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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.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Reculver, 16:00 to 16:00, seen by Matt Hindle
1 Grey Phalarope (flying w and landing on sea) [Chris Hindle]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 15:20 to 15:20
1 Grey Wagtail [Robert Douthwaite]

TQ7058, 15:00 to 15:05
2 Grey Wagtail (in Ditton Stream) [Mike Easterbrook]

Faversham Creek, 14:30 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail (From Morrison's car park) [Stephen Wood]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Shore Lark, 1 Lapland Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Monday 20 October 2014

Swale NNR, 15:00 to 17:00, sunny with increasing W wind
37 Pink-footed Goose (+, viewable from seawall hide), 1 White-fronted Goose, 5 Greylag Goose, 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat [Adam Whitehouse]

Leysdown, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Black Redstart (seaward side of seawall opp Muswell Manor), 3 Wheatear (+) [Adam Whitehouse]

Warden Point, 14:00 to 15:00
1 Black Redstart (in paddock near cliff edge) [Adam Whitehouse]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Long-eared Owl (in orchard by Kingshill Farm) [Adam Whitehouse]

Harty, 07:30 to 08:00
1 Great White Egret (NW over Mocketts Hill, viewed from Oare KWT) [Adam Whitehouse]

Sunday 19 October 2014

Egypt Bay, 15:45 to 16:45, Sunny, mild with SW 4-5 wind
1 Swallow, 1 Great Grey Shrike (still present along concrete sea wall on W side of the bay, or on posts of black plastic fence below wall. Catching plenty of prey (found by Paul Hawky) ) [Murray Orchard]

Harty, 14:00 to 16:00, sunny windy
26 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 42 Skylark, 2 Stonechat [Gavin Malloch]

Funton Creek, 13:00 to 13:15, sunny ssw 3
500 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 100 Redshank [Gavin Malloch]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 11:00 to 14:00, Dry, cool, very windy
2 Black-necked Grebe (From Scott hide), 1 Cattle Egret (In with the cattle by the entrance), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Stint (On the islands), 1 Tree Sparrow (On the feeders by the loos) [Keith Witham]

Egypt Bay, 10:00 to 13:30, Again mild SSW wind increasing as the day progresses
1 Sparrowhawk, 282 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Stonechat, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Great Grey Shrike (Catching & eating wasps on the sea wall) [Ray O'Reilly]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 09:00 to 17:00, Add species
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female from Makepeace), 2 Bittern (1 ARC, 1 Dengemarsh), 1 Great White Egret (Dengemarsh), 1 Glossy Ibis (Hayfield 1), 17 Dunlin (Makepeace), 1 Ruff (ARC), 1 Greenshank (ARC), 2 Swallow, 2 Stonechat (Dengemarsh) [Mike Puxley]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 11:00, SW gusting f4-5, sunny intervals, cloudy intervals, warm
15 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (f), 1 Snipe, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler (singing) [Graham Barker]

Dungeness Bird Observatory, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Kestrel, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear [John Reeves]

TQ6960, 07:50 to 08:50, cloudy light rain
18 Redwing (two small flocks feeding in hedgerow on edge of golf course) [Jeremy Hall]

Aycliff, 07:30 to 08:45
2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Migrant), 1 Brambling [Mark Kennett]

Warden Point, 07:30 to 10:00
1 Hen Harrier (ad male in-off), 3 Skylark, 2 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 120 Chaffinch (+) [Simon Tilley]

Saturday 18 October 2014

Stonelees, 13:25 to 13:30, Sun, warm, fresh S wind
1 Hen Harrier (male, over salt marsh near river) [Brian Chapman]

Chevening, 10:00 to 10:05, calm,sunny
2 Buzzard (Seen as i was having a close look at a vole) [Jeremy Metcalfe]

Romney Marsh, 09:45 to 10:30, Sunny,breezy ,some cloud.
1 Buzzard (Bilsington.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (along dyke,near st mary in the marsh.), 1 Tree Sparrow (roadside,Newchurch.), 5 Goldfinch [Allan Ward]

Dartford Marshes, 09:00 to 11:00
20 Golden Plover, 57 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150 Herring Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Caspian Gull (1st winter. Foreshore. Photographed.), 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Song Thrush (migrants by barrier), 4 Cetti's Warbler [Andrew Lawson]

Capel Fleet, 08:45 to 09:30
8 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret (Viewable from where the road crosses the fleet.), 7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Corn Bunting [Nick Upton]

Warden Point, 07:30 to 11:00
4 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 6 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Ring Ouzel (fm), 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 300 Chaffinch (+, In-off in grps of 10-40), 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Simon Tilley]

Reculver, 07:15 to 15:00, Strong South south-westly wind gusting at times with sunshine- Very mild
1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Buzzard, 28 Ringed Plover, 25 Golden Plover, 50 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 100 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 500 Chaffinch, 12 Reed Bunting [Ray O'Reilly]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 09:30
3 Eider, 8 Skylark (S), 18 Swallow (S), 2 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Corn Bunting (S) [Simon Mount]

Grove Ferry, 06:15 to 11:45, Sun and cloud very blustery SW
1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 80 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 104 Black-headed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 9 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 16 Meadow Pipit, 4 Water Pipit, 5 Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 22 Linnet [Martyn Wilson]

Oare Marshes, 06:15 to 11:45, Mostly sunny and warm with a brisk SSE-S wind.
7 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Sparrowhawk (juv), 2 Buzzard, 32 Ringed Plover (on mud), 1 Grey Plover, 6 Little Stint (1 winter plumage and 5 juvs), 7 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 4 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest [Murray Wright]

Friday 17 October 2014

Greenhithe, 16:00 to 17:00
150 Lesser Black-backed Gull (roosting), 1200 Herring Gull, 29 Yellow-legged Gull (on jetty lights etc.) [Andrew Lawson]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 11:00 to 14:00
2 Black-necked Grebe (Burroughs), 1 Bittern (ARC), 1 Glossy Ibis (Hayfields), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 7 Dunlin, 2 Ruff (ARC), 3 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Greenshank (Burroughs), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel (Return trail), 1 Goldcrest [Mike Puxley]

Oare Marshes, 06:15 to 12:15, Warm and sunny, some cloud later, with a freshening SSW breeze.
16 Little Egret (flew W), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 250 Golden Plover (circa), 1 Little Stint (winter plumage), 20 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel (heard only), 12 Song Thrush (+), 5 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Jay [Murray Wright]

Thursday 16 October 2014

Sandwich Bay, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny with occasional showers
1 Sparrowhawk, 85 Swallow, 3 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler (in gorse in Restharrow Dunes Nature Reserve), 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 50 Goldfinch [Andrew Lipczynski]

Dartford Marshes, 13:45 to 13:50
1 Raven (Flew west heading back to the Tower perhaps!) [Phillip Royston]

Shorne Marshes, 13:45 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit (circa), 7 Stonechat (circa), 1 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap (1m 1f), 2 Goldcrest, 4 Reed Bunting [Nick Upton]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 13:00 to 16:00
1 Cattle Egret (from reserve entrance track ), 1 Great White Egret (ARC), 1 Water Rail (ARC), 60 Golden Plover (ARC), 2 Cetti's Warbler (ARC) [Russell Brockett]

Dungeness Bird Observatory, 12:00 to 12:30
3 White Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel (in and around trapping area) [Russell Brockett]

Dengemarsh, 11:00 to 11:00, Galloways
1 Redstart (male) [Stephen Message]

Dungeness, 10:00 to 12:00, wind light SSW
39 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Wigeon, 15 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 1 Sparrowhawk (in off sea), 2 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 250 Kittiwake, 10 Swallow [Russell Brockett]

Worth, 08:30 to 10:30, Calm and bright after early rain
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 1 Isabelline Shrike (courtesy of Neil Davies, shows characteristics of 'Turkestan' ssp), 14 Corn Bunting [Andrew Lipczynski]

Halling Marshes, 08:00 to 09:00, bright,mild,light SW
4 Stonechat (most seen before just 2) [Alan Michael Woodcock]

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Otford, 17:00 to 18:00, Overcast, light rain.
8 Egyptian Goose (Flooded fields by the river Darenth), 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Redwing [Mathew Bournat]

Warden Point, 13:45 to 16:00, wind light SSE
140 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (4 took off from sea and settled on Red Sands Fort ), 40 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Great Skua, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Linnet (in from N) [Richard Elvy]

Leysdown, 11:20 to 12:10, Overcast but slowly clearing
1 Ring Ouzel (Imm, briefly on Pitch & Putt green), 8 Blackbird (min', on Pitch & Putt green), 1 Song Thrush (As above), 1 Redwing (On Pitch and Putt green) [David Hale]

Samphire Hoe, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Hen Harrier (Flying westward along cliff top), 3 Kestrel, 30 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 12 Linnet [Derek Smith]

Gillingham, 10:10 to 10:15, overcast, light wind
1 Peregrine Falcon (Roosting on gasometer next to The Strand) [David Hale]

East Malling, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow (over Sweets Ln), 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 18 Redwing (flushed from hawthorns by Four Acres, 1st of winter), 1 Blackcap (male, W of Four Acres), 43 Starling, 21 House Sparrow, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer [Adam Whitehouse]

Sissinghurst Castle NT, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Yellow Wagtail [Stephen Message]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 08:00
50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa, flying south through valley) [Ian Shepherd]

Tankerton, 07:45 to 08:15
2 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest [Jim Bloor]

Longfield, 07:20 to 09:00, cool, overcast w/ some mist
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew W at 0847), 14 Golden Plover (single flock in fields at 0852), 36 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 18 Blackbird, 21 Song Thrush (all over bar 5-6 ), 30 Redwing (circa, over S in small groups), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Corn Bunting [Peter Beckenham]

Oare Marshes, 06:15 to 12:00, Grey, misty and murky until 10:00 then some pleasant sunshine with just a very light breeze. Warm.
3 Red-breasted Merganser (on the Swale), 2 Marsh Harrier (juvs), 4 Buzzard, 2 Greenshank (in Faversham creek), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Tern (juv W the back E along the Swale), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Swallow (flew E), 4 Rock Pipit, 8 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 50 Blackbird (circa), 25 Song Thrush (circa), 23 Redwing (first of autumn - circa 20 flew SW before sunrise, plus 3 in trees), 1 Mistle Thrush (flew S - my first here this year!), 2 Chiffchaff, 21 Bearded Tit (groups of 15 and 6), 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

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