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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 13 November 2018

Conyer, 13:30 to 16:30, sunny with SW breeze; rising tide
47 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (creekside field, numbers building), 4 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 49 Coot, 150 Curlew (circa, feeding in field), 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, 12 Fieldfare, 20 Chaffinch, 5 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Kingsgate, 12:15 to 14:30
3 Little Egret, 2 Pallid Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow [Barry Hunt]

Burham, 09:40 to 10:55, Mild with strong sunshine. Low tide
2 Greylag Goose, 32 Canada Goose, 2 Teal, 16 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 4 Moorhen, 4 Lapwing, 7 Redshank, 40 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 6 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Wren, 4 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 17 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 Jay, 6 Magpie, 16 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 6 Starling, 17 House Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting [Bill Stoneham]

Reculver, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Black Redstart [Chris Hindle]

Foreness, 07:15 to 08:00
1 Pallid Swift (West) [Barry Hunt]

Monday 12 November 2018

Tonbridge, 16:00 to 17:00
1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl (both along river Medway east of Tonbridge.) [Martin Garwood]

Lower Halstow, 13:35 to 14:45, Dry & bright; SW wind force 4 & a high of 12C. Rising tide with most of the mud already covered.
75 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 150 Shelduck, 200 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 3 Goldeneye (1 adult drake), 23 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 1 Chiffchaff [Derek Tutt]

Reculver, 13:15 to 16:45
1 Pallid Swift [Chris Hindle]

Cliffe Pools, 12:30 to 16:45, A few showers but mostly fine
1 Red-necked Grebe (Alpha Pool), 1 Little Stint (Flamingo Pool), 1 Green Sandpiper (Coastguards) [Ray O'Reilly]

Conyer, 12:15 to 15:45, occasional light rain with some sunshine, partly cloudy; SSW breeze; rising tide; WeBS count for Conyer Creek to Luddenham Gut
8 Mute Swan, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 30 Shelduck, 946 Wigeon, 77 Teal, 36 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 12 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 50 Oystercatcher, 135 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 117 Grey Plover, 38 Knot, 1303 Dunlin, 171 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Bar-tailed Godwit, 117 Curlew, 103 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 4 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Rock Pipit (colour-ringed bird), 1 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler [James Massey]

Chislet Marshes, 11:40 to 11:55, Wet
1 Rough-legged Buzzard [Chris Doyle]

South Swale LNR, 10:00 to 16:00, brisk SW; rain squalls;rising tide
2775 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (through 10 sections. >6% juvs. WeBS count with Dave Perrin), 1 Hen Harrier (imm male W across arable 1445 hrs) [Mike Roser]

Elmley NNR, 09:30 to 12:15, Some rain.low tide.
150 Greylag Goose (+), 250 Wigeon (circa), 500 Teal (circa), 100 Mallard (+), 3 Little Grebe, 5 Cattle Egret, 7 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male.), 1 Ringed Plover, 2500 Lapwing (circa), 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting [Mike Norman]

Kingsferry Bridge, 07:00 to 08:35, Overcast
47 Wigeon (+), 230 Teal (+), 3 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 6 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 50 Avocet (circa), 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Curlew, 64 Redshank (All birds seen from Ferry Marsh sea wall.) [Mike Norman]

Sunday 11 November 2018

Knole Park, 20:55 to 21:00
1 Tawny Owl (W end of Gallops), 1 Redwing (over) [James King]

Pembury, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Red Kite (Over A21) [Stephen Mills]

Seasalter, 15:00 to 16:00
800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in front of YC), 4 Marsh Harrier (roost), 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel [Mike Gould]

Shell Ness, 13:00 to 16:00, Sunny
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Short-eared Owl [Len Platt]

TQ9547, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Red Kite (low over M20 just SW of Westwell Leacon (cTR959471)) [Adam Whitehouse]

Cliffe Pools, 12:00 to 16:30, Variable cloud, sunshine with occasional shower. Cool/mild with fresh SSW wind. WeBS count for RSPB reserve.
162 Greylag Goose, 27 Shelduck, 93 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 719 Teal, 106 Mallard, 13 Pintail, 27 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye (ducks on FP), 45 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail hunting over pools around 13.00, before moving off over marshes), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult perched on gate near Black Barn), 366 Coot, 255 Avocet (FP), 190 Golden Plover (roosting on FP initially but later BBPs, then off to marsh), 165 Grey Plover (roosting on SP initially but moving to FP), 1282 Lapwing (roosting around pools), 1 Little Stint (FP), 3000 Dunlin (+ roosting on SP initially but moving to FP), 32 Black-tailed Godwit (FP), 254 Curlew (FP), 1 Barn Owl (hunting over marshes near Black Barn from 15.30), 1 Stonechat, 20 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting (near 1st viewpoint late pm, presumably to roost) [Murray Orchard]

Otterham Creek, 12:00 to 13:00, High tide (during WeBS count)
1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Attempted to catch a teal swimming in the creek), 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Spotted Redshank (Roosting with redshank at south end of creek), 1 Greenshank (As above) [Robert Knight]

Elmley NNR, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny with cloud and showers, fresh SW wind.
1 Cattle Egret (feeding around cattle in ditch below Kingshill Farm on north side. No sign of others.), 1 Raven (flew off S calling, from marsh below Kingshill Farm) [Murray Orchard]

Saturday 10 November 2018

Brook Farm (Reculver), 14:30 to 14:30, Sunny and clear
1 Turtle Dove (Sitting in tree above road, I have photo) [Stephen Grayson]

Cliffe Pools, 14:00 to 16:30, Bright and breezy
1 Merlin (to the east of Black Barn plus 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and a Marsh Harrier.), 23 Golden Plover (on Radar Lake, 500+ Lapwing on BB Pools.), 1 Short-eared Owl (over fields to the east of the first viewing mound at 4.15pm.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Or 2 heard.) [Keith Cutting]

Lower Halstow, 13:35 to 14:50, Dry & bright; southerly force 4 & a high of 12/13C. High tide covered most of the saltings.
45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 250 Shelduck (+), 24 Mallard, 29 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Little Egret [Derek Tutt]

Conyer, 13:15 to 13:15, mostly sunny; rising tide
13 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (five juveniles in this group, creekside field) [James Massey]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 13:00 to 16:30
38 Wigeon, 13 Snipe, 65 Fieldfare (circa), 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Siskin (Calling) [Jack Headley]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 12:50 to 13:20, Sun with heavy showers SW3
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Snipe, 1 Ring Ouzel (M ) [Richard Collins]

Seaton Gravel Pits, 12:50 to 13:20, Sun with heavy showers SW3
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Snipe, 1 Ring Ouzel (M ) [Richard Collins]

New Hythe, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Grey Wagtail [Glenn Honey]

Oldbury Hill, 11:00 to 13:00, warm
3 Crossbill (At least, flying over) [Danny Chesterman]

Seasalter, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Black Redstart [Mike Gould]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:30, mostly cloudy with a gentle SSW breeze. LT circa 08:00.
1 Egyptian Goose (flew E), 25 Little Egret (flew W first thing), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and juv), 1 Merlin (female flew E through EF circa 10:50), 2 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon), 1 Spotted Redshank (on EF), 1 Barn Owl (on Sheppey), 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Water Pipit (on EF), 1 Grey Wagtail (on EF), 50 Fieldfare (circa), 10 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Brambling (over), 4 Corn Bunting (flew W) [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 06:00 to 10:30, Rain showers
26 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 34 Gadwall, 480 Teal, 32 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 2000 Cormorant (plus), 1 Bittern, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel, 9 Coot, 110 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 34 Black-headed Gull, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Kingfisher, 16 Water Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 104 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Martyn Wilson]

Friday 09 November 2018

Minster (Sheppey) , 16:00 to 16:20
420 Jackdaw (Flying from Scrapsgate marshes) [Derek Faulkner]

Lamberhurst, 15:10 to 15:10, Sun and cloud
1 Little Egret (Seen from the village road bridge when it flew up from the Teise.) [David Lambert]

Conyer, 13:50 to 16:20, partly cloudy with sunshine and increasing S breeze; ebb tide
6 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (15:37 male hunting W of rifle range; moved off E), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 109 Avocet, 7 Ringed Plover, 200 Curlew (circa, departing tidal roost on Fowley), 1 Rock Pipit (creekside), 1 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Margate, 11:15 to 12:15, Cloudy 14c
22 Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 5 Herring Gull, 6 Rock Pipit [Stephen Greenstreet]

Lower Halstow, 10:30 to 12:45, Dry except for occasional drizzle; southerly wind force 4 and a high of 12C. Rising tide.
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 250 Shelduck (+), 200 Wigeon (+), 100 Teal (+), 5 Shoveler, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 50 Lapwing (+), 1 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew (+), 70 Redshank (+), 6 Greenshank, 1 Chiffchaff (heard) [Derek Tutt]

TR1762, 10:25 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Male flying over Kemberland Wood) [David Jessop]

Oare Marshes, 08:30 to 10:30, cool S/SE breeze;cloud 6/8
90 Avocet (circa;mouth of creek--add-ons to Murray`s obs), 4 Bearded Tit, 180 Carrion Crow (circa; Sth Swale side of mouth of creek and Horse Sands) [Mike Roser]

Swale NNR, 08:00 to 08:15
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) [Derek Faulkner]

Foreness, 07:00 to 09:45
1 Shoveler (West), 3 Velvet Scoter (West), 1 White-billed Diver (Drifting east offshore), 2 Shag, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart, 6 Stonechat [Barry Hunt]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:30, an increasingly cloudy morning with a brisk S wind. HT circa 13:30.
110 Cormorant (flying W along the Swale at 07:40 in one long straggling flock), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and juv), 1 Hen Harrier (male dropped into grass W of West Hide circa 08:30 before continuing W at 08:50), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 2 Peregrine Falcon (one on pylon and one on fence posts below Harty Church on Sheppey), 1 Little Stint (on EF), 12 Ruff (on EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Barn Owl (on Sheppey), 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Water Pipit (around EF), 1 Grey Wagtail (on EF), 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 30 Fieldfare (circa), 4 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Raven (noisy pair around pylons then flew N to Sheppey), 1 Lesser Redpoll (flew W), 2 Corn Bunting (over) [Murray Wright]

Thursday 08 November 2018

Cliffe, 15:45 to 17:15, Fine, high cloud, cool, mod S breeze. Short end of day drive along track to Coastguards.
180 Greylag Goose (grazing on Coastguards), 1 Marsh Harrier (f/imm on marsh), 1 Water Rail (heard calling near 2nd viewpoint), 1 Barn Owl (1-2 hunting over marshes and track near Black Barn from 16.00), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting over Redham Mead), 2 Stonechat (pair near 1st viewpoint), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard singing near 2nd viewpoint) [Murray Orchard]

TQ9652, 15:00 to 15:00
2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 3 Jay, 10 Magpie, 1 Raven [Stephen Wood]

Furnace Pond, 14:00 to 16:00, Cool,sunny,wind-speed 0.
2 Mandarin Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Moorhen (+, Many foraging in neighbouring orchard.), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch [John Boyd]

Motney Hill, 14:00 to 14:00, Fine and sunny with mod S breeze. WeBS boat count of Medway islands.
1500 Avocet (estimate of huge roost, many swimming on water as saltmarsh flooded) [Murray Orchard]

Oare Marshes, 13:30 to 15:30, ebb tide;cool SE breeze; sun; cloud 6/8
440 Shelduck (circa, Lily banks, Harty), 4 Marsh Harrier ( banks), 1 Sparrowhawk (Uplees copse), 2 Buzzard (over Mocketts), 1 Kestrel (Uplees copse), 1 Whimbrel (Uplees shoreline) [Mike Roser]

Stangate Creek, 12:30 to 13:30, Fine and sunny with mod S breeze. Records during WeBS boat count of Medway islands.
1 Rough-legged Buzzard (one flew low S along old Greenborough wall on west side of creek at 12.45, landing on small saltmarsh islet - still sitting there when we moved on at 13.00), 1000 Avocet (estimate of huge swimming raft of birds at south end of Greenborough Marshes) [Murray Orchard]

Deadman's Island, 12:15 to 12:15, Fine and sunny with mod S breeze. WeBS boat count of Medway islands.
1 Merlin (dashed in to hunt roosting waders along shoreline) [Murray Orchard]

Burntwick Island, 11:45 to 11:45, Fine and sunny with mod S breeze. Records during WeBS boat count of Medway islands.
1 Raven (flew low over island and perched on shooting hide) [Murray Orchard]

Conyer, 09:45 to 12:00, mostly sunny with strong S breeze; rising tide
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (plus 45 flying W along Swale), 400 Wigeon (circa), 7 Little Grebe (also many GC Grebes on Swale), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (turning tables on crow), 18 Lapwing, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, 1 Little Owl, 20 Skylark (+), 11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, 4 Fieldfare, 4 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [James Massey]

Pegwell Bay, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail hunting over saltings), 2 Tree Sparrow (bushes near bird hide) [Tony Swandale]

Penshurst, 09:00 to 10:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 40 Linnet [Martin Garwood]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 10:00
420 Cormorant (flying south to Stour Valley), 1 Great White Egret (flying south along River Wantsum), 2 Bearded Tit [Chris Hindle]

Foreness, 07:15 to 09:30
3 Grey Plover, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl (Off sea), 1 Swallow (South), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 2 Raven [Barry Hunt]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:45, sunny with a brisk S wind. HT circa 12:45.
3000 Wigeon (circa flew W from Mocketts on Sheppey 07:25-08:15), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard (together over Mocketts on Sheppey), 2 Peregrine Falcon (on pylons), 1 Little Stint (on EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit (on EF), 4 Stonechat, 17 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Raven (along pylons then flew S), 3 Lesser Redpoll (at Uplees copse), 5 Corn Bunting (at Uplees copse - one singing) [Murray Wright]

Wednesday 07 November 2018

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 11:00 to 12:30, Showery 14c
30 Greylag Goose, 50 Canada Goose, 2 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 150 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit [Stephen Greenstreet]

Oare Marshes, 06:30 to 11:30, rain until 09:00 then cloudy with a brisk S wind. HT circa 12:00.
350 Teal (circa on EF), 1 Pintail (female on EF), 123 Avocet (on EF), 19 Grey Plover (on EF), 800 Dunlin (circa on EF), 12 Ruff (on EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 2 Turnstone (on EF), 1 Little Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Water Pipit (on EF), 1 Grey Wagtail (on EF), 8 Fieldfare, 3 Corn Bunting (over) [Murray Wright]

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