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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.

Thursday 13 August 2020

Conyer, 10:40 to 10:40, hot and humid
1 Garden Warbler [James Massey]

Knole Park, 09:30 to 11:00
2 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher [James King]

Oare Marshes, 07:15 to 08:30
1 Cuckoo (immature, Uplees Copse), 2 Swallow (south, Dan's Dock) [Graeme Backhurst]

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Gillingham, 18:30 to 18:35, Very warm.
1 Hobby (Over our garden chasing swifts.) [Mike Norman]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 12:30 to 13:00, Sunny hot 30c
3 Egyptian Goose, 5 Cormorant, 1 Glossy Ibis, 10 Lapwing [Stephen Greenstreet]

Tankerton, 12:15 to 12:30
2 Pied Flycatcher (Now two birds in my garden) [Jim Bloor]

Conyer, 08:30 to 10:30, hot and humid; ebb tide
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Grey Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper (thanks JS), 3 Common Sandpiper (creek), 1 Turtle Dove (showing well and purring), 1 Yellow Wagtail (juv) [James Massey]

Langdon Cliffs, 08:15 to 11:30
1 Osprey (east Fan Bay 10.45), 17 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart (inc 2 juvs), 1 Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 11 Whitethroat [Mark Kennett]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Swift [Richard H Bailey]

Tankerton, 07:45 to 12:00, sea mist; warm swim
5 Gannet (flying E; 3 ads 2 juvs), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (on beach with Herring Gulls;approachable,dark slate-grey mantle;yellow upper tarsus, paler lower. Hybrid? ) [Mike Roser]

Tankerton, 07:30 to 08:00
1 Pied Flycatcher (In garden for a second day) [Jim Bloor]

Leysdown, 05:00 to 08:30, Warm and sunny
1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 20 Sandwich Tern, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Pied Flycatcher (Presumed male with large white wing-patch including tips to the median-coverts.) [Ray O'Reilly]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 09:45, hot, humid, hazy sunshine and no wind. HT circa 06:30. With RR, PG, Y and SC. East Flood drying out rapidly - the lowest its ever been since it was 'created' in 1996.
26 Teal (on EF y'day - very few wildfowl on the rapidly shrinking flood), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Stint (ad. and two juvs. on EF), 6 Ruff (1st juv. seen y'day), 3 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 3 Common Sandpiper (along FC), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad. roosting on EF at HT then back on mud E of slipway as tide dropped), 8 Common Gull (over), 4 Turtle Dove (ad. and three juvs. - four juvs. y'day), 1 Barn Owl, 3 Whinchat (y'day between Dan's Dock and Uplees copse), 1 Wheatear (y'day between Dan's Dock and Uplees copse), 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Conyer, 20:00 to 21:00, sunset; ebb tide
1 Hobby, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Owl, 35 Meadow Pipit [James Massey]

Sandwich, 17:10 to 17:15
1 Pied Flycatcher (18.40) [Martyn Wilson]

Leysdown, 14:30 to 16:30, Sunny, very warm
3 Pied Flycatcher (in coastal park) [Robert Knight]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 14:30 to 15:15, Warm, sunny.
3 Kingfisher (Adults. Pair +1.) [Roger Clews]

TR0956, 12:45 to 12:45
1 Buzzard (Bred locally - at least 1 young calling from trees edge of Hunstead Wood rear of my garden, Chartham Hatch), 3 Green Woodpecker (Bred locally - 1 young calling edge of Hunstead Wood; adults in vicinity) [Tim Flisher]

Tankerton, 12:30 to 13:00
1 Pied Flycatcher (In my garden) [Jim Bloor]

Burham, 09:45 to 11:00, Hot and humid. Low tide
39 Canada Goose, 5 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 40 Black-headed Gull (+), 100 Herring Gull (+), 1 Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon (+), 4 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 House Martin, 11 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 6 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 Magpie, 32 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 120 Starling (+, many small flocks), 33 House Sparrow, 16 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 06:45
2 Hobby, 10 Common Tern (flying south over Coastguards Cottages), 1 Black Tern (with the Common Tern group) [Graeme Backhurst]

Shuart Farm, 05:30 to 10:00
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 60 Sedge Warbler, 50 Reed Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Monday 10 August 2020

TR2856, 20:30 to 20:35
1 Little Owl (Drinking at garden bird bath mobbed by fem Blackbird.) [Bill Mclay]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 18:30 to 19:30, Main Res.
1 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper [James King]

Gillingham, 14:00 to 14:30, Very warm.
120 House Sparrow (circa, On feeders in our garden been around for a few months , One taken by a Sparrow Hawk today.) [Mike Norman]

Oare Marshes, 13:45 to 18:15, Warm, sunny, light sea breeze
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 20 Avocet, 11 Ringed Plover, 15 Golden Plover, 138 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 62 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 1120 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Whimbrel (Including flock of 20 flying W along Swale @ 3.20pm), 730 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 910 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern (EF 2 ad's, 1 juv), 40 Common Tern (+ EF), 1 Arctic Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail (+) [Damon Smith]

Headcorn, 09:00 to 09:00
1 White Stork (PLEASE NOTE I HAVE SEEN THIS INFORMATION ON THE KENT BIRDING FACEBOOK PAGE. THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE REPORTED TO YOURSELVES. ) [Helen Farrow]

Conyer, 08:30 to 10:00, hot and humid
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Avocet, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove (purring), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [James Massey]

Herne Bay, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Pied Flycatcher (Immature in garden) [Charles Vint]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 12:30, hot--Dan`s Dock today`s natural vivarium-obs with DP .
30 Black Tern (circa; high and circling E flood drifting SW , calling), 15 Yellow Wagtail (+), 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Bearded Tit [Mike Roser]

Swale NNR, 06:30 to 07:30
13 Green Sandpiper (all together in a muddy ditch) [Derek Faulkner]

Sunday 09 August 2020

Conyer, 20:30 to 20:30, sunset
2 Little Owl (ad + juv) [James Massey]

TR2856, 20:00 to 20:10
3 Pheasant (1 Male), 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl (1st here this year,3rd year running.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Juv), 1 Goldfinch [Bill Mclay]

Dartford Marshes, 18:30 to 18:30
1 Great White Egret [James King]

Oare Marshes, 16:00 to 18:10
2 Arctic Skua (Smart dark phase adult with juv in to Swale from north east, departing east), 1 Little Gull (Juv over east flood, then sitting close in on Swale) [Jim Bloor]

TQ9959, 16:00 to 16:15, Painter's Forstal. Warm, sunny.
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Flycatching and chasing each other. Not shy.), 1 Treecreeper (In same willow tree.) [Roger Clews]

Oare Marshes, 15:45 to 17:45, hot and sultry
1 Little Gull, 70 Common Tern, 6 Black Tern, 1 Whinchat (Dans Dock) [Danny Chesterman]

Brooksend, 15:30 to 15:30, Hot, but breezy
6 Coot (2 adults, 4 young), 1 Kingfisher [Bob Dean]

Leysdown, 14:45 to 16:45
1 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher [Gavin Coultrip]

Leysdown, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Redstart (At Vanity Village holiday park) [Jonathan Barnard]

Boughton Monchelsea, 13:00 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 14 Swift (West), 3 House Martin (West), 1 Grey Wagtail (South) [Alan Pavey]

Birling, 09:00 to 09:05, Bright,N/NE
1 Short-eared Owl (put up from a rape stubble field at foot of Downs. ) [Alan Michael Woodcock]

Sandwich Bay, 08:40 to 13:00, Very warm
7 Whimbrel (From Worth heading to sea), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (Juvenile on wires with 2 whinchats), 4 Wheatear (Sailing club area), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Christopher Gillard]

Reculver Marshes, 06:45 to 09:00
1 Wood Sandpiper (flying S), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juvenile), 1 Kittiwake (juvenile flying E) [Chris Hindle]

Warden Point, 06:15 to 08:30
2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher (Manor way) [Simon Tilley]

Saturday 08 August 2020

Conyer, 18:50 to 18:50, ebb tide; increased cloud cover and fresher
1 Kingfisher (flying around marina calling), 1 Sand Martin (with swallows perched on fence line), 35 Swallow, 1 Nightingale (showing well earlier in copse) [James Massey]

TR2253, 11:00 to 12:00, Fine, sunny, HOT
2 Nuthatch (+, May have been a family group, difficult to count in canopy. 1st time I've seen Nuthatches in the area.) [Nick Smith]

Conyer, 09:30 to 11:30, hot, humid, hazy sunshine; tide out
25 Ringed Plover, 31 Lapwing, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler [James Massey]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Hobby [Richard H Bailey]

Capel Fleet, 06:25 to 09:05, Warm,still. Water level dropping.
1 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 6 Great White Egret, 15 Grey Heron (+, Mostly juveniles), 1 Spoonbill, 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Common Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler [John Bunting]

Cliffe Pools, 05:00 to 10:00, Overcast with light Nor'easterly
16 Egyptian Goose (A single flock on the South Quarry.), 86 Pochard, 2 Spoonbill (Ski Pool), 2 Golden Plover (Adults), 3 Whimbrel, 42 Curlew, 16 Greenshank (including a runt bird about the size of a Redshank on the Conoco Pools.), 10 Common Sandpiper, 34 Yellow-legged Gull (Mostly Higham Bight to Cliffe Creek. Many adults with a few ringed birds.), 86 Common Tern (Some movement on the Thames), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Juv), 1 Whinchat (Cliffe Creek), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Centre track feeding on Elder berries.), 3 Willow Warbler (1 ad in sub-song), 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Jay [Ray O'Reilly]

Friday 07 August 2020

Capel Fleet, 19:00 to 19:30
1 Mute Swan, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1200 Starling (circa), 11 Corn Bunting [Jonathan Barnard]

Leysdown, 12:00 to 12:00
4 Yellow Wagtail (Juveniles at Vanity Village holiday site) [Jonathan Barnard]

Abbot's Court, 09:45 to 10:35, Hot!
1 Sparrowhawk (west of Abbots Court.), 1 Whimbrel (calling along the river.), 1 Wheatear (along sea wall 400 yards SE of Abbots Court and several WALL butterflies.) [Keith Cutting]

Capel Fleet, 08:00 to 08:00
5 Great White Egret (Alongside the Harty Road) [Derek Faulkner]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:00, Hot
1 Grasshopper Warbler (Ringed 0530), 2 Willow Warbler (Ringed) [Brian Watmough]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 08:30, hot, sunny and calm. HT circa 03:30. With SC.
1 Spoonbill (ad. flew into EF from W at 06:20 and flew back W at 06:50), 1 Hobby, 1 Grey Plover (summer plumage ad. on EF), 1 Little Stint (ad. on EF early morning then flew to Swale with Ringed Plovers and Dunlin), 4 Ruff (on EF), 5 Snipe, 13 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 1 Common Sandpiper (on EF), 5 Turnstone, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad. on mud E of slipway), 35 Common Tern (in one flock W along Swale), 1 Turtle Dove (ad. on wires), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat (in juncus just E of Dan's Dock) [Murray Wright]

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