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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 27 November 2014

Rochester, 12:15 to 13:15, Low tide
1 Common Sandpiper (on tideline, Janes Creek Strood 100 yards south of Morrisons), 1 Grey Wagtail (Janes Creek along with 2 Kingfishers and 2 Little Egrets. ) [Keith Cutting]

TQ6961, 12:00 to 12:05, cloudy cool
2 Grey Wagtail (flying around housing est), 2 Chiffchaff (1 calling from gardens where birds wintered last year. Other bird calling from trees near lakes near paddlesworth near Scotland.) [Jeremy Hall]

Grain Marsh, 11:00 to 11:00
21 Corn Bunting (In field opp Rose Court Farm) [John Horton]

TR1756, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Blackbird (in a flock) [Robert Douthwaite]

TQ6048, 09:50 to 09:50, overcast
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (over SE) [Graham Barker]

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Reculver Marshes, 08:30 to 10:00
330 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 204 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 16 Goldfinch, 10 Snow Bunting [Chris Hindle]

TQ6241, 08:00 to 08:00, overcast, misty
9 Blackbird (in my back garden) [Graham Barker]

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Greatstone, 15:00 to 16:00, breezy, light rain
1 Snow Bunting (near dunes, eastern end of fenced area) [Stuart Dove]

Minnis Bay, 14:00 to 15:00
5 Eider (females), 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua (flying E), 6 Great Skua (flying E), 3 Kittiwake (flying E), 6 Guillemot (flying E) [Chris Hindle]

Capel Fleet, 13:00 to 13:00
6 Marsh Harrier, 15 Kestrel (A conservative guess. Birds every 100-200m along road.), 1 Merlin (Chasing Starling flock) [Stephen Wood]

Swale NNR, 09:30 to 11:15
30 White-fronted Goose, 38 Gadwall, 180 Mallard, 500 Golden Plover, 600 Lapwing [Derek Faulkner]

Reculver Marshes, 08:30 to 10:20
115 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 32 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 245 Cormorant, 20 Grey Plover, 1 Shore Lark (seen by Julian Perry), 3 Stonechat, 9 Snow Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Monday 24 November 2014

Stodmarsh, 14:30 to 16:15, superb sunset,very calm,quite nippy!!
17 Marsh Harrier (coming in to roost from 15.30), 10 Water Rail (calling in areas along Lampen Wall), 500 Fieldfare (Difficult to estimate,all over the place), 8 Cetti's Warbler (calling around the area) [Malcolm McVail]

Shellness, 14:00 to 16:30, high tide at start. Sunny, calm, cold
800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa, alternating between field and the sea), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (leucistic individual which I had first seen here on November 6th, see description. With flock of 500 on sea by houses on approach road.), 30 Shelduck (circa), 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1000 Oystercatcher (circa, roosting), 20 Ringed Plover (circa), 40 Grey Plover (circa), 50 Knot (circa), 1 Sanderling, 1000 Dunlin (circa), 250 Bar-tailed Godwit (roosting), 5 Curlew, 60 Turnstone (circa), 3 Short-eared Owl (interacting in aerial display), 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Corn Bunting (on bushes by car park) [Michael Paice]

New Hythe, 09:30 to 15:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest [Phillip Sharp]

Shuart Farm, 07:00 to 11:00
1 Hen Harrier, 30 Skylark, 120 Blackbird (migrants), 90 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 35 Tree Sparrow (roost), 3 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 23 November 2014

TR1261, 08:30 to 10:00, overcast
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 17 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 10 Robin, 35 Blackbird (+), 50 Fieldfare (+), 8 Song Thrush, 100 Redwing (+), 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Jay, 10 Jackdaw, 10 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (pair) [Kieron McDonnell]

Grove Ferry, 06:30 to 10:30
550 Teal, 1 Green-winged Teal (Drake in partial eclipse from viewing ramp.), 722 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 10 Marsh Harrier, 250 Lapwing, 8 Snipe, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 105 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Reed Bunting [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 22 November 2014

Swale NNR, 10:00 to 15:00
15 White-fronted Goose, 2 Hen Harrier (one male, one ringtail), 1 Merlin (over saltmarsh), 1 Short-eared Owl [Mike Henty]

Elmley (Spitend) - formerly RSPB, 09:40 to 16:25, No waders or wildfowl on scrapes at high tide
36 White-fronted Goose, 1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher [Sean Huggins]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 10:45
16 Shelduck, 37 Teal, 1 Pintail (male), 4 Eider (males), 4 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 357 Cormorant, 6 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Snow Bunting, 9 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

North Foreland, 07:15 to 09:00
14 Fulmar, 1 Merlin (S), 1 Great Skua (S), 1 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (S) [Simon Mount]

Stodmarsh, 06:30 to 11:30
1 Pintail (drake), 75 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bittern, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Water Rail, 1 Curlew, 6 Common Gull, 18 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, 350 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 28 Chaffinch, 45 Goldfinch, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch (female) [Martyn Wilson]

Oare Marshes, 06:15 to 11:30, Overcast and calm with patchy, light rain. Mild.
1 Red-breasted Merganser (duck on Swale), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 198 Avocet (+ at mouth of Faversham creek), 2 Greenshank (in Faversham creek), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Owl (calling), 2 Kingfisher, 100 Fieldfare (circa), 4 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest (+), 10 Long-tailed Tit [Murray Wright]

Friday 21 November 2014

The Swale, 14:00 to 15:00, Cloudy
12 White-fronted Goose (On NNR), 3 Hen Harrier (Male.Possibly same bird in different parts of the NNR and the adjacent farmland) [Alan Dingley]

Chilham, 11:55 to 13:00, overcast
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Marsh Tit (on peanut feeder at work), 6 Blue Tit [Kieron McDonnell]

Reculver Marshes, 08:30 to 10:00
2 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Grey Partridge, 3 Red-throated Diver, 5 Grey Plover, 32 Carrion Crow, 22 Goldfinch, 3 Snow Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Harty, 08:00 to 11:00
130 Fieldfare [Derek Faulkner]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:30, Overcast and a little misty with a cool ESE wind.
15 White-fronted Goose (flew E along Swale and 08:05), 6 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on East flood briefly), 25 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 28 Pintail, 113 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier (female and imm), 11 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 5 Ruff, 78 Curlew (in field west of Uplees copse), 3 Turnstone, 2 Little Owl, 2 Stonechat, 48 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Bearded Tit (+), 15 Long-tailed Tit (+), 2 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

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