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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 21 September 2018

Dartford Marshes, 13:00 to 13:15
1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear [Phillip Royston]

Swale NNR, 08:20 to 08:25
2 Cetti's Warbler [Derek Faulkner]

Thursday 20 September 2018

Conyer, 18:25 to 18:25, partly cloudy and windy from SSW; tide out
1 Kingfisher (marina), 8 Pied Wagtail (marina) [James Massey]

Kearsney, 11:30 to 11:30, Overcast strong SW
1 Raven [Barry Woolhouse]

Oare Marshes, 06:00 to 10:30, mostly cloudy with a strong SW wind. HT circa 09:45.
3 Marsh Harrier (male and two juvs W through the reserve), 1 Peregrine Falcon (juv causing havoc over EF along with the National Grid helicopter!), 2 Knot (on EF), 2 Little Stint (juvs on EF), 3 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs on EF), 5 Spotted Redshank (four winter ads and one juv on EF), 1 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (from WH), 7 Sandwich Tern (along the Swale), 10 Common Tern (along the Swale), 1 Little Owl, 3 Chiffchaff [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 05:45 to 10:15
5 Mute Swan, 88 Greylag Goose, 5 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 269 Teal, 69 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Water Rail, 1 Moorhen, 12 Coot, 190 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 32 Black-headed Gull, 18 Stock Dove, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 43 Swallow, 6 Chaffinch [Martyn Wilson]

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Conyer, 17:10 to 17:10, mostly sunny; strong SW breeze with gusts
1 Kingfisher (marina) [James Massey]

Reculver Marshes, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Sand Martin (flying W in one hour), 264 Swallow (flying W in one hour), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 17 Chiffchaff [Chris Hindle]

Oare Marshes, 05:45 to 10:30, sunny spells and a strengthening SSW wind. HT circa 08:15.
1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon), 6 Water Rail (+, four adults and two imms. in NE corner of EF), 53 Avocet (on EF), 50 Ringed Plover (circa on EF), 2 Knot (on EF), 1 Little Stint (juv on EF), 5 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs on EF), 300 Dunlin (circa on EF), 18 Ruff (on EF), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (on mud), 1 Whimbrel (on mud), 1 Spotted Redshank (ad winter on EF), 2 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (Dan's Dock), 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st winter on slipway), 9 Sandwich Tern (roosting on mud W of slipway), 20 Common Tern (circa fishing and roosting on mud W of slipway), 1 Arctic Tern (roosting amongst Common Terns), 5 Little Tern (fishing and roosting on mud just W of slipway), 1 Little Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Whinchat (still at DD), 1 Wheatear (at DD), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 5 Chiffchaff (+, incl. one singing in car park) [Murray Wright]

Grove Ferry, 05:40 to 10:30
5 Mute Swan, 39 Greylag Goose, 1 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 220 Teal, 16 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 3 Moorhen, 14 Coot, 188 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 27 Sand Martin, 120 Swallow, 1 Whinchat, 2 Chiffchaff [Martyn Wilson]

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Conyer, 17:00 to 19:00, rising tide; partly cloudy; strong SW breeze lessening somewhat
3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 7 Grey Plover, 59 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 250 Redshank (circa), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 42 Common Tern (creek mouth), 4 Skylark, 20 Swallow, 1 Wheatear (autumn male), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Jay, 20 Linnet [James Massey]

Reculver Marshes, 07:45 to 09:15
19 Knot (in one flock flying W), 1 Greenshank, 17 Little Tern (in one flock flying W), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martin (flying W), 28 Swallow (flying W), 600 House Martin (flying W in one hour), 1 Stonechat, 17 Chiffchaff [Chris Hindle]

Grove Ferry, 05:40 to 08:00
25 Greylag Goose, 283 Teal, 34 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 9 Coot, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher [Martyn Wilson]

Monday 17 September 2018

Cliffe, 16:00 to 18:30, Warm and sunny with a brisk So'westerly out on the marshes.
5 Marsh Harrier, 9 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (2nd Mound), 2 Snipe (Black Barn Pool 1), 478 Black-tailed Godwit (Mostly Flamingo Pool), 1 Spotted Redshank (Radar Pool), 2 Green Sandpiper (Ditch near Boatwick House), 78 Common Gull (West Street Fields), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [Ray O'Reilly]

Conyer, 13:15 to 15:15, S breeze; tide out; warm and sunny; thanks for the text JS, alas no sign of the Osprey
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper [James Massey]

Oare Marshes, 13:15 to 13:30
1 Osprey (Seen from Dan's dock flying west up the Swale towards Conyer.) [John Shilling]

Walderslade, 12:50 to 12:55, Good visibility, moderate breeze7
2 Buzzard (Drifted south over Marston Close) [Dave Hale]

Walderslade, 12:50 to 12:55, Good visibility, moderate breeze7
2 Buzzard (Drifted south over Marston Close) [Dave Hale]

TR3555, 10:00 to 12:00, Fine, sunny
10 Tufted Duck (On South Stream by pump stn), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard (Over Great Wood), 3 Kestrel (possibly more), 1 Hobby, 1 Grey Wagtail (By pumping station), 50 Goldfinch (flock feeding on rough meadow near South Stream) [Nick Smith]

Burham, 09:40 to 10:45, Dry, warm and sunny. receding tide. Very quiet
1 Mute Swan, 18 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Coot, 1 Lapwing, 4 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Wood Pigeon (40+), 7 Collared Dove, 1 Wren, 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 7 Blue Tit, 2 Jay, 6 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 30 Carrion Crow, 140 Starling (+ Two flocks. Largest c100 with birds being chased by a sparrowhawk), 2 House Sparrow [Bill Stoneham]

TR2856, 07:15 to 17:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Hobby (Over high,east), 30 Swallow (+, Roosting on barn roof), 2 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Goldfinch [Bill Mclay]

Shuart Farm, 06:00 to 10:30
22 Lapwing, 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Chris Hindle]

Sunday 16 September 2018

Bough Beech Reservoir, 17:45 to 18:55
1 Black-tailed Godwit (N Lake), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper [Jack Headley]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 15:50 to 17:00
1 White Stork (Still in Sheep field ,tho distant, past Willow Hide. Now thought to have multiple blue/yellow rings on it's left tibia & a single metal ring on it's right tarsus. Which would make it a Swedish bird), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Juv from Willow Hide before flying towards East Lake) [Jack Headley]

Conyer, 13:30 to 17:00, sunny, warm and breezy from SSW; rising tide
231 Wigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (heard), 49 Ringed Plover, 265 Grey Plover, 25 Knot, 292 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 31 Turnstone, 20 Herring Gull (W end of Fowley Island tidal roost), 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaff [James Massey]

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 11:00 to 18:00, Windy, warm
1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Garganey (ARC), 2 Cattle Egret (5.30pm With the cattle near the entrance), 6 Great White Egret, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap [Keith Witham]

East Peckham, 08:15 to 09:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Golden Plover (1 Flying over calling), 1 Grey Wagtail [Andy Lees]

Furnace Pond, 08:00 to 09:00
9 Mandarin Duck, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 30 Swallow (south east), 300 House Martin (+, Steady stream south east), 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff (+) [Stephen Mills]

Oare Marshes, 08:00 to 08:00, Windy, cool, overcast turning bright.
8 Mute Swan (3 adult 5 cygnets), 6 Wigeon (+), 20 Teal (+), 30 Mallard (+), 30 Shoveler (+), 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Marsh Harrier (3 over Sheppey), 1 Kestrel (On telegraph pole by paddock), 1 Water Rail, 5 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 4 Ringed Plover (West of Slipway), 41 Golden Plover (+), 120 Lapwing (+), 3 Little Stint, 10 Dunlin (+), 20 Ruff (+), 7 Snipe, 300 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 30 Redshank (+), 15 Turnstone (+, Slipway), 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Little Owl, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard 1 by carpark 1 by paddock), 1 Blue Tit, 50 Starling (+), 1 Reed Bunting [John Bunting]

Horsmonden, 07:30 to 07:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile female chasing through pigeons) [Stephen Mills]

Grove Ferry, 05:30 to 08:45
220 Greylag Goose, 11 Canada Goose, 5 Gadwall, 164 Teal, 11 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 11 Coot, 10 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-headed Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

Saturday 15 September 2018

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 16:00 to 16:00
1 White Stork (Sheepfields. Left tibia has a metal ring. Spanish scheme?) [Mathew Bournat]

Oare Marshes, 15:00 to 17:00, sunny
2 Little Stint, 7 Whinchat (1 near west hide and 6 near Dans Dock), 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear [Danny Chesterman]

Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, 12:00 to 15:20, No sign of White Stork while I was there
15 Teal (Circa), 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Hobby (Flew over Tyler Hide), 7 Lapwing, 7 Chiffchaff (Circa) [Jack Headley]

Conyer, 10:30 to 12:00, sunny
1 Redstart (near wharf in north west corner) [Danny Chesterman]

TR2856, 10:00 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Male.Inept efforts to catch sparrows.), 2 Swallow (Local breeders), 32 House Martin (Over south), 5 Chiffchaff (+), 5 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Coal Tit [Bill Mclay]

Conyer, 09:20 to 11:45, mostly sunny and warm; tide out
2 Little Grebe, 32 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male), 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 5 Ringed Plover (flew E), 3 Greenshank, 5 Skylark (all flushed), 1 Meadow Pipit, 11 Pied Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (first for a while) [James Massey]

TR1261, 08:30 to 10:00, sunny
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 5 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Jay, 6 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch [Kieron McDonnell]

Furnace Pond, 08:00 to 09:30
6 Greylag Goose (two with Canads and four over east), 49 Canada Goose, 8 Mandarin Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 30 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch [Stephen Mills]

Wouldham, 08:00 to 12:00
1 Whooper Swan, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Raven, 1 Yellowhammer [Ian Shepherd]

Oare Marshes, 06:00 to 12:30, sunny and warm after a misty start with a light SW breeze. LT circa 11:00.
3 Marsh Harrier (juvs around reserve), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Osprey (flew N over Luddenham towards the Swale and then W along the Swale towards Conyer circa 09:10 - thanks to Julian Russell for the heads up), 4 Water Rail (+, incl. an adult and imm. in same area as the crake), 1 Spotted Crake (found circa 10:00 in NE corner of EF viewed from sea wall along Faversham creek circa 200 metres S of Sea Wall Hide looking towards carpark, though generally elusive - the first since the very showy bird behind the East Hide in Sept-Oct 2013.), 2 Little Stint (juvs on EF), 14 Ruff (on EF), 16 Snipe (on EF), 4 Greenshank (on EF), 1 Green Sandpiper (on W side dyke), 12 Turnstone (on slipway), 4 Common Tern (along the Swale), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Whinchat (two at Dan's Dock and one on way to West Hide), 5 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Raven (noisy pair 'pylon-hopping' their way W) [Murray Wright]

Reculver Marshes, 06:00 to 11:00
10 Wigeon, 2 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 70 House Martin, 30 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest [Chris Hindle]

Grove Ferry, 05:30 to 09:30
69 Greylag Goose, 1 Gadwall, 115 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 100 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Black-headed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 3 Whinchat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch [Martyn Wilson]

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