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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 17 January 2021

Cliffe Woods, 16:30 to 16:45, Late afternoon/early evening
4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 2 Buzzard (Going to roost), 2 Little Owl (Dueting), 1 Tawny Owl [Ray O'Reilly]

Golden Green, 16:00 to 17:00, 6 deg C, 8/8 dusk
1 Little Owl, 3 Meadow Pipit, 14 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 300 Starling (+ heading southwards Whetsted roost), 2 Yellowhammer [Dave De Silva]

TR2361, 15:00 to 15:15, Clear with sunshine.
400 Fieldfare (+ Feeding on fallen apples - Newborns Farm orchards), 40 Redwing (+ with Fieldfares) [Kevin Duvall]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 15:00 to 17:00
2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Barn Owl, 60 Fieldfare (going to roost), 6000 Starling (in murmuration (counted later from photo)), 2 Reed Bunting [Martin Garwood]

Tonbridge, 14:30 to 16:30, Overcast
1 Barn Owl (Tanyard farm area), 1 Green Woodpecker, 60 Fieldfare, 56 Redwing [Jeremy Metcalfe]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 14:00 to 17:00
6 Mandarin Duck, 13 Goosander, 4 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Raven [Jack Headley]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Cattle Egret [Richard Collins]

TR1261, 14:00 to 15:20, sunny
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 30 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 10 Blackbird (+), 20 Fieldfare, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit [Kieron McDonnell]

Lower Stoke, 13:20 to 13:50, Sunny
189 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on marsh below sea wall along Grain road and 17 Curlew.), 10 Little Egret (in flooded fields opposite Shant Cottage.), 1 Marsh Harrier (flew over Grain Road. ) [Keith Cutting]

Stodmarsh, 13:00 to 15:00, Clear and sunny
1 Great White Egret (In flight close to marsh hide site), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male over reed bed east of the Lampen wall), 1 Bullfinch (Male near alder wood) [Kevin Duvall]

Grain (other sites), 12:10 to 13:10, Sunny
1 Marsh Harrier (Superb male to east of Yantlett hamlet and a male kestrel.), 1 Green Sandpiper (feeding along margins of pond in horse paddock and 30+ Coots at west end of West Lane), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing on/off and showing well albeit briefly at west end of West Lane.), 2 Raven (calling from North Levels) [Keith Cutting]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 11:00 to 13:00, sunny and calm
1 Woodcock (disturbed from daytime roost in Bysing Woods) [Danny Chesterman]

Tankerton, 11:00 to 11:00
150 Linnet (in field at corner of South Street and Thanet Way) [Jim Bloor]

Reculver Marshes, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Kingfisher (At Channel Level Crossing, then flew seawards) [Bob Dean]

Samphire Hoe, 09:00 to 11:00, Sunny and cool
20 Gannet (+ offshore), 500 Cormorant (+ mainly East), 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 100 Alcidae sp. (+ mainly East), 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart (Superb male on east end rocks), 4 Stonechat (2 pairs), 1 Raven [Christopher Gillard]

East Peckham, 08:10 to 10:15
3 Mandarin Duck, 17 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff [Andy Lees]

Cliffe Pools, 08:00 to 10:45, very mild with a slight Westerly breeze. The site was very busy with people and dogs.
1 Black Swan (Flamingo Pool unringed so perhaps feral.), 3 Egyptian Goose, 74 Pintail, 1 Scaup (Adult female on Radar Pool loosely with Pochard ), 13 Goldeneye, 1 Black-necked Grebe (stunning views on Crystal Pool), 2 Marsh Harrier, 15 Golden Plover (Ski Pool), 132 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (display flighting), 51 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 135 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 34 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 185 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Ray O'Reilly]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
20 Little Egret [Richard H Bailey]

Thornden Wood, 08:00 to 10:35
3 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1 along Radfall, 2 opposite entrance to Thornden Meadow), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 120 Lesser Redpoll (+ large flock feeding in Silver Birch along path between Clowes Wood and Thornden Wood carparks at 8.15), 3 Bullfinch [Jim Bloor]

Saturday 16 January 2021

Tonbridge, 16:30 to 17:30, dusk, dull, 6 deg C. Horns Lodge Lane area, north Tonbridge
5 Tawny Owl (calling from v scattered locations, close by main track and more distantly.) [Dave De Silva]

Minster (Sheppey) , 16:00 to 16:15
420 Jackdaw (Flying from Scrapsgate marshes to roost) [Derek Faulkner]

Conyer, 15:15 to 15:15, clearing somewhat; ebb tide; SW breeze
1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 7 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 14:30 to 14:45, Foul, dull, drizzle, 4C
1 Pink-footed Goose (All 3 sp in one flock grazing Northern slopes), 6 White-fronted Goose, 330 Greylag Goose [Richard Collins]

Friday 15 January 2021

Goathurst Common, 17:10 to 17:35
7 Woodcock, 2 Tawny Owl [James King]

Chatham, 13:30 to 13:30
1 Shag (Adult still on Basin 2 at Chatham Maritime.) [Keith Cutting]

Kearsney, 13:30 to 15:00
3 Tufted Duck, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest [Mark Kennett]

Dargate, 11:30 to 14:00, cold and drizzly
1 Sparrowhawk (Male hunting in village), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male with Long tailed Tit flock), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper [Danny Chesterman]

Riverside Country Park, 11:20 to 12:50, Overcast. Rising tide.
30 Shoveler (+ together with a good mix of wildfowl viewed from Horrid Hill including 100+ Brent, 200+ Shelduck, 100+ Wigeon and c10 Pintail.), 2 Goldeneye (A pair flew west along the south side of Nor marsh.), 10 Great Crested Grebe (+ ), 1 Marsh Harrier (on Nor and a Common Buzzard.), 1000 Dunlin (+ viewed from Horrid Hill along with c120 Knot, 80+ Turnstone, 50 Avocet, 30 Ringed Plover, 30+ Curlew,28 Lapwing, 20 Oystercatchers and several Grey Plover.), 40 Carrion Crow (A collection of birds seen along the tide line together with those on Nor Marsh.) [Keith Cutting]

Finberry (Ashford), 10:00 to 11:30, 28 species, including:
1 Raven (first for the patch for me ) [Robert Carr]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 10:00 to 12:00
3 Egyptian Goose, 5 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye (One drake), 1 Kingfisher (Female on Medway), 2 Stonechat (Upstream from East Lock) [Peter Davies]

Kearsney, 09:55 to 11:20, (Russell Gdns/Bushy Ruff) Cloudy, calm
1 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 12 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 10 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 9 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit [Barry Woolhouse]

Harty, 08:30 to 08:35
22 Corn Bunting (Alongside the Harty Road) [Derek Faulkner]

Sittingbourne, 08:30 to 10:00
1 Pintail (+ Were very distant but a decent number.), 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Spotted Redshank (Quite elusive this year.), 4 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Raven [Dan Oates]

East Peckham, 08:00 to 08:50
2 Mandarin Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 425 Fieldfare (All feeding in a single field) [Andy Lees]

Thursday 14 January 2021

TR2653, 10:10 to 11:25, steady rain with a east wind
4 Grey Partridge (on field towards Goodnestone), 1 Woodcock, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Raven, 1 Bullfinch (male) [Dan Mcguire]

Reculver, 10:00 to 11:00
140 Kittiwake (flying E in one hour) [Chris Hindle]

Hayesden, 09:30 to 11:00
5 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 3 Goosander (inc 2 drakes), 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher [Martin Garwood]

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Brasted, 12:30 to 12:35, Drizzle
3 Little Egret (Mooching in a very wet field in the village) [Jeremy Metcalfe]

TR2653, 10:30 to 11:20, light rain
1 Chiffchaff (calling and flying about in the Holm Oaks along foot path), 3 Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Raven, 2 Bullfinch (one pair ) [Dan Mcguire]

Berengrave, 09:30 to 10:30, Overcast with light rain
4 Blackcap (three males, one female), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest (still present near small pond) [Robert Knight]

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Knole Park, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Tawny Owl (calling) [Richard Jenkinson]

Conyer, 15:50 to 15:50, mostly cloudy; NW breeze; tide out
9 Bar-tailed Godwit (creek mouth), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher [James Massey]

TR2652, 15:00 to 16:00, mostly clear and getting cooler
1 Red Kite, 1 Hen Harrier (one adult male over canola fields west of chillenden), 5 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 1 Bullfinch [Dan Mcguire]

TR2745, 15:00 to 15:05, Dry,some sun,light wind.
1 Chiffchaff [Simon Kennett]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 15:00 to 17:00
3 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 40 Lapwing, 1 Barn Owl, 1000 Starling (+ in roost) [Martin Garwood]

TR2745, 14:15 to 14:20, Dry,light wind.
1 Raven (Flew over Stonehall banks.) [Simon Kennett]

TR2844, 13:00 to 13:05, Dry,light wind
1 Sparrowhawk (Male,briefly alighted in a hawthorn bush.) [Simon Kennett]

TQ5842, 12:10 to 12:10, overcast
1 Sparrowhawk (driven away by Carrion Crow.), 2 Carrion Crow, 30 Crossbill (Feeding in neighbours lombardy poplars. Disturbed by a Sparrowhawk the flock flew up circling around calling before heading nw.) [John Guiver]

Farningham, 12:00 to 15:00, Farningham Woods & surroundings
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch (female) [Nick Upton]

Maidstone, 11:00 to 14:00, dull and showers back garden
1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Robin, 11 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Starling, 9 House Sparrow (7[f] 2[m]), 3 Chaffinch (1[m] 2[f]), 6 Goldfinch [Edward Shoebridge]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 10:15 to 11:45
2 Pink-footed Goose (with greylags), 90 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 1 Raven [Richard Collins]

Whitstable, 08:35 to 08:35, rain
1 Buzzard (Borstal Hill roundabout--both of us on early `click and collect`) [Mike Roser]

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