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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.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Oare Marshes, 20:00 to 21:30
1 American Wigeon (Drake feeding with Gadwall in south east corner of east flood at dusk) [Danny Chesterman]

Grove Ferry, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunshine, partial cloud
1 Cormorant, 1 Common Tern (Seen over the river), 1 Turtle Dove (Again in garden of Grove Ferry Inn), 1 Kingfisher [Peter Dale]

Grove Ferry, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunshine, partial cloud
1 Cormorant, 1 Common Tern (Seen over the river), 1 Turtle Dove (Again in garden of Grove Ferry Inn), 1 Kingfisher [Peter Dale]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 11:00 to 11:30, sunny with some cloud
1 Ringed Plover (on the causeway) [Alan Ford]

Cliffe Pools, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl, 100 Swift, 1 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Russell Brockett]

Bekesbourne, 10:00 to 10:30
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (pair) [Robert Douthwaite]

Knole Park, 08:00 to 09:00
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Mistle Thrush (family group), 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper [Martin Garwood]

Cliffe Pools, 06:15 to 11:45, cloudy cool
20 Black-tailed Godwit (probably immatures), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (only one in summer plum), 50 Swift (+, over bb pools), 5 Stonechat (adults +3 juvs great to see) [Jeremy Hall]

Eastborough, 04:30 to 05:50, Cold and grey with light E breeze
1 Garganey (drake ), 21 Tufted Duck (16 drakes), 3 Avocet, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Nightingale, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Murray Orchard]

Friday 27 May 2016

Teston, 20:00 to 20:00
4 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher [Adam Whitehouse]

Cliffe Pools, 17:30 to 21:30, Bright, hazy. Cool E 2 breeze. Records for RSPB reserve
1 Teal (drake), 2 Shoveler (drakes), 18 Pochard (17 drakes), 7 Avocet (broods of 2 and 5 chicks on FP), 1 Little Ringed Plover (1-2 heard calling near ClIffe Creek), 21 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot (b/p), 1 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (1 male, 3 female), 3 Greenshank, 19 Common Tern (on gull islands, several sitting), 2 Cuckoo, 1 Stonechat (male), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Murray Orchard]

TQ7253, 13:00 to 13:00
3 Kingfisher, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Adam Whitehouse]

TQ7254, 07:00 to 07:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 15 House Sparrow, 2 Bullfinch (Pair in South St Playing Fields) [Adam Whitehouse]

Bekesbourne, 06:30 to 07:00
1 Cuckoo (heard) [Robert Douthwaite]

Thursday 26 May 2016

Bekesbourne, 14:00 to 15:00
1 Turtle Dove (heard) [Robert Douthwaite]

Dungeness, 12:15 to 12:30
1 Laughing Gull (2 people feeding it cheddar biscuits,saw it so close no need for binoculars,fantastic,they did not know what they were feeding!!!!!!.) [Malcolm McVail]

Grove Ferry, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunshine light E wind
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Turtle Dove (In tree in garden of The Grove Ferry Inn), 1 Cuckoo (Seen and heard at the side of the river), 8 Kingfisher, 1 Pied Wagtail, 30 Reed Warbler (+, In the reeds all along the river), 1 Great Tit (Nesting in a vertical scaffold pole used for a boat mooring) [Peter Dale]

Gravesend, 09:20 to 09:25, Sunny
1 Jay (In my garden eating seeds from the ground) [Julie Brien]

Castle Coote (Swale LNR), 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny, low tide
6 Little Tern (Terns returning with fish to terns sitting on nests on the beach . ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (On sea wall ) [Terry Ryan]

Castle Coote (Swale LNR), 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny, low tide
6 Little Tern (Terns returning with fish to terns sitting on nests on the beach . ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (On sea wall ) [Terry Ryan]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Spoonbill [Derek Faulkner]

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Swanscombe, 16:30 to 18:15, HT; mild, overcast
1 Wigeon (Black Duck Marsh), 4 Gadwall (+), 5 Tufted Duck (3m), 2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 40 Swift (+, feeding over reedbed), 1 Skylark (singing), 1 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler (+, singing ), 2 Bearded Tit (heard ) [Peter Beckenham]

Cliffe Pools, 14:00 to 16:00, Overcast light NE wind
15 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 16 Avocet, 100 Black-headed Gull (+, On the islands), 2 Cuckoo, 50 Swift (+, Over approach road to RSPB car park), 1 Robin, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Long-tailed Tit [Peter Dale]

Sittingbourne, 12:15 to 12:45, Cool & cloudy
2 Swift (Nesting in my house), 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Back in cemetery) [Sue Carter]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 6 House Martin [Richard H Bailey]

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Boughton Monchelsea, 19:10 to 19:20, Dry and sunny
1 Turtle Dove (Heard near to the wood yard in The Quarries), 3 Chiffchaff (All heard) [Bill Stoneham]

Biddenden, 08:00 to 08:00, Still and silent moonlit night
1 Cuckoo (Calling at the rear of my home at 2.10am. Yes 2.10am. I wasn't dreaming.) [Peter Dale]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Spoonbill [Derek Faulkner]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Little Grebe, 4 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 4 Swift, 30 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin (Juvenile), 1 Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Magpie, 6 Linnet [Derek Smith]

Monday 23 May 2016

TR2360, 21:00 to 22:15
1 Little Owl (Preston village), 2 Tawny Owl (pair calling) [Tony Swandale]

Conyer, 11:15 to 11:30, Sunny with clouds
1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo [James Massey]

Grove Ferry, 10:00 to 12:00, Rain clearing; cloud 5/8
1 Garganey (from ramp), 8 Hobby (Stodmarsh end), 1 Common Sandpiper (from ramp), 6 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 30 Swift (circa), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Sand Martin (circa), 20 House Martin (circa), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Corn Bunting (Stodmarsh end) [Mike Roser]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Spoonbill [Derek Faulkner]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
3 Mallard (Plus 2 juveniles), 2 Fulmar, 1 Moorhen (Plus 4 juveniles), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 3 Blackbird, 5 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow [Derek Smith]

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