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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.

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Grenham Bay, 12:00 to 12:00, Incoming tide
12 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher [Bob Dean]

Jeskyn's Farm, 10:00 to 11:00
2 Whinchat (Feeding separately from the Stonechats but in the same general area.), 5 Stonechat (Back for the Winter perhaps. A mixed group along the fences of the southern hay field. ) [Tim Goss]

Grain (other sites), 06:30 to 08:45, Fine with a Westerly breeze
8 Teal, 25 Little Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret (Adult), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 4 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Cetti's Warbler (A personal record count), 2 Reed Warbler, 29 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Jay, 18 Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll (The Moat) [Ray O'Reilly]

Oare Marshes, 05:45 to 10:30, sunny with a light NW breeze. LT circa 09:00.
2 Garganey (on EF), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and juv.), 1 Osprey (over Swale viewed W towards Conyer at 09:50), 1 Hobby, 1 American Golden Plover (moulting ad. flew onto EF with circa 150 Golden Plovers at 07:00), 150 Golden Plover (circa on EF), 130 Knot (single flock roosting on EF at LT), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv. on EF), 6 Ruff (on EF), 33 Snipe (on EF), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (W side dyke), 1 Sandwich Tern (along Swale), 1 Little Owl (calling from telephone pole outside cottages at 06:00), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Whinchat (four near Dan's Dock still), 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Chiffchaff (+) [Murray Wright]

Monday 16 September 2019

Cliffe Pools, 17:00 to 19:00, The wind just edging NNE with drizzle with Lyn Griffiths.
1 Marsh Harrier (West Street Fields), 3 Buzzard, 1 Golden Plover (Adult on Radar Pool in transitional plumage), 1 Grey Plover (Radar Pool in breeding plumage), 28 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juvenile on Radar Pool), 2700 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa on Radar Pool), 1 Whimbrel (Lower Hope Point), 6 House Martin (West Street Fields), 1 Whinchat (Leach's Corner), 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear (Sea Wall), 4 Chiffchaff (Lower Hope Point), 84 Goldfinch (in a single flock at Lower Hope Point) [Ray O'Reilly]

Swale NNR, 15:00 to 15:10
1 Hobby, 4 Wheatear [Derek Faulkner]

Castle Coote (Swale LNR), 13:00 to 14:30, cloud 8/8, mizzle; light W/NW breeze. part WeBS count with Bob Gomes
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (off beach huts Seasalter), 59 Little Egret (Castle Coote roost), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail across Nagden Marshes W ), 1 Osprey (overhead then across Swale towards Sheppey 1340 hrs), 2 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper [Mike Roser]

Conyer, 12:00 to 15:00, overcast with breeze from NW; rising tide to HW 14:48; WeBS Conyer to Luddenham Gut
18 Mute Swan, 48 Shelduck, 95 Mallard (large count on Fowley; Environment Agency working at Luddenham Gut perhaps pushed them to the island), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 27 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Osprey (fishing over Swale c. 13:30), 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Coot, 115 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 44 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (over), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 78 Curlew, 366 Redshank, 3 Greenshank (over), 4 Common Sandpiper, 13 Turnstone, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 75 Goldfinch (circa), 8 Linnet [James Massey]

Marden, 12:00 to 12:15
1 Osprey (Fishing on large farm pond.) [Ray Morris]

Aycliff, 07:30 to 09:40
4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 420 House Martin, 46 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff [Mark Kennett]

Sunday 15 September 2019

South Swale LNR, 10:30 to 14:30, Sunny and very warm, TH ca. 14 Uhr
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (1 juvenile), 7 Shelduck, 7 Cormorant, 66 Little Egret (At Castle Coote), 1 Grey Heron, 30 Oystercatcher (Minimum), 100 Black-headed Gull (Minimum), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow (Not counted), 5 Meadow Pipit (Minimum), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 11 Wheatear (On the wall), 1 Carrion Crow (Not counted), 1 Starling (Not counted), 3 Goldfinch, 60 Linnet (Minimum), 1 Reed Bunting [Renate Erb]

TR1261, 09:00 to 15:00, sunny
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow (4 juvenile), 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Linnet [Kieron McDonnell]

Furnace Pond, 08:00 to 09:30
4 Canada Goose, 7 Mandarin Duck, 12 Mallard, 7 Cormorant, 6 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher, 7 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail (over south), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (male and female), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing occasionally), 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Jay [Stephen Mills]

Shell Ness, 08:00 to 12:50, Warm sunny, light breeze. HT @1300
2 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 100 Oystercatcher (+), 5 Ringed Plover, 1 American Golden Plover (In amongst Golden Plover.), 30 Golden Plover (+), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 20 Turnstone (+), 30 Sandwich Tern (+), 3 Wheatear (+) [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 07:15 to 09:15, warm; low tide
1 Hobby (W flood), 1 Peregrine Falcon (through E flood W;putting up the Lapwing flock), 1 Cuckoo (at speed through E flood, eastwards), 2 Whinchat (rear E flood), 2 Stonechat (male and fem rear E flood), 2 Wheatear (seawall creekside), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit (rear E flood) [Mike Roser]

Saturday 14 September 2019

Abbot's Court, 13:00 to 16:00, Sunny and warm. Over High Tide.
42 Shelduck (on the river and c 200 Teal flushed over the marsh.), 1 Buzzard (Calling overhead. There were 2 Wall Butterflies near the power station and a Wall Lizard below . Two Clouded Yellows over the paddocks.), 2 Whinchat (on the marsh to the east and four Wheatears along the sea wall.) [Keith Cutting]

Finberry (Ashford), 11:30 to 13:00, 29 species including:
1 Little Grebe, 16 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Robert Carr]

Oare Marshes, 11:30 to 15:10, Sunny and warm
2 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck (Juvenile), 1 Teal (Not counted), 1 Mallard (Not counted), 2 Garganey, 1 Shoveler (Not counted), 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 4 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 41 Avocet, 6 Ringed Plover, 5 Golden Plover, 193 Lapwing, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 700 Black-tailed Godwit (Minimum), 1 Redshank (Not counted), 2 Greenshank, 1 Black-headed Gull (Not counted), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 2 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow (Not counted), 200 Starling (Minimum), 2 House Sparrow, 4 Goldfinch [Renate Erb]

TQ7173, 11:00 to 11:05, Fine, sunny,calm
1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from field over road from Gore Green lakes), 1 Long-tailed Tit [Bryan Bullen]

Shell Ness, 09:15 to 10:30, Sunny,calm
3 Ringed Plover, 1 American Golden Plover, 100 Golden Plover (+), 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Wheatear [Barry Woolhouse]

Furnace Pond, 07:45 to 09:15
8 Mandarin Duck, 8 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail (over south west), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 25 Chiffchaff (+), 3 Willow Warbler (2 adults and a juvenile) [Stephen Mills]

Friday 13 September 2019

TR2856, 15:30 to 18:40
1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (+), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch [Bill Mclay]

Castle Coote (Swale LNR), 12:15 to 13:40, Sunny, Tide high
1 Great Crested Grebe, 62 Little Egret (In 1 flock), 1 Common Gull [Renate Erb]

Oare Marshes, 11:00 to 16:30, sunny and warm with a light NE-E breeze. HT circa 13:15. With Barry Wright.
2 Garganey (on EF), 1 Gannet (flew N across the Swale), 52 Little Egret (+ roosting on Castle Coote at HT), 1 Marsh Harrier (S across the Swale), 2 Hobby, 50 Golden Plover (circa on EF), 10 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs. on EF), 5 Whimbrel (in one flock flew E), 1 Greenshank (over), 23 Turnstone (along the slipway), 14 Arctic Skua (in one flock flew over head over the Sea Wall hide then back out E then landing/lingering on and over the Swale), 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad. and 1st winter on EF), 6 Sandwich Tern (+ along the Swale), 1 Common Tern (on post at end of slipway), 1 Kingfisher, 5 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Wheatear [Murray Wright]

South Swale LNR, 10:00 to 13:55, Sunny and warm, HT ca. 13.15
3 Cormorant, 15 Oystercatcher (minimum), 1 Black-headed Gull (not counted), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Swallow (minimum), 4 Meadow Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 9 Wheatear (minimum), 1 Carrion Crow (not counted), 3 Starling, 3 House Sparrow (minimum), 15 Goldfinch (minimum), 30 Linnet (minimum), 7 Reed Bunting (minimum) [Renate Erb]

Burham, 09:25 to 10:45, Warm and sunny. Rising tide
1 Mute Swan, 8 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 13 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Herring Gull, 40 Wood Pigeon (+), 9 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 11 Swallow, 13 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 23 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Magpie, 100 Jackdaw (+), 6 Carrion Crow, 125 Starling (+), 11 House Sparrow [Bill Stoneham]

Shell Ness, 07:00 to 14:00, wind NNW 10 veering E 6 mph. Vis. very good
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (from N and into Swale), 8 Gannet, 2 Merlin (1 in from E other in from SE), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (in ), 750 Curlew (scared off roost on saltings by low flying helicopter), 2 Pomarine Skua, 44 Arctic Skua (largest flock 22), 6 Great Skua, 80 Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Tern [Richard Elvy]

Grove Ferry, 06:20 to 12:45, Mild, overcast turning sunny light wind. All seen from Feast Hide
1 Mute Swan (Juvenile), 2 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Osprey (Juvenile), 1 Kestrel, 3 Coot (1 juvenile), 2 Kingfisher (1 Female, other unknown), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap (Male), 1 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Bearded Tit, 3 Blue Tit (+), 1 Reed Bunting (Female) [John Bunting]

Thursday 12 September 2019

Dungeness, 14:15 to 16:30, Seawatching off the fishing boats with Martin Casemore, Tony Greenland and Jacques Turner-Moss. Other notable wildlife included 7 Harbour Porpoise and 2 Grey Seals.
32 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua (Adult light morph), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1st Ws), 1 Caspian Gull (1st W), 218 Sandwich Tern, 35 Common Tern, 204 Sand Martin [Ray O'Reilly]

Oare Marshes, 13:20 to 17:35, Mostly sunny, moderate SW'ly, HT 12.25
1 American Golden Plover (East Flood 14.30 to 16.45), 210 Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Ruff (+), 2210 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Damon Smith]

Scotney Gravel Pits, 12:10 to 13:10
8 Egyptian Goose (Several juveniles), 1 Buzzard, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 185 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff [Ray O'Reilly]

Cliffe Pools, 12:00 to 16:30, Initially overcast then increasingly sunny, mild/warm with fresh SW wind.WeBS count for RSPB reserve (early due to holiday)
6 Shelduck, 341 Teal (RP), 5 Mallard, 4 Pintail (HP), 110 Shoveler (HP/RP), 4 Pochard, 36 Little Grebe, 43 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Spoonbill (adults (including the Dutch c/r bird) still feeding around RP/HP/SP, often making short flights between feeding spots - one often feeding separately.), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 56 Coot, 4 Oystercatcher, 122 Avocet (very few in to roost, tide not very high.), 17 Ringed Plover, 130 Lapwing, 78 Knot (77 on RP, most with the Godwits), 30 Dunlin, 1 Snipe (BB1), 2900 Black-tailed Godwit (roosting on RP), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (juv on FP), 179 Curlew (roosting on FP), 358 Redshank (334 on Crystal Pool islands), 8 Greenshank (noisy and mobile, on RP), 1 Common Sandpiper, 44 Great Black-backed Gull (FP), 1 Common Tern (juv), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Murray Orchard]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 10:15 to 12:00, ARC Pit Only. Over high tide
2 Pintail, 3 Garganey, 1 Cattle Egret (Adult), 1 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Juvenile), 141 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull (Adult), 10 Common Tern, 2 Black Tern, 350 Sand Martin (Circa), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff (One flock of five), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Juvenile) [Ray O'Reilly]

Seasalter, 10:00 to 11:30
193 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Tern, 5 Wheatear [Mike Gould]

Shell Ness, 09:30 to 11:00, Changed from almost cloudless with light SW breeze to overcast with SW 4/5 very quickly! Mild. Rising/high tide.
1 American Golden Plover (moulting adult with Golden Plover flock in stubble field by road opposite naturist beach. ), 375 Golden Plover, 1 Wheatear [Murray Orchard]

Dungeness Bird Observatory, 09:15 to 09:50, Sunny with a light breeze
7 Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Ray O'Reilly]

Littlestone-on-sea, 07:00 to 09:00, A rising tide.
1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 35 Ringed Plover, 46 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 270 Dunlin, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st W), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult), 2 Kittiwake (Adults), 435 Sandwich Tern, 25 Common Tern, 2 Little Tern, 38 Sand Martin, 1 Rock Pipit [Ray O'Reilly]

Oare Marshes, 06:00 to 11:00, mostly sunny with a light SW breeze. HT circa 12:30.
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on Horse Sands still), 1 Cattle Egret (flew W along the Swale at 08:10), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and juv.), 1 Hobby (over), 25 Knot (circa on EF), 3 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs. on EF), 27 Snipe (on EF), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank (on EF), 2 Green Sandpiper (W side), 2 Sandwich Tern (along the Swale), 1 Cuckoo (juv.), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 10 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Whinchat (incl. nine on marsh just E of Dan's Dock), 1 Stonechat (female), 5 Blackcap (+), 6 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 4 Chiffchaff (+), 8 Long-tailed Tit [Murray Wright]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 15:00
3 Knot (flying W), 350 Sand Martin (in 70 minutes pm), 1400 Swallow (in 70 minutes pm), 1050 House Martin (in 70 minutes pm), 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 35 Blackcap, 18 Chiffchaff, 13 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Bedlam's Bottom , 17:45 to 18:30, 1-2/8 cloud, mild/warm, SW 4 wind. Low tide
116 Avocet, 55 Golden Plover, 103 Grey Plover, 215 Black-tailed Godwit, 285 Redshank [Murray Orchard]

Oare Marshes, 16:00 to 16:30, Overcast, mild with fresh SW wind. All records for East Flood. Low tide.
2 Mute Swan, 1 Garganey, 38 Shoveler, 24 Avocet, 5 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juvenile), 5 Dunlin (5), 7 Ruff, 21 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Murray Orchard]

East Malling, 13:30 to 14:15
1 Whinchat (Paris Farm Paddocks), 1 Wheatear (Paris Farm Paddocks), 4 Chiffchaff [Mike Puxley]

Cliffe Pools, 10:00 to 13:00, Overcast with a stiff Sou'westerly breeze. A rising tide. Other notable wildlife included Golden Samphire, Migrant Hawker and Feathered Gothic, Turnip and Square-spot Rustic Moths.
1 Pintail (Hidden Pool), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Grey Plover (Flamingo Pool), 21 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 2485 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Curlew, 390 Redshank (293 on Amoco Pools), 13 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd Winter, Flamingo Pool), 2 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [Ray O'Reilly]

Oare Marshes, 06:00 to 12:00, mostly cloudy with some sunny intervals later and a brisk SW breeze. HT circa 12:00.
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on Horse Sands), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 14 Ringed Plover (on mud), 30 Knot (circa on EF), 6 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs. on EF), 120 Dunlin (circa on EF), 20 Snipe (circa on EF), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 14 Turnstone (two on EF and 12 roosting on the Louise), 2 Great Black-backed Gull (ad. and juv. on EF), 1 Turtle Dove (ad.), 1 Little Owl (calling), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv.), 150 Swallow (+ steady trickle heading S with a few Sand Martins), 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff (one singing), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 2 Raven (on pylons then flew NW) [Murray Wright]

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