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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 27 May 2020

TR1261, 15:45 to 15:50, sunny
1 Hobby (flying south over Blean) [Kieron McDonnell]

Wye, 15:45 to 16:45
3 Hobby (poss,4. hunting in the Devils Kneading trough.), 1 Turtle Dove (calling.) [Allan Ward]

East Malling, 12:55 to 13:00
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Briefly in garden (a first)) [Mike Puxley]

Tonbridge, 11:40 to 12:50
2 Turtle Dove (E of Eldridge's Lock), 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Nightingale, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [James King]

Pembury, 08:00 to 08:00
6 Siskin (At least 6 calling in conifer plantation close to A228) [Christopher Dennis]

Paddock Wood, 06:45 to 07:20, Clear sunny from kitchen window
1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 12 Starling, 10 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch [Neil Lock]

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Conyer, 19:30 to 20:30, sunset
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Finberry (Ashford), 15:30 to 15:35
2 Buzzard (Each soaring with a different Red Kite! All 4 visible together.) [Robert Carr]

Paddock Wood, 12:50 to 13:15, Clear sunny
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Great Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Goldfinch [Neil Lock]

Ebbsfleet Valley, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Wheatear (One female seen for 30 minutes around manure piles just north of Southfleet. ) [Christopher Dennis]

TR0952, 11:45 to 11:50
2 Nightingale (Singing SW side Denge Wood) [Tim Flisher]

TR0953, 10:45 to 10:50
1 Turtle Dove (Purring in scrub adjoining Stour Valley Walk) [Tim Flisher]

Goathurst Common, 10:40 to 13:00, Mill Bank Wood to Hyde's Forest
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 16 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 2 Siskin, 3 Bullfinch [James King]

Oare Marshes, 10:30 to 10:30
2 Cetti's Warbler (Adult & newly fledged juv by entrance gate to W hide) [Mike Henty]

Bekesbourne, 10:00 to 11:00
5 Nightingale [Robert Douthwaite]

TR1958, 10:00 to 11:00
5 Nightingale (Oldridge Woods), 2 Treecreeper [Robert Douthwaite]

Burham, 09:00 to 09:30
2 Nightingale (Two males singing simultaneously in scrub east of reservoir. ) [Christopher Dennis]

Tonbridge, 07:45 to 12:45, Tanyard Farm area to Eldridge and Porters Locks on Medway. Hot, still 25 deg C. With Steve Nixon
6 Mute Swan (a pr with 4 small cygnets), 13 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Buzzard (+ several displaying), 4 Kestrel (+), 2 Lapwing (display calling ), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 70 Herring Gull (+), 13 Stock Dove (+), 8 Collared Dove, 3 Turtle Dove (all purring), 1 Little Owl, 15 Swift (+), 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 10 Swallow (+), 1 Pied Wagtail (bred), 17 Wren (+), 9 Dunnock, 15 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 9 Blackcap (+), 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat (+), 6 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Willow Warbler (singing nr Eldridge Lock), 2 Jay, 35 Jackdaw, 25 Starling (+ bred), 25 House Sparrow (+ bred), 6 Chaffinch, 20 Linnet (+), 2 Bullfinch, 8 Yellowhammer (+), 2 Reed Bunting (singing) [Dave De Silva]

Boughton Monchelsea, 07:20 to 11:30, Dry, sunny and unseasonably warm
200 Herring Gull (+, Feeding at the pig farm), 1 Cuckoo (Heard calling from a variety of locations in The Quarries.), 50 Jackdaw (+, Feeding at the pig farm), 200 Carrion Crow (+, Feeding at the pig farm) [Bill Stoneham]

Riverside Country Park, 06:25 to 06:55, Bright and sunny. ebbing tide.
25 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Shelduck, 1 Nightingale (Male singing continuously for all our visit.), 3 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay, 9 Goldfinch (All around Bloors Wharf.) [Mike Norman]

Faversham, 06:20 to 07:30, Abbey Fields
1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo (males chasing eachother around the scrub), 1 Nightingale (still singing ), 1 Reed Warbler (garden tick later on, singing for a couple of hours) [Steve Arthur]

Oare Marshes, 05:50 to 07:10, Sunny, warm, no appreciable wind
1 Pochard (drake), 1 Spoonbill (on E Flood, then flew off W), 1 Greenshank (E Flood), 1 Turtle Dove (purring, Coastguards), 6 Cuckoo (at least, including 3 together S of Coastguards, female giving bubbling call), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Sedge Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, 20 Whitethroat (these three species widely distributed, singing) [Graeme Backhurst]

Riverside Country Park, 04:45 to 06:10, Bright and sunny.
5 Little Grebe, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 15 Wren, 8 Dunnock (+), 17 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 5 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 10 Chaffinch (All seen around Eastcourt Meadows.) [Mike Norman]

Monday 25 May 2020

Bedgebury Forest, 20:10 to 21:45, Still, warm
3 Woodcock (Three in air at same time), 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Nightjar (Male wing clapping), 1 Nightingale, 3 Willow Warbler (+) [Chris Roome]

Thornden Wood, 19:45 to 19:45, Northern edge at Thornden Meadow
1 Turtle Dove (Purring) [Jim Bloor]

Pegwell Bay, 18:20 to 18:30
1 Greenshank (Garage Pool) [James King]

TQ6153, 18:15 to 19:30, Dunk's Green River Bourne area
1 Kestrel, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackcap (+), 2 Chiffchaff, 30 House Sparrow, 1 Linnet (singing) [Dave De Silva]

Faversham, 15:00 to 15:00, Sunny, light W breeze
1 Hobby (flying West, Windmill Lane) [Graeme Backhurst]

Worth, 13:20 to 15:30, Greenacres Farm to Roaring Gutter Marshes
2 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing (3 juv), 1 Temminck's Stint (Ad on pools W of Pinnock Wall; flew north-west calling over Worth Marshes @14.20), 1 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo (1m;1f), 4 Swift, 6 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting [James King]

Chartham, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Turtle Dove (Purring, Hatch Lane) [Tim Flisher]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 14:00
25 Mute Swan (On Hersden Lake), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On Hersden Lake), 1 Cormorant, 1 Coot, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Jay [Peter Dale]

East Malling, 10:30 to 10:35
1 Cuckoo (Heard calling briefly EMR grounds), 1 Bullfinch [Mike Puxley]

TR2856, 09:00 to 15:00
1 Buzzard (Circling & hovering over field.), 1 Turtle Dove (Purring), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair), 3 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush (Singing), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch [Bill Mclay]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 09:45, warm, sunny and calm. LT circa 08:30.
9 Mute Swan (second pair with seven small cygnets near Dan's Dock), 3 Teal (pair and spare drake on EF), 4 Pochard (two pairs on EF), 2 Tufted Duck (pair on EF), 3 Spoonbill (ad and two imms. on EF throughout - and, typically, mostly asleep!), 2 Ringed Plover, 131 Black-tailed Godwit (roosting on EF), 1 Turtle Dove (male 'purring' from weathervane), 2 Cuckoo (male and female), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail (pair on saltmarsh), 1 Nightingale (singing male), 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Bearded Tit (+) [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 03:40 to 13:30
2 Shelduck, 26 Gadwall, 2 Teal (1 drake at ramp, 1 duck at marsh hide), 2 Shoveler (1 drake), 2 Tufted Duck (both drakes), 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill (east past ramp at 06.10), 9 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 2 Water Rail, 6 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove, 5 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Nightingale, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Bearded Tit [Martyn Wilson]

Sunday 24 May 2020

Bedgebury Forest, 18:45 to 22:00
2 Woodcock, 4 Turtle Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Nightjar (Churning male.), 1 Nightingale, 3 Willow Warbler [Gavin Coultrip]

Westerham, 15:30 to 17:15, Broken cloud very warm C26
1 Grey Wagtail [Roger Amer]

Oare Marshes, 12:45 to 14:00
3 Spoonbill (EF), 3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler [Neil Coulson]

Stodmarsh, 10:30 to 15:00, Part cloudy warm with breeze
3 Hobby, 3 Cuckoo, 50 Swift (+, Together close to marsh hide), 1 Nightingale (Brief song near reed bed hide) [Kevin Duvall]

Northward Hill, 09:40 to 12:00, Warm sunny good visibility
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Adult feeding young still in nest but near to fledging ), 2 Nightingale (Singing ), 10 Blackcap (At least 10 singing ) [Stephen Lea]

Chilham, 08:00 to 08:00
20 House Martin (nesting on Bagham Mill), 1 Grey Wagtail [Robert Douthwaite]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing (Six young), 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 4 Skylark, 4 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting [Richard H Bailey]

North Foreland, 08:00 to 09:00
5 Crossbill (N) [Simon Mount]

Cliffe Pools, 06:35 to 09:00, Sunny cool
20 Black-tailed Godwit (Roosting on back of radar pool), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1 1st year bird,1 2 year type), 2 Cuckoo (Singing males), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing near radar pool) [Jeremy Hall]

Chestfield, 06:00 to 06:30, bright and sunny.
1 Turtle Dove (male 'purring' still from wires over rapeseed field along path just E of E end of Maydown's Road), 2 Bullfinch (pair) [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 03:40 to 13:00
122 Greylag Goose, 2 Shelduck, 28 Gadwall, 1 Teal (drake), 2 Shoveler (1 drake), 2 Pochard (1 drake), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Hobby, 1 Redshank, 1 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 23 May 2020

Conyer, 17:00 to 18:30, sunny and very breezy
2 Gadwall, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Little Owl, 12 Swift, 6 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Seasalter, 15:00 to 15:00, strong W wind; threatening clouds
1 Hobby (nice garden record! Unhurried W route) [Mike Roser]

Tonbridge, 14:50 to 16:15, Hartlake Bridge to Eldridge's Lock
1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Turtle Dove (Porter's Lock), 8 Swift, 2 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff [James King]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 12:30 to 14:30, strong W breeze
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Lapwing, 20 Swift, 6 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 4 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting [James King]

Goathurst Common, 11:00 to 12:00, Bright, windy
2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (At last, poss my only sighting of the year?) [Jeremy Metcalfe]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 10:00 to 11:00
600 Swift (600/hour moving west) [Richard Collins]

Grove Ferry, 07:40 to 08:10, Sunny Intervals,brisk SW
2 Red-crested Pochard (Ramp) [Barry Woolhouse]

Swale NNR, 07:30 to 09:00
1 Great White Egret [Derek Faulkner]

Foreness, 07:00 to 09:00
1 Spoonbill (W 07:50), 6 Spotted Flycatcher [Simon Mount]

Oare Marshes, 04:45 to 10:00, mostly sunny with a blustery SW wind. LT circa 07:45. Red Kite flew low W circa 07:00.
4 Canada Goose (flew W), 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on Swale), 1 Great White Egret (flew W circa 06:40), 1 Dunlin (on EF), 44 Black-tailed Godwit (on EF), 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo (males), 1 Barn Owl, 50 Swift (+ W), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (male singing), 2 Blackcap (males) [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 03:40 to 12:45
1 Pink-footed Goose (with Greylags south of marsh hide from middle drove), 140 Greylag Goose (28 young), 16 Gadwall, 1 Teal (drake), 2 Shoveler (1 drake), 2 Red-crested Pochard (pair from ramp), 2 Pochard (1 drake), 2 Tufted Duck (1 drake), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 2 Avocet, 4 Lapwing (chicks still from ramp), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Tawny Owl, 70 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Skylark, 1 Nightingale, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Greenfinch (male) [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 22 May 2020

Dunkirk, 17:00 to 18:00, warm and sunny
1 Firecrest (singing at edge of wood opposite church) [Danny Chesterman]

Faversham, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Black Kite, 1 Nightingale (All seen in and over Boughton Church grounds seen with B Ryan), 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Terry Ryan]

Bockhill, 09:00 to 11:00, Strong SW wind
25 Swift (Including 10 in off), 50 Swallow (+, All moving south in small groups), 1 Wheatear (Female), 5 Blackcap (+), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat (+), 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting [Douglas Stannard]

Biddenden, 08:00 to 08:00
12 Mallard, 6 Moorhen (Parents with 4 young), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male ), 3 Blue Tit (Three separate nests in garden), 1 Nuthatch [Peter Dale]

Grove Ferry, 08:00 to 08:00, Overcast, windy,warm, good visability
1 Red-crested Pochard (Drake from viewing ramp), 1 Kingfisher [Stephen Lea]

TR2856, 07:25 to 12:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair), 1 Skylark (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Both singing), 1 Reed Warbler (2nd this spring), 1 Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit [Bill Mclay]

Crundale, 06:45 to 08:45, Overcast ,breezy.
2 Buzzard, 1 Turtle Dove (calling.), 1 Cuckoo (Called briefly .) [Allan Ward]

Thursday 21 May 2020

Tonbridge, 20:30 to 20:45, Fish Hall area towards Medway
1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff [Dave De Silva]

Maidstone, 10:30 to 11:30, Sunny,20 degrees
1 Buzzard (Low over cemetery, south), 4 Swift (All observations from garden in Sutton road near cemetery.) [Philip Cliffe]

TR1251, 10:00 to 10:15
2 Spotted Flycatcher [Raphael Long]

North Foreland, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Firecrest (Male in song) [Simon Mount]

Tonbridge, 03:15 to 03:15, North Tonbridge, Clear and warm
1 Cuckoo (calling in the darkness. Same bird or another calling at midnight approx 10 days earlier.) [Dave De Silva]

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