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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 26 April 2015

TQ7153, 17:00 to 18:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel (high E), 6 Swallow (through heading E), 12 Blackcap (+), 7 Whitethroat (+), 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper (On riverside willows) [Adam Whitehouse]

TQ7058, 11:45 to 11:50
1 Kingfisher (ditton stream) [Mike Easterbrook]

Cliffe, 10:00 to 13:00, overcast and drizzle
1 Black Swan, 20 Swift (+, at least 20 swifts over salt lane), 14 Nightingale (14 singing males ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Cliffe, 10:00 to 13:00, overcast and drizzle
1 Black Swan, 20 Swift (+, at least 20 swifts over salt lane), 14 Nightingale (14 singing males ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Cliffe, 10:00 to 13:00, overcast and drizzle
1 Black Swan, 20 Swift (+, at least 20 swifts over salt lane), 14 Nightingale (14 singing males ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Cliffe, 10:00 to 13:00, overcast and drizzle
1 Black Swan, 20 Swift (+, at least 20 swifts over salt lane), 14 Nightingale (14 singing males ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Hayesden, 08:00 to 09:00, cloudy light rain
1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern, 4 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 1 Whinchat (fine male along flood barrier), 1 Wheatear (ditto), 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer [Martin Garwood]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 18:00
3 Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Ian Shepherd]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 09:30
1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 3 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 11 Sandwich Tern (flying E), 1 Swift, 1 Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Grove Ferry, 04:00 to 12:15, Dull Cloudy with drizzle and brisk north easterly
1 Shelduck, 1 Garganey (drake), 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 20 Yellow Wagtail (plus), 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Nightingale, 1 Wheatear (male), 4 Fieldfare, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 25 April 2015

Bishopstone, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Red-rumped Swallow (Reculver bird flew W along cliffs at 1200 per David Barnes) [Chris Hindle]

Swale NNR, 09:00 to 14:30, Overcast light drizzle am,sun,broken cloud warm pm
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flew to reserve fr beach), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 30 Dunlin, 1 Short-eared Owl (0900 from car park near hamlet went to ground), 4 Skylark, 1 Wheatear (Beach at Shellness) [Dick Cridlan]

TQ7154, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Yellowhammer [Adam Whitehouse]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 11:00
1 Whimbrel, 6 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove, 60 Sand Martin, 89 Swallow, 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 13 House Martin, 18 Yellow Wagtail (including one male Channel Wagtail), 1 Redstart (male), 5 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Garden Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Boughton Park, 06:45 to 10:00, Overcast, occasional showers
1 Hobby (One flew NW, twelve days earlier than the thirty-one year mean.), 1 Cuckoo (My first one here, heard calling.), 1 Nightingale (One in song, arrived on April 11th.), 1 Garden Warbler (One heard singing.) [Don Taylor]

Sissinghurst Castle NT, 06:00 to 15:00
1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Marsh Tit [Alan Pavey]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 05:15 to 08:10, overcast, dull, on-off light rain, SW f1-3 variable, brightening.
3 Mandarin Duck, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Stock Dove (+), 1 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 8 House Martin (+), 13 Nightingale, 1 Sedge Warbler (+), 5 Reed Warbler (+), 15 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, 34 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Graham Barker]

Grove Ferry, 04:00 to 15:10
2 Shelduck, 3 Garganey (2 drakes), 3 Grey Heron, 8 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 7 Hobby, 2 Water Rail, 2 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Tern, 7 Stock Dove, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 60 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 26 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 24 April 2015

TQ7253, 18:30 to 18:40
1 Cuckoo (Calling from area near St Helen's Road. Heard from opposite of side of Medway valley) [Adam Whitehouse]

TQ7254, 18:30 to 18:40
1 Sparrowhawk [Adam Whitehouse]

Dartford Marshes, 18:00 to 18:30
1 Cuckoo, 1 Ring Ouzel (Fly over) [Phillip Royston]

Reculver Marshes, 15:00 to 16:00
3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Sandwich Tern (flying W), 2 Wheatear [Chris Hindle]

Boughton Monchelsea, 13:30 to 13:30
2 Hobby (Drifting north) [Alan Pavey]

Elmley (excluding Spitend), 13:00 to 14:30, Sunny and warm.
2 Garganey (pair on Sharflleet.), 1 Hobby (in flight from entrance track at 2.20pm plus Wheatear close to car park and 2-3 Yellow Wagtails.) [Keith Cutting]

Elmley (excluding Spitend), 13:00 to 17:00
3 Garganey (2m 1f), 10 Whimbrel (+), 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler [Mike Puxley]

TQ7057, 12:30 to 12:35
1 Wheatear (on research station (for 5th day)) [Adam Whitehouse]

Blean Woods RSPB Reserve, 10:30 to 12:45, Warm, sunny, no breeze
1 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nightingale, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Blackcap (circa), 16 Chiffchaff (circa), 8 Willow Warbler (circa, singing), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 22 Jackdaw [Jonathan Barnard]

Bekesbourne, 10:00 to 10:30
2 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler [Robert Douthwaite]

Sandwich, 08:50 to 08:50
1 Osprey (flew north over Sandwich Industrial Estate at 8.50am) [Martyn Wilson]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard [Richard H Bailey]

Shuart Farm, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Hobby, 1 Golden Plover, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 10:30
17 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Greenshank, 1 Reed Warbler [Derek Faulkner]

Tonbridge, 08:00 to 08:00, Dry but with some fog
1 Bullfinch (Male seen on Vale Rise by railway bridge) [David Errey]

Chainhurst, 07:00 to 08:00, Foggy
1 Cuckoo (Heard calling) [David Errey]

Oare Marshes, 05:45 to 11:00, Early frost and mist but then warm hazy sunshine. Calm just a light SW later. Temp 21C.
2 Pintail (pair on East flood still), 2 Garganey (pair on East flood still), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 25 Whimbrel (+), 1 Greenshank (on East flood), 5 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Sandwich Tern (W along Swale), 2 Common Tern, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 2 Nightingale (singing males), 5 Wheatear, 5 Cetti's Warbler (singing males), 2 Blackcap (pair), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing male), 1 Chiffchaff (singing male) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 23 April 2015

New Hythe, 10:40 to 14:00, Sunshine and mild, after early cloud.
4 Wren, 10 Dunnock (+, Everywhere), 8 Nightingale (Singing and visible), 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap (M & F ), 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Whitethroat (Parachuting) [Mike Hook]

Harty, 09:30 to 09:35
31 Corn Bunting (On wires along the road) [Derek Faulkner]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
4 House Martin, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Richard H Bailey]

Ashford, 07:25 to 07:30, fine ,bright morning.
1 Nightingale (male ,singing from scrub at far end of Mabledon ave; present since at least the 14th ,April.) [Allan Ward]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 10:00
3 Eider, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Little Tern (flying E), 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 38 Swallow, 2 Ring Ouzel [Chris Hindle]

Wouldham, 07:00 to 14:00
5 Shelduck (plus 1 xRuddy Shelduck hybrid), 4 Buzzard, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 2 Whinchat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Ian Shepherd]

Faversham Creek, 06:50 to 08:00, Cloudy, calm, low tide
3 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 100 Wood Pigeon (approx , Nagden Fm fields), 2 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (Hirundines mostly around sewage wks), 4 House Martin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling near path, midway between sewage wks and Nagden Fm ) [Steve Arthur]

TQ7445, 06:30 to 07:40, Cloudy and dry, with a light NE breeze.
1 Sparrowhawk (adult male), 28 Lesser Black-backed Gull (At least this number circling over the industrial estate with the next species.), 1 Herring Gull (12), 1 Barn Owl (seen in flight) [Don Taylor]

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Northward Hill, 10:00 to 12:00, overcast but dry.fair visibility
2 Garganey (males in front of hide ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Northward Hill, 10:00 to 12:00, overcast but dry.fair visibility
2 Garganey (males in front of hide ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Northward Hill, 10:00 to 12:00, overcast but dry.fair visibility
2 Garganey (males in front of hide ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Northward Hill, 10:00 to 12:00, overcast but dry.fair visibility
2 Garganey (males in front of hide ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Northward Hill, 10:00 to 12:00, overcast but dry.fair visibility
2 Garganey (males in front of hide ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat [Stephen Lea]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
10 Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit [Richard H Bailey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 18 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher (female found by Mark Chidwick) [Chris Hindle]

Oare Marshes, 05:45 to 11:00, A sunnny start but clouding over with a freshening ENE wind. Temp 12 C.
2 Pintail (pair on East flood still - female with damaged wing), 3 Garganey (pair on East flood and male on West flood), 2 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 16 Whimbrel (+), 2 Spotted Redshank (on East flood), 2 Greenshank (over), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (on East flood - first of year), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (heard - singing from Sheppey), 1 Little Owl, 3 Sand Martin (W), 25 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (singing), 3 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel (male and female), 6 Whitethroat (singing) [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 21 April 2015

TR1261, 18:00 to 18:05, sunny
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swallow [Kieron McDonnell]

TQ6260, 14:00 to 16:00
3 Buzzard [Mike Easterbrook]

Cliffe Pools, 09:45 to 13:20
1 Spoonbill (Flamingo Pool) [Robert Putnam]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Wheatear (male Greenland), 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat [Chris Hindle]

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