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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.

Saturday 20 December 2014

Capel Fleet, 16:40 to 16:40, Almost dark!
1 Water Rail (heard squealing in same area as Barn Owl), 1 Barn Owl (hunting east of Capel Fleet corner) [Adam Whitehouse]

Shellness, 15:10 to 15:40
3 Short-eared Owl (1 on salt marsh by blockhouse, 1 over salt marsh west of car park, 1 near seawall hide Swale NNR and tussling with Marsh Harrier ) [Adam Whitehouse]

Ashford, 15:00 to 15:15, cloudy,cold
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (flew over.), 27 Goldfinch (in trees,end of Washford farm road ,by garages.) [Allan Ward]

Dungeness, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Swallow (Called by Mick Southcott as we were checking the gulls on the beach in front of the fishing boats. Headed south and appeared to go out to sea. My latest by a good six weeks. Latest ever in Kent?) [Andrew Lawson]

Foreness, 10:45 to 12:30
400 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 4 Stonechat [Simon Mount]

Dartford Marshes, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Marsh Harrier (over Bob Dunn Way) [Andrew Lawson]

TQ7154, 08:40 to 08:40, Bright, sunny spells, cold wind
1 Buzzard (Mobbed by LBB Gull, Church Lane), 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great Grey Shrike (briefly on private land), 18 Greenfinch [Adam Whitehouse]

Boughton Monchelsea, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Blackcap [Alan Pavey]

Stodmarsh, 07:00 to 12:30, Cold strong West North westerly, clcloudy with bright spells.
197 Greylag Goose, 8 Canada Goose, 30 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bittern, 7 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 22 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 2 Water Rail, 80 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit (male), 30 Chaffinch, 35 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch (male) [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 19 December 2014

Knockholt, 19:00 to 19:05
1 Barn Owl (Seen for 2nd evening over fields at bottom of Star Hill.) [Jeremy Metcalfe]

Elmley (excluding Spitend), 14:25 to 14:30, Mild and bright
1 Merlin (On entance track.) [Mike Norman]

Lower Halstow, 13:55 to 14:50, Dry & bright with a westerly wind force4. Low tide.
350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, sometimes in creek, otherwise feeding on grass field close to Twinney.), 1 Black Brant (With flock of Brent.), 1 Water Rail (or 2 calling.), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Chiffchaff (calling.) [Derek Tutt]

Funton Creek, 11:10 to 11:20, Bright,cold,full tide
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (One with small flock on field opposite Tip Tree.) [Mike Norman]

Wouldham, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Short-eared Owl (roosting in full view in bush on west bank of river (Halling Common). First seen at 1030 and still present at 1300) [Ian Shepherd]

Swale NNR, 10:00 to 11:00
24 Snipe [Derek Faulkner]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 09:30 to 10:30, Sunshine with some cloud. W breeze
1 Grey Wagtail (feeding by the Ibis), 3 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing (feeding under trees with the juvenile White Ibis in usual grazing meadow), 2 Mistle Thrush [Murray Orchard]

Thursday 18 December 2014

Elmley (excluding Spitend), 11:00 to 13:00, overcast and windy. Strong WSW.
150 Teal (Plus viewed from toilet block, also 130 grazing Wigeon, 120 Shelduck and 124 Coots. ), 2 Peregrine Falcon (sat side by side on marsh, circa 15 Marsh Harriers, Sparrowhawk near old school ), 2000 Golden Plover (plus viewed from orchard looking across marsh together with thousands of Lapwing, 77 Dunlin,200 plus Curlew.), 12 Ruff (Plus alongside track on drive out.), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus north of track to brick fields and 20 Ringed Plover flighting to the Swale.), 1 Kingfisher (below toilet block.), 180 Fieldfare (Plus. One group in trees on track to brick fields and c60 over Straymarsh and c10 Redwing in orchard.) [Keith Cutting]

Harty, 10:40 to 10:50
220 Fieldfare (In bushes along the road), 50 Redwing (In bushes along the road) [Derek Faulkner]

Swale NNR, 08:30 to 10:30
84 White-fronted Goose, 130 Greylag Goose, 500 Lapwing, 140 Linnet [Derek Faulkner]

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Lower Halstow, 13:25 to 14:40, Dry, bright & mild with a WSW wind of force 3. Tide out.
400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (probably more but flock rather mobile & frequently in smaller units. c.300 feeding on grass near Twinney.), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (possibly 2 with Brent on grass.), 1 Black Brant (With Brent on grass near to Twinney.), 2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail (calling), 1 Whimbrel (possibly 2.), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff (calling) [Derek Tutt]

Walland Marsh, 08:30 to 09:30, overcast, occasional light drizzle
2 White-fronted Goose, 240 Greylag Goose, 1000 Golden Plover (circa, all at Old Cheyne), 2000 Lapwing (circa) [Barry Chambers]

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Stodmarsh, 09:45 to 14:15, Sunny,cold Westerly
8 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 2 Bittern, 7 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail (Heard), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 200 Fieldfare (+), 3 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Bearded Tit, 30 Goldfinch (+), 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting [Barry Woolhouse]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 16:00
2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe (along river), 1 Common Sandpiper (along river), 1 Grey Wagtail (at sewage works), 2 Blackcap, 2 Corn Bunting (at reedbed roost site) [Ian Shepherd]

Monday 15 December 2014

Leybourne/New Hythe, 14:00 to 14:30, Cold and sunny
1 Grey Wagtail (On my garden pond again) [Keith Witham]

Manor Park CP, 12:00 to 13:00
4 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose (First one on the lake for me in 16 yrs visiting park.), 50 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret (1 on outflow stream, 1 in tree of St Mary's Abbey), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch [Mike Puxley]

Farthingloe, 08:30 to 08:35
2 Firecrest [Mark Kennett]

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