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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.

Wednesday 04 March 2015

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

Reculver Marshes, 08:05 to 09:30
664 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Stonechat, 1 Snow Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Tuesday 03 March 2015

Shellness, 15:35 to 18:15, Low tide, mainly sunny, SW wind gusting to 21 mph, then easing
1 Merlin, 3 Short-eared Owl (Possibly all 4. Some activity from 16.00, all hunting from circa 17.00 over much of the saltings) [Bryan Benn]

TQ5853, 14:00 to 14:30, Sunny and chilly
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 20 Yellowhammer (+, Seen in field and hedges on farmland at Ightham mote. Flying as flock at times. ) [Julie Peeling]

Chilham, 10:00 to 11:15, Sunny Intervals,cool SW
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Grey Shrike [Barry Woolhouse]

Swale NNR, 08:45 to 10:15
40 White-fronted Goose, 1 Hooded Crow [Derek Faulkner]

Harty, 08:15 to 08:20
30 Corn Bunting (Near RVM) [Derek Faulkner]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 15 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, 100 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wren, 5 Robin, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 20 House Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch [Richard H Bailey]

Monday 02 March 2015

Marden, 16:30 to 16:30, Sunny
1 Red Kite (Over Marden Thorn) [Ray Morris]

TQ6073, 12:00 to 12:00, sunny cool
90 Fieldfare (+, feeding in horse fields with redwings), 10 Redwing (+, feeding with fieldfares) [Jeremy Hall]

Shellness, 11:00 to 17:00, Cold with strong cooling wind
12 White-fronted Goose (Flew over towards reserve), 300 Golden Plover, 20 Knot (Shore line), 1 Barn Owl (Raptor view point), 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hooded Crow (From raised path hide, in field to the left) [Keith Witham]

TQ7156, 08:15 to 08:25, sunny with increasing W wind
3 Mediterranean Gull, 65 Black-headed Gull (+), 20 Common Gull (+), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull [Adam Whitehouse]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Wren, 3 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff [Richard H Bailey]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 11:00, Strong W wind;3deg;bright
20 Greylag Goose (+W flood), 2 Shelduck, 30 Wigeon (+Wflood), 12 Gadwall (W flood), 30 Teal (+Wflood), 20 Mallard (+Wflood), 20 Pintail (+ E flood), 15 Shoveler (W flood), 20 Pochard (+ W flood), 17 Tufted Duck (W flood), 4 Little Grebe (W flood), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Male E through marsh), 50 Coot (+), 17 Avocet (E flood roost), 2 Ruff ( E Flood), 15 Snipe (+ W flood), 1 Barn Owl [Mike Roser]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Barnacle Goose, 548 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 01 March 2015

Shellness, 15:30 to 17:45, Clear and sunny but clouding over at end of day. Strong SW wind
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in fields W of Hamlet), 1 Little Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (adult male arrived over salt marsh at 16.45, ring-tail at 17.30), 1 Merlin (following male Hen Harrier onto saltmarsh), 2940 Golden Plover (in fields W of Hamlet), 1 Little Owl (surprisingly, one landed in copse by car park at dusk and sat staring at me!), 12 Corn Bunting (presumed roost flock over salt marsh at 17.30) [Murray Orchard]

Leysdown, 14:30 to 15:30, Clear and sunny with fresh SW wind
420 Knot (feeding on flats between Leysdown and Shellness at low tide), 135 Sanderling (low tide count, most birds off Warden Bay) [Murray Orchard]

TQ5053, 13:00 to 13:15, Sunny, chilly
2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (active in Whitley Forest. I can't see whether this is actually Kent!) [Francis Tusa]

Chilham, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Great Grey Shrike [Steve Gates]

Hever, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny, chilly
3 Goosander (1 M 2 F on Hever Castle Lake) [Francis Tusa]

Longfield, 12:00 to 12:00, cool, sunny, strong SW breeze
65 Stock Dove (c, single flock in stubble field) [Peter Beckenham]

TQ9656, 11:00 to 12:45, Sunny but very windy
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Hawfinch (male and female, presumed pair) [Murray Orchard]

Dartford Marshes, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Red Kite (adult west over marshes), 1000 Black-headed Gull, 30 Common Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Greenhithe) [Andrew Lawson]

Chilham, 09:30 to 10:15, Clear and sunny with fresh SW breeze
2 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (two adults flew S overhead), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Grey Shrike (in hedgerow north of Branch Rd and then bush in meadow by stream) [Murray Orchard]

East Peckham, 09:00 to 11:00
6 Gadwall, 30 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff (Both singing) [Andy Lees]

Walland Marsh, 09:00 to 09:30, Sunny, strong westerly breeze
40 Bewick's Swan (still near Horsebones Farm), 1 Whooper Swan ( still with Bewick's), 14 Ruff (Scotney Gravel Pits) [Barry Chambers]

North Foreland, 08:00 to 10:00
8 Red-throated Diver (S), 2 Gannet (A), 1 Iceland Gull (Offshore then S. Found by Barry Hunt) [Simon Mount]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Barnacle Goose, 620 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Pochard [Chris Hindle]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 07:00 to 09:00, 50% cloud cover, cool, WSW F3-5
34 Shoveler, 18 Pochard, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 1 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Yellowhammer (singing), 1 Reed Bunting (singing) [Graham Barker]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 10:30, Sunny with a brisk SW wind. Temp 11C.
4 Gadwall (on East flood), 22 Pochard (on West flood), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair W along the Swale), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard (over Mocketts), 2 Oystercatcher (on East flood at high tide), 23 Avocet (on East flood at high tide), 3 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 48 Redshank (on East flood at high tide), 2 Greenshank (in Faversham creek), 12 Turnstone (on slipway), 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair over), 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Grain Marsh, 06:00 to 08:30
56 Gadwall, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Barn Owl [Kevin Guttridge]

Saturday 28 February 2015

Shorne Marshes, 14:30 to 16:30, cold, breezy, persistent drizzle
11 Little Egret (+), 1 Merlin (female), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Oystercatcher (flew from Alpha pool), 75 Curlew (circa, on wet grassland), 28 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit (+) [Peter Beckenham]

TR0463, 14:00 to 16:00, W/SW gale;mizzle
3 Gadwall, 26 Teal, 7 Mallard, 2 Pheasant, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 2500 Wood Pigeon (circa), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 17 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 33 Redwing, 7 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch [Mike Roser]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 13:00 to 14:30, Drizzle
3 Goosander ((2 drakes) and the juvenile American White Ibis in flight over the Willow Hide (per Dave Hale)), 40 Fieldfare (plus with a similar number of Redwing in mixed flock.), 2 Siskin (plus with a charm of Goldfinch.) [Keith Cutting]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 10:15 to 11:45, Drizzle most of the time!
6 Goosander ((2 drakes) and 7 Mandarin (5 drakes)), 2 Marsh Tit (at the orchard feeders with Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.) [Keith Cutting]

North Foreland, 07:15 to 09:00
4 Red-throated Diver (S), 1 Raven (S) [Simon Mount]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:15, Grey and cloudy with light drizzle and a strengthening SSW wind. Temp 8C.
6 Canada Goose, 54 Pintail, 32 Pochard (on West flood), 52 Tufted Duck (40 on East flood and 12 on West flood), 7 Red-breasted Merganser (on Swale), 4 Little Grebe (+), 30 Great Crested Grebe (along Swale), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 202 Avocet (at mouth of Faversham creek), 2 Knot, 8 Ruff, 16 Black-tailed Godwit (one on East flood and 15 flew W), 1 Curlew ('leucistic' bird still on saltmarsh), 4 Mediterranean Gull (two pairs over - first of year), 3 Stonechat (male with two females), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing males), 2 Long-tailed Tit [Murray Wright]

Stodmarsh, 05:20 to 10:30
13 Wigeon, 42 Gadwall, 28 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 male), 5 Water Rail, 28 Lapwing, 1 Little Owl, 3 Tawny Owl, 44 Fieldfare, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 27 February 2015

TR3653, 15:30 to 15:45, Sunny, still
8 Siskin (Small group feeding in alders near South Wall entrance to Fowlmead CP) [Alison Borlase]

Reculver Marshes, 13:15 to 14:30
620 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 60 Stock Dove, 32 Meadow Pipit, 24 Fieldfare, 29 Tree Sparrow, 53 Yellowhammer, 70 Reed Bunting, 116 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

TR0562, 11:30 to 11:45, cloud 6/8 ; sun; stiff SW breeze
1 Mediterranean Gull (in gull roost of predominately Blk Hd and Common Gulls) [Mike Roser]

Dover, 09:00 to 11:00, Sunny
8 Purple Sandpiper (roosting on rocks), 1 Glaucous Gull (juv/1st winter on old hoverport slipway again) [Murray Wright]

Shellness, 08:40 to 17:45, Sunny day with wind never that strong, low tide approx 12.40
1 Marsh Harrier (17.30.), 1 Hen Harrier (A male, 17.35, looked as though it came back to roost on the saltings.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (Hunting the saltings from 16.30), 4 Short-eared Owl (From 14.45, 3 up from one location a 4th from elsewhere. Hunted the saltings and all around the Hamlet area.) [Bryan Benn]

Thursday 26 February 2015

Leysdown, 17:35 to 18:15, high tide, cloudy NW wind circa 6mph
1 Short-eared Owl (Most likely not one of the 3 seen at Shellness. Perched behind some reeds, got active as night fell.) [Bryan Benn]

Shellness, 16:25 to 17:30, Approaching high tide, NW wind gusting to 12 mph, cloudy and very dull.
1 Hen Harrier (Flew over the saltings for 2 minutes towards dusk), 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (Joined in with the SEOs hunting over the saltings), 3 Short-eared Owl (Hunting out on the saltings, then all down with one on view perching on a post. ) [Bryan Benn]

Farthingloe, 14:45 to 14:45
1 Firecrest [Mark Kennett]

Leeds Castle, 12:00 to 13:00, Raining
70 Barnacle Goose (Circa, Feral flock of which some out of view. Pouring with rain so did not stop to do an exact count), 20 Pochard, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch [Mike Puxley]

Newington, 11:00 to 11:00, drizzly,grey
1 Buzzard (dead on central reservation M2 between detling turn-off and medway services) [Kelvin Leader]

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
1 Little Egret (On the reservoir by the bridle path.) [Ken Digby]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Pied Wagtail [Richard H Bailey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:30
36 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (including leucistc bird), 5 Shelduck, 22 Golden Plover, 52 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat [Chris Hindle]

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