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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.

Monday 18 June 2018

Graveney, 13:45 to 13:55, Breezy, clear blue sky
4 Swift [Rebecca Etheridge]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:00, mostly sunny, breezy from WSW; 1 common seal
2 Pheasant, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove (landed by derelict caravan), 2 Little Owl, 3 Swift, 6 Skylark, 4 Swallow (+), 8 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet (+), 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 10:30, Low tide; blustery SW; warming
2 Mute Swan (plus 6 cygnets and 2 goslings), 2 Shelduck (plus 7 sheldlings), 1 Wigeon (drake E flood), 2 Pochard (E flood), 1 Hobby (over W), 1 Turtle Dove (purring W), 1 Cuckoo (calling W), 16 Swift (movement W ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (juvs-South Swale 1130), 1 Cetti's Warbler (usual song perches) [Mike Roser]

Sunday 17 June 2018

TR0239, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper [Robert Carr]

Faversham Creek, 17:00 to 17:30, Tide was up, cloudy with strong wind
6 Shelduck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Oystercatcher [Emma Wilcox]

Conyer, 16:00 to 16:00, mostly cloudy and breezy; tide in
2 Little Owl [James Massey]

TQ7346, 16:00 to 16:10, dry some cloud cover
1 Turtle Dove [David Errey]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 15:20 to 15:20
1 Kingfisher (flying from the creek-side pits towards gunpowder wks) [Steve Arthur]

Luddenham Marshes, 14:00 to 15:00, No sign of Spotted Flycatcher around farm or church, but conditions less than ideal - windy and cloudy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Turtle Dove (heard ), 1 Little Owl, 10 Swift, 2 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail (in wheat field towards Oare) [Steve Arthur]

Cliffe Pools, 11:15 to 16:30, Mostly overcast, warm at times but cool SW 3 wind.WeBS counts for RSPB reserve up to high tide.
4 Mute Swan, 20 Greylag Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 357 Shelduck (most roosting on FP), 30 Gadwall, 27 Teal, 15 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pochard (duck seen with brood of 7 ducklings ), 41 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 85 Coot, 12 Oystercatcher (including pair with 1+ chick), 380 Avocet (including 290 mostly roosting on FP), 5 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover (nbp birds on FP), 2 Sanderling (sp birds on FP), 3 Dunlin (one on FP, two on BBPs - all in bp), 140 Black-tailed Godwit (BBPs), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (nbp birds on FP), 3 Whimbrel (FP), 30 Mediterranean Gull (+ ), 2530 Black-headed Gull (several 100 young with many already fledged and flying), 1 Sandwich Tern (roosting on FP), 23 Common Tern (18 sitting birds), 1 Cuckoo, 7 Sand Martin [Murray Orchard]

Oare Marshes, 05:15 to 08:30, Tide in, overcast to start, occasional lighter moments. light wind. rain during later part of visit.
10 Mute Swan (6 Cygnets), 2 Greylag Goose (Goslings with Mute Swan), 4 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall (+), 11 Teal, 10 Mallard (+), 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron (+, 1 juvenile), 7 Coot (1 juvenile), 8 Oystercatcher (+), 1 Avocet, 3 Lapwing, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 20 Black-headed Gull (+), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull (+), 10 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo (Heard), 12 Swift, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (1 juvenile), 3 Magpie, 10 Goldfinch (+), 10 Linnet (+), 7 Reed Bunting [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 04:45 to 10:45, mostly cloudy with some light rain and a SW breeze. HT circa 03:40. 2-3 Little Terns fishing along the Swale.
8 Mute Swan (pair on EF now with six cygnets(!?) and three Greylag goslings still), 1 Wigeon (worn drake on EF), 9 Teal (seven drakes on EF), 1 Garganey (worn drake on EF), 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover (flew W), 3 Curlew, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (adult on mud E of slipway again from 07:00), 1 Black-headed Gull (first juvenile), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (pair on EF), 3 Turtle Dove (two "purring"), 1 Cuckoo (male), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 20 Swift (circa), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Jay [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 04:20 to 07:30
2 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 18 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 1 Garganey (female from ramp), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 2 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 16 June 2018

Goathurst Common, 21:30 to 21:50
3 Woodcock (+ roding and calling ), 2 Nightjar (Churring ) [James King]

TR1261, 14:00 to 15:20
5 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 40 Herring Gull (+, also following tractor) [Kieron McDonnell]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 13:10 to 16:00, Escaped Bar headed Goose, Red Kite & Little Egret also noted!
10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Buzzard (At least), 3 Mediterranean Gull (Flyovers), 15 Common Tern (At least), 2 Swift [Jack Headley]

Conyer, 09:30 to 11:45, sunshine and cloud, breezy; tide out
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl, 7 Swift, 3 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 11:00, sunny and warm with a SW breeze. LT circa 09:15.
1 Wigeon (worn drake on EF), 5 Teal (three drakes), 1 Garganey (worn drake on EF), 1 Hobby, 2 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper (briefly on EF before flying W), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (adult on mud E of slipway again), 3 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo (male singing), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 04:10 to 07:30
4 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon (female), 35 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 1 Garganey (female), 6 Shoveler, 5 Pochard (3 drakes), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 2 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 2 House Martin, 2 Bullfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 15 June 2018

Graveney, 19:20 to 19:25, Sunny warm still evening
8 Swift (Chasing and screeching ), 18 House Martin (Flying low to nest sites. Feeding ), 2 Dunnock (Feeding ) [Rebecca Etheridge]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 18:55 to 19:30
8 Egyptian Goose [Jack Headley]

Conyer, 17:00 to 19:00, partly cloudy with sunshine
8 Mute Swan (family group), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 5 Oystercatcher, 19 Avocet, 52 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 1 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Little Owl, 15 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting (together) [James Massey]

Conyer, 10:00 to 12:45, warm and sunny with SSW breeze; rising Spring tide
10 Shelduck (family group), 8 Tufted Duck (Fowley Island), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Curlew (on Fowley Island), 1 Turnstone (obs with JS, Fowley shoreline), 244 Mediterranean Gull (on Fowley Island; numbers increased through visit as tide rose from an initial forty birds, something I have often noticed), 673 Black-headed Gull (on Fowley Island), 7 Common Tern (+, Fowley Island, adults feeding juvs), 2 Turtle Dove (heard), 1 Cuckoo (singing male showing well at Butterfly Wharf), 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Burham, 09:35 to 10:50, Warm, dry and sunny. Very low tide
4 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Goose, 5 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 3 Coot (2 juv.), 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 21 Herring Gull, 20 Wood Pigeon (+), 8 Collared Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail (adults feeding juv.), 3 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 7 Blackbird, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 22 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 7 Carrion Crow, 14 Starling, 12 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [Bill Stoneham]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:40
1 Grey Partridge, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Linnet [Chris Hindle]

Oare Marshes, 05:40 to 07:30, warm and sunny
1 Little Owl (Just beyond paddock opposite Coastguards cottages 07:30) [Graeme Backhurst]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:30, warm and sunny. LT circa 08:30.
1 Wigeon (drake on EF), 4 Teal (three drakes), 5 Pochard (three drakes), 1 Hobby, 350 Black-tailed Godwit (circa roosting on EF), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adult and 1st summer), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (adult on mud from slipway to Sea Wall hide from 09:30), 5 Turtle Dove (three "purring"), 1 Cuckoo (male still singing), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Mistle Thrush (my first here this year!) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 14 June 2018

Conyer, 13:50 to 16:00, warm, partly cloudy and breezy from W; ebb tide
16 Mute Swan (two families of eight), 7 Gadwall, 8 Mallard (female with juvs), 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pheasant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 4 Coot (adult + juvs), 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Avocet (inc 2 juvs), 5 Lapwing, 4 Curlew (flying W), 9 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Owl, 5 Swift, 10 Skylark (+), 5 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet (+), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Boughton Monchelsea, 13:15 to 13:45, Dull, overcast and chilly
100 Starling (+ fall of mainly young birds feeding in my garden and those of neighbours - The Quarries area.), 30 House Sparrow (+, mainly young birds seen along with the starling (as above).) [Bill Stoneham]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 12:00 to 12:45, SW 6 drizzle
2 Little Gull (Feeding over the pit ), 3 Cuckoo (2 on Dengemarsh 1 on A R C) [Neil Frampton]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 11:00 to 11:00, SW 6 drizzle
12 Curlew (Burrowes pit) [Neil Frampton]

TR1762, 09:25 to 10:15, Heavy overcast and strong winds
1 Buzzard (Over field 10:00 to 10:15), 1 Green Woodpecker (Garden), 4 Goldfinch (Garden) [Christopher Clifford]

Oare Marshes, 05:40 to 09:00, Cloudy with some light showers and a strong SW wind. LT circa 07:45.
1 Wigeon (drake on EF), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (adult perched on post along the slipway at 05:50 then dropped onto mud to the E), 4 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo (male singing) [Murray Wright]

Wednesday 13 June 2018

TR0239, 21:35 to 21:35
1 Little Owl [Robert Carr]

Seasalter, 15:25 to 15:35, sunny intervals; 17deg; SW breeze
1 Buzzard [Mike Roser]

Preston Court, 13:30 to 13:50, dry,warm,sunny,c20c.
1 Grey Wagtail (female carrying food), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper [Malcolm McVail]

Abbey Meads, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Oystercatcher (holding territory on nearby warehouse roof and been very vocal.) [Jeremy Hall]

TR0239, 08:00 to 08:00, 43 species including:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Reed Warbler [Robert Carr]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 10:30, turning warm and sunny with a gentle NW-SW breeze. LT circa 06:50. 2 Little Terns fishing E along the Swale.
1 Hobby, 15 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin (on EF), 3 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad on mud), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad on mud E of slipway 05:45-09:00), 4 Turtle Dove (seen of which two "purring"), 1 Cuckoo (male singing), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl (calling), 10 Swift [Murray Wright]

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