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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.

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Wouldham, 10:15 to 10:25
1 Osprey (drifted into the valley from the west, spent about 5 minutes circling over the river, then headed off north-west ) [Ian Shepherd]

Foreness, 06:30 to 08:00
62 Mediterranean Gull (S and on rocks), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Juvenile ) [Simon Mount]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 10:00, hot and sunny with a gentle E breeze. HT circa 05:00.
1 Garganey (on EF), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Golden Plover (on EF), 2 Knot (on EF), 4 Dunlin (on EF), 1 Ruff (male on EF), 5 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank (ad. on EF), 300 Redshank (circa on EF), 3 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (ad. still on EF), 1 Common Sandpiper (on EF), 3 Mediterranean Gull (two ads. and a juv. on EF), 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Yellow Wagtail (two ads. and two juvs.), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Corn Bunting (singing) [Murray Wright]

Monday 22 July 2019

Crundale, 16:30 to 16:45
2 Turtle Dove [Robert Carr]

Cliffe Pools, 13:00 to 17:40, rising tide, wader counts for selected species only
2 Spoonbill (adults, Flamingo and Ski pools), 2 Ringed Plover, 29 Dunlin (7 Black Barn 1, 22 Flamingo Pool), 104 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Whimbrel (Flamingo Pool), 87 Curlew (Flamingo Pool), 11 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Nightingale (on central path briefly) [Sean Huggins]

Ramsgate, 13:00 to 13:00, warm, breezy
4 Sandwich Tern (Seen 2 miles offshore) [Peter Dale]

TR0956, 10:00 to 10:30
2 Buzzard (2-3 young calling from canopy east side of Hunstead Wood (Chartham Hatch) and adults mewing above. Second pair reported nearby.) [Tim Flisher]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 16:30, warm, breezy, HT about 4.00 p.m. with Brian Thomas.
5 Ruff (approx), 1 Snipe, 5 Whimbrel (approx), 1 Spotted Redshank (East Flood), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (fairly near road), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Turtle Dove (heard purring), 4 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin [Ken Noble]

Reculver Marshes, 07:40 to 09:30
1 Eider (immature male), 1 Lapwing, 7 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 113 Swift (flying W in 1 hour), 5 Sand Martin (flying W in 1 hour), 51 Swallow (flying W in 1 hour), 14 House Martin (flying W in 1 hour), 3 Stonechat (male and female feeding young from second brood) [Chris Hindle]

Preston Court, 07:30 to 08:00
3 Skylark (2 singing), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting (singing) [Tony Swandale]

Foreness, 06:00 to 08:00
11 Common Scoter (E), 4 Gannet (E), 1 Lapwing (S), 6 Whimbrel (W), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 13 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull (W), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Juvenile, on beach), 195 Swift (W), 6 Sand Martin (W), 89 Swallow (W), 4 Yellow Wagtail (W), 1 Grey Wagtail (W) [Barry Hunt]

Sunday 21 July 2019

Finberry (Ashford), 17:00 to 17:30
5 Green Sandpiper [Robert Carr]

Snodland, 12:00 to 12:00, cloudy warm
2 Hobby (hunting high over nearby school fields ), 3 Linnet (rarer than two above in local atea) [Jeremy Hall]

Foreness, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Little Ringed Plover (Juv W), 1 Golden Plover (W) [Barry Hunt]

Furnace Pond, 07:30 to 09:00
8 Mandarin Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler (singing), 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Juvenile(first of autumn)), 10 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch [Stephen Mills]

Oare Marshes, 05:40 to 11:45, Sunny, light breeze, Low Tide @10.00
2 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen (1 juvenile), 30 Coot (+, Including juveniles), 3 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing (+), 9 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+, Easily that number, but counting), 50 Redshank (+), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (Sluice end by the Islands for much of the morning. ), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull (On top of last post of causeway), 1 Common Tern (On top of green cone on wreck), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Male), 1 Pied Wagtail (juvenile), 1 Wren, 5 Sedge Warbler (+), 2 Whitethroat, 5 Goldfinch (+), 6 Linnet (+) [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 09:30, mostly sunny and calm, turning warm. HT circa 04:15.
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (summering birds on Horse Sands still), 2 Wigeon (on EF still), 5 Little Grebe (pair with three young on EF still), 7 Water Rail (+, incl. pair with two well grown young again), 27 Avocet (on EF first thing), 3 Dunlin (on EF), 5 Ruff (on EF), 2 Snipe (on EF), 1500 Black-tailed Godwit (+ on EF first thing), 15 Whimbrel (circa), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad. on EF), 4 Greenshank (on EF first thing), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (ad. still on EF), 2 Wood Sandpiper (on EF, two y'day too), 2 Common Sandpiper (on EF), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad. on mud E of slipway still), 1 Common Gull (ad.), 3 Turtle Dove (still two 'purring' occasionally), 1 Barn Owl, 20 Bearded Tit (+ juvs. around EF - looks like a very good breeding season so far), 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Saturday 20 July 2019

Cliffe Pools, 16:00 to 17:30
62 Shelduck, 2 Spoonbill (Ski, 1 Colour ringed, left leg top band apple green, lower one ? Purple/Black. Right leg ? White/ pale sky blue over pale yellow. ), 5 Grey Plover, 10 Whimbrel (Flamingo), 150 Curlew (Circa Flamingo), 20 Greenshank (Radar/Flamingo/Ski), 1 Green Sandpiper (BB1) [Mike Puxley]

Conyer, 13:45 to 15:30, warm sunshine and blowing well from W; tide in and rising to HW 15:39
4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 10:45 to 18:00
2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 45 Avocet, 6 Golden Plover (flew onto EF for high tide), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (summer plumage adult on EF, more seen by others), 15 Dunlin, 2 Ruff (males on EF), 5 Whimbrel (on foreshore and EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (adult on EF), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (adult on EF), 2 Green Sandpiper (one near West Hide, one in SE corner of EF), 2 Wood Sandpiper (EF - one in SE corner and on in west corner), 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Mediterranean Gull (at least two adults, two first-summers and three juveniles), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (adult on EF), 1 Common Gull (adult on EF), 1 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove (one purring), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Bearded Tit (mostly juvs) [Tom Jordan]

Friday 19 July 2019

Sittingbourne, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Hobby (over centre of town) [Nigel Mccarley]

Kingsdown, 15:45 to 16:15, Overcast brisk SW
50 Swift (+) [Barry Woolhouse]

Furnace Pond, 15:30 to 17:00
7 Canada Goose (4 adults and 3 young), 11 Mandarin Duck, 18 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe (2 adults with two young), 1 Grey Heron, 2 Swift, 10 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 4 Grey Wagtail (pair with two fledglings), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff [Stephen Mills]

Cliffe Pools, 11:00 to 15:00, SSW with showers
17 Shelduck (Nursery of 15 on Cliffe Creek supervised by two adults), 4 Whimbrel, 12 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (River), 10 Swallow, 1 Corn Bunting [Russell Brockett]

Burham, 08:25 to 09:45, Dull and overcast with occasional light rain. Low tide
2 Mute Swan, 42 Greylag Goose, 17 Canada Goose, 9 Mallard ((including 8 juv.)), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 6 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 9 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 40 Black-headed Gull (+), 25 Herring Gull (+), 2 Stock Dove, 50 Wood Pigeon (+), 4 Collared Dove, 3 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 50 House Martin (+), 1 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 22 Reed Warbler, 11 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 11 Magpie, 17 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 10 House Sparrow, 25 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting [Bill Stoneham]

Dungeness, 07:00 to 07:30, Part cloudy. SW 3/4
20 Yellow Wagtail (Moving west near the new lighthouse ), 3 Wheatear (Juveniles together on the boardwalk by the new lighthouse ) [Neil Frampton]

Finberry (Ashford), 07:00 to 10:00, 39 species including:
1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail (pr carrying food) [Robert Carr]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:00, a sunny start, but cloud building from the W with a little light rain and a freshening SSW breeze. LT circa 09:00.
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (three still on Horse Sands and one on EF again), 2 Wigeon (on EF), 1 Golden Plover (on EF), 8 Dunlin (on EF), 5 Ruff (four ruffs and a reeve), 5 Whimbrel (one on EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad. on EF), 1 Greenshank (flew E), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (ad. still on EF), 2 Green Sandpiper (on EF), 1 Wood Sandpiper (ad. still on EF), 3 Common Sandpiper (one on EF and two at mouth of Faversham creek), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (moulting ad. on mud E of slipway still), 1 Common Gull (ad. on EF), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (ad. and juv. on EF), 2 Turtle Dove ('purring'), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling occasionally and showing well briefly in bushes circa 200 yds S of Sea Wall hide until 07:00 at least) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 18 July 2019

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 19:00 to 19:10, 24 degrees C, 3/8 cloud, 2Bf
1 Turtle Dove (Purring from top of dead tree.), 2 Kingfisher, 5 Yellowhammer [Christopher Dennis]

Chilham, 17:00 to 17:30, overcast, calm
3 House Martin (at least 3 nests occupied on old water mill) [Stuart Dove]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 10:10, Walk from Reculver to Shuart
2 Little Ringed Plover (juveniles), 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover (summer plumage), 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff (male flying W), 1 Whimbrel, 9 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 112 Sand Martin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 370 Starling, 160 House Sparrow (near Plumpudding Stables) [Chris Hindle]

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Oare Marshes, 18:50 to 19:10
1 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Bonaparte's Gull, 1 Bearded Tit (1 juv seen, many more calling ) [Steve Arthur]

Samphire Hoe, 12:00 to 12:30, Hazy sunshine, Light winds
14 Mallard, 7 Rock Pipit (E end of the Hoe), 3 Black Redstart [Derek Smith]

TR2856, 12:00 to 19:00
2 Turtle Dove (Males ,both purring.), 3 Green Woodpecker (All juvs.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Female), 1 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Greenfinch [Bill Mclay]

Faversham, 07:15 to 08:00, Abbey Fields
1 Kestrel, 1 Turtle Dove (purring unseen in the Cardox site. ), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Yellowhammer [Steve Arthur]

Shuart Farm, 06:00 to 11:00
1 Turtle Dove, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Sedge Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 14 Whitethroat, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Greenfinch (2ad and 4 recently fledged juvs ) [Chris Hindle]

Swale NNR, 06:00 to 07:00
1 Green Sandpiper, 120 Sand Martin (Flying N to S across reserve) [Derek Faulkner]

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