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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.

Sunday 05 July 2015

Oare Marshes, 06:10 to 07:10, all listed birds on east flood, except green sandpiper which flew from the pool on west side of the road.
1 Garganey, 2 Water Rail (plus 4 chicks), 2 Spotted Redshank (both in full summer plumage), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper [Steve Arthur]

Faversham Creek, 05:00 to 05:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Turtle Dove (pair in flight, plus a different bird purring at northern edge of sewage wks), 1 Barn Owl (distant in the Graveney direction) [Steve Arthur]

Saturday 04 July 2015

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 10:30 to 13:45, Very hot rising tide,
27 Shelduck, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Spoonbill (Flew south over reserve towards the Swale.), 9 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (Straymarsh.), 9 Oystercatcher, 75 Avocet (circa), 45 Grey Plover (+, On Swale.), 55 Redshank (circa), 1 Greenshank [Mike Norman]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 09:30
4 Turtle Dove, 1 Crossbill (flying NW) [Chris Hindle]

Wouldham, 06:00 to 21:00
3 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Turtle Dove (pair, first of the year), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl [Ian Shepherd]

Friday 03 July 2015

TQ6356, 12:00 to 13:00
16 House Martin (Great Comp House 8 active nests cf 16 in 2014. Head Gardener reckons been v. dry locally this spring so may have affected nest building), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch [Mike Puxley]

Seasalter, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Hobby [Mike Gould]

Thursday 02 July 2015

TQ5253, 11:00 to 11:00, warm, SW f2-3, some cloud
2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Graham Barker]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Hobby, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 6 Wren, 6 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch [Richard H Bailey]

Seasalter, 08:00 to 08:00
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 69 Curlew [Mike Gould]

Reculver Marshes, 07:30 to 09:30
10 Shelduck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (per Davd Barnes), 1 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults E), 203 Sand Martin (203 nest holes in use-many young showing at hole entrances) [Chris Hindle]

Wednesday 01 July 2015

Samphire Hoe, 13:00 to 13:30
1 Wheatear [Derek Smith]

Eastry, 08:00 to 08:00
6 Turtle Dove [Mike Gould]

Reculver Marshes, 07:30 to 09:00
14 Tufted Duck, 11 Redshank, 13 Turnstone, 1 Cuckoo (hepatic female) [Chris Hindle]

Bishopstone, 06:30 to 08:30, Sunny but fresh breeze
1 Icterine Warbler (singing throughout and showing well on several occasions), 1 Blackcap (singing male ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (same bushes as Icterine Warbler with singing male), 2 Linnet [Murray Orchard]

Bishopstone, 04:30 to 10:00
1 Icterine Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Mereworth Woods, 04:30 to 04:35, Cloudy, mild
2 Nightjar (a male calling at same time as another male churring. In Chestnut coppice at south edge of Hurst Wood), 1 Bullfinch (at least one heard ) [Murray Orchard]

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Wateringbury, 08:30 to 09:00
100 Swift (Too many to count, feeding over a field of ripening oilseed rape.) [Ken Digby]

Bishopstone, 07:00 to 10:00
1 Icterine Warbler (singing still and showing occasionally) [Chris Hindle]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Swift, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Derek Smith]

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