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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 28 August 2016

Coldharbour (Reculver), 17:00 to 18:00
1 Baird's Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank [Ben Tavener]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 10:00
45 Oystercatcher, 22 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Baird's Sandpiper (adult), 8 Turnstone, 3 Turtle Dove, 68 Swallow (flying W) [Chris Hindle]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 08:00, Additional sightings
1 Hobby, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear [Mathew Bournat]

Saturday 27 August 2016

Coldharbour (Reculver), 07:30 to 09:30
42 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 5 Turnstone [Chris Hindle]

Shellness, 06:30 to 12:30, wind E-ENE !2 increasing to 18mph
14 Teal (in), 1 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater (NW also 1 Balearic Shearwater E), 7 Gannet, 15 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 45 Sandwich Tern, 27 Common Tern, 155 Black Tern (including flock of 110 up Swale) [Richard Elvy]

Grove Ferry, 05:20 to 08:45
263 Greylag Goose, 1 Mandarin Duck (female), 4 Gadwall, 46 Teal, 2 Garganey (1 drake), 5 Pochard (4 drakes), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (caught a Swallow), 1 Water Rail, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Bearded Tit, 16 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 26 August 2016

Cliffe Pools, 18:00 to 20:00, High Tide
1 Hobby, 900 Avocet, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 40 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 100 Curlew, 200 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 100 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit, 13 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Samuell]

Langdon Cliffs, 18:00 to 19:00, Sunny.
1 Redstart, 1 Yellowhammer [Russ Blackman]

Conyer, 17:50 to 18:25, Tide recently in
1 Hobby, 75 Sand Martin (+, Feeding over creek and marina) [James Massey]

Coldharbour (Reculver), 17:00 to 18:30
1 Little Stint, 1 Baird's Sandpiper (adult), 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank [Chris Hindle]

Conyer, 14:20 to 16:00
1 Ruddy Shelduck (Opposite creek mouth on Swale mud W of Fowley Is.), 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Mud between W tip Fowley and Saxon Shore Way), 1 Whimbrel (Creek), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Brick field wooded path route) [James Massey]

Cliffe, 09:30 to 10:30, Hot and sunny with light (N) breeze.A look at the Thames/Tilbury from Cliffe
475 Common Tern (big arrival of migrants with 2-3 restless flocks on Tilbury mud. Some movement of birds up and downriver but eventually all birds appeared to fly into Higham Bight.), 5 Arctic Tern (juvs: at least this many amongst the Common Terns), 10 Black Tern (about this many amongst the Common Terns) [Murray Orchard]

Cliffe Pools, 07:00 to 09:00, Hot and sunny with light (N) breeze.Visit to BBPs and FP at morning HT (only 5.2m). No Dunlin flock/Curlew Sands over but 500 Dunlin/R.Plover etc on Tilbury mud
3 Water Rail (juvs on BB3), 990 Avocet (roosting on FP (1,200 later counted on Tilbury mud with some birds flying across into Higham Bight)), 4 Knot (FP), 9 Ruff (inc 7 juvs on BB4), 13 Snipe (BB1-4), 148 Black-tailed Godwit (roosting on FP), 30 Curlew (FP), 1 Spotted Redshank (juv on BB1), 12 Greenshank (BBPs and FP), 2 Turnstone (juvs, flew in to Cliffe Creek), 34 Common Gull (on jetty by Coastguards) [Murray Orchard]

Thursday 25 August 2016

Kearsney, 19:15 to 19:25, Clear evening,warm,calm
2 Grey Wagtail [Barry Woolhouse]

Conyer, 17:55 to 18:15
1 Kestrel (regular male bird mast-topping in the marina) [James Massey]

Capel Fleet, 16:10 to 17:40
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 3 Ruff, 130 Swallow (circa. on wires), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat (capel corner), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher (capel corner) [David Perrin]

Warden Point, 16:00 to 18:00
1 Whinchat, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Gavin Coultrip]

Shellness, 15:30 to 17:00, Sunny, gentle NE breeze. Rising tide
250 Ringed Plover (+), 5 Sanderling, 30 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 45 Turnstone, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 80 Herring Gull (including leucistic type white-winger), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Flycatcher (S most Hamlet bushes) [Simon Tilley]

Borough Green, 15:00 to 16:00, Blacksole field- wrotham
2 Whinchat [Mathew Bournat]

Church Hougham, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Pied Flycatcher [Mark Kennett]

Little Farthingloe, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Redstart [Mark Kennett]

Langdon Cliffs, 07:30 to 09:15, Sunny.
10 Swallow (+), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher ((f)) [Russ Blackman]

Reculver Marshes, 07:30 to 09:30
5 Teal, 1 Fulmar, 32 Oystercatcher, 58 Ringed Plover, 24 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Wheatear [Chris Hindle]

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Bough Beech Reservoir, 14:00 to 17:00
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper [Mathew Bournat]

Capel Fleet, 12:00 to 13:00
5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Whinchat (5 at Capel Corner & 3 at east end of Capel Fleet.), 2 Wheatear [Gavin Coultrip]

Tonbridge, 11:00 to 17:00, Very hot cloudless sky.
6 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher (All seen during a river trip), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 House Sparrow [Peter Dale]

Western Heights, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart [Mark Kennett]

Leysdown, 10:00 to 11:45
2 Whinchat [Gavin Coultrip]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:30
40 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Fence wire by marina) [James Massey]

Hayesden, 08:00 to 09:00
14 Swallow (on wires in Hayesden Lane.), 2 Whinchat (on fence at flood embankment) [Martin Garwood]

Reculver Marshes, 07:30 to 09:00
1 Greenshank, 12 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Chris Hindle]

Samphire Hoe, 07:15 to 10:00
2 Little Grebe, 1 Swift, 1 Wryneck (back car park 09.05), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Mark Kennett]

Warden Point, 06:30 to 09:30
2 Fulmar, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Over west.), 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Gavin Coultrip]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00, Very hot, Lt winds
2 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wryneck (GOOD VIEWS P.M), 2 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Derek Smith]

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Conyer, 20:40 to 20:40
1 Little Owl (Fence post alongside marina) [James Massey]

Cliffe Marshes, 16:00 to 16:30, hot sunny day
4 Barn Owl (At Boatwick farm barn a pair of barn owls have reared 4 owlets from 8 eggs. We have been monitoring them from a distance and sighted them up close today. The young are almost 8 weeks and ready to fly. A wonderful achievement much helped by the care and attention of the shepherd at Boatwick farm. Hopefully we will enjoy continued sightings in the future.) [James Frid]

Cliffe Pools, 15:00 to 20:30, Hot and sunny with light/mod S breeze. WeBS count for RSPB reserve over high tide (16.47)
94 Shelduck, 190 Teal, 68 Mallard, 44 Shoveler, 36 Pochard, 33 Tufted Duck, 81 Little Grebe, 54 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk (spectacularly flushed Avocet roost), 414 Coot, 4 Oystercatcher, 1331 Avocet (1,320 roosting on FP; 11 BB4), 1 Little Ringed Plover (BBPs), 5 Ringed Plover (decent sized flock missed as returned to river early), 80 Grey Plover (FP - 70 flew off early when Peregrine flew over), 92 Lapwing, 1 Knot (with Grey Plover), 5 Little Stint (BB4), 6 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs, mobile with Dunlin between FP & BBPs - prob more but a lot of small waders left roost early), 20 Dunlin (mostly on FP), 7 Ruff (BB4), 114 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 76 Curlew (FP), 1 Spotted Redshank (SP), 210 Redshank, 19 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 Common Tern (flock flew S over Pools with BHGs 17.10), 1 Arctic Tern (with the Com Terns, wonderfully backlit against sunny sky showing shorter fully translucent wings and long tail streamers - a nice surprise), 1 Tawny Owl (hooting at Allens Hill 20.30 - a bit late finishing count!), 2 Bearded Tit [Murray Orchard]

Conyer, 14:00 to 15:20
2 Kestrel, 9 Yellow Wagtail (On old shooting range butts), 2 Wheatear (On Saxon Shore Way path E side near creek mouth) [James Massey]

Conyer, 10:15 to 10:20, Sunny and hot
1 Sparrowhawk (Glide hunting near Marina and 'mobbed' by lone hirundine! ) [James Massey]

Bockhill, 09:45 to 11:45, Sunny,light SE
12 Sand Martin, 4 Whinchat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer [Barry Woolhouse]

Lower Halstow, 08:00 to 08:15, Dry & sunny with a light breeze.
2 Willow Warbler (young birds feeding in the garden.) [Derek Tutt]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Wryneck, 100 House Martin (circa), 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 14 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (In song), 100 Starling (circa), 12 Linnet [Derek Smith]

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