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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 25 May 2019

Goathurst Common, 21:00 to 21:50
1 Kestrel, 4 Tawny Owl, 2 Nightjar (Male churring), 1 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler [James King]

North Foreland, 16:30 to 16:45
1 Honey Buzzard (NW ) [Simon Mount]

Elmley NNR, 12:00 to 14:00, Dry and bright
10 Pochard, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Cattle Egret (Viewed just past car park looking north), 7 Marsh Harrier, 16 Avocet (some nesting), 6 Common Tern (nesting), 1 Cuckoo (heard), 2 Yellow Wagtail [Tom Gordon]

North Foreland, 11:00 to 15:00
292 Gannet (S), 1 Hen Harrier (S ringtail at 14:00), 3 Mediterranean Gull (S), 1 Guillemot (S) [Simon Mount]

Tonbridge, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern, 1 Turtle Dove (purring along river Medway), 1 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting [Martin Garwood]

TQ7543, 06:45 to 08:15, Cloudy,little rain at first
1 Turtle Dove (Purring distantly), 1 Cuckoo (Calling), 2 Little Owl (1 in old orchard and other just a short distance away on telegraph pole.), 1 Nightingale (Singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singingu), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing) [Jeremy Hall]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:00, sunny spells and light showers with a gentle N breeze. HT circa 05:30. 1 Red Kite over.
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on Horse Sands), 1 Eider (imm drake roosting on Castle Coote), 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern (W along the Swale), 4 Turtle Dove (min with two 'purring'), 3 Cuckoo (chasing around together, the two males calling), 2 Nightingale (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Corn Bunting (two singing) [Murray Wright]

Friday 24 May 2019

Ide Hill, 21:00 to 21:55
2 Woodcock (roding), 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Nightjar (brief views/churring) [Martin Garwood]

TR3869, 19:20 to 19:25, Sunny/Cloudy with rain clouds approaching from the West
6 Swift (Tracking back west to east over the houses in the village where i have got a twin Swift Box with call in the roof) [Christopher Turner]

Temple Ewell, 13:30 to 15:00
2 Marsh Tit (Pair carrying food KWT Reserve), 10 Yellowhammer [Mark Kennett]

TQ6760, 11:45 to 11:45, Dry sunny 20 degrees
1 Cuckoo (Still present, its 12th day) [Trevor Manship]

TR2856, 07:30 to 07:45
1 Little Owl (On barn roof .), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay [Bill Mclay]

Thursday 23 May 2019

Sevenoaks, 20:10 to 20:10
10 Swift (St Nicholas Church) [James King]

Reculver, 16:00 to 16:30
169 Sand Martin (169 nest holes in use) [Chris Hindle]

South Swale LNR, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny hot
1 Eider, 9 Ringed Plover, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Yellow Wagtail [Terry Ryan]

Newnham, 10:00 to 10:30, Sunny
4 Mediterranean Gull (Small loose flock appeared to be hawking for insects over the village), 1 Cuckoo (Male calling on south side of Sharsted Wood) [Graham Wickenden]

Teynham, 09:45 to 09:45, sunny and warm
1 Little Owl (on telephone wires by Conyer Road) [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 05:50 to 10:15, warm and sunny. HT circa 04:00.
1 Eider (imm drake on Swale off Castle Coote), 13 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Turtle Dove (two 'purring'), 1 Cuckoo (male), 2 Nightingale (singing) [Murray Wright]

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Oare Marshes, 13:30 to 14:25, rising tide
1 Eider (1st summer bird floated into the mouth of Faversham creek), 2 Hobby (hawking over west flood) [David Perrin]

Gillingham, 13:15 to 13:20, Good his. No wind
3 Buzzard (Drifted west, high above Shakespeare Rd) [Dave Hale]

Conyer, 10:30 to 13:45, calm, mostly sunny and warm; rising tide
2 Canada Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove (+, possibly four but mobile), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl (glimpses only), 10 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail (low count but breeding site was crop sprayed yesterday; am concerned about possible damage to nests), 3 Nightingale (singing males), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler (+), 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (plenty of common whitethroat on site too), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 13 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Yellowhammer (male singing from bush top), 2 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Samphire Hoe, 09:45 to 10:30, Sunny and Bright, Lt winds
2 Buzzard (One pale phase), 1 Hobby (Flying slowly W), 1 Black Redstart [Derek Smith]

Swale NNR, 07:00 to 07:10
2 Cattle Egret [Derek Faulkner]

TR2856, 07:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Hobby (Fast through garden.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair), 4 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush (1 Singing briefly.), 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldfinch [Bill Mclay]

Foreness, 06:05 to 10:15, Sunny, still. warm. Low tide @0830
5 Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel (Male), 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Jay [John Bunting]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:00, warm, sunny and calm. HT circa 03:30. 2 Red Kites flew W.
7 Mute Swan (pair with five small cygnets on west side dyke near Dan's Dock), 1 Black Swan (strange sight of one flying high W with a small group of five Cormorants circa 09:30!), 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 175 Black-tailed Godwit (circa on EF), 1 Common Sandpiper (in Dan's Dock), 2 Cuckoo (males singing), 1 Barn Owl (carrying prey SW circa 07:35), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (male singing), 1 Willow Warbler (late migrant(?) singing at the cottages), 5 Corn Bunting [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Snodland, 19:00 to 19:15, Sunny warm
1 Nightingale (Distantly singing from garden) [Jeremy Hall]

North Foreland, 17:00 to 18:00
10 Swallow (+, Feeding Low over Grass Fields), 2 House Martin (Feeding Low over Grass Fields), 1 Song Thrush (They bred last year) [Christopher Turner]

Smeeth, 11:00 to 12:00, bright,dry
10 Swift (around Smeeth church) [Stuart Dove]

Newnham, 10:50 to 10:50, Sunny
1 Cuckoo (Male calling from the northern edge of Sharsted Woods) [Graham Wickenden]

Bekesbourne, 09:45 to 10:15
1 Turtle Dove (calling), 13 House Martin (nests) [Robert Douthwaite]

Kingsgate, 08:20 to 09:25
1 Tawny Pipit (Adult, eventually flushed by golfers) [Barry Hunt]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 11:00
1 Black Kite (Drifted S), 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Chris Hindle]

Oare Marshes, 05:30 to 11:00, mostly sunny with a light NW breeze. 1 Red Kite over.
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on Horse Sands), 1 Hobby, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Turtle Dove (min. including two 'purring'), 2 Cuckoo (males singing), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Nightingale (males singing), 1 Chiffchaff [Murray Wright]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Fulmar, 1 Shag, 1 Buzzard (Pale phase), 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Flying W), 4 Wren, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Jackdaw [Derek Smith]

Monday 20 May 2019

Swanscombe, 18:30 to 20:15
18 Greylag Goose, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Skylark, 1 Nightingale, 1 Stonechat, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Reed Warbler [Barry Wright]

Swanscombe, 18:30 to 20:15
5 Greylag Goose (3 juvs), 7 Bearded Tit, 2 Linnet [Barry Wright]

TR1745, 17:10 to 17:15, Cloudy, sunny intervals; obs by Jenny Jackson
1 Buzzard [Andrew Lapworth]

Sandwich Bay, 17:00 to 18:00, Sunny, gentle breeze
5 Hobby (circa, at least five hunting low down, separately south of SBBO. One seen to pursue a small bird, probably a Linnet. In contrast with the Stodmarsh birds seen earlier, some of them perched on fence posts or a bush. With Martin Brown and Albert Watson.), 10 Swallow (circa), 2 House Martin [Graeme Backhurst]

Finberry (Ashford), 15:40 to 16:00
4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (partial sum plum), 1 Wood Sandpiper [Robert Carr]

Burntwick Island, 13:30 to 13:30, Overcast, bright, warm, calm. WeBS count of Medway islands.
1 Shag (one flew past boat as we were were counting Burntwick, heading W into the estuary), 500 Sandwich Tern (minimum count, probaby 700) [Murray Orchard]

Conyer, 12:30 to 15:00, warm, rather hazy sunshine and some cloud with gentle N breeze; rising tide to HW; WeBS count; Fowley Island significantly submerged on spring tide affecting gull nests again
1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Coot, 19 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 213 Mediterranean Gull, 964 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Tern, 2 Turtle Dove (purring), 1 Cuckoo (singing male), 2 Skylark (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Nightingale (singing, heard whilst surveying wetland birds), 3 Reed Warbler (+), 1 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat (+, several heard), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch [James Massey]

Lamberhurst, 12:05 to 12:15, Sunny
2 Swift (Over Lamberhurst village), 1 Grey Wagtail (Seen from Teise road bridge), 1 Goldcrest (Fluttering by yew tree) [David Lambert]

Stodmarsh, 12:00 to 14:00, Light northerly breeze, mostly sunny
20 Hobby (+, Numbers passing north, mostly, but not all, very high, quite impossible to count because they were performing aerobatics, at great speed. A few were seen at treetop level, but most were high, including some beyond unaided vision.), 4 Common Tern (on artificial island), 2 Cuckoo (calling. Graeme Backhurst, Martin Brown, Albert Watson.), 10 Swift (circa), 5 Swallow (circa) [Graeme Backhurst]

TQ6760, 09:15 to 09:15, Dry, sunny
1 Cuckoo [Trevor Manship]

Hayesden, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Egyptian Goose, 5 Lapwing (inc. one immature), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting [Martin Garwood]

Faversham, 07:30 to 08:00, small lakes on Abbey Fields
2 Mute Swan, 1 Mandarin Duck (drake, perhaps the Bysingwood bird wandering. Acted wary and flew off when I passed, unlike the other ducks), 2 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe (adult with chick ), 1 Coot (adults not counted but 3 chicks seen ), 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer [Steve Arthur]

Blean Woods RSPB Reserve, 07:00 to 07:00, warm,overcast
1 Hobby (bird passing over broadland estate,chased off by a pair of swallows.) [Kelvin Leader]

Pegwell Bay, 05:20 to 06:55, Overcast, tide out mild. Drizzly (Garage pool)
4 Shelduck, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 3 Swallow (+) [John Bunting]

Samphire Hoe, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Buzzard, 20 House Martin, 1 Black Redstart [Derek Smith]

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