Egret (West), 12 Skylark (West), 5 Swallow (South), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Ring Ouzel, 15 Chiffchaff, 7 Brambling (West), 59 Siskin (West), 1 Lesser Redpoll (West) [Barry Matlock]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 12:00, mostly sunny and warm with a gentle breeze. HT circa 06:15.
5 Little Egret (on EF), 1 Spoonbill (juv/imm on EF still), 2 Sparrowhawk (males sparring), 1 Hobby, 1 Spotted Crake (10:25-11:00 showed well at times though generally elusive in NE corner of EF viewed from sea wall along Faversham creek circa 200yds S of Sea Wall hide - i.e. in exactly same place as when first found on 15th September!), 1 Little Ringed Plover (still on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (over W side), 25 Turnstone (+ roosting on boats), 1 Great Skua (chasing gulls around Horse Sands again), 2 Sandwich Tern (along Swale), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 1 Swallow (on wires W of cottages), 6 Stonechat (three pairs), 2 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Raven (atop pylon W of cottages calling continuously), 1 Siskin (flew S), 1 Yellowhammer (male around cottages - first for me here this year!) [Murray Wright]

Reculver Marshes, 06:15 to 11:15
1 Grey Partridge, 1 Merlin, 98 Golden Plover, 83 Lapwing, 21 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 20 Redwing (including 1 Icelandic Redwing), 1 Blackcap, 570 Starling (flying W), 22 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 47 Siskin (flying W), 1 Yellowhammer, 9 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Furnace Pond, 16:50 to 17:55
9 Mandarin Duck, 14 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting [Stephen Mills]

Conyer, 14:15 to 16:00, sunny; rising tide
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon [James Massey]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 13:00 to 15:00
1 Green Sandpiper [Jack Headley]

Kearsney, 10:55 to 11:00, Sunny
5 Buzzard [Barry Woolhouse]

Foreness, 07:00 to 16:30
1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 26 Skylark (South), 7 Swallow (South), 1 House Martin (South), 2 Grey Wagtail, 55 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Pallas's Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 12 Brambling (South), 45 Siskin (South) [Barry Matlock]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 10:30, turning warm and sunny after a misty start. HT circa 05:30. Two Clouded Yellows.
1 Canada Goose (on mud at mouth of creek), 400 Teal (circa on EF), 5 Spoonbill (flew off W from EF at 07:02, however, one juv/imm back on EF from 08:30 presumed the bird that's been present since last Thursday), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Hen Harrier (ad male flew low W through reserve at 07:50 - only my second here this year), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Water Rail (two ads and three imms in NE corner of EF), 1 Little Ringed Plover (on EF still), 18 Snipe (on EF), 7 Greenshank (on EF then flew to creek), 1 Green Sandpiper (on EF), 2 Sandwich Tern (along Swale), 1 Little Owl, 1 Fieldfare (flew W), 10 Song Thrush (+), 2 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Blackcap (male), 30 Bearded Tit (+, incl. group of 12 near WH), 2 Jay, 1 Brambling (flew W), 2 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Monday 15 October 2018

Knole Park, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Kestrel, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 15 Redwing, 1 Siskin, 3 Bullfinch [James King]

Oare Marshes, 15:50 to 17:30, cloudy,misty,high tide.
14 Wigeon (E flood), 5 Spoonbill (E flood), 2 Water Rail, 75 Avocet, 12 Ringed Plover, 74 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 5 Greenshank [David Perrin]

Conyer, 13:15 to 17:15, still and calm, low cloud cover with some mist; rising tide to high water; 1 common seal
10 Mute Swan, 169 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (W along Swale), 36 Shelduck, 1680 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 15 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail (heard), 76 Oystercatcher, 207 Avocet, 21 Ringed Plover, 136 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing (E), 21 Knot, 258 Dunlin, 195 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Bar-tailed Godwit, 82 Curlew, 105 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 35 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 15 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit, 8 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

TQ9756, 10:30 to 12:00, murk and mizzle
13 Fieldfare (one flock, very skittish), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Coal Tit, 65 Chaffinch (circ;flock on newly tilled land), 5 Yellowhammer [Mike Roser]

TR2856, 10:05 to 13:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 1 Blackcap, 2 Jay [Bill Mclay]

Oare Marshes, 08:15 to 10:00, murk and mizzle; ebbing tide
23 Wigeon (all sps E flood), 1 Spoonbill, 1 Water Rail, 3 Greenshank, 13 White / Pied Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [Mike Roser]

Bockhill, 07:00 to 10:15, Airs part cloudy and warm
1 Little Owl (Near hope point), 6 Swallow, 1 Redwing, 1 Raven [Neil Frampton]

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