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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.

Saturday 16 November 2019

Seaton Gravel Pits, 15:00 to 15:05, Dull W 5
1 Black Redstart [Richard Collins]

Lower Halstow, 13:55 to 15:25, Dry & calm.
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 200 Shelduck (+), 50 Wigeon (+), 30 Teal (+), 12 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye (1 adult drake.), 2 Little Grebe, 40 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Slavonian Grebe, 25 Avocet, 200 Redshank (+), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff (calling), 1 Bullfinch [Derek Tutt]

Kearsney, 11:30 to 12:15, Overcast, cool
8 Little Grebe (Bushy Ruff lake), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail [Barry Woolhouse]

Barden/Hawden Lakes, 10:00 to 11:00
7 Pochard (plus 2 at Haysden) [Andy Appleton]

Hayesden, 10:00 to 13:00
2 Mandarin Duck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 25 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 35 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting [Andy Appleton]

TR1261, 10:00 to 12:30, overcast still
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 100 Black-headed Gull (+, in field), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 35 Blackbird (+), 50 Fieldfare (+), 30 Redwing (+), 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 3 Jay, 10 Magpie, 20 Rook (+), 6 Carrion Crow, 100 Starling, 150 Chaffinch (+), 4 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (heard only) [Kieron McDonnell]

Milton Regis, 09:00 to 12:00, Cloudy
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 3 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Goldcrest, 12 Bearded Tit [Dan Oates]

North Foreland, 07:30 to 09:00
1 Eider, 47 Red-throated Diver (S), 45 Gannet (S), 1 Shag, 2 Stonechat, 1 Firecrest, 2 Snow Bunting [Simon Mount]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:30, cloudy and calm. LT 08:30.
9 Pintail (on EF - six drakes), 30 Great Crested Grebe (circa on Swale), 1 Slavonian Grebe (on Swale near the 'Kingston Lacy' tug at 10:45 then flew W and dropped opposite Uplees copse), 4 Marsh Harrier (one ad. male), 75 Golden Plover (circa on mud at mouth of Faversham creek with Lapwings), 1 Curlew (returning leucistic bird near Dan's Dock again), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl (on saltmarsh just W of Dan's Dock at 07:15), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male and female), 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (+), 10 Bearded Tit (+) [Murray Wright]

Friday 15 November 2019

Oare Marshes, 15:30 to 16:30, Foul weather, fading light.
5 Marsh Harrier ((incl.3 males). All hunting over EF (co-ordinated??) repeatedly flushing flocks of ducks - no strikes seen - before settling in reedbed at 16.15, as yesterday.) [Roger Clews]

Swale NNR, 14:00 to 15:30
1 White-fronted Goose (Amongst the greylags.), 1 Hen Harrier (Female) [John Thompson]

Herne Bay, 12:30 to 13:05, Wind NE Force 6; Cloud 8/8; Vis good;rising tide
1 Gannet (East), 213 Cormorant (Flighting to roost on pier), 1 Great Skua (East) [Bob Gomes]

Shell Ness, 11:30 to 13:30, Strong northerly, rising tide close to high tide when I left.
1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua (Obs with dick elvey ( thanks)) [John Thompson]

North Foreland, 08:15 to 09:45
31 Red-throated Diver (S), 15 Fulmar, 3 Great Skua (S), 2 Raven [Simon Mount]

Shell Ness, 08:00 to 14:00, N 20mph veering ENE 25mph
60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in - plus many on both sides of Swale), 3 Shelduck (in), 18 Wigeon (in), 14 Gadwall (in), 65 Teal (in), 2 Mallard (in), 15 Pintail (in), 2 Shoveler (in), 1 Eider, 160 Common Scoter (circa), 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret (in), 3 Pomarine Skua (juvs), 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Great Skua, 12 Little Gull (up Swale very high), 10 Kittiwake [Richard Elvy]

Thursday 14 November 2019

Oare Marshes, 15:30 to 16:30, Calm. Cloudy but clear visibility following heavy shower. No dog walkers.
8 Marsh Harrier ((++) Unsually high level of activity today. Succession of birds in from east in 1's and 2's (I lost count) but 8, incl. 5 males, seen settling in reeds at E end of EF. (In an earlier lunchtime visit 4 seen hunting over EF incl. a male carrying prey which it dropped when mobbed by crows.) ) [Roger Clews]

Conyer, 12:50 to 15:45, weak sunshine becoming overcast with rain developing; gentle SE breeze; tide in and ebbing
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 144 Curlew, 1 Greenshank (creek), 2 Little Owl (usual pair perched side by side), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Yellowhammer, 7 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Stodmarsh, 10:30 to 16:30, Decidedly damp, overcast with some heavy outbursts of rain. Sky black late afternoon.
173 Teal, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Water Pipit (Marsh Hide with Meadow Pipits), 2 Stonechat, 65 Fieldfare, 37 Redwing, 15 Cetti's Warbler (Another personal high count), 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 52 Long-tailed Tit (My highest ever personal count), 2 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 5 Bullfinch (3 cocks, my highest count in Kent for many years) [Ray O'Reilly]

Snodland, 10:00 to 12:00, cloudy
1 Little Egret (flew over bypass), 2 Chiffchaff (+, back in usual winter territorys) [Jeremy Hall]

Collard's Lake (Stodmarsh), 09:00 to 10:15, Wet and overcast
2 Tundra Bean Goose (In Fields with Greylags), 1 Grey Wagtail [Ray O'Reilly]

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Conyer, 14:45 to 17:00, ebb tide; sun setting to dusk; calm
12 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Woodcock, 100 Curlew (circa, in grazing marsh), 8 Turnstone, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest [James Massey]

Walland Marsh, 14:30 to 15:30, Sunny, calm.
1 Great White Egret (also 4 Common Buzzard, 12 Fieldfare and Raven between The Woolpack and Little Cheyney.) [Barry Chambers]

Cliffe Pools, 14:00 to 17:00, Overcast but still, tide ebbing.
12 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Little Stint (Flamingo Pool), 158 Dunlin, 76 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit (Cliffe Creek) [Ray O'Reilly]

Egypt Bay, 13:00 to 14:00, Clear and sunny with light SW breeze.Records for Salt Bay (new managed retreat just W of Egypt Bay). High tide at 12.50
23 Shelduck, 148 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 18 Ringed Plover (roosting), 190 Dunlin (roosting), 820 Black-tailed Godwit (roosting), 260 Curlew (roosting), 2 Stonechat (pair) [Murray Orchard]

Longfield, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard (Bird, being mobbed by Rooks and Crows, landed on a tree in our garden) [Richard Elvy]

Oare Marshes, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail over EF 1pm) [Damon Smith]

St Mary's Marsh, 12:15 to 16:00, Clear and sunny, light SW breeze, increased cloud later. High tide 12.50
23 Mute Swan, 2 Cattle Egret (feeding around cattle herd just E of St Mary's Bay, around concrete buildings ), 1 Marsh Harrier (flying towards Decoy Fleet ), 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult), 162 Black-tailed Godwit (roosting on sea wall at high tide), 90 Curlew, 2 Short-eared Owl (hunting 15.15-15.40), 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat (pair and a female), 2 Raven (pair seen around St Mary's Bay and marsh, still present late and one flew towards Northward Hill at 16.00) [Murray Orchard]

Swigshole/Decoy Farm, 12:00 to 12:15, Clear and sunny, light W breeze
1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat (female), 20 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting [Murray Orchard]

Stoke, 11:00 to 11:30, Clear and sunny, cold with light W breeze
3 Cattle Egret (feeding around cattle along sea wall by A228 lay-by, adjacent to Stoke Fleet), 1 Marsh Harrier (Stoke levels by A228) [Murray Orchard]

Lower Halstow, 10:45 to 12:30, Dry & sunny with a slight breeze, excellent visibility & a high of 8C. Tide rising & virtually full by the time I finished.
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, A few young.), 250 Shelduck (+), 100 Wigeon (+), 100 Teal (+), 20 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye (perhaps 4.), 3 Little Grebe, 39 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew (+), 300 Redshank (+), 4 Greenshank (perhaps 7.), 2 Chiffchaff (calling.) [Derek Tutt]

Riverside Country Park, 08:45 to 11:05, Bright and chilly,Rising Tide.
230 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 450 Shelduck (+), 1100 Wigeon (circa), 63 Teal, 57 Pintail, 84 Shoveler, 27 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 190 Oystercatcher (+), 145 Avocet (+), 11 Ringed Plover, 240 Grey Plover (circa), 90 Lapwing (circa), 1500 Dunlin (circa), 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 123 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 400 Redshank (circa), 165 Turnstone, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay [Mike Norman]

Swale NNR, 07:45 to 08:45
5 Pink-footed Goose [Derek Faulkner]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:00, sunny with a gentle W breeze. LT circa 06:45.
5 Pintail (four drakes and a duck on EF), 3 Marsh Harrier (one ad. male), 2 Peregrine Falcon (sharing same Nagden pylon), 2 Short-eared Owl (circling together high over WF drifting NW and being mobbed by corvids), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 Stonechat (+), 3 Goldcrest (+), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+), 2 Corn Bunting (Uplees copse) [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Bockhill, 11:00 to 13:00, sunny but cold wind
1 Firecrest (Bockhill farm), 1 Great Grey Shrike (good views from periphery of Freedown), 1 Snow Bunting (flying over) [Danny Chesterman]

Boughton Monchelsea, 10:35 to 10:40, dry, bright and sunny
4 Fieldfare (Flying west. First for this autumn.) [Bill Stoneham]

Swalecliffe, 10:00 to 10:05, dry,cold
40 Curlew (40 birds together on "boot fair"field[Whitstable bends]) [Kelvin Leader]

Conyer, 09:30 to 13:30, Strong chilly S.W. wind, bright sunshine. High tide at midday.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Dive bombing waders on Fowley Isle at 12:30pm.), 80 Curlew (Roosting on the seawall near Conyer at high tide.), 1 Short-eared Owl (Sitting on a pile of rocks near Luddenham gut at 10:50.) [John Shilling]

South Swale LNR, 09:15 to 12:15, 4deg;cloud 2/8; sun and eye-watering SW blow. WeBS count meeting Bob G halfway on circuit
1360 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (spread length of shoreline as tide rose), 2 Shelduck, 285 Wigeon (off Castle Coote), 15 Teal (Castle Coote lagoon), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite (W up Swale), 2 Marsh Harrier, 450 Oystercatcher (Castle Coote roost), 40 Ringed Plover, 10 Grey Plover, 24 Lapwing, 1600 Knot ((mud-flats, rising tide)), 510 Dunlin ((mud-flats, rising tide)), 9 Curlew, 410 Redshank (Castle Coote roost), 56 Turnstone (beach roost), 35 Skylark (plus; numerous), 1 Swallow (W along line of seawall) [Mike Roser]

Bockhill, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Buzzard [Keith Privett]

Kingsdown, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Buzzard [Keith Privett]

Sandwich Bay, 08:00 to 08:00, Restharrow/Elms/Ancient Highway
50 Teal, 21 Grey Partridge, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 10 Curlew, 10 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 1 Caspian Gull (2nd winter), 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 8 Goldcrest [Keith Privett]

Monday 11 November 2019

Birling, 20:00 to 20:00, Clear, Full moon 5C
1 Tawny Owl (Calling) [Trevor Manship]

Bedlam's Bottom , 12:10 to 12:20, Overcast Full tide.
32 Wigeon, 326 Pintail, 11 Shoveler, 60 Avocet (+), 42 Redshank [Mike Norman]

Willesborough, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (Seen from M20 nr. windmill) [Stephen Hedley]

Burham, 11:10 to 12:15, Dry but overcast. Fresh W wind and very high tide
30 Greylag Goose, 182 Canada Goose, 16 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 16 Moorhen, 14 Black-headed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 13 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 11 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Oare Marshes, 11:00 to 13:00, cool west wind
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over salt marshes seen from Dans Dock and heading west) [Danny Chesterman]

Oare Marshes, 11:00 to 13:00, cool west wind
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over salt marshes seen from Dans Dock and heading west) [Danny Chesterman]

Swale NNR, 11:00 to 12:45
17 White-fronted Goose (10 of which were juvs.), 32 Snipe [Derek Faulkner]

Folkestone, 10:45 to 12:00, Cold W wind, high tide choppy sea
1 Great Crested Grebe (In sea near lighthouse), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Around Mermaid Beach), 60 Kittiwake (Adults and juveniles most on water around Folkestone outer harbour ), 1 Sandwich Tern (Resting on beach, near BH gulls), 3 Swallow (Around Lees) [Stephen Hedley]

Oare Marshes, 10:15 to 14:45, Broken cloud & sunny spells.Moderate chilly W'ly HT 11.40
1 Pintail (drake on EF), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (flying W along Estuary), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (also 4 accross Swale on Sheppey), 1 Kestrel, 204 Avocet (EF), 3 Grey Plover (EF), 16 Lapwing (EF), 12 Knot (EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (EF), 11 Common Gull (EF) [Damon Smith]

Conyer, 09:00 to 12:00, cold stiff W wind, sunny spells; rising tide to high water; WeBS Conyer to Luddenham Gut
1 Mute Swan, 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Shelduck, 467 Wigeon, 119 Teal, 62 Mallard, 14 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 52 Oystercatcher, 131 Avocet, 143 Grey Plover, 51 Lapwing, 293 Knot, 500 Dunlin, 178 Black-tailed Godwit, 139 Bar-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew (low), 257 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 30 Linnet (circa) [James Massey]

Elmley NNR, 09:00 to 11:50, overcast chilly,rising tide.
368 Greylag Goose, 94 Canada Goose, 36 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 250 Shelduck (+), 1500 Wigeon (circa), 9 Gadwall, 600 Teal (+), 500 Mallard (circa), 8 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 12 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail.), 8 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 11 Ringed Plover, 300 Golden Plover (+), 115 Grey Plover, 500 Lapwing (circa), 250 Dunlin (+), 26 Ruff (Entrance track.), 34 Curlew, 75 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 14 Common Gull, 26 Stock Dove, 2 Short-eared Owl, 9 Skylark, 31 Fieldfare (By the gun club.), 19 Linnet [Mike Norman]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
3 Little Egret, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Redwing, 7 Magpie [Derek Smith]

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