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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.

Thursday 17 April 2014

Reculver Marshes, 08:15 to 10:00
2 Grey Partridge, 1 Cuckoo, 8 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat [Chris Hindle]

Faversham, 06:15 to 08:00, Sunny. Abbey Fields area. Many birds heard only.
1 Mute Swan, 4 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 3 Coot (plus 5 chicks - down from 7 last week), 2 Skylark, 8 Wren, 2 Nightingale, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer [Steve Arthur]

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Grove Ferry, 18:30 to 19:45, from Ramp, sunny/dusk
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (passing west), 1 Snipe (passing west), 7 Green Sandpiper (departed east), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail [Brian Chapman]

Sandwich Bay, 18:00 to 19:30
2 Crane (From Restharrow), 1 Green Sandpiper (Restharrow), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Dicksons Corner), 1 Ring Ouzel (Male. Gullies/Cellars) [Alison Borlase]

Naccolt, 10:00 to 11:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (singing at TR0444), 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Stephen Wood]

TQ7062, 08:00 to 08:00, sunny early frost/mist
3 Nightingale (singing), 5 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing) [Jeremy Hall]

Aycliff, 07:30 to 08:30
3 Swallow, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Siskin [Mark Kennett]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Greylag Goose (Flying west), 2 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen (2 Adults and two chicks), 1 Stock Dove, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 4 Stonechat, 4 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 8 Carrion Crow, 12 Linnet [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Staplehurst, 22:20 to 22:25, Cold Clear full moon
1 Barn Owl [Chris Roome]

Bekesbourne, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Nightingale (in song) [Robert Douthwaite]

Stodmarsh, 11:30 to 15:00, sunny,wind n/e 2/3 v,g.viz
1 Hen Harrier (female hunting 12.15), 25 Sand Martin (at the water meadows), 18 Cetti's Warbler (singing around the area), 8 Sedge Warbler (singing), 9 Blackcap (singing) [Malcolm McVail]

Aycliff, 11:00 to 11:15, Sunny, cool E wind
1 Whinchat (Female), 3 Chiffchaff [Derek Smith]

Reculver Marshes, 10:00 to 11:30
2 Grey Partridge, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 32 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Grove Ferry, 09:25 to 09:30
1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling in reedbed near Ramp) [Ben Ring]

Bekesbourne, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Whitethroat [Robert Douthwaite]

TQ6960, 08:30 to 08:35, sunny
1 Hoopoe (field top of sandy lane), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing nearby) [Jeremy Hall]

Grain Marsh, 05:30 to 09:30, 10mph East
2 Sand Martin (over), 2 Swallow (over), 2 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 37 Goldfinch (several small flocks heading north), 1 Linnet (All birds ringed unless otherwise stated) [John Horton]

Monday 14 April 2014

Northward Hill, 12:00 to 12:50, sunny cool nw wind
3 Garganey (2 drakes +female), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing in trees by path) [Jeremy Hall]

Reculver Marshes, 09:30 to 11:00
2 Grey Partridge, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 5 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 3 White Wagtail (flying W), 3 Wheatear [Chris Hindle]

Dartford, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Little Ringed Plover, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150 Herring Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Lawson]

Oare Marshes, 07:30 to 11:30, Bright sun; stiff,cool W/NW breeze
25 Greylag Goose, 4 Gadwall, 40 Teal (circa), 20 Shoveler (circa), 10 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 45 Avocet, 15 Dunlin, 700 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 3 Whimbrel, 155 Curlew (+), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern, 5 Swallow, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 14 Linnet [Mike Roser]

Cliffe Pools, 07:05 to 10:40, sunny cool nw wind
2 Garganey (on black barn), 1 Spoonbill (still on flamingo), 5 Whimbrel (on thames foreshore), 2 Spotted Redshank (on flamingo), 3 Sand Martin (north over river) [Jeremy Hall]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
10 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow, 2 Wren, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Linnet [Derek Smith]

Sunday 13 April 2014

TQ6447, 17:00 to 18:00
10 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye (pair on former gravel workings), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Snipe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Reed Bunting [Martin Garwood]

Hemsted Forest, 16:30 to 18:00
1 Two-barred Crossbill (Feeding with Common Crossbills in pines in SW corner of first clearing off Cranbrook Road. ), 10 Crossbill [Steve Broyd]

Cliffe Pools, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny, cool breeze, low tide
1 Spoonbill (On grass by lake furthest from radar pool ) [Keith Witham]

Cliffe Pools, 14:00 to 17:00, Clear and sunny with NW breeze. Count of RSPB reserve.
117 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 78 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (3 drakes), 1 Spoonbill (on Flamingo Pool), 466 Avocet (66 on Flamingo Pool and 390 on Radar Pool islands), 570 Black-tailed Godwit (HT roost), 510 Redshank (HT roost), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail (W), 1 Sedge Warbler [Murray Orchard]

Eastborough, 13:00 to 13:30, Clear and sunny with NW breeze
2 Gadwall (pair), 20 Teal, 1 Shoveler (drake), 6 Pochard (drakes), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 15 Avocet, 1 Whitethroat [Murray Orchard]

Stoke Fleet, 12:30 to 12:45, Clear and sunny
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults flying past), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 136 Rook (count of nests) [Murray Orchard]

Grain Outfall, 11:45 to 12:00, Clear and sunny with cool NW breeze
2 Turnstone, 1 Sandwich Tern (flying in to Medway) [Murray Orchard]

Conyer, 11:30 to 13:00
2 Nightingale [Nigel Mccarley]

Grain Country Park, 10:45 to 11:20, Clear and sunny with cool NW wind
5 Swallow (W), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Murray Orchard]

Clubb's Pit (Grain), 10:00 to 10:30, Clear and sunny with cool NW wind
4 Swallow (W), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Murray Orchard]

Leysdown, 09:15 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Ring Ouzel (Female), 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet [Gavin Coultrip]

Grain (other sites), 08:25 to 10:00, Clearing to sunny with cool NW breeze
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults, flying over), 4 Swallow (W), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing males), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Murray Orchard]

Grove Ferry, 04:45 to 12:00
1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Shelduck, 2 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 92 Cormorant, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Water Rail, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Owl, 7 Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 2 Nightingale, 15 Cetti's Warbler, 40 Sedge Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 12 April 2014

Bekesbourne, 15:30 to 15:30
12 Lesser Black-backed Gull [Robert Douthwaite]

Grove Ferry, 13:20 to 13:25, mild, overcast, light breeze
1 Nightingale ( Heard, between river and railway, from picnic area car park) [David Hale]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 08:40 to 14:30, High tide c11.45; note this site is called Elmley NNR
3 Buzzard, 3 Snipe, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Curlew, 2 Spotted Redshank, 42 Turnstone, 25 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit [Sean Huggins]

Reculver Marshes, 08:20 to 10:20
22 Sanderling, 13 Turnstone, 1 Shore Lark, 20 Sand Martin, 1 Nightingale, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff [Chris Hindle]

Sandwich Bay, 08:00 to 08:45
1 Little Ringed Plover (Restharrow Scrape departing N), 1 Ring Ouzel (in Waldershare/Little Gully), 1 Sedge Warbler (in ditch near RHScrape), 1 Reed Warbler (in ditch near RHScrape), 1 Hooded Crow (with Carrion Crows in sheep field behind Restharrow Scrape) [Andrew Lipczynski]

Kingsdown, 07:00 to 11:00, Sunny,cool NW wind
2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellowhammer [Barry Woolhouse]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 06:00 to 09:30, cool to start, warm later, overcast clearing, misty but clearing
3 Snipe, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Nightingale, 15 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Graham Barker]

Grove Ferry, 05:15 to 12:00, Foggy
1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Grey Heron, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 3 Water Rail, 24 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 4 Swallow, 1 Nightingale, 11 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Jay, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer [Martyn Wilson]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Cormorant, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wren, 3 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap [Derek Smith]

Friday 11 April 2014

TR0122, 16:15 to 18:00, Warm, calm
14 Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Yellow Wagtail (Feeding on ground), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing Male) [Chris Roome]

Leybourne/New Hythe, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Swallow (small group of hirundines high over Leybourne lakes, after seeing Hoopoe at Sandhole.), 1 House Martin [Martin Garwood]

Dungeness, 09:30 to 16:15, Clear, still - cool
2 Whimbrel (Reserve), 3 Swallow (In off sea), 2 Redstart (Males near lighthouse), 6 Wheatear (+, Lighhouse, reserve), 10 Sedge Warbler (+, Reserve), 6 Blackcap (Point and reserve), 20 Chiffchaff (+, Point and reserve), 1 Willow Warbler (Reserve - singing) [Chris Roome]

Cliffe Pools, 09:00 to 12:00
1 Pintail, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 1 Sandwich Tern (Over), 2 Swallow, 5 Nightingale (Local from Cliffe heard one on the 9th) [Mike Puxley]

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch [Ken Digby]

Faversham, 07:30 to 08:30, scrub east of sewage works
3 Gadwall, 6 Swallow (around sewage works), 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Steve Arthur]

Grain Marsh, 06:00 to 10:30
9 Swallow (Over), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Over), 2 Wren, 6 Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 9 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Bunting (All birds listed ringed unless specified) [John Horton]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Pheasant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear [Derek Smith]

TQ7848, 00:00 to 00:00, Seen by Duncan Priestley
1 Lesser Whitethroat [Don Taylor]

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