The Kent List

The Kent List is composed of all of those species that have been reported in Kent, and accepted by both the Kent Ornithological Society Records Panel (KOSRP) and the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC), and are included on the official British List kept by the British Ornithological Union Records Committee (BOURC).

The British List follows that published by the British Ornithologists Union, following the sequence recommended by the International Ornithological Congress (IOC, Ver. 13.2, 2023). The naming standard similarly follows the British (English) vernacular names as listed in the BOU British List.

Following a review of Daurian & Turkestan Shrike records by the BBRC, none of the Kent birds can be assigned to a definite species and must now be classified as Daurian/Turkestan Shrike. Thus, Daurian Shrike, Lanius isabellinus, and Turkestan Shrike, Lanius phoenicuroides, are both removed from the Kent List.


Recently re-assessed by British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) –

Barolo Shearwater, Puffinus baroli.

Following a review of all British records of ‘Little Shearwaters’ the BBRC has accepted the record of a bird seen at Dungeness in December 1987.


Recently accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) –

Yellow-browed Bunting, Emberiza chrysophrys.

A bird was trapped and ringed, before being released, at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory on 10th October 2022. A first for Kent.

Tibetan Sand Plover, Anarhynchus atrifrons/pamirensis/schaeferi

A second-year male was found at Cliffe Pools on the 1st September 2022, and was photographed and videoed. A first for Kent.

Short-toed Eagle, Circaetus gallicus.

A second-year bird flew south-east over South Foreland on 11th September 2022. A first for Kent.

Solitary Sandpiper,  Tringa solitaria

A juvenile was first seen and photographed at Stodmarsh NNR on 15th October 2023. A first for Kent.


The following species currently await submission, or are in circulation, with the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) –

Pied Crow, Corvus albus.

A bird, first seen coming in off the sea at Joss Bay on 6th May 2019, wandered the north Kent coast as far west as Swalecliffe until 21st. A potential first for the UK and Kent.

American Cliff Swallow,  Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

A bird was found hawking over cabbage fields at Joss Bay, on the afternoon of 19th September 2023, and was still present the following day. A potential first for Kent.

Masked Booby, Sula dactylatra.

A bird was seen flying past North Foreland, on the 21st October 2022, and identified from photographs at a later date. A potential first for both Britain and Kent.


Splits and Lumps

Western Subalpine Warbler, Curruca iberiae, has been split from Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Curruca cantillans, and the BBRC are currently reviewing all previous records of Subalpine Warbler. To that end Western Subalpine Warbler, Curruca iberiae, has been currently removed from the Kent List.

Steppe Grey Shrike, Lanius pallidirostris, has been re-lumped with Great Grey Shrike, Lanius excubitor, and becomes L. e. pallidirostris, and is thus removed from the Kent List.

Lesser Sand Plover, Anarhynchus mongolus, has been split into the following species groups Siberian Sand Plover, Anarhynchus mongolus mongolus/stegmanni, and Tibetan Sand Plover, Anarhynchus albifrons/pamirensis/schaeferi.


The Kent List currently stands at 433 species.



Records from KOSRP,  27th March 2024

Records from BBRC WIP,  11th March 2024

Records from BBRC Report on Rare Birds in Great Britain in 2022, British Birds October 2023

Records from Kent Bird Report 2021 (Oct 2023)


Keith Privett.

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March 2024


The Species

Brent Goose Branta bernicla View records
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis View records
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens View records
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabilis View records
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris
White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons View records
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus View records
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
Garganey Anas querquedula
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors View records
Shoveler Anas clypeata
Gadwall Anas strepera
Wigeon Anas penelope
American Wigeon Anas americana View records
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
American Black Duck Anas rubripes View records
Pintail Anas acuta
Teal Anas crecca
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis View records
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina
Canvasback Aythya valisineria View records
Pochard Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nycora View records
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris View records
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis View records
King Eider Somateria spectabilis View records
Eider Somateria mollissima
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata View records
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Smew Mergellus albellus
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus View records
Goosander Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Quail Coturnix coturnix
Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor View records
Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
White-throated Needle-tail Hirundapus caudacutus View records
Alpine Swift Apus melba View records
Swift Apus apus
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus View records
Great Bustard Otis tarda View records
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax View records
Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius View records
Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Pallas's Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus View records
Feral Pigeon Columba livia
Stock Dove Columba oenas
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis View records
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Corncrake Crex crex View records
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana View records
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Fulica atra
American Coot Fulica americana View records
Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla View records
Little Crake Porzana parva View records
Crane Grus grus
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps View records
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus View records
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus View records
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius View records
White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus View records
Golden Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva View records
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica View records
Grey Plover Pluvialis apricaria
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Anarhynchus alexandrinus View records
Greater Sand Plover Anarhynchus leschenaultii
Tibetan Sand Plover Anarhynchus atrifrons/pamirensis/schaefe
Dotterel Eudromias morinellus
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Numenius arquata
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Knot Calidris canutus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus View records
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata View records
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus View records
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Sanderling Calidris alba
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii View records
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla View records
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis View records
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis View records
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Semi-palmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla View records
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodropus scolopaceus View records
Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Great Snipe Gallinago media View records
Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus View records
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor View records
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus View records
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius View records
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria View records
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes View records
Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis View records
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca View records
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor View records
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola View records
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum View records
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni View records
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea View records
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini
Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei View records
Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia View records
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea View records
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla View records
Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii View records
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
Common Gull Larus canus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis View records
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides View records
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans View records
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica View records
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia View records
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis View records
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
Little Tern Sternula albifrons
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus View records
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus View records
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri View records
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida View records
White-winged Black Tern Childonias leucopterus View records
Black Tern Chlidonias niger View records
Great Skua Stercorarius skua
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus
Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus
Little Auk Alle alle
Guillemot Uria aalge
Razorbill Alca torda
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle View records
Puffin Fratercula arctica
Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata View records
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica
Great Northern Diver Gavia immer
White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii View records
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris View records
Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus View records
Leach's Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea View records
Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis View records
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
Barolo Shearwater Puffinus baroli View records
Black Stork Ciconia nigra View records
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Gannet Morus bassanus
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster View records
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus View records
Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Bittern Botaurus stellaris
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus View records
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax View records
Green Heron Butorides virescens View records
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides View records
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus View records
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis View records
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea View records
Great White Egret Ardea alba View records
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus View records
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Goshawk Accipiter gentilis View records
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus View records
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
Red Kite Milvus milvus
Black Kite Milvus migrans View records
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla View records
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus View records
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Scops Owl Otus scops View records
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus View records
Tawny Owl Strix aluco
Little Owl Athene noctua
Tengmalm's Owl Aegolius funereus View records
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Roller Coracias garrulus View records
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus View records
Bee-eater Merops apiaster View records
Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni View records
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Merlin Falco columbarius
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus View records
Hobby Falco subbuteo
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus View records
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae View records
Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens View records
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor View records
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius pallidirostris View records
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator View records
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus View records
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus View records
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Pica pica
Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes View records
Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax View records
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix View records
Raven Corvus corax View records
Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Coal Tit Periparus ater
Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
Willow Tit Poecile montana
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Great Tit Parus major
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus View records
Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Skylark Alauda arvensis
Crested Lark Galerida cristata View records
Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla View records
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra View records
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Swallow Hirundo rustica
Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris View records
House Martin Delichon urbicum
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropsis daurica View records
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Western Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli View records
Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei View records
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus
Radde's Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi View records
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus View records
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus View records
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides View records
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis View records
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus View records
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola View records
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola View records
Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum View records
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
Booted Warbler Iduna caligata View records
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida View records
Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta View records
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina View records
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides View records
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia
Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis View records
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria View records
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca View records
Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana View records
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala View records
Eastern Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans View records
Western Subalpine Warbler Curruca iberiae
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatch Sitta europaea
Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla View records
Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus View records
Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus View records
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Blackbird Turdus merula
Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus View records
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis View records
Dusky Thrush Turdus eunomus View records
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes View records
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica View records
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia View records
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus View records
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva View records
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis View records
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros View records
Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis View records
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus View records
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina View records
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti View records
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica View records
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka View records
Dipper Cinclus cinclus View records
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris View records
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava View records
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola View records
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis View records
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Alba Wagtail Motacilla alba
Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi View records
Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii View records
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris View records
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni View records
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus View records
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator View records
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus View records
Common Rosefinch Erythrina erythrina View records
Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Twite Linaria flavirostris View records
Linnet Linaria cannabina
Common (Mealy) Redpoll Acanthis flammea
Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret
Arctic Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni View records
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus View records
Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera View records
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Serin Serinus serinus
Siskin Spinus spinus
Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos View records
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia View records
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana View records
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus View records
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla View records
Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys View records
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica View records
Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola View records
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala View records
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis View records
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis View records
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera View records
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas View records
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata View records

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