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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.

Friday 24 November 2017

Furnace Pond, 15:40 to 16:15
19 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 8 Moorhen, 300 Wood Pigeon (over to roost), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch [Stephen Mills]

Lower Halstow, 13:10 to 14:40, Dry & bright with a NW breeze force 2 & a high of 8C. Rising tide.
50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 400 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 28 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel (2 yesterday), 12 Fieldfare (seen earlier in the day), 1 Chiffchaff (calling), 1 Raven, 4 Lesser Redpoll (seen earlier in the day.) [Derek Tutt]

Oare Marshes, 10:30 to 12:00, Calm sunny
1 Green-winged Teal (On EF), 2 Little Owl (calling from cottages) [Danny Chesterman]

Burham, 10:00 to 11:15, Dry, overcast and chilly - very low tide
18 Greylag Goose, 133 Canada Goose, 9 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 26 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 21 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 19 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 9 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 37 Starling, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 18 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Hawkinge, 09:30 to 11:30, Cold clear sunny
2 Buzzard, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 22 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch, 22 Yellowhammer [Mark Varley]

Shuart Farm, 07:00 to 11:00
1 Water Rail, 65 Stock Dove, 1 Little Owl, 1 Stonechat, 3 Raven, 1 Brambling, 1 Hawfinch (flying W) [Chris Hindle]

Thursday 23 November 2017

Furnace Pond, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Woodcock (first of autumn) [Stephen Mills]

Conyer, 13:15 to 16:10, W side of creek; mostly sunny and clear; rising tide, HW 15:12
22 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 100 Avocet (circa, on W end of Fowley), 9 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 10 Fieldfare, 20 Chaffinch (+), 20 Goldfinch (+) [James Massey]

Ramsgate, 12:00 to 15:30
1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Snow Bunting [Phillip Royston]

Foreness, 10:40 to 12:40
11 Grey Plover, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Stonechat, 2 Dartford Warbler [Barry Hunt]

Conyer, 09:30 to 10:30, strong SW; bright sun
5 Shore Lark (mobile; using 800m stretch seawall and foreshore E of creek) [Mike Roser]

Minnis Bay, 08:00 to 10:00
127 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, 181 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter [Chris Hindle]

Oare Marshes, 07:50 to 08:40, strong SW;bright sun
1 Green-winged Teal (roosting mid-flood with Teal; Lapwing and Shoveler. Tks MW) [Mike Roser]

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Faversham, 16:25 to 16:25, Clear sky, southerly wind
1 Short-eared Owl (Watched from my house flying into the wind over the small pond by Windmill Lane (Jan Pritchard's 'Ham Road' ringing site.) [Graeme Backhurst]

TQ9752, 15:00 to 15:10
2 Red Kite (Also single (perhaps same) at Spuckles Wood at 15.30) [Stephen Wood]

Conyer, 09:45 to 13:00, E side of creek; sunny with strong SW wind; rising tide
1 Shore Lark (+, am pretty sure three flew to Fowley Is as I arrived then one landed sea wall at 11:45 and stayed until 12:55 watched with four other observers) [James Massey]

Conyer, 09:25 to 12:35, Sunny, mild, tide on it's way in, gusts to 20mph from south
40 Shelduck (+), 100 Wigeon (+), 10 Little Grebe (+), 10 Great Crested Grebe (+), 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 50 Grey Plover (+), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 3 Herring Gull, 10 Fieldfare (+), 1 Redwing, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Magpie, 1 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 50 Starling (+), 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch (Male), 12 Goldfinch (+) [John Bunting]

Foreness, 08:00 to 08:00
7 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Swallow [Barry Hunt]

Oare Marshes, 07:15 to 11:30, Cloud breaking then bright and sunny with a strengthening SSW wind. LT circa 08:15. With Richard Roberts.
750 Teal (circa), 1 Green-winged Teal (moulting drake - took some re-locating, thanks to Richard and Julian Russell. First seen on Sat 11th November. Second record for the reserve following a drake 20th-24th March 2002), 9 Pintail (five drakes and four ducks), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (hunting around Mocketts), 1 Little Stint (adult on EF), 1 Long-billed Dowitcher (adult still on EF), 1 Greenshank (in Faversham creek), 2 Stonechat [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Conyer, 14:45 to 16:30, W side of creek mostly around Blackett's farm
2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 40 Fieldfare, 1 Jay, 30 Goldfinch (circa, flock at Blackett's farm) [James Massey]

Whitstable, 13:45 to 14:00
66 Turnstone (high tide roost at harbour) [Brian Watmough]

Conyer, 11:00 to 11:00, E side of creek
3 Shore Lark (per Richard P. Birds on sea wall near rifle range then flew across to Fowley Island) [James Massey]

North Foreland, 11:00 to 13:00, Misty brisk W/SW .
4 Fulmar (All seen with B Ryan from S/Water building area ), 5 Gannet, 10 Grey Plover, 33 Sanderling (+), 10 Purple Sandpiper [Terry Ryan]

Conyer, 09:35 to 12:40, Tide low on its way in, dull with later sunny periods, light breeze building as the morning went on.
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 50 Shelduck (+), 50 Wigeon (+), 50 Teal (+), 5 Little Grebe (In creek.), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Kestrel, 50 Avocet (+, End of creek), 50 Grey Plover (+, End of creek), 50 Dunlin (+), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew (+), 10 Redshank (+), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon (+), 2 Robin, 10 Fieldfare (+), 1 Redwing, 2 Great Tit, 20 Starling (+), 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch (+), 1 Reed Bunting [John Bunting]

Foreness, 08:00 to 09:15
4 Shag, 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Raven (SW) [Barry Hunt]

Sissinghurst Castle NT, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Hawfinch ( in car park still) [Stephen Message]

Monday 20 November 2017

Sissinghurst Castle NT, 12:00 to 15:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 40 Lesser Redpoll (Approx. ), 4 Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer [Neil Samuell]

Conyer, 10:30 to 12:00, overcast sw breeze
5 Shore Lark (flew over from Fowey Island and landed on sea wall opposite rifle range at 11.10 am. 2 Adults and 3 juvs) [Danny Chesterman]

Foreness, 09:00 to 11:30
50 Gannet (o/s), 3 Shag, 11 Grey Plover, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 274 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler [Barry Hunt]

Sunday 19 November 2017

Furnace Pond, 16:00 to 16:20
3 Mandarin Duck, 6 Grey Wagtail (in to roost), 1 Chiffchaff [Stephen Mills]

Chainhurst, 15:00 to 15:15, Dry and clear skies
1 Coal Tit (1 bird at feeder in my garden, a rare visitor around these parts) [David Errey]

Harty, 14:00 to 16:55
1 Hen Harrier (Female.), 5 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 55 Corn Bunting (On wires west of raptor vp.) [Gavin Coultrip]

Conyer, 13:10 to 16:00, W side of creek; mostly sunny
152 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flock on Swale), 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel (f type), 38 Avocet, 100 Lapwing (circa, at Blackett's farm), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Skylark, 18 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 30 Fieldfare, 30 Chaffinch (circa), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

TQ6445, 12:00 to 12:20, 8 degrees C, clear bright morning
1 Brambling (Feeding on bird feeder ) [Christopher Dennis]

Stodmarsh, 11:50 to 13:00, Sunny
60 Greylag Goose (+), 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 50 Cormorant (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-headed Gull (Juvenile), 1 Robin, 2 Stonechat [John Bunting]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 11:40 to 13:45, Sunny but cold
45 Wigeon (Circa. Main Res.), 150 Teal (Circa. Main Res. ), 1 Shoveler (Present in small numbers on Main Reservoir but not counted), 4 Goosander (1 drake, 3 redheads in NE corner of Main Reservoir), 2 Sparrowhawk (1 over VC; 1 over 'The Smokery' ), 1 Buzzard (At least, Causeway), 1 Kestrel, 3 Snipe (North Lake), 5 Stock Dove (Circa. ), 1 Little Owl (Adult in hedgerow at 'TQ494495' viewable from Hide/Grass car parking area at 'TQ495494'), 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Fieldfare (Circa. over VC calling), 1 Redwing (+ Near 'The Smokery' ), 1 Marsh Tit (At 'TQ495492' viewed from causeway), 50 Linnet (C.50 in fields area around TQ496501; 5 around Causeway) [James King]

Postern Park, 11:35 to 11:40, 6 degrees C, 2/8 cloud, calm. Very good vis.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Single female hunting over gravel pits and surrounding arable land.) [Christopher Dennis]

Cliffe Pools, 09:30 to 16:30, Bright, clear and sunny. Cold with light WNW. Increasing high cloud later. WeBS count for RSPB reserve, HT 13.00
11 Shelduck, 100 Teal, 28 Mallard, 5 Pintail, 59 Shoveler, 26 Pochard, 86 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye (4 inc drake on RP, duck on HP), 153 Little Grebe, 39 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe (together, on Crystal Pools), 8 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (2yr male, no sign of any roosting ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 149 Coot, 111 Avocet (108 on FP), 53 Ringed Plover (46 on FP), 383 Golden Plover (with Lapwing on RP), 283 Grey Plover (221 on SP, 62 on FP), 1761 Lapwing, 4 Knot (with Grey Plover on SP), 1 Little Stint (west end of FP ), 5320 Dunlin (3,900 on FP, 1,250 on SP, 170 RP), 5 Snipe, 1256 Black-tailed Godwit (1,250 on FP), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit (5 with Grey Plover on SP), 194 Curlew (FP), 1 Spotted Redshank (RP), 95 Redshank, 2 Greenshank (RP/HP), 15 Great Black-backed Gull (FP), 1 Barn Owl (hunting over BBPs from 15.50), 1 Kingfisher (Crystal Pools), 1 Water Pipit (BB3 late pm), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 50 Linnet (BBPs), 60 Corn Bunting (total of birds flying into bushes near 1st viewpoint from 15.20 before roosting in long grass) [Murray Orchard]

Allhallows, 08:00 to 11:30, Including WeBS count. High water 12:15
75 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Excludes birds moving up/down river. 66 on water in front of Holiday Park; 9 at mouth of Yantlet Creek.), 378 Shelduck, 83 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Incredible views hunting at <10 yards range then seen later carrying prey.), 384 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing (feeding on mudflats), 1 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 283 Curlew, 139 Redshank, 47 Turnstone, 21 Black-headed Gull (Only birds roosting at high tide counted ), 26 Common Gull, 27 Herring Gull (Only birds roosting at high tide counted), 2 Stonechat [Rob Peters]

Shell Ness, 08:00 to 13:30, WNW 10mph
70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (In plus 300 Leysdown- Shellness), 4 Shelduck (NW), 18 Teal (In), 320 Common Scoter (Inc 70 into Swale), 17 Red-throated Diver (Inc flock of 9 into Swale), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Gannet, 4 Great Skua, 2 Little Gull, 1500 Great Black-backed Gull (c Continuous stream mostly NW), 3 Kittiwake, 15 Skylark (In) [Richard Elvy]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 15:00
9 Little Grebe, 5 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Raven [Ian Shepherd]

Leysdown, 07:45 to 11:00
7 Snow Bunting [Gavin Coultrip]

Foreness, 07:15 to 10:45
7 Common Scoter (W), 3 Red-throated Diver (E), 80 Gannet, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Skua (W), 8 Guillemot (E), 2 Skylark (W), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Snow Bunting [Simon Mount]

Grove Ferry, 07:15 to 11:20, Cold, sunny
6 Gadwall, 60 Teal (+), 10 Mallard (+), 6 Shoveler (+), 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (In river), 200 Cormorant (+), 1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Seen from rise. Landed just after sunrise at far end of water, was still there at 11.), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 15 Coot (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 10 Carrion Crow (+), 3 Chaffinch, 4 Reed Bunting [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 07:00 to 11:15, Bright and sunny after a bit of frost with a light WNW breeze. HT circa 12:30.
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on EF - lots on the Swale), 8 Pintail (three drakes and five ducks), 1 Goosander ('redhead' flew onto EF at 09:50 from Faversham creek to preen and roost), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 4 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (flew E over EF first thing towards Nagden Marshes), 1 Little Stint (adult on EF), 23 Ruff (+ on EF), 1 Long-billed Dowitcher (adult still on EF), 1 Barn Owl (hunting over field E of Harty Ferry Inn, Sheppey first thing), 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 25 Bearded Tit (+), 1 Brambling (around paddocks then flew W), 2 Siskin (flew W), 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

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