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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 10 December 2016

Sevenoaks, 11:00 to 11:15, foggy, spitting
10 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Green Woodpecker (probing for ants on PG Lawn), 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 12 Robin (very approachable), 1 Blackbird (female), 3 Redwing (PG lawn), 5 Jackdaw (over) [James King]

Hythe, 08:45 to 08:50, very dull,and mild
1 Black Redstart (a male in the ornamental trees at the "Aldi" car park ,in Hythe. Very approachable!) [Allan Ward]

Minnis Bay, 08:30 to 08:40
1 Marsh Harrier, 45 Ringed Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl, 45 House Sparrow (at Plumpudding Riding Centre) [Chris Hindle]

Stodmarsh, 06:30 to 10:15, Grey dark, very fine drizzle, south west wind, 11 degrees
8 Mute Swan, 17 Bean Goose (Tundras still present), 420 Teal, 4 Pintail (1 drake), 47 Shoveler, 3 Pochard (1 drake), 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Marsh Harrier, 4 Hen Harrier (2 males), 1 Water Rail, 673 Lapwing, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 09 December 2016

Marshside, 15:30 to 15:40
1 Cattle Egret (feeding in winter wheat field along North Stream) [Chris Hindle]

Hythe, 14:50 to 14:55, Calm, lowish water
2 Purple Sandpiper (Stade St groyne), 3 Turnstone (On beach, nr. Stade St. groyne) [Linda Holman]

Conyer, 11:00 to 13:00, Partly cloudy with sun breaking through, SSW breeze. West of creek loop through Blackett's farm and Tonge then back along Swale
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 1 Sparrowhawk (over village), 1 Kestrel (male on fence post eating mouse judging by tail), 1 Kingfisher (marina ), 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 100 Fieldfare (circa), 2 Yellowhammer [James Massey]

Sevenoaks, 11:00 to 16:50, overcast
2 Pied Wagtail (pair on Park Grange Lawn), 10 Robin (+), 30 Redwing, 200 Jackdaw (circa. Dukes Meadow Pitches ), 5 Chaffinch (2m, 3f), 10 Goldfinch (+ ) [James King]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:15 to 11:25, cloudy, some sun, warm but cool SW f2-3
7 Pochard, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Gull [Graham Barker]

Uplees Marsh, 08:30 to 08:40, 11deg;s/sw breeze;murky
1 Greenshank (with small flock of Black- tailed Godwits) [Mike Roser]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Common Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay [Richard H Bailey]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 16:00
24 Teal, 8 Little Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Raven [Ian Shepherd]

Thursday 08 December 2016

Castle Coote (Swale LNR), 16:00 to 16:00
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting) [Brian Watmough]

Reculver, 15:30 to 16:00
1 Green Sandpiper (Plum Pudding Lagoon) [Russ Blackman]

Leeds Castle, 11:00 to 14:00
1 Black Swan (Adult and very young cygnet.), 1 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 20 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 60 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling [Mike Puxley]

Higham Marshes, 08:20 to 09:50, cloudy cool
13 Bewick's Swan (on nearby timberlake,12 adults and one immature bird), 50 Greylag Goose (+, in fields), 1 Barnacle Goose (with greylags), 1 Goldeneye (on alpha pool), 1 Black-necked Grebe (on alpha pool), 1 Marsh Harrier (male hunting marshes), 100 Fieldfare (in trees on edge of marsh), 30 Redwing (in with fieldfares) [Jeremy Hall]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 30 Fieldfare, 2 Jay [Richard H Bailey]

Wednesday 07 December 2016

Sevenoaks, 16:00 to 17:00, getting darker, cool
10 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Wren, 2 Robin, 20 Redwing (+), 5 Magpie (+), 100 Jackdaw (circa. ), 5 Goldfinch (+) [James King]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 15:00 to 16:00, Cloudy, wind SW2
2 Caspian Gull (ad. plus 1st. winter to roost), 3000 Great Black-backed Gull (circa, to roost) [Barry Chambers]

Lower Halstow, 13:40 to 14:50, Dry & bright; SSW wind force 3; high of 12C. Tide out.
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 100 Shelduck (+), 500 Wigeon (+), 200 Teal (+), 3 Goldeneye, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 10 Stock Dove, 2 Chiffchaff [Derek Tutt]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 13:15 to 16:35
6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (Male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl [Richard Collins]

Riverside Country Park, 13:10 to 14:30, Mild and dry, low tide.
25 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100 Shelduck (+), 64 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 24 Pintail, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Nor mash,), 1 Buzzard, 35 Oystercatcher, 75 Avocet (+), 1300 Knot (circa), 135 Dunlin, 60 Redshank (+), 1 Little Gull [Mike Norman]

Conyer, 13:00 to 15:00, Partly cloudy. Mild. West side of creek. No sign of the Snow Bunting
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 3 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (+), 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 3 Mistle Thrush [James Massey]

Hythe, 12:00 to 12:00, Fine, sunny fairly calm sea
1 Purple Sandpiper (Stade St groyne), 4 Turnstone (On beach near Stade St groyne) [Linda Holman]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:15 to 11:30, some cloud, some sun, cool SW f2-4
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 54 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher [Graham Barker]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 10:30, S breeze; cloud 7/8; ebb tide
2000 Wigeon (+ off Mocketts W), 10 Tufted Duck (W flood), 1 Great Northern Diver (Uplees buoy), 1 Little Grebe (centre Swale), 4 Marsh Harrier (Mocketts slopes), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail Sheppey banks), 5 Buzzard (movement W along Sheppey banks), 2 Kestrel (W flood), 38 Coot (W flood), 16 Stock Dove, 1 Stonechat (male), 6 Fieldfare (Uplees copse) [Mike Roser]

Walland Marsh, 08:00 to 08:30, Sunny, wind SW2
17 Bewick's Swan (near Newlands Farm) [Barry Chambers]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
8 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Rock Pipit, 10 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 2 Raven, 4 Brambling, 30 Siskin (Flying E) [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 06 December 2016

Conyer, 13:00 to 13:30
1 Snow Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer [James Massey]

Swale NNR, 11:00 to 15:00
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Crane, 1 Short-eared Owl [Daniel Cornish]

Chislet Marshes, 10:00 to 10:30
1 Cattle Egret (found by Matt Hindle feeding in winter wheat field with Herring Gulls 400 metres north of Chislet Church) [Chris Hindle]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 08:00 to 15:00, Little wind and bright sun
1 Ring-necked Duck, 4 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 1 Woodcock, 5 Bearded Tit [Mark Varley]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Cormorant (19 Flying E), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 50 Great Black-backed Gull (circa), 8 Rock Pipit, 5 Wren, 15 Robin, 6 Stonechat (Two colour ringed), 12 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 8 Magpie, 2 Raven [Derek Smith]

Monday 05 December 2016

Stodmarsh, 14:20 to 16:30, Cold, misty. Lakes 80% frozen.
1 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 12 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (Both males, ?same bird), 8 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 600 Fieldfare (circa) [Richard Collins]

Reculver Marshes, 14:10 to 15:50
17 Bean Goose (obviously the Stour Valley birds on an excursion), 39 Golden Plover, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Stonechat, 89 Fieldfare, 44 Redwing, 45 Chaffinch, 80 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Conyer, 14:00 to 16:00, West side of creek. Species count for day: 59
2 Buzzard, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Snow Bunting (male still on sea wall, a little further towards Murston today), 1 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Minnis Bay, 13:45 to 14:00
1 Shag [Chris Hindle]

Conyer, 10:15 to 12:15, Sunny and frosty. East side of creek
2 Marsh Harrier (Teynham Level), 2 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 20 Fieldfare (+), 15 Redwing (+), 2 Greenfinch (pair), 1 Bullfinch (female. 1st sighting for me at Conyer) [James Massey]

Dover, 09:00 to 10:45
1 Red-breasted Merganser (east), 1 Shag (in Harbour), 1 Guillemot [Mark Kennett]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
6 Mute Swan, 110 Greylag Goose, 14 Canada Goose, 39 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 22 Pochard, 59 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 25 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Wren, 13 Robin, 17 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer [Richard H Bailey]

Murston, 08:00 to 08:00, Calm, sunny.
4 Eider, 5 Long-tailed Duck (On Swale, near Milton Creek), 3 Common Scoter, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat [Chris Bond]

Sunday 04 December 2016

Capel Fleet, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Hen Harrier (Male) [Keith Witham]

Tonbridge, 14:45 to 16:00, Fish Hall area off A26. Still, clear bright, 5 deg C
1 Kestrel (+), 1 Snipe (In Mill Stream. My first in area since 2010!), 1 Kingfisher, 600 Fieldfare (+), 20 Redwing, 300 Starling [Dave De Silva]

Conyer, 14:00 to 15:50, Cold, sunny, rising tide, E breeze. West side of creek
90 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 70 Grey Plover, 4 Turnstone, 2 Kingfisher (chasing along creek), 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 20 Fieldfare, 1 Snow Bunting (sea wall opposite Blackett's farm) [James Massey]

Sevenoaks, 14:00 to 14:10, cold
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 15 Redwing (one sat in berry tree for 10 mins), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+), 10 Blue Tit (+), 3 Great Tit, 1 Magpie [James King]

Capel Fleet, 12:00 to 12:30, Cold and sunny with E breeze
45 Mute Swan, 40 White-fronted Goose (with Greylags ), 370 Greylag Goose, 25 Shoveler, 450 Coot, 4 Corn Bunting [Murray Orchard]

Murston, 12:00 to 14:00, High tide, sun, cold
3 Eider (On the Swale), 5 Long-tailed Duck (On the Swale) [Keith Witham]

Preston Marshes, 11:30 to 12:30
2 Marsh Harrier (adult & 1stW males), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 1 Yellowhammer [Tony Swandale]

Cliffe Pools, 11:00 to 16:30
8 Bewick's Swan ((left @ 13.30, came back to roost )), 70 Shelduck (Flamingo.), 120 Shoveler (Flamingo only.), 5 Avocet, 20 Grey Plover, 3000 Dunlin (+), 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Redshank (+, In Creek), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat [John Whitting]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 10:30 to 12:30, Cool but dry and very bright
4 Mute Swan, 50 Greylag Goose (Circa.), 50 Canada Goose (Circa.), 5 Egyptian Goose, 20 Wigeon (+), 44 Gadwall (+), 23 Teal (+), 15 Mallard, 20 Shoveler (+), 14 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 50 Coot (Circa.), 5 Lapwing, 2 Snipe (Tyler Hide), 2 Common Gull, 6 Herring Gull (+), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Willow Hide wood), 1 Pied Wagtail (Tyler Hide), 4 Wren, 6 Robin, 2 Redwing, 18 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin [James King]

Collard's Lake (Stodmarsh), 10:00 to 11:00
17 Bean Goose (the full set of Tundras were on Collard's lake then came onto the adjacent fields joining the Greylags.), 298 Greylag Goose, 337 Wigeon, 98 Gadwall, 73 Pochard, 40 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye (1 drake), 11 Great Crested Grebe, 151 Coot, 11 Lapwing [Martyn Wilson]

Swale NNR, 09:15 to 11:45, Cold, clear and sunny. Wind E 1-2, later 3
2 Little Egret, 10 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male over saltmarsh 11.00), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2500 Golden Plover (huge flock of 2-3,000 flying up Swale on rising tide), 15 Sanderling (mudflats N of Shellness hamlet), 60 Stock Dove (fields by Elliotts Farm), 2 Short-eared Owl (separately seen, both high over Leysdown/Harty Marshes before dropping.), 1 Richard's Pipit (called and flew off saltmarsh to grass inside sea wall by first big bend/wooden sign posts about 1km S of Shellness car park 09.45. Showed well before lost in grass.), 60 Carrion Crow (flock on reserve but no sign of any Hooded Crow), 5 Corn Bunting (on saltmarsh) [Murray Orchard]

Sevenoaks, 09:00 to 09:25, Sunny,cool
1 Song Thrush, 40 Redwing (Circa.), 4 Chaffinch [James King]

Foreness, 08:00 to 10:30
1 Eider, 2 Velvet Scoter (E), 20 Red-throated Diver (E), 2 Shag, 1 Guillemot (E), 3 Stonechat [Simon Mount]

Shellness, 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny, high tide
1 Hen Harrier (Male), 1 Merlin (Female), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female), 1 Short-eared Owl [Len Platt]

Stodmarsh, 06:20 to 09:50
16 Mute Swan, 14 Bean Goose (14 Tundras on Stodmarsh lake until 07.04 then flew towards Collard's), 1 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 750 Teal, 2 Pintail (1 drake), 53 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1000 Cormorant (plus), 1 Grey Heron, 21 Marsh Harrier, 5 Hen Harrier (2 males), 4 Water Rail, 4 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 1 Common Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 22 Blackbird (along Lampen Wall, all but one dark billed continental types.), 2300 Fieldfare, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Chainhurst, 05:00 to 05:10
1 Tawny Owl (Male heard calling) [David Errey]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
6 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 20 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven [Derek Smith]

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