Nycticorax nycticorax

Rare but regular vagrant

1839

Near Lydd, 24th May, now at Dover Museum.

1890

Milton decoy, shot, winter.

1947

Near Brookland, Romney Marsh, adult male, 11th May.

1951

Romney Marsh, 4th May.

1953

Sheerness, immature, 16th October to 11th November.

1955

Angley Lake, Cranbrook, immature, 6th August to 6th September.

1958

Mersham, nr. Ashford, immature, dead, 10th February.

1968

Murston, adult, 17th April.

 

Stodmarsh, adult, 18th-19th June.

1969

Stodmarsh, 23rd-30th July.

 

Stodmarsh, 19th August.

 

Stodmarsh, 23rd-24th September.

1970

Yalding, immature, 2nd May.

1971

Faversham, adult, 2nd April, died 14th, now in Harrison Museum, Sevenoaks.

1973

Cottington Court, 27th June.

1974

Walland Marsh, immature, 2nd October.

1978

Richborough, adult, 4th June.

 

Sevenoaks, second-year, 17th July.

1982

Sandwich Bay, juvenile, 23rd October.

1983

St. Margaret's Bay, adult, 29th May.

1984

Ashford, adult, 29th May.

1985

Stodmarsh, adult, 16th May; presumed same Westbere 18th.

1987

Sevenoaks, adult, 1st-4th May.

 

Lydd, first-summer, 16th May.

 

Bough Beech Reservoir, first-summer, 24th May.

 

Foreness, first-summer, 29th May.

 

Stodmarsh, first-summer, 18th August.

1989

Sevenoaks, adult or second-summer, 28th August and 3rd September.

1990

Dymchurch, adult, 25th March.

 

Dungeness, adult, 16th April.

 

Dungeness, two adults, 29th April, same Lade, also 29th.

1993

Dungeness, second-summer, 26th May.

 

Ham Fen, second-summer, 28th May.

1994

Dungeness, first-summer, 5th June.

1996

Dungeness, two adults, 28th April to 9th August.

1997

Dungeness, sub-adult, 15th-17th June.

 

Cranbrook, adult, 12th July to 23rd August.

1998

Sevenoaks, juvenile, 7th-16th November.

1999

Dungeness, two adults, one second-summer, 10th-11th April.

 

Dungeness, first-summer, 30th April.

 

Appledore, adult, 16th-24th May.

2004

Bockhill, sub-adult flew south-west, 20th December.

2005

Boughton Park, first summer, 28th May.

2006

Dungeness, single bird on Long Pits, later flew to Oppen Pits, 28th April.

2008

Military Canal, West Hythe, adult, 22nd November to year end.

2009

Military Canal, West Hythe, adult, from November 2008, remained until 24th January, when it flew south.

2011

Wickhambreaux, juvenile, 3rd July.

 

Stodmarsh, two juveniles, 11th July.

2012

New Romney, single bird,18thMay.

2014

Bough Beech, first summer bird, 30th May until 13th July.

2015

Nickolls Quarry, West Hythe, juvenile, 14th-23rd January.

2016

Dungeness RSPB, single bird, 8th-10th June.

2019 Conningbrook CP, Ashford, adult bird, 28th April remained into May, and was joined by a sub-adult on 13th May. Both birds remained until at least 23rd May, with the sub-adult last seen on 29th June.
  Sandwich Bay, single bird sound recorded at night, 31st March.
  Marshside, Chislet Marshes, 22nd June.
2020 Royal Military Canal, Seabrook, single adult, 3rd-4th June.
  New Hythe Lakes, single adult, 21st July until 3rd August.
2021 New Hythe, adult bird, 12th June, and presumably the same bird reported again from 31st July until 2nd August.
2022 Oare Marshes, first-summer bird, present from 6th July until 19th August.
  Lade Pits, juvenile bird, 21st-23rd September.
2023 Dungeness RSPB, adult, 25th-27th April.
  Worth Marshes, adult, 25th April.
  Worth Marshes, two adults, 28th and 30th April.
  Stonar, single bird recorded calling, 6th May.

No Longer Accepted

1883

Plumsted Marshes, immature male, shot, 3rd December. NB: not in modern Kent.

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