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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.

Friday 25 May 2018

Grove Ferry, 17:30 to 19:30
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 3 Turtle Dove (+), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Kingfisher [Dan Oates]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 15:45 to 16:20
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper [Jack Headley]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 13:45 to 15:10
4 Little Grebe (Calling), 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Common Tern [Jack Headley]

Kearsney, 13:45 to 15:05
3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail (1 juvenile), 1 Nuthatch (carrying food) [Mark Kennett]

Burham, 09:10 to 10:20, Dry, warm but overcast and muggy. Very high tide
14 Greylag Goose, 31 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, 19 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 4 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 20 Wood Pigeon (+), 3 Collared Dove, 1 Cuckoo (Calling behind church, then flew strongly westward towards Holborough Marshes), 4 House Martin, 5 Wren, 4 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 35 Reed Warbler (+), 3 Whitethroat, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 6 Magpie, 11 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 43 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet [Bill Stoneham]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:00, cloudy with some hazy sunshine, warm
1 Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing (mobbing marsh harrier), 2 Turtle Dove (+), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Nightingale, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 18 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch (heard), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 05:20 to 11:00, cloudy and calm. HT circa 10:15.
11 Mute Swan (pair on EF with three Greylag goslings but no cygnets!?; and pair near Dan's Dock with seven cygnets still), 5 Shoveler (drakes on EF), 4 Pochard (three drakes and one duck), 3 Tufted Duck (pair plus a spare drake), 19 Avocet (two on EF and 17 on mud opposite Uplees copse), 1 Lapwing, 300 Black-tailed Godwit (circa on EF), 1 Redshank, 4 Turtle Dove (two "purring"), 2 Cuckoo (males), 1 Little Owl, 1 Nightingale (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Corn Bunting (pair at Uplees copse) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 24 May 2018

Grove Ferry, 19:00 to 21:00, Cool NE breeze
2 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (All birds seen or heard during evening river trip), 10 Swift (+), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair together), 2 Swallow, 2 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler [Peter Dale]

Furnace Pond, 17:00 to 17:45
16 Mallard (2 ducks with 6 and 8 ducklings), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 8 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail (fledglings), 5 Pied Wagtail (adult and 4 fledglings), 2 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet [Stephen Mills]

TR0239, 14:45 to 15:15
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull [Robert Carr]

Knole Park, 14:20 to 16:00, Knole Woods
1 Hobby (Flew N 14:57 through W end Knole ), 1 Swallow (N at 09:35), 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [James King]

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Conyer, 17:45 to 19:15, rising tide
3 Avocet, 1 Redshank, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Nightingale, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet (circa, feeding on ground in old brick works site; surprise to see a flock here in Spring - usually a Winter sight) [James Massey]

Furnace Pond, 16:30 to 17:30
3 Herring Gull (over), 1 Little Owl, 2 Swift, 8 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail (fledgling), 4 Mistle Thrush (adult and 3 fledglings), 2 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 12 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch (male) [Stephen Mills]

Conyer, 11:00 to 12:30
8 Tufted Duck (Males on Fowley Island ), 15 Oystercatcher (Fowley Island ), 97 Black-tailed Godwit (Mud by Fowley Island ), 2 Common Sandpiper (Conyer Creek), 74 Mediterranean Gull (Fowley Island ), 600 Black-headed Gull (Fowley Island), 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Fowley Island ), 1 Common Tern (7 Fowley Island ), 1 Turtle Dove (Purring), 2 Nightingale (Singing brickworks) [Brian Watmough]

Elmley NNR, 10:30 to 13:30
1 Grey Partridge, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher (Plus 2 well developed chicks), 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern (Windmil Creek), 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 10 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting [Mike Puxley]

Conyer, 10:00 to 11:45, partly cloudy; ebb tide
10 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Buzzard, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 1 Cuckoo (male crossed creek twice singing in flight), 1 Little Owl, 5 Swift, 5 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush (collecting nest material), 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Swale NNR, 08:30 to 08:40
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (See most days) [Derek Faulkner]

Furnace Pond, 05:30 to 05:30
2 Cuckoo (male and female) [Stephen Mills]

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Furnace Pond, 16:30 to 17:45
1 Mandarin Duck (drake), 12 Mallard (three drakes and a duck with 8 ducklings), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Great Black-backed Gull (over south), 1 Common Tern, 3 Swallow, 5 Grey Wagtail (2 adults and three fledglings), 4 Pied Wagtail (adult and 3 fledglings), 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Chaffinch, 10 Linnet [Stephen Mills]

Conyer, 10:00 to 12:30, partly cloudy with sun, warm; tide out
2 Greylag Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Buzzard, 6 Oystercatcher, 13 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Turtle Dove (+, purring), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl (caught lizard), 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Skylark (+), 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 11:00, cloudy, sunny then cloudy again, warm, E f2
6 Buzzard, 3 Lapwing, 2 Turtle Dove [Graham Barker]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 6 Swift, 10 House Martin [Richard H Bailey]

Oare Marshes, 05:20 to 10:15, mostly cloudy with a light N breeze. HT circa 06:30.
1 Hobby, 125 Black-tailed Godwit (circa on EF), 1 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper (in Faversham creek), 50 Common Tern (circa fishing at W end of Horse Sands + 12+ Little Terns), 3 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo (male and female), 1 Barn Owl, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (singing), 2 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Little Farthingloe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Hobby, 1 Turtle Dove [Mark Kennett]

Monday 21 May 2018

Bekesbourne, 10:00 to 16:00
4 Turtle Dove (2 pairs at bird feeder) [Robert Douthwaite]

TR2856, 10:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard (Mobbed by Sparrowhawk), 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male and female ), 6 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Coal Tit, 7 Starling (Inc 3 juv) [Bill Mclay]

Oare Marshes, 08:45 to 11:00, cloud 8/8; misty haze; light E breeze
17 Gadwall (E flood), 220 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 1 Greenshank (mouth of creek), 2 Turtle Dove (one diving into shrubbery during Cuckoo melee. One on tele post--no `purring` heard), 3 Cuckoo (2 males and a female; considerable interaction and wide variance of call notes. Circling excitedly over W side shrubbery, displaying from wires and tele poles.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail (on wires entrance road.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing from exposed perch in open aspect) [Mike Roser]

Conyer, 08:00 to 08:00
8 Mute Swan (family group), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo (m+f), 1 Little Owl, 4 Swift, 6 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Nightingale, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat (+), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Dungeness, 06:40 to 06:40, NEasterly 3
3 Pomarine Skua (Flying east past the point) [Neil Frampton]

Sunday 20 May 2018

Conyer, 17:15 to 17:45
3 Turtle Dove (one showing reasonably well atop trees in old brick works site; two others heard), 1 Cuckoo [James Massey]

Tonbridge, 16:50 to 18:10, Hartlake Bridge to Tanyard Farm along River Medway Footpath
1 Buzzard, 2 Turtle Dove (Purring males displaying from wires- E of Eldridge's Lock ), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 3 Swallow (+), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (Singing c.600m E of Eldridge's Lock), 1 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Yellowhammer [James King]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 16:00 to 18:20
7 Shelduck, 5 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (Calling) [Jack Headley]

TR1762, 16:00 to 16:30, Blue sky with scattered cloud, warm and sunny.
1 Buzzard (Soaring near Hawcroft farm) [David Jessop]

Chiddingstone, 15:45 to 18:00, 21 deg C, clear, still warm. With Adam McCulloch
1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest (+ singing), 2 Marsh Tit (a pair), 1 Coal Tit (singing), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Linnet (singing), 1 Yellowhammer (singing) [Dave De Silva]

TQ9763, 14:50 to 14:55, warm and sunny
1 Turtle Dove (purring from top of bush; seen from road) [James Massey]

Snodland, 14:00 to 14:00, sunny warn
1 Hobby (hunting over and near house.) [Jeremy Hall]

Oare Gunpowder Mills, 10:45 to 10:45, overcast
1 Treecreeper [James Massey]

TR0239, 10:30 to 10:45
2 Avocet [Robert Carr]

TR1762, 10:30 to 12:00, Cloudy, cool light breeze
1 Whitethroat (Seen near Hawcroft Farm), 2 Blue Tit (Seen hedge by the stream), 1 Yellowhammer (Heard in hedge by the stream) [David Jessop]

TQ8166, 09:45 to 09:50, Overcast cool
1 Turtle Dove (Bloors Community Woodland. Heard only) [Dave Hale]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 08:35 to 12:00, Warm
3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper (Island Pit), 2 Turtle Dove (Males purring and displaying), 1 Cuckoo (Male singing), 50 Swift (+), 10 Skylark, 30 Swallow (+), 90 House Martin (+), 3 Nightingale (Males in full song ), 10 Reed Warbler, 21 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat (+), 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Yellowhammer, 20 Reed Bunting [James King]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 10:30, cloudy with a cool ENE breeze. HT circa 04:30.
9 Mute Swan (pair with seven cygnets near Dan's Dock), 1 Hobby, 1 Curlew, 1 Turnstone, 25 Common Tern (circa feeding at W end of Horse Sands on ebbing tide + 2 Little Terns), 3 Turtle Dove (two "purring"), 2 Cuckoo (male and female), 1 Barn Owl, 25 Swift (circa over EF), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin (over EF), 20 Swallow (circa flying W), 50 House Martin (circa over EF), 5 Yellow Wagtail (on wires along road S of cottages), 1 Nightingale (singing), 1 Blackcap (male), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat (+ singing), 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Saturday 19 May 2018

Grove Ferry, 16:00 to 16:00
8 Mute Swan (Male and Female with 6 newly born signets) [Peter Dale]

Furnace Pond, 14:00 to 15:15
4 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo (calling males), 2 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail (male and two fledgings), 2 Pied Wagtail (adult feeding fledgling), 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap (3 males and a female), 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting (singing male) [Stephen Mills]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 16:00, Cool wind in sunshine
1 Turtle Dove (In tree at the side of the river), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male and Female at nest site), 2 Swallow (Around Grove Ferry bridge), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler [Peter Dale]

Knole Park, 11:00 to 14:15, Sun, 18°C
3 Mallard (1 ad. fem, 2 juv. ), 1 Sparrowhawk (Soaring over Gallops/W end @14:10), 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby (SW over Gallops/W end @11:15), 2 Moorhen (1 ad, 1 juv.), 15 Stock Dove, 8 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 nest with 2-3 juveniles), 2 Stonechat (Pair carrying food at bracken areas on Golf Course NE of Knole House), 10 Blackcap (Circa. ), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Vocal pair flycatching around territory c.400m NNE of Keeper's Cottage/E of S end of Golf Course Valley ), 6 Nuthatch (Pair with nest of 2-3 juveniles), 4 Treecreeper (1 Entrance Track; 1 Keeper's Cottage; 2 (pair) Duchess' Walk), 1 Bullfinch [James King]

Conyer, 10:45 to 18:30, mostly sunny; plenty of Skylark, Mipit and usual Warblers present etc
2 Gadwall (pair), 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard (+), 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 5 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel (flew E with Curlew), 1 Curlew (flew E with Whimbrel), 2 Common Tern, 3 Turtle Dove (+, includes purring bird in copse at start of old tramway), 2 Cuckoo (m+f, female 'bubbling'), 1 Little Owl, 2 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (+), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Long-tailed Tit (visiting nest with food), 2 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Snodland, 10:00 to 10:00, sunny
1 Cuckoo (male flying around housing estate calling), 10 House Martin (+, back on breeding site) [Jeremy Hall]

TR0239, 08:50 to 10:30, 43 species including:
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Robert Carr]

TQ6765, 08:45 to 08:45, Sun, no wind
1 Turtle Dove (Purring) [Andy Lees]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 09:45
1 Egyptian Goose (flying E), 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Little Owl [Chris Hindle]

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