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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.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Conyer, 14:00 to 16:00, mostly sunny with chilly SSW breeze; ebb tide
1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Bedlam's Bottom , 13:15 to 14:15, Dry, sunny, 11C
4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Rough-legged Buzzard (One flew from Raspberry Hill at 13.15 and roosted in oak tree. Other hunting over Barksore), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Raven [Trevor Manship]

Swale NNR, 12:00 to 12:15
210 White-fronted Goose, 1 Kingfisher [Derek Faulkner]

Boughton Monchelsea, 11:30 to 11:40, Dry sunny and unseasonably warm
2 Buzzard (Circling over The Quarries), 1 Kestrel (Seen over The Quarries) [Bill Stoneham]

Bedlam's Bottom , 10:00 to 10:35, Sunny
1 Rough-legged Buzzard [Chris Doyle]

TR1761, 10:00 to 10:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush (At Hawecroft Farm- appear to be a resident pair) [David Jessop]

Dover, 09:30 to 12:00
21 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Teal, 1 Shag, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher [Mark Kennett]

Blean Woods RSPB Reserve, 08:15 to 12:00, Dry, some cloud, sunny periods 8C
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling), 5 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, 8 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch [Trevor Manship]

Foreness, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Glaucous Gull [Simon Mount]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Chiffchaff (Singing) [Richard H Bailey]

Littlestone-on-sea, 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny mild light winds
1 Swallow (Feeding over gardens and the golf course near the tower Madeira road) [Neil Frampton]

Harty, 07:15 to 07:20
48 Corn Bunting [Derek Faulkner]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 10:30, mostly sunny with a fresh SW breeze. LT circa 07:15.
1 Canada Goose (on Swale), 17 Gadwall (on EF), 26 Pintail (on EF), 16 Tufted Duck (on EF), 3 Marsh Harrier (females), 3 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (female perched on bush on E side of creek then flew E), 1 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon), 125 Avocet (roosting on mud at mouth of Faversham creek), 1 Curlew (leucistic bird on Horse Sands), 3 Stonechat (two males and a female), 1 Raven (flew S), 5 Corn Bunting (on bush on E side of creek - one singing) [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 19 February 2019

North Foreland, 18:00 to 18:10
1 Woodcock [Simon Mount]

Leigh , 16:00 to 17:40, Eden Valley Walk area, 13 deg C, cloudy, still
140 Greylag Goose (+), 25 Canada Goose (+), 7 Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 100 Fieldfare, 2 Nuthatch (singing), 3 Yellowhammer [Dave De Silva]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 12:00 to 15:00, Sun with slight breeze 14C
2 Whooper Swan (Cockles Bridge), 4 Goldeneye, 1 Smew (Drake Christmas Dell Hide 2.00pm), 302 Cormorant, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 21 Curlew, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch [Bexley Birdbrains]

Reculver Marshes, 12:00 to 16:00
300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Kestrel, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 2 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 1 Corn Bunting [James King]

Sandwich Bay, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Buzzard (Soaring high over the bird observatory building), 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark [David Jessop]

Chetney, 11:45 to 15:45, Wind 4W; cool; sunny
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (Juv/female type perched, as usual, on a mound just north of the shed and silos. Possibly different to the birds at Rushenden Marshes), 1 Ruff (in flight), 120 Curlew (in general area) [Jan Wilczur]

TQ9071, 11:30 to 15:30, Wind 4W; cool; sunny
2 Rough-legged Buzzard (Two juv/female types at Rushenden Marshes along east bank of The Swale. One bird had a missing mid-primary in the left wing.) [Jan Wilczur]

Goudhurst, 10:00 to 10:00
8 Crossbill [Stephen Message]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny 12c
6 Greylag Goose, 40 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 10 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 35 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit [Stephen Greenstreet]

Stodmarsh, 08:00 to 12:00, Sunny, mild, light breeze (Trenley Woods)
3 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female seen, male heard calling), 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (Probably 2 birds. Very vocal. (My second bird in c20 years in the Stour Valley)), 2 Treecreeper [Marc Heath]

Monday 18 February 2019

Lower Halstow, 10:00 to 11:00, Rising tide, overcast.
6 Mediterranean Gull (In amongst the black headed gull.) [John Thompson]

Swale NNR, 09:30 to 11:15
390 White-fronted Goose, 230 Greylag Goose [Derek Faulkner]

Burham, 09:05 to 10:20, Very mild, dry but overcast. Rapidly rising tide.
49 Greylag Goose, 125 Canada Goose, 8 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 13 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 6 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 3 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 20 Herring Gull (+), 60 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 8 Blackbird, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 11 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting [Bill Stoneham]

Conyer, 08:45 to 11:50, cloudy with some bright spells, mild; rising tide to HW 11:25; includes WeBS count from Conyer creek to Luddenham Gut
6 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 104 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 23 Shelduck, 996 Wigeon, 105 Teal, 15 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (fem type; in from Sheppey, sat on hawthorn near rifle range), 1 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 104 Oystercatcher, 120 Avocet, 86 Grey Plover, 600 Knot, 900 Dunlin, 768 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Bar-tailed Godwit, 136 Curlew, 76 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 11 Mediterranean Gull (+, more over), 23 Black-headed Gull (+, more over), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Corn Bunting (singing) [James Massey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
2 Raven (flying east), 2 Snow Bunting, 26 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Barden/Hawden Lakes, 07:15 to 08:00
3 Kingfisher, 2 Redwing, 25 Siskin [Andy Appleton]

Sunday 17 February 2019

Oare Marshes, 17:35 to 17:35
1 Bittern (Flew in reeds on east flood), 1 Little Owl [Julian Russell]

Conyer, 16:00 to 17:00, sun setting; tide out
2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Merlin (fem type), 2 Mediterranean Gull (+, over), 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting (males) [James Massey]

St Mary's Marsh, 16:00 to 17:00, Cloudy, mild with fresh S wind
44 Mute Swan, 8 Bewick's Swan (adults feeding on grazing marsh with Mute Swans), 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on grazing marsh), 1 Grey Partridge (calling at dusk in fields bordering the marsh) [Murray Orchard]

Tonbridge, 15:55 to 17:55, Fish Hall area off A26. 6/8 cloud, 12 deg C, still
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Little Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 10 Blackbird, 200 Fieldfare (+), 8 Song Thrush, 25 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (both singing), 2 Treecreeper (1 singing), 200 Starling (+), 6 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer [Dave De Silva]

Tonbridge, 15:30 to 16:40, Medway E of Tonbridge
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (800m E of Eldridge’s Lock), 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer [James King]

Ashford, 14:30 to 14:45, bright ,sunny
10 Egyptian Goose (2 adults and 8 goslings. (maybe 9-10 days old .)), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Black-headed Gull (+, One with near summer plumage. All seen on Singleton lake.) [Allan Ward]

Tudeley Woods, 13:00 to 14:10
2 Buzzard, 80 Redwing, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch [James King]

Barksore, 12:00 to 12:30, Sunny, mild
1 Hen Harrier (Circling with the Roughlegs), 2 Rough-legged Buzzard (Both together then soaring towards Chetney ), 1 Peregrine Falcon [Frank Cackett]

Kingsnorth, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny, mild
1 Peregrine Falcon (sitting high up on the jetty), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Raven (west side of power station) [Robert Knight]

Longfield, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny 13 degrees
1 Red-legged Partridge (Sitting on shed roof) [Linda Murphy]

Capel Fleet, 10:25 to 11:40, Sunny, breezy
10 Mute Swan (+), 10 Shelduck (+), 20 Teal (+), 10 Mallard (+), 2 Pochard, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 75 Coot (+), 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet [John Bunting]

Leysdown, 10:10 to 10:20, Sunny, breezy tide in HT about 10am
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 10 Black-headed Gull (+), 2 Herring Gull, 4 Magpie, 6 Rook (+) [John Bunting]

Tudeley Woods, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Redwing, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 12 Siskin [Martin Garwood]

Cliffe Pools, 09:50 to 15:00, Bright sunny day with fresh S breeze. At times very mild. WeBS count for RSPB reserve. High tide at 10.20
62 Greylag Goose, 13 Canada Goose, 39 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 63 Gadwall, 93 Teal, 27 Mallard, 32 Pintail, 407 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 31 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye (3 drakes), 23 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 265 Coot, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 750 Golden Plover (alternating between FP and BBPs), 3000 Lapwing, 2000 Dunlin (main roost of 1,700 on Ski Pool but birds soon disturbed and flew back to Thames), 120 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 30 Mediterranean Gull (on islands), 910 Black-headed Gull (birds returning to breeding islands), 5 Stonechat, 1 Raven (flew N over pools) [Murray Orchard]

Cliffe Quarries, 09:00 to 09:45, Bright sunny day with fresh S breeze
17 Goldeneye (8 drakes) [Murray Orchard]

Lower Halstow, 09:00 to 09:40, Sunny, Still High Tide about 10am
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 10 Turnstone (+), 30 Black-headed Gull (+), 3 Robin, 5 Blackbird (+), 3 Blue Tit, 2 Jackdaw [John Bunting]

Capel Fleet, 08:00 to 08:00, disturbance due to gas guns
130 Mute Swan, 80 Greylag Goose, 300 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 40 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (2 pairs), 41 Marsh Harrier (roost count), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 6 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult), 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Corn Bunting [Richard Elvy]

Furnace Pond, 07:30 to 09:45
6 Canada Goose, 1 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 12 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 100 Fieldfare (+), 120 Redwing (+), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 2 Magpie, 5 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 60 Siskin, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch [Stephen Mills]

Saturday 16 February 2019

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 13:00 to 15:00, Overcast, calm 11 deg
2 Goldeneye ( Central pit, drake and duck.) [Peter Davies]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 12:00 to 13:00, Grey dull 10c
3 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 4 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye (I male ,2 female), 7 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 22 Black-headed Gull, 3 Skylark, 3 Long-tailed Tit [Stephen Greenstreet]

Hayesden, 11:00 to 13:30, and an evening visit
6 Mandarin Duck, 4 Teal (Ensfield ), 13 Goosander (7 ad drk), 6 Little Egret, 24 Lapwing, 2 Little Owl, 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail [Andy Appleton]

Conyer, 10:30 to 12:30, Thick low cloud; SSW breeze; ebb tide
1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier (m+f), 2 Buzzard (very vocal), 1 Ringed Plover (with Dunlin), 8 Bar-tailed Godwit (plus 150+ Blackwits), 22 Curlew, 40 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 10 Mediterranean Gull (creek mouth with BHs and Commons), 1 Little Owl, 8 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Smeeth, 08:30 to 08:50, Frosty start & misty
4 Cattle Egret (A fourth egret this morning; in the Llama field and then with the sheep.) [Andrew Lapworth]

Gillingham, 08:00 to 08:15
1 Blackcap (Female feeding on suet balls and apples in garden.) [Kevin Guttridge]

Foreness, 07:00 to 10:00
131 Red-throated Diver (S), 12 Purple Sandpiper, 16 Kittiwake, 1 Woodlark (NW ), 1 Grey Wagtail (S), 3 Stonechat, 1 Firecrest, 2 Siskin (S), 2 Corn Bunting [Barry Hunt]

Furnace Pond, 07:00 to 09:15, Frosty with fog
1 Buzzard, 1 Skylark (singing), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 5 Blackbird, 200 Fieldfare (+), 3 Song Thrush, 150 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (singing), 2 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 30 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch [Stephen Mills]

Friday 15 February 2019

Graveney, 17:15 to 17:15, Calm and clear . Both birds seen from entrance to Cleve Hill substation
1 Peregrine Falcon (Landed on pylon, perhaps roosting there), 1 Barn Owl [Steve Arthur]

Westbere, 17:00 to 17:30, Clear, crisp , dusk
1 White-fronted Goose (In fields with Greylags above water meadows ) [Jonathan Farnham]

Herne Bay, 16:00 to 16:00, Sunny
1 Great Northern Diver (Hampton) [Chris Doyle]

Conyer, 14:30 to 18:00, sunny and clear
11 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 7 Woodcock, 6 Mediterranean Gull (+, probably significantly more arriving from S; vocal), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler [James Massey]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny warm12c
4 Mute Swan, 5 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver (West pit), 8 Cormorant, 10 Coot, 3 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting [Stephen Greenstreet]

TQ6766, 11:00 to 11:30, 10 degrees C, no cloud, bright clear day
4 Greenfinch (Four singing males in leylandii) [Christopher Dennis]

Smeeth, 09:30 to 09:50, Sunny after frosty start
3 Cattle Egret (With sheep and llamas in fields) [Andrew Lapworth]

North Foreland, 07:00 to 08:15
172 Red-throated Diver (S) [Simon Mount]

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