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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 25 January 2015

Halling Marshes, 15:20 to 16:45, Overcast, light SW wind
2 Teal, 1 Pheasant, 1 Kestrel, 30 Lapwing (+), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Water Pipit (Flushed from saltmarsh at high tide, on rock near navigation marker), 1 Bullfinch [Adam Whitehouse]

Swale NNR, 14:30 to 17:00, Cold and overcast with SW breeze. Calm at dusk
24 Mute Swan (just N of reserve ), 197 White-fronted Goose (additional to Capel birds giving Sheppey total of 437), 195 Greylag Goose, 1350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (N of reserve on fields between Muswell and the Hamlet. Birds arriving off Swale at high tide), 52 Shoveler, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (male and female on Swale), 2 Little Egret, 5 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Hen Harrier (grey male on saltings and reserve), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult on reserve, much disturbance!), 20 Avocet (flying towards Shellness), 650 Grey Plover (high tide roost on reserve flood with several 100 Dunlin), 210 Curlew (162 on reserve, rest on saltings), 2 Barn Owl (hunting around reserve from 16.00), 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Stonechat (male), 3 Bearded Tit (+), 70 Linnet [Murray Orchard]

Harty, 14:00 to 17:30, Cold and overcast. Calm.
12 Grey Partridge (covey flew low over my head, calling, near Sayes Court at dusk), 1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail hunting maize strip at Sayes Court at 14.00), 4 Little Owl (calling around Sayes Court at dusk; a pair duetting and two singles. One seen perched on roadside post in headlights) [Murray Orchard]

High Halstow, 13:00 to 15:00, Overcast though fine.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Female 'type' near Egypt Bay), 1 Barn Owl (On marshes north of Swigshole), 1 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Robert Knight]

Leysdown, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail hunting over maize field on distant hillside near Leysdown as viewed from Raptor Viewpoint) [Murray Orchard]

Capel Fleet, 11:30 to 13:45, Mostly overcast, cold, SW breeze
199 Mute Swan (herds of 152 and 47 in crops E of Harty Road. Total of 234 between prisons and Shellness), 5 Bean Goose (in same area as W/F and Pink-foot flocks but group remaining separate), 48 Pink-footed Goose (between Mocketts and Windmill Creek, feeding separately from nearby White-front flock), 240 White-fronted Goose (between Mocketts and Windmill Creek), 270 Greylag Goose (between Capel corner and Windmill Creek), 3 Barnacle Goose (feeding with the White-fronts), 1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail hunting between Harty and Windmill Creek), 220 Coot (flock on bank of Capel Fleet), 600 Golden Plover, 19 Stock Dove, 2 Stonechat (pair along Harty Road) [Murray Orchard]

Bedlam's Bottom , 10:00 to 11:00, Mostly overcast but fine. Cold, light SW breeze. Count at low tide
401 Shelduck, 112 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier (over Chetney), 90 Avocet, 6750 Knot (huge numbers feeding, some big flocks close to road), 1350 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit [Murray Orchard]

Biddenden, 10:00 to 10:15
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [Steve Broyd]

Lower Halstow, 09:15 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Cold, calm. Counts at low tide
267 Shelduck, 137 Pintail, 11 Goldeneye (flock flew up from creek, at least 2 drakes), 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1500 Dunlin [Murray Orchard]

Riverside Country Park, 08:30 to 09:00, Sunny with high cloud. Cold, calm. Low tide counts from Bloors Wharf
112 Shelduck, 47 Pintail, 1950 Dunlin [Murray Orchard]

Swale NNR, 08:30 to 10:00, Clear & still
1 Pintail (drake), 2 Short-eared Owl (Over saltmarsh), 1 Richard's Pipit (1 feeding in long grass on landward side of sea wall c1km SW of Shell Ness car park, but flighty.), 5 Bearded Tit [Simon Tilley]

Reculver Marshes, 08:15 to 10:00
1 Pink-footed Goose, 551 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 28 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

TQ6960, 08:15 to 09:15, cloudy/frost
100 Greylag Goose (feeding on golf course), 1 Grey Wagtail (feeding on golf course), 30 Linnet (feeding on golf course) [Jeremy Hall]

Swale NNR, 07:15 to 09:00
150 White-fronted Goose, 1 Hen Harrier (adult male) [Derek Faulkner]

Stodmarsh, 06:30 to 11:30
7 Bewick's Swan (5 adults), 142 Greylag Goose, 7 Canada Goose, 112 Teal, 3 Pintail (1 drake), 2 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander (both redheads), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 904 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Water Rail, 40 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1250 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 7 Mistle Thrush, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Linnet, 15 Lesser Redpoll [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 24 January 2015

Luddenham Marshes, 15:30 to 16:00, Bright sun; brisk NE
3 Buzzard, 74 Fieldfare [Mike Roser]

Ham Road Farm, 14:00 to 15:00, Bright sun; brisk NE
35 Gadwall (+), 350 Teal (+), 50 Mallard (+), 30 Shoveler (+), 80 Pochard (+), 50 Tufted Duck (+All duck sps on the pits; difficult viewing thro` hedgerow !), 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat [Mike Roser]

Chilham, 13:45 to 15:30, Bright with chilly NW wind.
4 Buzzard (some display. Also Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Mistle Thrush et al), 1 Great Grey Shrike (flew in at 3pm, caught a mouse and impaled it on bush alongside the stream. Viewed from the bridge.) [Keith Cutting]

Bedgebury Forest, 09:00 to 16:30, Cold, Clear, NW breeze.
15 Mandarin Duck (Flew in from north due to shooting disturbance, north of forest.), 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male.), 5 Buzzard (Flew south together due to shooting disturbance, north of forest.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit, 8 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Raven (North over.), 30 Lesser Redpoll (+, single flock.), 7 Hawfinch [Gavin Coultrip]

Stodmarsh, 06:30 to 11:40
7 Bewick's Swan (2 juveniles ), 288 Gadwall, 289 Teal, 4 Pintail (3 drakes ), 40 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander (redheads), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 885 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (1 male ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 249 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Bearded Tit, 28 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 5 Lesser Redpoll [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 23 January 2015

Elmley (excluding Spitend), 14:45 to 16:00, Sunny but cold wind.
1 Merlin (plucking prey on post close to entrance track.), 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (plus. Feeding on the grass 100yds west of entrance track and more with circa 1000 Golden Plover south of the orchard ) [Keith Cutting]

Leysdown, 13:30 to 13:45, Sunny. Cold.
1 Mediterranean Gull (along sea front.) [Keith Cutting]

TQ6972, 13:30 to 13:30
1 Great White Egret (Flew S over Lower Rd, Higham.) [Stephen Wood]

East Malling, 13:00 to 13:30
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (Male) [Mike Puxley]

TQ5872, 10:00 to 10:05
2 Grey Wagtail (flew over aylesford high street heading towards nearby gravel pit,where seen in the past week.) [Jeremy Hall]

Reculver Marshes, 08:30 to 10:00
7 Shelduck, 1 Water Rail, 17 Lapwing, 3 Stonechat, 2 Bearded Tit, 62 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 16:00
4 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 24 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch [Ian Shepherd]

Thursday 22 January 2015

Capel Fleet, 16:00 to 17:00, Cold, windy
30 White-fronted Goose (Capel corner - probably more), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl, 10 Corn Bunting [Keith Witham]

Shellness, 15:00 to 16:00, Cold, windy
20 Sanderling [Keith Witham]

Cliffe Pools, 12:20 to 15:00, Grey with chilly ENE wind.
1 Scaup (the immature drake still present on Radar Lake and around the pools 100s of Tufted Ducks, Pochard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail and 4plus Goldeneye.), 2000 Dunlin (plus around the pools together with 60 plus Grey Plover and several Black-tailed Godwit.), 1 Barn Owl (hunting around Black Barn area at 2pm and 3 Marsh Harriers.) [Keith Cutting]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 12:00 to 15:00, High tide, cloudy
1 Snow Bunting [Len Platt]

Cliffe, 11:45 to 12:15
1 Green Sandpiper (on floods adjoining West Court Farm.), 30 Fieldfare (circa together with several Redwings, 8 Song Thrush and a Green Woodpecker on fields by West Court Farm.) [Keith Cutting]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 10:30 to 11:00
1 Ring-necked Parakeet [Robert Douthwaite]

Folkestone, 10:00 to 12:00, Near Peene, cold but clear
1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 30 Redwing, 22 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Yellowhammer [Mark Varley]

Reculver Marshes, 08:30 to 10:00
595 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (male E), 1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 8 Snow Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Chilham, 14:00 to 14:30
1 Great Grey Shrike (Still present near sports centre.) [Barry Chambers]

Grain Marsh, 14:00 to 14:00
2 Stonechat, 28 Corn Bunting [John Horton]

Bedgebury Forest, 13:00 to 16:00, Drizzle and very overcast
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Raven (over), 100 Chaffinch (+, Impossible to count as in many tree tops), 2 Brambling, 15 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Hawfinch [Mike Puxley]

Cliffe Pools, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Raven [Russell Brockett]

Reculver, 10:00 to 12:30
8 Snow Bunting (Still present at Coldharbour Lagoon. Also, 3 Stonechat.) [Barry Chambers]

Samphire Hoe, 10:00 to 11:00, Overcast/Light N.E
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Moorhen, 1 Great Skua (Flying west.(G. Burton)), 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Wren, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 4 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Magpie [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Dover, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Firecrest (Whinless Down) [Mark Kennett]

TR0854, 14:15 to 15:00, Chilham Lake (cold, o'cast, drizzle)
10 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 65 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Coot, 1 Kingfisher [Andrew Lipczynski]

Cliffe Pools, 12:00 to 14:30
2 Egyptian Goose (East of track between Radar and Black Barn), 1 Scaup (1st w/m on Radar Pool), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (North of reserve), 1 Greenshank (Colour ringed regular wintering ind. at w/e of Flam Pool.), 1 Kingfisher [Mike Puxley]

Thanington Lakes, 09:55 to 12:15, 5C, sleety snow
27 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 17 Lapwing (on Hambrook Marshes), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat (on Hambrook Marshes), 11 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper (with a flock of tits) [Jonathan Barnard]

South Swale LNR, 08:45 to 15:00, Cold, light winds. High-water 1210. WeBS visit.
11 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 230 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 400 Oystercatcher, 220 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwing, 37 Curlew, 105 Redshank, 55 Turnstone, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Stonechat [Ian Shepherd]

TQ7552, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Little Grebe (Unusual here), 1 Little Egret (Wintering bird), 1 Water Rail (Wintering bird), 1 Grey Wagtail (Usual resident) [Don Taylor]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
143 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flying east), 14 Mallard, 8 Fulmar, 6 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Moorhen, 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 12 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch [Derek Smith]

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