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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 25 April 2017

Gillingham, 11:15 to 11:20, Bright and chilly.
32 Mediterranean Gull ( Calling-high over our garden flying north east .), 11 House Martin (Over NW at 14:05.) [Mike Norman]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Cuckoo, 8 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 1 Nightingale, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler [Robert Douthwaite]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 09:00 to 11:30, bright, clear sky but cloud moving in, NW f2-3
1 Mandarin Duck, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sand Martin (+), 10 Swallow (+), 20 House Martin (+), 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Willow Warbler [Graham Barker]

Monday 24 April 2017

Conyer, 18:45 to 18:45, Grey with rain threatening
1 Kestrel (male hunting W side of creek) [James Massey]

Scotney Gravel Pits, 14:35 to 15:15, Dull W 5
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 100 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew [Richard Collins]

Gillingham, 13:30 to 15:15, Overcast some light rain.
1 Crane (Flying north over fort Amherst ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Wren, 9 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay, 100 Starling (circa (all birds seen around Great Lines and Fort Amherst).) [Mike Norman]

South Swale LNR, 11:30 to 16:00, cloud 4/8; sun; cooling and showers
350 Oystercatcher (spread across mudflats on ebb tide plus 53 seals Horse Sands), 2 Ringed Plover, 19 Whimbrel (inc party of 15), 22 Turnstone (tide`s edge), 2 Mediterranean Gull (high over calling), 6 Common Tern (4 resting on Receptive), 2 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow (+), 3 Stonechat (1 male/2 fem), 4 Wheatear [Mike Roser]

East Malling, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Red-legged Partridge (Research station, 1st for site), 1 Hobby (Research station per R.Newham), 7 Wheatear (2m, 3f on Research Station, 1f Paris Fm, 1f Sweets Ln paddocks) [Adam Whitehouse]

Foreness, 06:30 to 10:30
1 Greylag Goose (S), 1 Barnacle Goose (W), 1 Hobby (W), 1 Grey Plover, 16 Mediterranean Gull (E), 14 Sandwich Tern (E), 15 Sand Martin (W), 58 Swallow (W), 7 House Martin (W), 6 Tree Pipit (W), 17 Wheatear (All Greenland birds), 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Barry Hunt]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 10:00, combination of my counts and Derek Smith's covering Shuart to the Oyster Farm
15 Wheatear, 7 Cetti's Warbler (singing males), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (singing male), 105 Sedge Warbler (singing males), 23 Reed Warbler (singing males), 9 Blackcap (singing males), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 60 Whitethroat (singing males) [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 23 April 2017

Conyer, 22:40 to 22:45
1 Nightingale (singing marina road) [James Massey]

Conyer, 18:00 to 19:30, W side of creek to mouth
2 Mute Swan, 12 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Great Crested Grebe (washed up, sea wall, not ringed), 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 4 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 26 Whimbrel, 4 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit (min), 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff (singing from E side), 1 Jay, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Conyer, 16:15 to 16:15
1 Sparrowhawk [James Massey]

Kingsdown, 15:30 to 15:30, Overcast,calm
1 Lesser Whitethroat (Calling on golf course) [Barry Woolhouse]

Sittingbourne, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Wheatear (Chilton Manor Farm, Sittingbourne) [Nigel Mccarley]

Reculver, 11:15 to 15:55, country park
5 Shelduck (+), 18 Oystercatcher (+), 30 Sanderling (+), 1 Purple Sandpiper (on rocks with turnstones), 2 Redshank, 15 Turnstone (+), 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail (flying), 2 Wheatear, 8 Sedge Warbler (+), 7 Reed Bunting (+) [Jack Headley]

Dartford Marshes, 10:00 to 11:00
2 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Wheatear [Phillip Royston]

Stodmarsh, 10:00 to 15:30
8 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 5 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 1 Nightingale, 1 Willow Warbler [David Perrin]

Foreness, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Stonechat (male rubicola type) [Barry Hunt]

Lydd, 08:00 to 09:45, fairly warm, overcast.
2 Marsh Harrier (male near Horsebones farm.another near the Woolpack.), 1 Cuckoo (1 calling one end Lydd water sports pit.), 4 Swallow, 3 Wheatear (actually at Dungeness) [Allan Ward]

Grove Ferry, 07:45 to 09:15
1 Cattle Egret (opp Stodmarsh court farm), 1 Spotted Redshank (Harrisons), 1 Greenshank (Harrisons then flew off), 1 Cuckoo [Richard Collins]

Reculver Marshes, 07:00 to 10:00
2 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Hobby (flying W), 1 Dotterel (at Coldharbour flying towards Shuart), 10 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Garden Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Warden Point, 07:00 to 09:00
1 Fulmar, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel (male), 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Simon Tilley]

Cliffe Pools, 06:35 to 09:35, cloudy ,calm and cool
5 Pintail (on radar pool), 2 Grey Partridge (in fields near coastguards), 5 Whimbrel (in general area), 3 Greenshank (on various pools), 1 Green Sandpiper (on blackbarn pool), 3 Cuckoo (calling males), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting over bb4), 1 Nightingale (singing near track to blackbarn), 1 Wheatear (near vm2), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (singing between 1st and 2nd viewing mould) [Jeremy Hall]

East Malling, 06:30 to 07:15
4 Wheatear (Paris Farm and Berry's Paddocks ), 2 Willow Warbler [Mike Puxley]

Harty, 06:30 to 06:30
1 Fieldfare [Simon Tilley]

Grove Ferry, 05:00 to 10:00
6 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Cattle Egret (still opposite Stodmarsh Court farm), 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 14 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank (from Harrison's hide), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove (purring in the paddocks), 2 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 2 Nightingale, 1 Wheatear (male along Harrison'ss Drove), 3 Whitethroat [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 22 April 2017

Conningbrook GP, 17:00 to 17:45, Bright and Chilly
5 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail (Flew across lake), 1 White / Pied Wagtail [Dave Mansfield]

Dungeness, 16:15 to 17:00, Sunny. Northerly breeze.
1 Redstart (male in Lighthouse Garden together with Garden Warbler, Blackcap, several Willow Warblers and closeby 2 Wheatear. ) [Keith Cutting]

Milton Regis, 15:30 to 18:30
1 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale, 4 Wheatear [Dan Oates]

Dengemarsh, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Redstart (female at S end of gully), 6 Wheatear (4 male 2 female. At S end of the gully), 2 Corn Bunting (just S of chicken sheds) [Mike Henty]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 13:30 to 15:00, Sunny. Northerly breeze.
1 Ring-necked Duck (the long staying drake viewed from Makepeace Hide.), 2 Greenshank (viewed from Makepeace Hide together with 5 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, Grey Plover and Sanderling and 4 Whimbrel over and calling.), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (Feeding actively on small islands viewed from close to Firth Hide.) [Keith Cutting]

Conyer, 13:00 to 15:10, Sunshine, partly cloudy. E creek loop. Usual large numbers of Med & BH Gull on Fowley. 2 common seal
1 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose (near rifle range), 2 Canada Goose, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (by Fowley Island), 4 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair near rifle range), 2 Shoveler (pair near rifle range), 2 Pheasant, 6 Great Crested Grebe (inc two displaying pairs), 1 Grey Heron (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (male), 26 Grey Plover (two in breeding plumage), 1 Lapwing, 24 Whimbrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 6 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 12:15 to 14:00, cloudy NE 2-3
1 Lesser Yellowlegs (winter-summer plumage) [Stephen Message]

Grove Ferry, 12:00 to 16:00, Cool NE breeze, overcast.
1 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard, 3 Coot, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler [Peter Dale]

Dungeness, 11:30 to 12:30, Cloudy bright . Cool northerly breeze
1 Iceland Gull (the first winter bird roosting on the beach near the Patch. Just 2 Common Terns .) [Keith Cutting]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 11:00 to 13:00, Light drizzle, clearing.
5 Mediterranean Gull (Possibly more - flock of 12+ gulls were leaving as I arrived.) [Peter Davies]

Bekesbourne, 10:30 to 11:00
2 Canada Goose, 3 Greenfinch [Robert Douthwaite]

TR1261, 10:00 to 11:30, overcast
1 Stock Dove, 1 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 1 Nightingale, 6 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch (pair), 1 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (pair) [Kieron McDonnell]

Chartham, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Swift (1st at this site this year) [Chris Powell]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
14 Swallow, 1 Nightingale, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Richard H Bailey]

East Malling, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Redstart (Male Paris Farm), 1 Wheatear (Male Paris Farm) [Mike Puxley]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff [Richard H Bailey]

Wouldham, 07:30 to 10:00
1 Ruddy Shelduck (x Shelduck hybrid), 8 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Nightingale, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Ian Shepherd]

Reculver Marshes, 06:30 to 10:30
2 Grey Partridge, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 29 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Tern, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 69 Sedge Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 47 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Grove Ferry, 05:00 to 12:00
10 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 36 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Cattle Egret (still opposite Stodmarsh Court Farm), 2 Grey Heron, 5 Marsh Harrier, 12 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Cuckoo, 2 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Nightingale, 3 Mistle Thrush (1 juvenile), 18 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit [Martyn Wilson]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Kestrel, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Derek Smith]

Friday 21 April 2017

Conyer, 22:20 to 22:25
1 Nightingale (singing marina road making seven today) [James Massey]

Conyer, 13:30 to 15:30, Overcast. E creek loop. 3 common seal
1 Greylag Goose, 4 Canada Goose, 43 Shelduck, 3 Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (male), 3 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Nightingale, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet [James Massey]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 13:30 to 15:40
2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 8 Sand Martin (circling over top of trees the other side of the lake from Tyler hide then later about 4 started flying over lake), 1 Swallow (seen flying with sand martins over main lake), 2 Reed Warbler [Jack Headley]

Polhill, 13:10 to 13:10
1 Kestrel (flying around then hovering ) [Jack Headley]

Rede Common, Strood, 09:15 to 11:15
1 Grey Heron (Heading slowly north), 16 Swallow (4 small groups flying west), 1 House Martin (Hawking insects then heading west), 18 Meadow Pipit (Single flock flying west), 5 Long-tailed Tit (Including 2 pairs ), 4 Linnet [Rob Peters]

South Swale LNR, 08:10 to 13:10, Cloudy with a cold westerly breeze. High-water 0830 Neap
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 9 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (male heard, apparently west of Faversham Creek), 1 Swift (west), 5 Sand Martin (+, west), 30 Swallow (+, west), 5 House Martin (+, west), 2 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler (+), 3 Reed Warbler (+) [Ian Shepherd]

Bekesbourne, 06:30 to 10:00
5 Nightingale (singing) [Robert Douthwaite]

Foreness, 06:00 to 08:30
1 Great Northern Diver, 14 Yellow Wagtail (W) [Simon Mount]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 15:00
1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Greenshank (flying W), 2 Mediterranean Gull (flying W), 145 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift (flying W), 7 House Martin (flying W), 29 Yellow Wagtail (flying W), 1 Fieldfare, 136 Carrion Crow, 5 Corn Bunting [Chris Hindle]

Whetsted Gravel Pits, 05:15 to 07:30, Bright, some cloud, cool
10 Nightingale, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler [Graham Barker]

Thursday 20 April 2017

East Malling, 18:00 to 18:00
2 Shelduck (over Research Station per R.Newham), 1 Little Owl (Sweets Lane paddocks), 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Wheatear (Sweets Lane paddocks) [Adam Whitehouse]

Harty, 15:00 to 15:10
1 Short-eared Owl (near RVM) [Derek Faulkner]

Lydden Valley , 15:00 to 16:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Skylark, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat [Russ Blackman]

Reculver Marshes, 14:00 to 15:00
2 Grey Partridge, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 171 Carrion Crow (in newly sown field), 1 Yellowhammer [Chris Hindle]

Burham, 13:15 to 14:15, Low tide. Mild, overcast with occasional sunny spells.
3 Mute Swan, 21 Greylag Goose, 34 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 3 Pheasant, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 25 Wood Pigeon (+), 9 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Jay, 10 Magpie, 47 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 50 Starling (+), 6 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting [Bill Stoneham]

Milton Regis, 10:15 to 12:30, ebb tide in creek
6 Teal, 4 Mallard, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank (in summer plumage), 22 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone [David Perrin]

Tonbridge, 08:50 to 10:00
1 Little Owl, 4 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail (at the lock), 2 Nightingale (along river Medway by Eldridges Lock), 3 Whitethroat, 3 Yellowhammer [Martin Garwood]

Dargate, 08:30 to 12:00, Cool ,brighter later
20 Swallow (Abbey fields), 10 House Martin (Abbey fields), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Dargate), 1 Whitethroat (Dargate), 1 Yellowhammer (Dargate) [Terry Ryan]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
2 House Martin [Richard H Bailey]

Whitstable, 08:00 to 08:15, cool; cloud 4/8
6 Waxwing (plus;long stayers Joy Lane. per Kirsty Lee) [Mike Roser]

Rochester, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Mistle Thrush (Collecting food for young by Castle per Nick Smith) [Mike Henty]

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Chainhurst, 15:30 to 16:00, Dry and sunny
1 Turtle Dove (Seen in and around garden. First for 2017) [David Errey]

Queenborough, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Common Tern [Stephen Wood]

Wateringbury, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 21 Mediterranean Gull (1 group of 15 followed by another 6 with a herring gull, flying north.) [Ken Digby]

Dungeness, 10:15 to 14:00, sunny, cool NE breeze
2 Garganey (dennis' hide), 4 Whimbrel (access track), 1 Iceland Gull (patch), 1 Sandwich Tern (patch), 1 Common Tern (patch), 1 Black Redstart (around observatory), 2 Wheatear (beach), 2 Sedge Warbler [Bexley Birdbrains]

Conyer, 09:45 to 13:10, Sunny with ENE breeze, tide out. Loop walk from marina via Blackett's farm, Tonge Corner and Little Murston farm, back along sea wall and W side of creek. 3 common seal
4 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Buzzard (over LM), 1 Kestrel (male), 3 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern (seen over Murston pit lakes), 10 Skylark (+), 1 Swallow, 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Nightingale (by road at marina entrance ), 13 Wheatear (thanks to los tres hombres for tip re group at LM in pony field; rest sea wall and Blackett's), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat (at LM), 2 Bearded Tit (at LM unusually showy), 7 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (at LM), 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat [Richard H Bailey]

East Malling, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Wheatear (Sweets Lane paddocks) [Adam Whitehouse]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Grey Wagtail (Male 1 female1), 6 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch [Richard H Bailey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Greenshank, 21 Turnstone, 5 Wheatear, 26 Sedge Warbler (singing males), 3 Reed Warbler (singing males), 17 Whitethroat (singing males), 4 Chiffchaff (singing males), 1 Yellowhammer [Chris Hindle]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Little Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 2 Moorhen, 1 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Willow Warbler [Derek Smith]

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