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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.

Sunday 16 December 2018

Harty, 14:45 to 16:30
58 Mute Swan (Flock of 52 birds west of Capel Fleet.), 1 Black Swan (With Mute Swans.), 1 Whooper Swan (With Mute Swans.), 3 Pink-footed Goose, 8 White-fronted Goose, 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Gavin Coultrip]

Northward Hill, 14:15 to 16:40, Dull overcast with little wind
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Lesser Redpoll [Ray O'Reilly]

Knole Park, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Common Gull (Ad. on Seal Hollow Pitches, W of Gallops) [James King]

Halstow Marshes, 12:00 to 14:00, Mostly sunny, mild
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail, north of Swigshole), 1 Buzzard, 150 Stock Dove, 1 Stonechat, 2 Corn Bunting [Robert Knight]

Otford, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 57 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 3 Yellowhammer [Mathew Bournat]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 10:45 to 12:15, sunny,cool
1 Firecrest (in yew trees and ivy near glazing house. Note: car park is now only open during week days (until April)) [Iain Black]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 10:30 to 13:20
2 Barn Owl [Jack Headley]

TR0239, 10:30 to 13:15, 33 species including
9 Golden Plover (First patch record), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat [Robert Carr]

Swale NNR, 08:30 to 10:30
52 White-fronted Goose, 80 Greylag Goose [Derek Faulkner]

Conyer, 08:05 to 10:45, mostly sunny and calm; tide out
6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (over N, smaller bird attacked waders on Swale), 74 Avocet, 100 Lapwing (circa), 2 Little Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl (in from Sheppey), 50 Skylark (circa), 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart (female type), 2 Stonechat [James Massey]

Capel Fleet, 08:00 to 08:00
60 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 2 White-fronted Goose, 75 Greylag Goose, 250 Teal, 23 Marsh Harrier (roost count), 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Buzzard (including the 3 very pale birds), 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 150 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 30 Corn Bunting [Richard Elvy]

Cliffe Pools, 08:00 to 14:00, Fine calm and Sunny
2 Bewick's Swan (Flamingo Pool), 2 Egyptian Goose, 28 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Red-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Alpha Pool), 3 Black-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool), 2 Greenshank (Flamingo Pool), 32 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit (Higham Bight), 250 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 500 Redwing, 10 Bearded Tit (Timber Lake), 25 Corn Bunting (Flamingo Pool) [Ray O'Reilly]

Coldharbour (Reculver), 08:00 to 09:30
1 Whimbrel, 4 Snow Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 08:00
56 White-fronted Goose, 2 Hen Harrier (including the adult male and a Ring-tail clearly a male,2nd year bird ? ), 1 Merlin, 1 Brambling [Richard Elvy]

North Foreland, 07:45 to 09:30
6 Eider, 5 Common Scoter (S), 341 Red-throated Diver (S), 40 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Gannet (S), 3 Shag, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 320 Common Gull, 20 Kittiwake (S), 3 Guillemot (S), 1 Grey Wagtail [Simon Mount]

Saturday 15 December 2018

Snodland, 14:00 to 14:00, cold/rain
30 Collared Dove (+, feeding in garden in middle of Snodland.), 3 Grey Wagtail (in various places in town centre.) [Jeremy Hall]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 13:20 to 14:30
6 Wigeon, 19 Snipe [Jack Headley]

Conyer, 10:00 to 10:00, bitterly cold SE wind; tide out
394 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [James Massey]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 09:00 to 16:00, Strong S/SE gales and driving rain pm.
1 Pintail (Burrowes), 2 Goldeneye (Burrowes), 1 Red-throated Diver (Burrowes), 3 Cattle Egret (Cook’s Pool), 2 Great White Egret (Dengemarsh), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Thanks Martín Casemore.), 1 Caspian Gull (Burrowes), 1 Chiffchaff [Mike Puxley]

North Foreland, 07:45 to 11:00
6 Eider, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S - drake), 218 Red-throated Diver (S), 1 Great Northern Diver (S), 113 Gannet (S), 2 Shag, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 65 Kittiwake (S), 246 Alcidae sp. (S) [Simon Mount]

Friday 14 December 2018

Epple Bay, 15:00 to 15:15, Tide nearly in
4 Fulmar [Bob Dean]

Dungeness, 13:50 to 13:55, Sunny and bitterly cold in the wind
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (Seen from Cockles bridge and flew over Dungeness Road towards Lade.) [Mike Hook]

St Mary's Marsh, 13:30 to 14:00, Overcast, cold, light SE breeze.
27 Mute Swan, 3 Buzzard, 40 Golden Plover (in flight over marsh) [Murray Orchard]

Gillingham, 12:45 to 14:10, Overcast.
27 Common Gull, 80 Wood Pigeon (+), 2 Wren, 3 Goldcrest, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 12 Great Tit, 4 Jay, 15 Magpie (All birds seen in Maxwell Road Woodland and Fort Amherst.) [Mike Norman]

St Mary's Bay (Thames), 11:00 to 13:30, Overcast, cold, light SE breeze. Counts of birds on mudflats or river between Egypt Bay and Coombe Bay from West Point.
23 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 450 Shelduck, 30 Mallard, 1080 Oystercatcher, 55 Avocet, 5500 Knot, 4500 Dunlin, 1 Snipe (on saltmarsh in Bay), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Rock Pipit (around edge of saltmarsh in Bay) [Murray Orchard]

Lower Halstow, 10:55 to 11:55, Cloudy; SE wind force 4-3 & a high of 4C. Low tide & birds spread across the mud.
4 Mute Swan, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, 6 first winter amongst a group of 60.), 100 Shelduck (+), 1 Goldeneye, 1500 Knot (+) [Derek Tutt]

Conyer, 10:15 to 10:15
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail at Gunners Point, per John Shilling) [James Massey]

Halstow Marshes, 10:00 to 11:00, Overcast, cold, light SE breeze.
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail hunting around Egypt Bay), 3 Buzzard, 130 Stock Dove [Murray Orchard]

Swigshole/Decoy Farm, 10:00 to 10:00, Overcast and cold with light SE breeze.
110 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing [Murray Orchard]

Snodland, 09:00 to 09:00, Cloudy cold 7c
6 Wood Pigeon, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 4 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch [Stephen Greenstreet]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Kingfisher (marina) [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 06:45 to 11:00, cloudy with a light E breeze. LT circa 10:15.
16 Pintail (on EF), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (drake on Swale), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 57 Golden Plover (in field S of cottages), 2 Barn Owl (one hunting around reserve until 07:40 and one on Sheppey), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 10 Redwing, 11 Corn Bunting (in one flock flew W then back E) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 13 December 2018

Conyer, 13:30 to 15:30, mostly sunny with bitter ESE wind; rising tide
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Merlin (female type low E across creek), 400 Lapwing (circa), 2 Snipe, 2 Little Owl, 3 Stonechat (together) [James Massey]

Lower Halstow, 13:15 to 14:45, Still some frost on the ground. Temperature 6C with a wind force 3-4 from ESE. Rising tide.
2 Mute Swan, 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 150 Shelduck (+), 300 Wigeon (+), 400 Teal (+), 15 Pintail, 29 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye (2 adult drakes), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Avocet, 17 Ringed Plover, 25 Grey Plover (+), 150 Lapwing (+), 5 Knot, 700 Dunlin (+), 1 Whimbrel, 170 Curlew (+), 100 Redshank (+), 1 Greenshank, 400 Black-headed Gull (+), 15 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing (+) [Derek Tutt]

Reculver, 11:00 to 11:20
1 Slavonian Grebe (On sea drifting west) [Matt Hindle]

Hawkinge, 09:30 to 11:00, Reinden wood. Sunny but cold
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper [Mark Varley]

Hemsted Forest, 08:20 to 10:00
1 Marsh Tit, 2 Brambling, 50 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 28 Crossbill (Favouring first clearing, 400m north of South car park.) [Stephen Message]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:45
2 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare, 210 Redwing, 48 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 09:30
52 White-fronted Goose [Derek Faulkner]

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Conyer, 16:20 to 16:30, dusk
1 Woodcock (flew up past me towards orchard) [James Massey]

Tonbridge, 16:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Woodcock (overhead towards river), 2 Barn Owl (Tanyard Farm area along Medway), 1 Kingfisher, 100 Fieldfare, 24 Magpie (in wet field with Fieldfares) [Martin Garwood]

Furnace Pond, 15:45 to 16:15
4 Canada Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck (a pair), 1 Pheasant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail (1 under feeders and second bird calling), 18 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 60 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Carrion Crow [Stephen Mills]

Northward Hill, 15:40 to 16:45
7 Woodcock (flew west past Sweeney Viewpoint at dusk.) [Keith Cutting]

Oare Marshes, 14:30 to 15:55, Clear sunny cold SE 2
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Pintail, 1 Hen Harrier (M ), 1 Merlin (M ), 8 Avocet, 4 Snipe, 350 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 2 Barn Owl (EF from1540) [Richard Collins]

Dover, 14:00 to 15:50
67 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1000 Black-headed Gull, 1160 Herring Gull, 71 Great Black-backed Gull, 65 Kittiwake, 1 Guillemot [Mark Kennett]

Downe, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Merlin (Male flying due W over West Kent Golf Course just as I was on the 13th tee!) [Russell Brockett]

Lower Halstow, 12:50 to 14:20, Dry & bright: 6C & a SE wind force 4. Rising tide. First a Peregrine then people caused disturbance, making counting very difficult, so my figures are rather low.
70 Greylag Goose (+), 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, Just 3 in a group of 40 were 1stW.), 200 Shelduck (+), 350 Wigeon (+), 350 Teal (+), 12 Pintail, 25 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Marsh Harrier (over Barksore), 1 Buzzard (over barksore), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult male ), 70 Avocet (+, shore of Milfordhope), 1 Whimbrel, 100 Curlew (+), 100 Redshank (+), 10 Fieldfare (+), 10 Redwing (+) [Derek Tutt]

Hemsted Forest, 12:40 to 14:10, Bright, sunny 8C
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Crossbill (Preening in bare tree to right of footpath about 500 yds from car park, flying to feed in conifers then returning to original tree. Oblivious to many dog walkers passing below. Great view in fabulous light. Mostly males.) [Bexley Birdbrains]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 11:15 to 13:00, Bright but chilly easterly.
7 Goosander (4 drakes and 3 ducks showed well close to the causeway and a pair of Mandarin.), 6 Lesser Redpoll (+ in the trees by Oast plus Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker in the orchard with several Fieldfare.) [Keith Cutting]

Conyer, 11:00 to 11:00, sunny and cold with SE breeze
1 Guillemot (winter plumage bird having wash and brush up on Swale channel close to shoreline) [James Massey]

Bessel's Green (Sevenoaks), 10:55 to 11:00, Bright
2 Red Kite (Mile or so west of the village on route to Bough Beech.) [Keith Cutting]

Riverside Country Park, 10:00 to 15:05, Cool, clear and bright, rising tide.
210 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 700 Shelduck (+), 270 Wigeon (+), 500 Teal (+), 69 Pintail, 76 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 65 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 500 Oystercatcher (circa), 500 Avocet (circa), 24 Ringed Plover, 250 Grey Plover (circa), 160 Lapwing, 300 Knot (circa), 4000 Dunlin (circa), 2 Snipe, 110 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Curlew, 250 Redshank (+), 3 Greenshank, 114 Turnstone, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 25 Redwing [Mike Norman]

Harrietsham, 09:30 to 11:10, Bright, sunny 8C
6 Fieldfare (Near church), 5 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit (All at Court Lodge Road footpath), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Rook, 31 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling [Bexley Birdbrains]

Burham, 08:25 to 09:30, Dry and sunny - low tide
68 Canada Goose, 37 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 4 Moorhen, 2 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 10 Black-headed Gull (+), 15 Herring Gull (+), 100 Wood Pigeon (+), 6 Collared Dove, 1 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 6 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 7 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting [Bill Stoneham]

Western Heights, 07:25 to 07:25
1 Blackcap [Mark Kennett]

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Conyer, 16:25 to 16:30, dusk
1 Barn Owl (hunting) [James Massey]

South Swale LNR, 14:30 to 16:30, calm and clear
1 Merlin (Female hunting over Nagden marshes), 1 Green Sandpiper (Got up and called from Nagden ditches) [Danny Chesterman]

Conyer, 10:00 to 12:00, sunny and calm
300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 2 Little Owl, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Raven (in from Sheppey, vocal), 15 Corn Bunting (flock creekside) [James Massey]

South Swale LNR, 09:30 to 11:30, still, bright.
1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Yellowhammer (in tree behind The Sportsman.) [Mike Gould]

Gillingham, 09:15 to 09:25, Bright little wind.
1 Blackcap (Male on feeders in our garden,first one this winter.) [Mike Norman]

Shirley Moor, 08:20 to 11:00
1 Merlin (male), 100 Fieldfare, 60 Redwing, 8 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting [Stephen Message]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 08:30
23 White-fronted Goose [Derek Faulkner]

Wouldham, 01:30 to 16:30
1 Teal (along river north of parish (WeBS count)), 10 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 64 Lapwing (including 50 along river north of parish (WeBS count)), 7 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 62 Redshank (including 46 along river north of parish (WeBS count)), 1 Greenshank (along river north of parish (WeBS count)), 5 Common Sandpiper (including 3 along river north of parish (WeBS count)), 1 Barn Owl (hunting along riverbank at dusk), 1 Tawny Owl (heard hooting at 0130), 2 Stonechat, 1 Raven [Ian Shepherd]

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