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Kent Ornithological Society Bird News

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 26 July 2016

Conyer, 14:20 to 14:20
1 Turtle Dove (Calling in brick factory site) [James Massey]

Queendown Warren, 09:30 to 11:30, Dry, mostly sunny & warm
1 Buzzard (Young calling in the distance.), 1 Turtle Dove (only heard), 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch [Derek Tutt]

Basted, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Turtle Dove (Purring and showing well), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatcher (Pair with 1 juv) [Mathew Bournat]

Monday 25 July 2016

Longfield, 20:00 to 21:00, warm, calm, dry, 80% cloud
7 Whimbrel (High south, and calling over the garden.) [John Young]

Boughton Monchelsea, 18:50 to 19:00, Warm and dry
3 Song Thrush (feeding at garden pond) [Bill Stoneham]

Grove Ferry, 14:00 to 14:00, Warm sunshine
7 Mute Swan (Two adults with 5 signets), 1 Grey Wagtail (Feeding under Grove Ferry Bridge) [Peter Dale]

Garrington, 09:00 to 09:30
1 Green Sandpiper [Robert Douthwaite]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 09:30
14 Ringed Plover (including 4 chicks), 2 Dunlin, 14 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Turnstone, 1 Turtle Dove (male singing), 60 Swift (flying W at 0600) [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 24 July 2016

Hayesden, 21:00 to 21:30
1 White Stork (Perched in dead tree west of Hayesden lake but not there this morning, 25/7, found by Andy Appleton ) [Martin Garwood]

Cliffe Pools, 13:50 to 13:55
1 Glossy Ibis (Circled pools once then flew North.) [Paul Sharp]

Cliffe Pools, 13:45 to 18:00, Cloudy but warm with sunshine and SW 3 wind.WeBS count for RSPB reserve
22 Greylag Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 8 Shelduck (adults, plus new brood of 8 on FP), 31 Teal, 24 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 53 Tufted Duck, 14 Little Grebe, 78 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Hobby (caught a Sand Martin), 327 Coot, 11 Oystercatcher, 1790 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 17 Grey Plover, 52 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (adult), 60 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 1930 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 24 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew, 207 Redshank, 22 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 17 Common Tern [Murray Orchard]

Oare Marshes, 11:00 to 11:15, Dry, sunny, good visibility
1 Turtle Dove (Heard purring behind paddock area) [Stephen Lea]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 10:30, some cloud, some sun, warm, SW f2-4
53 Greylag Goose, 19 Canada Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck (f), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove [Graham Barker]

Barming, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Spotted Flycatcher (E of Barming Bridge by peg 15 on N bank of River Medway) [Adam Whitehouse]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 11:00, Sunny, warm & breezy
1 Glossy Ibis (Flew west then over east flood at 8.00 am), 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Golden Plover, 13 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Gull, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Greenfinch [Sue Carter]

Aycliff, 07:30 to 07:30
1 Redstart [Mark Kennett]

Saturday 23 July 2016

Shellness, 19:20 to 20:20, Falling Tide.
50 Oystercatcher (+), 18 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (Adult), 8 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 1 Common Tern [Gavin Coultrip]

Lower Halstow, 18:55 to 20:10, Dry & bright with a light breeze.
5 Greenshank, 10 Mediterranean Gull (Adults & young), 1 Common Gull (First here since winter/spring period.), 1 Turtle Dove (Purring & flying as though on territory, but the first I have seen/heard here this year.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 1 Willow Warbler (Adult in the garden earlier today, the first seen here this year although snatch of song heard one day in the spring.) [Derek Tutt]

Tonbridge, 16:00 to 16:15, humid, overcast 25 deg C
100 Swift (+ party heading south at great height (invisible without binoculars)) [Dave De Silva]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 14:15 to 14:35
1 Bee-eater (Heard first and then located hawking above bushes at the back of the Demo Pool. Drifted off towards Christmas Dell.) [Steve Broyd]

Oare Marshes, 10:40 to 16:00, Over high tide; redshanks and lapwing not counted
2 Hobby, 5 Oystercatcher, 49 Avocet, 41 Dunlin (Two juvs), 2 Ruff, 600 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus), 11 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Spotted Redshank (Both almost entirely winter plumage), 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (Returning adult on East Flood most of day), 4 Common Gull, 24 Sandwich Tern (Flock west), 1 Common Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Bearded Tit, 1 Corn Bunting [Sean Huggins]

Elmley NNR, 10:00 to 10:05, Dry, sunny, good visibility
1 Glossy Ibis (One feeding along side a little egret. Two thirds of the way along entrance track ) [Stephen Lea]

Friday 22 July 2016

Higham Bight, 18:45 to 19:45, Hot and sunny with light E breeze
8 Shelduck (four pairs with young: broods of 6, 6 and 11, plus a crèche of 16 which included one small duckling), 21 Avocet [Murray Orchard]

Higham Marshes, 17:30 to 20:00, Hot and sunny with light E breeze. Records for RSPB reserve
3 Egyptian Goose (2 adults, 1 juv), 2 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel (juvs), 3 Avocet, 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults and 2 juvs), 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper [Murray Orchard]

Shuart Farm, 06:15 to 11:00
28 Greylag Goose, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 45 Reed Warbler, 40 Goldfinch [Chris Hindle]

Thursday 21 July 2016

Boughton Monchelsea, 16:10 to 16:20, hot and humid
2 Nuthatch (Heard from Garden in The Quarries calling simultaneously) [Bill Stoneham]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard [Richard H Bailey]

Little Farthingloe, 06:50 to 06:50
1 Cuckoo (migrant) [Mark Kennett]

Bekesbourne, 06:00 to 10:00
2 Turtle Dove (pair displaying), 2 Nightingale (anxiety calls heard) [Robert Douthwaite]

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Longfield, 18:20 to 19:35, Hot, sunny
3 Yellow Wagtail (first of autumn, 2 juv), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (flushed from small scrubby area in fields then perched briefly - big surprise given habitat. Migrant? On 8/6/16 I thought I heard a few bursts of gh song nearby but talked myself out of it (!).) [Peter Beckenham]

Cliffe Pools, 13:30 to 18:00, Very warm and sunny with mod SW wind.Observations for RSPB reserve. All waders roosting or feeding on BBPs unless stated.
1 Shelduck (new broods of 7 on BBPs and 6 on SP; old brood of 4 on FP), 10 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck (14 broods totalling 65 young on BB1-4 ), 1 Great Crested Grebe (adult with young chick on BB2), 1120 Avocet, 5 Ringed Plover (FP), 20 Grey Plover (FP), 1 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (adults ), 95 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1700 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Whimbrel (FP), 18 Curlew (FP), 175 Redshank, 45 Greenshank (SP), 1 Common Sandpiper (FP), 17 Common Tern (on SP islands, one small chick seen), 3 Stonechat (pair with 1+ juv (2nd brood)) [Murray Orchard]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 11:00, overcast, breezy, cool to warm S - SSW f1 - 4
25 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Yellowhammer [Graham Barker]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:30
8 Ringed Plover (including 2 adults with 4 chicks), 6 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove [Chris Hindle]

Foreness, 07:00 to 09:30, Hot, SE wind, slowly backing SW
255 Common Scoter (E), 11 Gannet (E), 1 Golden Plover (S), 16 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull (S), 45 Swift (S) [Barry Matlock]

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