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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 10 July 2020

Edenbridge, 20:00 to 21:35
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 25 Swift (around the breeding colony on the church), 15 House Martin (over the church area) [Martin Garwood]

Conyer, 17:45 to 19:15, partly cloudy; ebb tide
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper (creek), 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Canterbury, 16:55 to 17:10
30 Herring Gull (Westgate Gardens), 1 Grey Wagtail (Downstream of the Westgate) [Tim Flisher]

Motney Hill, 11:15 to 12:00, Low tide
2 Spotted Redshank (in runnel middle of Otterham Creek at midday together with 2 Avocet and a few Redshank and Oystercatchers.), 2 Turtle Dove (on wires together 50 yards south of the Water Treatment Works. Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Blackcap singing nearby.) [Keith Cutting]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 10:00 to 11:30
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Ad.), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 4 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Sand Martin, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler [James King]

Chartham, 09:55 to 09:55
1 Grey Wagtail (At Chartham Corn Mill) [Tim Flisher]

Chartham, 09:55 to 09:55
1 Grey Wagtail (At Chartham Corn Mill) [Tim Flisher]

Burham, 09:30 to 10:45, Heavy cloud cover but dry with occasional sunny spells. Low tide
49 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose, 9 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing, 25 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon (+), 5 Collared Dove, 1 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Reed Warbler, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 45 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 23 Starling, 13 House Sparrow, 13 Goldfinch [Bill Stoneham]

Leybourne/New Hythe, 08:00 to 08:05
4 Jay (4 juvenile Jays (I am fairly sure they are all juveniles) all managed to hang onto my garden nut feeder for a very short time!) [Bryan Benn]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 10:30, rain clearing, then increasingly sunny and warm with a brisk NW breeze. HT circa 04:30.
2 Buzzard (+), 1 Knot (on EF), 6 Dunlin (on EF), 10 Whimbrel (incl. a group of seven high SW), 1 Spotted Redshank (on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (no sign first thing, but ad. on mud E of slipway again from circa 08:50), 1 Sandwich Tern (along Swale), 2 Turtle Dove, 100 Swift (+ feeding over area), 6 Sand Martin (flew W), 3 Swallow (flew W), 4 Yellow Wagtail [Murray Wright]

Thursday 09 July 2020

Dartford Marshes, 20:00 to 20:30
1 Barn Owl, 30 Swift (+) [Phillip Royston]

Dartford Marshes, 20:00 to 20:30
1 Barn Owl, 30 Swift (+) [Phillip Royston]

TR1261, 16:00 to 17:00, overcast
2 Kestrel, 8 Swift (heading south), 2 Green Woodpecker (1 juvenile), 12 Swallow (inc several juvenile), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (female), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer (male) [Kieron McDonnell]

TR2856, 14:00 to 14:30
1 Green Woodpecker (Juv), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Female+independent Juv), 2 Willow Warbler [Bill Mclay]

Oare Marshes, 13:30 to 15:00
1 Hobby, 3 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Bonaparte's Gull (Roosting on East Flood) [Jim Bloor]

Aycliff, 10:20 to 11:20
8 Common Scoter (feeding offshore), 17 Gannet, 3 Mediterranean Gull (west) [Mark Kennett]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Barn Owl (North lake) [Richard H Bailey]

Wednesday 08 July 2020

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 10:00 to 12:00, Drizzle. All sightings east lake. Hides and VC still closed. CP open.
3 Mandarin Duck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover (1 juv), 2 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail [Mathew Bournat]

Motney Hill, 08:00 to 08:00, Overcast after rain. Tide rising.
1 Avocet (Otterham), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (1 Otterham,4 Rainham Creek), 2 Spotted Redshank (Otterham creek. Summer plumage), 24 Redshank (Otterham creek), 2 Turtle Dove (On wires), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard ), 1 Sedge Warbler (Juv), 1 Reed Warbler (Heard), 1 Blackcap [David Hale]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 10:30, early rain gradually clearing, then cloudy and humid with a light SW breeze. LT circa 09:15.
1 Red-legged Partridge (ad. in road by cottages), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ringed Plover (ad. on EF), 1 Knot (winter plumage ad. on EF), 1 Dunlin (summer plumage ad. on EF), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper (over), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad.), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (no sign first thing as y'day, then flew in from E at 09:00 and settled on mud E of slipway again), 1 Common Gull (ad. over), 1 Turtle Dove (male 'purring' still), 50 Swift (+ feeding over EF), 3 Sand Martin (over EF), 11 Swallow (flew W) [Murray Wright]

Tuesday 07 July 2020

TR2653, 21:10 to 21:30, partly cloudy and warm
2 Kestrel, 9 Hobby (For the second evening in a row there has been 9 Hobbies and a few kestrels hunting June bugs for about an hour on our lowest pasture ), 1 Little Owl [Dan Mcguire]

Cliffe Pools, 14:30 to 19:20, Overcast, mild with mod/fresh SW wind.WeBS count for RSPB reserve.
14 Greylag Goose, 12 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 249 Shelduck (pair with 4 young on RP), 4 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 53 Pochard, 101 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 76 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 70 Coot, 12 Oystercatcher, 440 Avocet (roosting on BB4), 2 Little Ringed Plover (adult and juv on BB3), 8 Ringed Plover (including 2 fledged juvs), 38 Lapwing, 18 Dunlin (on BB3), 2 Ruff (on BB4), 600 Black-tailed Godwit (estimate of roosting birds on BB2 by F Cackett ), 92 Curlew (roosting on SP), 1 Spotted Redshank (one seen on BB2 by F Cackett ), 69 Redshank, 1 Greenshank (adult on FP), 5 Green Sandpiper (on BB2), 128 Mediterranean Gull (adults, also 50+ young including fledged juveniles flying across the pools), 1250 Black-headed Gull (birds rapidly dispersing, late chicks food for the Meds!), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (three adult “pairs” hanging around the gulleries ), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile ), 14 Common Tern (6+ AON), 160 Starling (flock on FP) [Murray Orchard]

Knole Park, 14:00 to 15:00
30 Swift (SW), 20 House Martin [James King]

Bough Beech Reservoir, 11:10 to 13:25, Cloud, sunny spells, slight breeze 18C
3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 26 Swallow, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Linnet [Bexley Birdbrains]

Egypt Bay, 11:00 to 14:00, Moderate SW
9 Greylag Goose, 115 Shelduck (Upriver into managed retreat, plus pair with 7 ducklings), 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 70 Oystercatcher (Managed retreat), 4 Avocet, 3 Dunlin, 10 Curlew (Upriver), 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern (At least one pair carrying food), 4 Stock Dove, 5 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit (As female with 3 juv), 1 Corn Bunting [Russell Brockett]

Conyer, 10:00 to 12:30, Sunny, mild, some cloud - becoming overcast with freshening SW breeze. Records for the brickworks and Swale/Fowley Island
2 Great Crested Grebe (on Swale), 2 Kestrel (fresh juveniles perched on fence near brickworks), 8 Avocet (on Swale), 26 Lapwing (in Conyer Creek), 54 Black-tailed Godwit (on Swale), 38 Mediterranean Gull (adults on Fowley Island with at least 12 broods totalling 15 young/juvs ), 1 Little Gull (1CY feeding with other Gulls and Terns on Swale, around outfall? W of Conyer Creek), 580 Black-headed Gull (adults on Fowley Island with several young/juvs), 1 Sandwich Tern (heard calling on Swale), 12 Common Tern (on Fowley Island, about 6 AON), 1 Turtle Dove (purring male showing well in NE corner of brickworks bushes), 2 Green Woodpecker (brickworks ), 1 Nightingale (one briefly showed well in brickworks, on ground beneath bush with tail cocked high! ), 4 Linnet (2+ pairs) [Murray Orchard]

Chartham, 09:35 to 11:00
4 Turtle Dove (Purring, riverside Horton-Milton), 1 Grey Wagtail (Below paper mill) [Tim Flisher]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Richard H Bailey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 08:00
5 Stonechat (2 adults and a second brood of 3 fledged young by the Oyster Farm) [Chris Hindle]

Monday 06 July 2020

Knole Park, 17:30 to 19:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 8 Spotted Flycatcher (2 juv), 2 Yellowhammer [James King]

Oare Marshes, 12:45 to 15:00, Warm, breezy with sunny spells. Webs count
1 Gadwall (Adult with 9 well grown ducklings), 1 Tufted Duck (Adult with c10 small ducklings), 1 Hobby (Fast through east to west), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Juvenile in south-east corner), 1 Spotted Redshank (Actively feeding on east flood), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (Roosting on east flood) [Kevin Duvall]

TR2856, 11:10 to 11:10
3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler (Adult .) [Bill Mclay]

Conyer, 10:30 to 14:00, sunshine and cloud with stiff W breeze; rising tide; WeBS Conyer to Luddenham Gut; 3 comma
1 Mute Swan, 41 Canada Goose, 58 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel (fledged juvs together on fence line), 1 Water Rail (squealing), 3 Coot, 17 Oystercatcher, 8 Avocet, 22 Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel, 55 Curlew, 102 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (creek), 65 Mediterranean Gull, 456 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin (flew W), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 7 Corn Bunting [James Massey]

Aycliff, 09:30 to 11:30
3 Grey Wagtail (west), 1 Crossbill (west) [Mark Kennett]

Oare Marshes, 09:00 to 18:00, Started cloudy with cool W'ly easing & warming PM with increasing sunshine. HT 14.15
1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail (EF), 52 Avocet (EF), 2 Little Ringed Plover (EF adult & juvenile), 3 Knot (EF), 990 Black-tailed Godwit (EF), 1 Whimbrel (Over EF), 1 Spotted Redshank (EF), 80 Redshank (EF), 1 Greenshank (EF), 1 Mediterranean Gull (EF), 1 Little Gull (EF 9.45 to 12.20), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (EF 11.00 to 16.30), 170 Black-headed Gull (EF), 1 Common Gull (EF), 6 Sand Martin (Flying W over EF) [Damon Smith]

Kingsdown, 08:50 to 12:30, Sunny Intervals, brisk NW, all birds seen over or on golf club
70 Swift (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 4 Blackcap, 19 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer [Barry Woolhouse]

Conningbrook GP, 08:00 to 08:00
3 Tufted Duck (1 duckling), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Goldfinch [Richard H Bailey]

Kennington, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting [Richard H Bailey]

Sunday 05 July 2020

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 12:00 to 13:30, Windy
1 Marsh Harrier (Male as above) [Christopher Gillard]

Faversham, 07:45 to 07:45, overcast, brisk WSW wind
1 Hobby (Flying West alongside M2) [Graeme Backhurst]

Oare Marshes, 05:00 to 12:00, a cloudy start with a little light drizzle, but becoming increasingly sunny and warm; a strong SW breeze throughout. HT circa 13:15.
1 Hobby (over), 1 Little Ringed Plover (ad. on EF), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank (ad. in Faversham creek then flew to EF to roost), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad. showing well mostly on mud E of slipway then flew onto EF circa 11:35 to roost.), 1 Turtle Dove (male on weathervane again), 4 Yellow Wagtail (+) [Murray Wright]

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