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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.

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Conyer, 14:10 to 14:15, sunny with gentle W breeze; tide in and ebbing
1 Merlin (fem type on gate post then flew E across creek and over Butterfly Wharf) [James Massey]

Grove Ferry, 14:00 to 15:30, Sunshine, slight breeze 7C
1 Great White Egret (from ramp), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting [Bexley Birdbrains]

Herne Bay, 11:50 to 13:00, Sunshine, slight breeze 7C
2 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 10 Turnstone [Bexley Birdbrains]

Cliffe Marshes, 11:00 to 15:00, Sunny, light westerly wind
2 Red-necked Grebe (on Alpha Pool. Also 4 Black-necked and 1 Slavonian Grebe) [Barry Chambers]

Minnis Bay, 10:00 to 11:00, incoming tide
86 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 110 Great Crested Grebe, 138 Oystercatcher, 34 Ringed Plover, 61 Grey Plover, 82 Dunlin [Chris Hindle]

Jeskyn's Farm, 09:40 to 11:10, Sunshine, slight breeze 7C
2 Stonechat (pair), 10 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch [Bexley Birdbrains]

Oare Marshes, 07:15 to 11:00, cloud clearing E then sunny with a light WNW breeze. LT circa 07:30.
197 Avocet (at mouth of Faversham creek), 1 Whimbrel (on saltmarsh W of slipway again), 1 Greenshank (in Faversham creek), 2 Barn Owl (one hunting around reserve until 07:45, and one on Sheppey), 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (male), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest (in carpark bushes), 2 Raven (pair 'cronking' around pylons then flew NW), 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Monday 21 January 2019

Tonbridge, 15:50 to 17:10, St Andrews church area to Medway. Still, 3 deg C, 2/8 cloud
6 Pheasant (+), 7 Cormorant (+), 50 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Green Woodpecker (+), 12 Blackbird, 120 Fieldfare (+), 7 Song Thrush (+), 160 Redwing (+), 3 Goldcrest, 25 Carrion Crow (+), 100 Starling (+), 7 Chaffinch (+), 25 Linnet (+) [Dave De Silva]

Herne Bay, 14:30 to 14:45, ebb tide;glaring sun;frost remaining in shade
2 Purple Sandpiper (Hampton) [Mike Roser]

Cliffe Pools, 14:00 to 16:30, sunny, cold, little wind, tide going out
400 Wigeon (Timber lake), 40 Gadwall (Timber lake), 30 Shoveler (Timber lake), 70 Pochard (Alpha Pool), 1 Goldeneye (Alpha Pool, female), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Alpha Pool, male and female), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool north end), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Alpha Pool), 4 Black-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool), 1 Kestrel, 200 Coot (Timber lake), 2 Avocet (Cliffe creek), 100 Lapwing (Timber lake), 4 Black-tailed Godwit (Cliffe creek), 1 Kingfisher (Alpha Pool), 8 Skylark (by Alpha Pool), 80 Fieldfare (by Alpha Pool), 10 Chaffinch (by Alpha Pool ) [Michael Paice]

Dover, 14:00 to 15:30
4 Purple Sandpiper [Mark Kennett]

Chetney, 11:15 to 15:45
400 Pintail (+), 6 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Hen Harrier (Female), 6 Buzzard (+), 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (Juv landed in field very close to me), 1 Merlin (Female), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male on Pylons), 1 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 6 Skylark (+), 1 Yellowhammer [Simon Bellinger]

Bekesbourne, 10:00 to 10:15
154 Lapwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 10 Goldfinch [Robert Douthwaite]

Hayesden, 10:00 to 12:00
2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Mandarin Duck, 4 Pochard, 45 Tufted Duck, 15 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher [Martin Garwood]

Conyer, 08:05 to 13:10, Rising tide, frosty start, sun laterAll seen with Steve Goodrich
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Owl (Thanks James), 2 Skylark, 4 Shore Lark (Calling on landing. Seen with James Massey), 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Raven (Flying over cronking), 3 Greenfinch, 9 Corn Bunting (2 singing) [Sue Carter]

Cliffe Pools, 08:00 to 13:30, cold but bright and clear visibility
2 Goldeneye (single females one on Alpha, one on Flamingo pools.), 2 Red-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool Nth), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Alpha Pool Centre), 4 Black-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool Centre), 1 Marsh Harrier (male flew over Alpha Pool), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flew over Radar Pool towards Cliffe Church), 1 Greenshank (Flamingo pool), 1 Rock Pipit (Flamingo pool) [Brian Thomas]

South Swale LNR, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (only c.10 dark-bellied present, all gone!) [Mike Gould]

Riverside Country Park, 07:25 to 11:00, Frost and cold, Rising tide .
160 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 180 Shelduck (+), 110 Wigeon (+), 1 Teal, 62 Pintail, 87 Shoveler, 22 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 350 Oystercatcher (circa), 210 Avocet (circa), 3 Ringed Plover, 170 Grey Plover (+), 136 Lapwing, 800 Knot (+), 1800 Dunlin (circa), 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 110 Redshank, 17 Common Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing [Mike Norman]

Reculver Marshes, 07:15 to 10:45
11 Golden Plover, 7 Lapwing (flying W), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Chaffinch, 12 Yellowhammer, 70 Reed Bunting, 140 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 20 January 2019

Bedlam's Bottom , 15:45 to 17:00, Cold; wind 3N; cloudy.
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (At 16.35 flew in from NE to large tree c.300m south of 2nd lay-by. At 16.45 flew out of tree when disturbed by two Common Buzzards. Different to the Chetney bird seen in the morning.) [Jan Wilczur]

Dungeness, 15:00 to 15:00
2 Whooper Swan (Cockles Bridge), 2 Goldeneye (female type - reserve), 25 House Sparrow (+, but no Tree Sparrows) [Andy Appleton]

Jeskyn's Farm, 15:00 to 15:10
6 Waxwing (East of carpark) [Phillip Royston]

Walland Marsh, 15:00 to 15:00
30 Bewick's Swan (circa) [Andy Appleton]

Leysdown, 14:40 to 15:30, Muswell Manor fields
1800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (adult) [Stephen Message]

TR0951, 14:20 to 16:20, Partly cloudy and calm
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Fieldfare, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Marsh Tit, 12 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 250 Chaffinch (Feeding on ground under beach trees), 34 Brambling (With Chaffinch flock), 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Bullfinch [Matt Hindle]

Hemsted Forest, 13:30 to 14:30
1 Coal Tit (+, heard), 1 Siskin (several), 13 Crossbill (+) [Andy Appleton]

Cliffe Pools, 13:15 to 16:30, Bright sunny cold NW wind
1 Goldeneye (Female Alpha pool), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (Alpha pool ), 2 Red-necked Grebe (Alpha pool), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Alpha pool), 4 Black-necked Grebe (Alpha pool), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon on Higham Marsh), 1 Kingfisher (Alpha pool ), 1 Rock Pipit (Cliffe creek) [Linturn Hopkins]

Chetney, 13:00 to 15:30, cool calm sunny
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (Being mobbed by crows near farm 1330-1500), 1 Barn Owl (Farm), 2 Short-eared Owl [Danny Chesterman]

Swale NNR, 13:00 to 15:00, Cold; wind 3N; cloudy.
70 Curlew (+, In a field west of reserve), 15 Skylark (Flew onto reserve from S.), 60 Linnet (+, On saltmarsh) [Jan Wilczur]

Boughton Monchelsea, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Red Kite (East over Green Lane ) [Alan Pavey]

Knole Park, 12:20 to 12:20
1 Red Kite (Flew W over W end @12:20) [James King]

Conyer, 12:15 to 13:00, Cold, but sunny. Tide ebbing.
4 Shore Lark (Feeding on shoreline about half a mile east of rifle range) [John Shilling]

Conyer, 10:40 to 10:40, mostly sunny
5 Yellowhammer (old Richardson's tramway visiting pony hay) [James Massey]

Lower Halstow, 10:20 to 12:00, sunny cold
1 Whimbrel (roosting on boat,) [Jeremy Hall]

Chetney, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (2nd-winter female) [Stephen Message]

New Hythe, 10:00 to 14:30, Bright
50 Gadwall (+Abbeymeads), 130 Pochard (+Abbeymeads), 1 Ring-necked Duck (Abbeymeads), 130 Tufted Duck (+Abbeymeads), 6 Little Grebe, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff [Glenn Honey]

Cliffe Pools, 09:30 to 16:00, Bright and sunny with little cloud, very cold with calm/ light N breeze. HT 11.40 WeBS count for RSPB reserve (which doesn't include Timber & Alpha lakes).
4 Canada Goose, 56 Shelduck, 125 Wigeon, 67 Gadwall, 312 Teal, 145 Mallard, 54 Pintail, 487 Shoveler, 30 Pochard, 84 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye (3 drakes), 51 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe (most birds now on Thames), 2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (no evidence of roosting), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult bird harassing Dunlin flock), 348 Coot, 14 Avocet, 400 Golden Plover (mostly on BBPs), 140 Grey Plover (majority roosting SP), 249 Lapwing (greatly reduced numbers compared with recent weeks), 3500 Dunlin (birds came in to roost on FP/SP but were attacked by Peregrine and after spectacular murmuration, the flock disappeared with only 275 subsequently roosting), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 61 Curlew (roosting on FP), 15 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 5 Stonechat, 15 Corn Bunting (in to roost in bushes near viewpoint) [Murray Orchard]

Bedlam's Bottom , 09:15 to 09:45, Cold; still; sunny; almost high tide
240 Pintail (+), 200 Avocet (+), 2000 Knot (+) [Jan Wilczur]

Jeskyn's Farm, 08:30 to 09:00, Clear, cold.
1 Bullfinch (male), 4 Yellowhammer [Murray Orchard]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:45
41 Mute Swan, 6 Shelduck, 39 Mallard, 40 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 48 Ringed Plover, 1 Kittiwake, 50 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Yellowhammer, 35 Reed Bunting, 54 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Seasalter, 08:00 to 08:00
90 Ringed Plover, 7 Sanderling, 600 Dunlin (circa), 1 Kingfisher [Mike Gould]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 15:00
1 Gadwall, 9 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat [Ian Shepherd]

Saturday 19 January 2019

Dunton Green, 15:40 to 15:40, c15:40 PM
5 Red-legged Partridge (circa, in field along A224 nr The Rose and Crown Pub) [Jack Headley]

Chetney, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (Still) [Mathew Bournat]

Walland Marsh, 14:45 to 15:00, Cold and bright
32 Bewick's Swan (to the west of Horsesbones Farm.) [Keith Cutting]

Lydd, 14:15 to 14:30, Cold and bright
2 Whooper Swan (in with Mute Swans viewed from Cockles Bridge.) [Keith Cutting]

Cliffe Pools, 14:00 to 16:00
5 Bewick's Swan (roosting on Flamingo Pool), 1 Goldeneye (drake on Flamingo Pool ), 1 Little Grebe (not counted, but must have been 50 on the Alpha Pool alone ), 1 Red-necked Grebe (North end of Alpha Pool. A 2nd bird was seen by another birder), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Alpha pool, but distant in the southern half), 4 Black-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool, sticking close together ) [Steve Arthur]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 13:40 to 15:25
15 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 50 Pochard (+), 3 Little Egret, 46 Lapwing (circa), 3 Great Black-backed Gull (circa), 3 Redwing (circa), 1 Chiffchaff (1-2 calling), 4 Siskin (circa, Calling) [Jack Headley]

Hayesden, 13:00 to 15:00
1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Teal, 1 Pochard, 163 Tufted Duck, 5 Goosander, 11 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit (+) [Andy Appleton]

Boughton Monchelsea, 12:25 to 12:35, cold, overcast but dry
1 Buzzard (Roosting low down in a tree in a neighbour's garden in The Quarries) [Bill Stoneham]

Scotney Gravel Pits, 10:30 to 12:30
25 Tree Sparrow (Five at Scotney Court Farm buildings plus c20 at dung heap further down the track) [Mike Henty]

Hemsted Forest, 10:00 to 11:45, Overcast with cold northerly wind.
20 Siskin (+. Roving groups with RedPolls. Coal tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard also recorded.), 16 Crossbill (+several flocks encounterd the largest being 16 birds perched and showing well.) [Keith Cutting]

Conyer, 09:30 to 11:15, rising tide to HW at 10:41; mostly cloudy and cold
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (third successive day on grazing marsh W side and again later attacking waders over creek mouth), 6 Golden Plover (with Lapwings at Blackett's), 250 Lapwing (circa), 8 Skylark, 4 Shore Lark (per MM, birds seen c.10am on sea wall E side opposite rifle range as yesterday, spooked by walkers birds flew W), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Greenfinch [James Massey]

Conyer, 09:00 to 12:00, Bright, chilly wind, tide coming in.
2 Little Egret, 120 Avocet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Shore Lark (near range), 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 25 Corn Bunting (at least two singing) [Chris Bond]

TR2856, 08:30 to 11:15
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Bullfinch (Male.1st here for 15+years.) [Bill Mclay]

Oare Marshes, 06:45 to 11:00, mostly sunny with a chilly SE breeze. HT circa 10:30.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male flew E through reserve at 08:10; then back W at 08:45; then sat on ground W of West Hide preening at 10:00 before drifting off W mobbed by a Carrion Crow.), 3 Buzzard, 33 Avocet (roosting on EF), 1 Ringed Plover (on slipway), 3 Snipe, 350 Black-tailed Godwit (circa roosting on EF), 1 Whimbrel (wintering bird around slipway again), 5 Turnstone, 1 Barn Owl (Sheppey-side), 1 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Friday 18 January 2019

Grove Ferry, 16:20 to 16:50
60 Mute Swan (circa), 1 Grey Partridge (calling 1650), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (in 1635) [Richard Collins]

Kearsney, 16:15 to 16:20, Overcast,moderate SE
1 Grey Wagtail [Barry Woolhouse]

Conyer, 15:00 to 15:30, tide out; cold with sun
1 Peregrine Falcon (perched on fence post then attacking waders near creek mouth) [James Massey]

Funton Creek, 15:00 to 16:30, Cold.
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (In to roost at 4.20.) [John Thompson]

Jeskyn's Farm, 14:45 to 15:45
6 Waxwing (First spotted in trees behind the main childrens' play area. Then relocated to bushes East of car park where they were feeding on berries for a time. Flew off within the area. Presumably the same six?) [Tim Goss]

Ham Marshes, 14:00 to 15:45, Cold and bright with light wind
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On grass on south side of the creek), 32 Teal (On creek and a fleet), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Avocet, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Jack Snipe (Short flight from creek side marsh, over path to rough grazing. Small size, shorter bill, no zig zag flight or call. Disappeared once landed.), 37 Redshank, 6 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 9 Jackdaw, 44 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow [Bob Diggory]

TQ9757, 11:15 to 13:15, Eastling. Sunny/odd cloud 2to4 degrees
11 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Pheasant, 6 Buzzard, 6 Chaffinch, 15 Hawfinch, 2 Yellowhammer [David Perrin]

Hemsted Forest, 10:30 to 13:20, Cold with sunny periods
10 Siskin (+), 30 Crossbill (+) [Mike Hook]

Stodmarsh, 10:15 to 15:00, Sunny with a breeze. The reed beds appeared to hold very few birds.
300 Teal (+), 1 Bittern (Close to Lampen Wall.), 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 2 Water Pipit, 70 Fieldfare (+), 50 Redwing (+), 2 Cetti's Warbler (calling), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch [Derek Tutt]

Conyer, 10:10 to 12:00, sunny and calm
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 46 Oystercatcher, 112 Avocet, 12 Turnstone, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Shore Lark (sea wall E side of creek opposite rifle range), 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Raven (tumbling), 2 Bullfinch (pair) [James Massey]

Burham, 09:20 to 10:20, Cold after overnight frost. Strong sun and high tide
24 Greylag Goose, 114 Canada Goose, 6 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail, 5 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 100 Lapwing (+ mainly in flock flying north), 21 Redshank, 8 Black-headed Gull, 25 Wood Pigeon (+), 5 Collared Dove, 3 Robin, 13 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 13 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Swale NNR, 09:00 to 09:20
160 Avocet (mudflats alongside reserve) [Derek Faulkner]

Reculver Marshes, 08:30 to 10:15
424 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Shelduck, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 2 Snow Bunting, 7 Yellowhammer, 20 Reed Bunting, 31 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Knole Park, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Cormorant (W-1st patch record) [James King]

Hayesden, 07:30 to 08:15
11 Mandarin Duck, 125 Tufted Duck, 5 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe [Andy Appleton]

South Swale LNR, 07:30 to 08:30
570 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (with another 520 off Horse Sands), 300 Golden Plover [Jim Bloor]

Oare Marshes, 07:15 to 11:45, bright and sunny after a frosty start with a gentle S breeze. HT circa 09:30.
1 Bewick's Swan (ad flew into EF with Mute Swans circa 09:00 and still present when I left), 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa around slipway at HT), 34 Pintail (on EF), 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 1 Whimbrel (wintering bird around the slipway again), 1 Collared Dove (NFY!), 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (female), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Corn Bunting (flew S) [Murray Wright]

Dover, 04:00 to 04:05, 0 c frost
1 Barn Owl (flying over A2) [Shane Vale]

Thursday 17 January 2019

Furnace Pond, 15:20 to 15:50, Sun 4C
1 Green Woodpecker, 40 Fieldfare, 31 Redwing [Bexley Birdbrains]

TR1761, 15:20 to 15:20, Low late afternoon sun.
1 Mistle Thrush (Seen from footpath foraging in pasture at Hawcroft Farm.) [David Jessop]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 14:30 to 14:40, bright sun; cold; 5deg
1 Grey Wagtail (feeding along margins of leat) [Mike Roser]

Minster (Sheppey) , 14:00 to 15:00
65 House Sparrow (In my garden) [Derek Faulkner]

Conyer, 13:30 to 13:35, sunny and clear with very cold, brisk WNW wind; tide out
1 Peregrine Falcon (on grazing marsh) [James Massey]

Hemsted Forest, 11:20 to 14:50, Sun 5C
2 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Crossbill [Bexley Birdbrains]

Harrietsham, 10:20 to 10:20, Sun 4C
1 Brambling [Bexley Birdbrains]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 08:10
1 Hen Harrier (adult male) [Derek Faulkner]

Reculver, 07:45 to 09:15, Seawatch at Towers
278 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flying east), 1 Common Scoter (male flying west), 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult intermedius flying west), 300 Herring Gull (flying west), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (first winter flying west), 31 Kittiwake (flying west), 1 Guillemot [Chris Hindle]

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