This section of the website is maintained by Susanna Clerici (Sevenoaks Area Warden). She would be pleased to receive any photographs from the reserve for publication on the website. You can e-mail Susanna at the following link:

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve August 2017 Highlights

11-8-17 (highlights from Monthly transect)

**Little egret** x 1 (From Willow Hide), **kingfisher** x 3 (1 on West Lake, 1 on the river close to the North Lake, 1 carrying food in front of Slingsby Hide), **chiffchaff** x 10,** nuthatch** x 2, **bullfinch** x 1.

9-8-17

**Common sandpiper** x 1, **sand martin** x 10.

5-8-17

**Ringed plover** x 1, **little ringed plover** x 1, **kingfisher** x 2.

30-7-17

**Buzzard** x 4, **swift** x 30, **redshank** x 1, **little egret** x 1, **reed warbler** x 6, **reed bunting** x 1.

29-7-17

**Little egret** x 2 (displaying), **kingfisher** x 1, **swallow** x 8, **goldfinch** x 8, **wigeon** x 1, **chiffchaff** x 4.

28-7-17

**Common sandpiper** x 2, **swallow** x 2.

26-7-17

**Kingfisher** x 1, **swift** x 3, **house martin** x 50, **sand martin** x 15, **bullfinch** x 3.

*Susanna Clerici*

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve July 2017 Highlights

**19-7-17**

Turtle dove heard purring in picnic area at 17:20. also little egret x 3, Curley x 1 (East Lake), mistle thrush x 2, kingfisher x 3, Mandarin duck x 1 female, swift x 15+, pochard x 4.

**15-7-17**

Red kite (flying over from North), hobby x 1.

**12-7-17**

Kingfisher x 1 (Carter Hide), little-ringed plover x 2, grey wagtail x 1 juvenile, house martin x 20, sand martin x 15, swallow x 6, Mandarin x 1 female, great-crested grebe x 2 pairs on nests, one nest with 3 eggs, common buzzard.

**9-9-17**

Black-tailed godwit x 5 in summer plumage (7:20-7:25 on East Lake), common sandpiper x 4, little egret x 2,

swift x 6, reed bunting x 1 pair, reed warbler x 10 including a family feeding, common buzzard x 1,

little ringed plover x 2.

**7-7-17 Includes figures from Monthly transect.**

Little egret x 1, common tern x 3, kingfisher x 8, sand martin x 11, swallow x 1, grey wagtail x 2, nuthatch x 2 (car park), treecreeper x 8, starling x 8 (flock in sheep field but also flying over the reserve).

**2-7-17**

Little egret x 2, lapwing pair and only 1 young visible, little-ringed plover x 7, kingfisher x 1 (calling behind long lake),

sand martin x 30, swift x 3, house martin x 2, swallow x 10, reed warbler x 8 (including 2 pairs feeding young),

reed bunting x 1.

**1-7-17**

Little egret x 2, great-crested grebe pair with 2 young, redshank x 1, lapwing x 61 and 2 young, little-ringed plover x 7, common tern x 2, kingfisher x 2,

sand martin x 50, swift x 6, house martin x 2, swallow x 10, blackcap x 3, garden warbler x 2, reed warbler x 8 (including a pair feeding young),

reed bunting x 1.

**28-6-17**

Bullfinch x 1.

**25-6-17**

Little egret x 2, lapwing x 45 and 2 chicks, little-ringed plover x 10, common tern x 1, reed warbler x 10, stock dove x 2, kingfisher x 2, sand martin x 75, swallow x 6, reed bunting x 1.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve June 2017 Highlights

**23-6-17** **including monthly transect:**

Common buzzard x 1, common tern x 3 (West Lake), stock dove x 7, woodpigeon x 25, rose-ringed parakeet x 2,

kingfisher x 5 (West Lake and behind Slingsby Hide), green woodpecker x 2, great-spotted woodpecker x 1, sand martin x 16, pied wagtail x 1,

wren x 47, dunnock x 7, robin x 32, blackbird x 11, song thrush x 7, reed warbler x 4, garden warbler x 3, blackcap x 18, chiffchaff x 9, goldcrest x 6,

long-tailed tit x 4, coal tit x 1, blue tit x 16, great tit x 2, treecreeper x 4, jay x 3, magpie x 12, jackdaw x 61, rook x 1, carrion crow x 25, chaffinch x 1, reed bunting x 2.

Common sandpiper x 1 (in the afternoon).

**23-6-17**

Great-spotted woodpecker x 1 femlale and 3 young (Slingsby Hide).

**17-6-17**

Lapwing x 65, redshank x 1.

**14-6-17**

Lapwing x 22 Adults and 2 fluffy chicks (Tyler Hide), coal tit family and nuthatch family (between WL outlet and Visitor Centre).

**11-6-17 including Webs count:**

Mute swan x 6 (2 on nests), greylag goose x 280, Canada goose x 202, Egyptian goose x 9, cormorant x 1, grey heron x 4 adults and 3 juveniles,

great crested grebe x 14 adults and 4 young, mallard x 48, tufted duck x 7, gadwall x 2, shelduck x 2, lapwing x 19 Adults and 2 chicks,

little-ringed plover x 10, moorhen x 13, coot x 68, black-headed gull x 2, herring gull x 1, common buzzard x 1, hobby x 1, swallow x 2, swift x 15,

sand martin x 5, song thrush x 6, mistle thrush x 1, stock dove x 2, pheasant x 1 female, great spotted woodpecker x 4, chiffchaff x 10, blackcap x 18,

reed warbler x 6, garden warbler x 6, coal tit x 2, jay x 2, reed bunting x 2.

**7-6-17**

Lapwing x 13 Adults and 2 chicks, little ringed plover x 8, Mediterranean gull x 3 (adults).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve May 2017 Highlights

**14-5-17** (Including Webs count)

Mute swan x 3, greylag goose x 44, Canada goose x 69, Egyptian goose x 3 adult + 5 young, grey heron x 5 adults + 3 young, cormorant x 3, moorhen x 15, coot x 42, great-crested grebe x 17 adults + 4 juveniles, kingfisher x 2, lapwing x 14, little ringed plover x 7, mallard x 55, tufted duck x 7, gadwall x 2, shelduck x 2, herring gull x 14, lesser black backed gull x 6, black-headed gull x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 3,

green woodpecker x 2, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, swift x 30, swallow x 16, house martin x 2, sand martin x 10, nuthatch x 1, chiffchaff x 9, blackcap x 14, whitethroat x 1, garden warbler x 3, jay x 4, goldfinch x 5, sparrowhawk x 1 male.

**13-5-17**

Common tern x 2, little ringed plover x 7, lapwing on nest, reed warbler x 6, reed bunting x 2, garden warbler x 8, gadwall x 2, shelduck x 2, whitethroat x 1, common buzzard x 1.

**10-5-17**

kingfisher x 1 (Tyler Hide), whitethroat x 1.

**9-5-17**

Oystercatcher x 1 (Sutton Hide).

**7-5-17**

Oystercatcher x 1, common sandpiper x 2, shelduck x 2, little-ringed plover x 7, sparrowhawk x 1, redshank x 2, whitethroat x 1, reed bunting x 1.

**6-5-17**

Common sandpiper x 3, redshank x 2, little-ringed plover x 8, shelduck x 2, reed bunting x 1, reed warbler x 5, swift x 20, gadwall x 1, Egyptian goose x 5 adult +5 young, greenshank x 1 (Sutton Hide).

**1-5-17
**Artic tern x 2, common sandpiper x 1, swift x 10, little ringed plover x 8 (including some mating), redshank x 3, shelduck x 2,

garden warbler x 9, grey wagtail x 1 (islands on East Lake), common buzzard x 1, reed warbler x 5, sand martin x 4.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve April 2017 Highlights

**30-4-17**

Common sandpiper x 1 (Sutton Hide), green sandpiper x 1 (Slingsby Hide).

**26-4-17**

Swift x 1, kingfisher x 1.

**24 -4-17**

__Second grey heron on nest with 3 large chicks__ (North Lake).

**23-4-17**

Redshank x 2, little-ringed plover x 7, reed warbler x 3 (all singing, heard from Slingsby Hide), shelduck x 2, great-crested grebe with 3 young on the West Lake and a pair on East Lake with 2 young, grey wagtail x 2 (male and female on the islands in front of Tyler Hide), lesser black-backed gull x 2, stock dove x 2 (Tyler Hide), garden warbler x 1.

**22-4-17**

__Mediterranean gull x 8__ (over sheep field calling), sedge warbler x 1 (showing and singing in front of Slingsby hide).

**21-4-17**

Redshank x 2 (mating).

**19-4-17**

White wagtail x 1 (reported to have been seen from Tyler Hide).

**17-4-17**

__Raven x 1, red kite x 1,__ redshank x 2, little-ringed plover x 7, willow warbler x 1, reed warbler x 3, sand martin x 50, house martin x 70, swallows x 10, mistle thrush x 1, Egyptian goose x 6 + 5 goslings, little egret x 1, North Lake: grey heron nests x 2 (1 with 2 young), mallard with 8 young and coot with 3 young.

**15-4-17**

Report of __grasshopper warbler__ reeling in front of Slingsby Hide.

__Lesser spotted woodpecker__ still drumming and calling in the areas surrounding the reserve over this period.

**14-4-17**

Bullfinch x 2 (calling by visitor centre), willow warbler x1 (singing opposite visitor centre), grey wagtail x 1 (flying over visitor centre and calling), swallows (over the lakes).

**13-4-17**

Swallow

**12-4-17**

Reed warbler x 1 (Slingsby Hide), common sandpiper x 1, house martin x 2, swallow x 30, sand martin x 10, little-ringed plover x 7, shelduck x 3, shoveler x 2, pochard x 1, redshank x 2, mistle thrush x 1

**9-4-17**

redshank x 3 (including a pair mating), grey heron on nest with 2 or more chicks (North Lake), chiffchaff x 17, blackcap x 20, nuthatch x 1.

**8-4-17**

Redshank x 3, garden warbler x 1, willow warbler x 1, grey wagtail x 2,

**6-4-17**

Swallow x 3.

**5-4-17**

Lapwing x 22, common snipe x 5, little-ringed plover x 6, __redshank x 3__, sand martin x 3, blackcap x 13, chiffchaff x 17, willow warbler x 2, nuthatch x 1, mistle thrush x 2,

jackdaw x 50, grey wagtail x 2, greenfinch x 1, brambling x 1 male, bullfinch x 1 (calling opposite the visitor centre).

**4-4-2017**

__Garganey x 4 __(3 males and 1 female), common snipe x 4, willow warbler x 3, siskin x 1, redpoll x 1.

**3-4-2017**

__Oystercatcher x 1__ (seen from Tyler Hide on island), little-ringed plover x 6, redshank x 2, kestrel x 1.

**2-4-2017**

__Red kite x 1__, willow warbler x 3, garden warbler x 1, little-ringed plover x 7, redshank x 2, __lesser-spotted woodpecker x 1__, reed bunting x 1.

**1-4-2017**

Grey heron on nest, __red kite x 1__, swallow x 2, sand martin x 8, common snipe x 6, little-ringed plover x 6, redshank x 4, garden warbler x 1 (heard), little egret x 1, kingfisher x 1.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve March 2017 Highlights

**24-3-17**

__Lesser spotted woodpecker x 1 __(seen and calling near round bench in Tower Hide Wood), __Mediterranean gull x 2__ (over Tyler Hide), little-ringed plover x 2, redwing x 3, lesser redpoll 8, siskin x 70, blackcap x 3 (all singing), chiffchaff x 12, reed bunting x 2 (male and female in front of Slingsby Hide).

**20-3-17**

Lesser spotted woodpecker x 1 (calling in fishermen’s carpark, heard not seen), bullfinch x 1 (male calling by warden’s cottage).

**19-3-17**

Little ringed plover x 2.

**16-3-17**

Little ringed plover x 2.

**12-3-17** including Webs count

Mute swan x 4, greylag goose x 22, Canada goose x 124, Egyptian goose x 7, teal x 12, mallard x 72, shoveler x 10,

tufted duck x 63, gadwall x 29, grey heron x 4, cormorant x 4, little grebe x3, great crested grebe x 24, moorhen x 37, coot x 103, water rail x 3, lapwing x 18, common snipe x 9, black-headed gull x 72, herring gull x 12, common gull x 18, sparrowhawk x 1, green woodpecker x 3, great-spotted woodpecker x 6, rose-ringed parakeet x 4, song thrush x 7, grey wagtail x 1, chiffchaff x 7, goldcrest x 4, reed bunting x 4, pheasant x 2, jay x 3, linnet x 2, coal tit x 2, common gull x 186, wigeon x 15.

**11-3-17**

Little egret x 2, water rail x 2, grey wagtail x 2, common snipe x 10, chiffchaff x 2, treecreeper x 1, Egyptian goose x 5.

**5-3-17**

Shoveler x 6, pochard x 2, little grebe x 1 (Sutton Hide), little egret x 2, water rail x 1, **Mediterranean gull** x 2 (East lake),

black-headed gull x 325, lesser black-backed gull x 2, herring gull x 38, common gull x 17, sparrowhawk x 2, common snipe x 6, redwing x 10, siskin x 15, chiffchaff x 1, grey wagtail x 1, reed bunting x 1.

**4-3-17**

Grey heron x 1 (sitting on nest on North Lake), siskin x 15, reed bunting x 2, common snipe x 1.

**3-3-17**

Common snipe x 2, siskin x 50, reed bunting x 1 (Slingsby Hide).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve February 2017 Highlights

**25-2-2017**

Water rail x 2, common snipe x 2, little egret x 3, siskin x 1, goldfinch x 15, redwing x 4, little grebe x 8, reed bunting x 2, grey wagtail x 1.

**24-2-2017**

Water rail x 1 (see from Slingsby Hide).

**18-2-2017**

Common snipe x 6, sparrowhawk x 1, shelduck x 1, water rail x 1, little grebe x 5, little egret x 3, nuthatch x 1, mistle thrush x 1.

**15-2-2017**

Common snipe x 16, jackdaw x 250, reed bunting x 2, kestrel x 1, sparrowhawk x 1, shoveler x 15, water rail x 2, siskin x 5, treecreeper x 2, grey wagtail x 1, Mandarin duck x 1, grey heron x 1 (standing on nest), nuthatch x 1 (near Visitor Centre). Pheasant x 1 male (wild garden space), stock dove x 1, woodpigeon x 6, rose-ringed parakeet x 4, kingfisher x 2 (1 on West Lake and 1 on North Lake), green woodpecker x 1, great-spotted woodpecker x 3, grey wagtail x 1 (singing at the South western corner of the West Lake), pied wagtail x 2, wren x 16, dunnock x 11, robin x 39, blackbird x 20, song thrush x 6, redwing x 6,

goldcrest x 13, long-tailed tit x 32, coal tit x 1 (singing by cross roads, North Lake), blue tit x 30, great tit x 20, treecreeper x 2,

jay x 8, jackdaw x 11, carrion crow x 17 (of which 15 were in the sheep field), chaffinch x 12, goldfinch x 3,

siskin x 23 (in small flocks), bullfinch x 1 (calling West Lake), reed bunting x 1 male (calling at Long Lake).

**14-2-2017**

Great-crested grebe pair displaying on the East Lake.

**13-2-2017**

Water rail x 1 (on route to Tyler Hide)

**12-2-2017** including Webs count

Mute swan x 2, greylag goose x 2, Canada goose x 44, Egyptian goose x 2, little egret x 3, cormorant x 12, grey heron x 4, little grebe x 6, great-crested grebe x 24, moorhen x 19, coot x 110, lapwing x 200, common snipe x 5, water rail x 2 (one on Snipe Bog Lake and on heard from Slingsby Hide), teal x 51, gadwall x 27, shoveler 19, pochard x 6, mallard x 58, tufted duck x 110,

Mandarin duck x 1 male and 1 female, black-headed gull x 43, common gull x 3, herring gull x 24, great black-backed gull x 2.

Plus sparrowhawk x 2, rose ringed parakeet x 11, grey wagtail x 1, chiffchaff x 1, song thrush x 3, siskin x 4, reed bunting x 2 (Long Lake), jay x 10.

**11-2-2017**

water rail x 1 (from Willow Hide), chiffchaff x 2, treecreeper x 2, redwing x 8, fieldfare x 5, little egret x 1, grey heron x 1 (standing on nest), siskin x 50.

**10-2-2017**

Bullfinch x 1 male (feeding on the ground by bench down the main track past Willow Hide), redwing x 50 (feeding on the ground in the horses field just near the gate into the reserve), siskin x 30, common snipe x 5 (Tyler Hide).

**6-2-17**

Waxwing x 3 in the car park at 8:55, they flew off towards the fishermen’s carpark.

**5-2-17**

Bullfinch x 4 in goat enclosure, redwing x 18, mistle thrush x 1, common snipe x 5.

**4-2-17**

Little grebe x 9, little egret x 6, shoveler x 15, wigeon x 7, pochard x 22, common snipe x 21, common buzzard x 2, sparrowhawk x 2, rose-ringed parakeet x 4, great-spotted woodpecker x 3, siskin x 15, redpoll x 1, goldcrest x 3, treecreeper x 2, coat tit x 1 (singing opposite the Visitor Centre).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve January 2017 Highlights

**29-1-17**

Goosander x 1 (female), great crested grebe x 23, little grebe x 8, grey heron x 5, wigeon x 21, little egret x 3, common snipe x 5, shoveler x 29, pochard x 41, gadwall x 37, lesser black-backed gull x 1, common buzzard x 1.

**28-1-17**

Peregrine x 1 female, grey wagtail x 1 (on tern raft), siskin x 70.

**22-1-17**

Kingfisher x 2, little egret x 2, redwing x 5, treecreeper x 2, siskin x 1, long-tailed tit x 16, common snipe x 1, little grebe x 4, shoveler x 7, jackdaw x 200+.

**15-1-17** (including Webs count)

Mute swan x 2, Canada goose x 9, greylag goose x 1, Egyptian goose x 1, little grebe x 7, great-crested grebe x 27, little egret x 4, grey heron x 2, cormorant x 29, goldeneye x 1 female, Mandarin duck x 3, shoveler x 7, pochard x 30, gadwall x 22, teal x 52, mallard x 64, tufted duck x 79, moorhen x 21, coot x 132, lapwing x 21, common snipe x 6, common gull x 8, great black-backed gull x 11, black headed gull x 93, herring gull x 11, grey wagtail x 2, fieldfare x 2, song thrush x 5, starling x 9, coal tit x 1, goldcrest x 6, treecreeper x 2, siskin x 60, bullfinch x 2 (on the way to Tyler Hide).

**10-1-17**

Water rail x 1 (calling at the Willow hide end of the East Lake), redwing x 10 flying over the garden area.

**7-1-17**

common snipe x 7, water rail x 1, grey wagtail x 1, little egret x 5.

**5-1-17**

Bullfinch x 1, Mandarin duck x 2, chiffchaff x 2, redwing x 5, little egret x 4, rose-ringed parakeet x 4, siskin x 20

**4-1-17**

Redpoll x 1, little egret x 11 (at roost), Mandarin duck x 7, sparrowhawk x 1, common buzzard x 1, water rail x 1, jackdaw x 100+, chiffchaff x 4, great-spotted woodpecker x 1 drumming.

**3-1-17**

Water rail x 1 (seen from Slingsby Hie), bullfinch x 3 (calling between fishermen’s carpark and volcano island), redwing x 3.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve December 2016 highlights:

28-12-16

Water rail x 2 (calling from volcano island), mistle thrush x 2 (calling in the car park), redpoll x 5, mistle thrush x 2, common snipe x 2 (seen from Slingsby Hide).

31-12-16

Water rail x 1, redpoll x 1, common snipe x 6, rose ringed parakeet x 2, great spotted woodpecker x 4, bullfinch x 2, little egret x 5, sparrowhawk x 1, pied wagtail x 30+ (in the sheep field).

25-12-16

Peregrine x 1, fieldfare x 1, kingfisher x 1, bullfinch x 2, siskin x 5, little egret x 12 at roost, water rail x 3 (2 at Slingsby and 1 at the rear of Willow Hide), common snipe x 10, sparrowhawk x 1.

24-12-16

Jackdaw x 1500+ (at roost), little egret x 12 (at roost), mallard x 120 (from Tyler Hide), common snipe x 6, water rail x 1 (from Slingsby Hide), little grebe x 6, sparrowhawk x 1.

19-12-16

**Tawny owl** x 2 (calling).

18-12-16 including Webs count

**Mute swan** x 1, **greylag goose** x 20, **Canada goose** x 24, **Egyptian goose** x 4, **little grebe** x 8,

**great-crested grebe** x 19, **little egret** x 12 (at roost), **grey heron** x 4, **Cormorant** x 39 x,

**moorhen** x 18,** coo**t x 135, **teal** x 87, **pochard **x 22, **shoveler** x 21, **gadwall** x 45, **mallard** x 75, **tufted duck** x 79, **Mandarin duck** x 6, **lapwing** x 257, **common snipe** x 15, **black-headed gull** x 200, **common gull** x 20, **herring gull** x 16, **grey wagtail** x 1, **meadow pipit** x 3, **long-tailed tit** x 25, **goldcrest** x 5, **song thrush** x 2, **chiffchaff** x 3, **siskin** x 50, **rose-ringed parakeet** x 13, jay x 2,

**tawny owl** x 1 (calling).

Also a **firecrest** was reported.

17-12-16

Cormorant x 65 (left roost between 7:40 and 8:05 a.m.), little egret x 14 (at roost), water rail x 1 (calling from Volcano island) common snipe x 6, redwing x 2, siskin x 2, bullfinch 4.

14-12-16

Little egret x 4 (West Lake), woodpigeon x 14, rose-ringed parakeet x 4, green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 2, grey wagtail x 1 (West Lake), pied wagtail x 4, wren x 31, dunnock x 5, robin x 42, blackbird x 27, fieldfare x 1, song thrush x 8, redwing x 8, mistle thrush x 1, chiffchaff x 4 (including one singing), goldcrest x 13, long-tailed tit x 37, coal tit x 1, blue tit x 32, great-tit x 27, treecreeper x 37, jay x 4, magpie x 10, jackdaw x 30 (including 12 in the sheep field), carrion crow x 13 (including x 10 in the sheep field), chaffinch x 23 (many feeding amongst the leaf litter), goldfinch x 7, siskin x 17 (in small groups), lesser redpoll x 1 (at the gate end of the wildlife garden), bullfinch x 2.

16-12-16

Water rail x 1 (calling heard from Slingsby Hide).

11-12-16

Goosander x 1 (red head flying over the East Lake), common snipe x 7, Brent goose x 1, common snipe x 7, water rail x 1 (calling at Slingsby Hide), reed bunting x 5.

10-12-16

Little egret x 14 (at roost), cormorant x 50, common snipe x 8, teal x 100, mistle thrush x 1.

7-12-16

Little egret x 12, cormorant x 64, jackdaw x 850, sparrowhak x 2, common snipe x 4.

4-12-16

**Cormorant** x 50, **sparrowhawk** x 2, **little grebe** x 6, **little egret** x 15 at roost, **common snipe** x 3.

3-12-16

**Little egret** x 15 at roost, **grey wagtail** x 2, **reed bunting** x 1, **pochard** x 25**, siskin** x 5, **little grebe** x 6, **common snipe** x 6,

**goldcrest** x 8,** goldfinch** x 7, **common buzzard** x 1, **chiffchaff** x 2, **great black backed gull** x 1, **shoveler** x 12, **Mandarin duck** x 5, **treecreeper** x 2, **water rail** x 1 (calling near Willow Hide), **Tawny owl** x 1 (calling opposite the visitor centre in the evening).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve September 2016 highlights

28-9-16

Little egret x 2, kingfisher x 2 (often active in front of Grebe Hide), house martin x 60, swallow x 20, sand martin x 5, little grebe x 3, pintail x 1, song thrush x 1.

25-9-16

Little grebe x 5, pochard x 1, gadwall x 4, common snipe x 7.

21-9-16

Wigeon x 1, common sandpiper x 1, pintail x 1 (female), common snipe x 10.

18-9-16 (including Webs count)

Mute swan x 8, greylag x 105, Canada goose x 12, Egyptian goose x 9, cormorant x 20, grey heron x 4, pintail x 1 (male), Mandarin duck x 2 (males), gadwall x 6, wigeon x 20m mallard x 46, teal x 26, tufted duck x 48, little grebe x 5, great crested grebe x 14 Ad +7 juveniles, moorhen x 34, coot x 103, kingfisher x 3, ruff x 1, common sandpiper x 1, lapwing x 68, common snipe x 10, black-headed gull x 37, sparrowhawk x 1 juvenile, green woodpecker x 2, house martin x 20, coal tit x 1, chiffchaff x 12, jay x 7.

17-9-16

Ruff x 1.

4-9-16

Pintail x 1, green sandpiper x 2, common sandpiper x 2.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve August 2016 highlights

24-8-16

Green sandpiper x 3, common sandpiper x 2, common snipe x 1, little egret x 3, swallow x 2,

house martin x 25.

21-8-16 (including Webs count)

Mute swan x 3, greylag goose x 323, Canada goose x 120, Egyptian goose x 10, grey heron x 3,

cormorant x 8, great-crested grebe x 15 adults + 1 juvenile and 3 young, moorhen x 32, coot x 141, lapwing x 61, kingfisher x 4, teal x 17, mallard x 68, tufted duck x 106, green sandpiper x 2, common sandpiper x 1, gadwall x 2, black-headed gull x 28, swift x 4, sparrowhawk x 1 adult and 2 juveniles,

rose ringed parakeet x 3, green woodpecker x 5, great spotted woodpecker x 2, house martin x 20, long-tailed tit x 20, blackcap x 4, willow warbler x 1, chiffchaff x 11, jay x 4.

17-8-16

Green sandpiper x 1, common sandpiper x 3, common snipe x 2, little egret x2, nuthatch x 1, swallow x 10, house martin x 2, blackcap x 6, chiffchaff x 20 and swifts flying over.

14-8-16

Green sandpiper x 1, common sandpiper x 5, little egret x2, nuthatch x 2, willow warbler x 1 (near Willow Hide), sparrowhawk x 1, Egyptian goose x 7.

13-8-16

Green sandpiper x 2, common sandpiper x 1, little egret x 3, teal x 12, willow warbler x 1.

10-8-16 Monthly transect

Sparrowhawk x 2, common buzzard x 2, stock dove x 3, woodpigeon x 32, rose-ringed parakeet x 1, kingfisher x 5, green woodpecker x 4, great spotted woodpecker x 1, wren x 42, robin x 28, blackbird x 7, song thrush x 11, reed warbler x 3 (calling in the buddleia just before the turning to Tyler Hide), blackcap x 8, chiffchaff x 20, willow warbler x 1, goldcrest x 7, long-tailed tit x 13, blue tit x 5, great tit x 2, nuthatch x 1, treecreeper x 5, jay x 5, magpie x 2, carrion crow x10, chaffinch x 4, bullfinch x 1 (in the wildlife garden calling), common tern (over the West Lake).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve July 2016 highlights

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20/7/16

Common tern x 1, kingfisher x 3, blackcap x 12, chiffchaff x 6, nuthatch x 2, bullfinch x 1.

17/7/16

Common sandpiper x 6, little ringed plover x 1, kingfisher x 2, swallow x 10, swift x 1.

13/7/16

Sparrowhawk with 4 young.

2/7/16

Little ringed plover x 8 (including 4 chicks on East Lake islands), lapwings 2 pairs with 2 young each.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve highlights June 2016

29-6-16

Little-ringed plover x 8 adults and still 4 chicks, lapwing 2 families with 2 young each plus one on nest, common tern x 1 (West Lake), kingfisher x 2, swift x 25, house martin x 20, hobby x 1 (over carpark/garden), blackcap x 13, garden warbler x 1, chiffchaff x 8.

25-6-16

Wood sandpiper x 2 (from Tyler Hide), curlew x 1 (flying over).

22-6-16

Lapwing 2 families with 2 young each, little-ringed plover: pair with 4 chicks.

19-6-16

Cetti’s warbler x 1 (heard near Volcano Island on the East Lake).

18-6-16

Little-ringed plover: pair with 4 chicks (can see them well with a telescope from Tyler Hide).

17-6-16 Monlthly transect

Common buzzard x 2, pheasant x 1 (female), stock dove x 4, woodpigeon x 10, swift x 6, kingfisher x 5 (including 3 at the North Lake), green woodpecker x 1, great-spotted woodpecker x 2, swallow x 3, pied wagtail x 1, wren x 45, dunnock x 10 robin x 12, blackbird x 23, song thrush x 6, reed warbler x 8, garden warbler x 5, blackcap x 25, chiffchaff x 15, goldcrest x 3, long-tailed tit x 6, blue tit x 18, great tit x 8, treecreeper x 2, magpie x 4, jackdaw x 11, carrion crow x 3, chaffinch x 3, bullfinch x 1 (calling and beginning of song near view point on East Lake), reed bunting x 1.

15-6-16

Hobby x 1, kestrel x 1, sparrowhawk x 1, buzzard x 1, lapwing x 2 families, little-ringed plover: pair with 4 chicks, little egret x 1, swift x 2, swallow x 7, sand martin x 3, reed warbler x 10, cetti’s warbler x 1 (heard at Tyler Hide), reed bunting x 2.

12-6-16

Lapwing: a chick just hatched from a different pair, little-ringed plover: pair with 4 chicks, grey wagtail x 2.

11-6-16

Little-ringed plover: pair with 3 chicks, reed warbler x 8, kingfisher x 1, grey wagtail x 1 (on East Lake Islands).

8-6-16

Little-ringed plover: pair with 4 chicks borne since the week end, lapwing x 8 (pair with 3 young and 3 more on nests).

5-6-16 (including Webs count)

Mute swan x 5, greylag goose x 94, Canada goose x 196, Egyptian goose x 3 adults and 1 young, cormorant x 4, little egret x 1, grey heron x 2 adults and 2 young, teal x 2 males, mallard x 32, tufted duck x 12, lapwing x 8 adults and 4 young, little-ringed plover x 4 (including one on nest), moorhen x 11, coot x 49, lesser black-backed gull x 1, herring gull x 11, kingfisher x 2, great-crested grebe x 15 adults and 2 young, (3 on nests), common buzzard x 1, kestrel x 1, sparrowhawk x 2 (one on nest), song thrush x 4, swift x 12, reed warblers x 5, jay x 2, great spotted woodpecker x 3, green woodpecker x 2, reed bunting x 4.

3-6-16

Nuthatch 2 adults feeding 2 young.

1-6-16

Lapwing x 1 adults with 4 chicks (1-3 days old), grey wagtail x 1, little egret x 1.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve May 2016 Highlights

28-5-16

Hobby x 1 (Long Lake)

25-5-16

Common sandpiper x 1, common tern x 1 (over the West Lake)

16-5-16

Little ringed plover x 4, lapwing x 6, swift x 12.

15-5-16

Common sandpiper x 2 (from Tyler Hide), kingfisher x 1 ( flying over Long Lake), mistle thrush x 5 (feeding on the grass in the overflow car park area), song thrush x 1 (singing opposite the visitor centre), grey wagtail x 1 (flying over the car park).

14-5-16

Common sandpiper x 2, sand martin x 20, house martin x 70, swallow x 10.

11-5-16

Foggy morning: Sanderling x 1, common tern x 2, common sandpiper x 3, little ringed plover x 5 (including 2 pairs mating), swift x 30. Lesser spotted woodpecker x 1 (reported on pager).

8-5-16 (including Webs count)

Mute swan x 5, Canada goose x 80, greylag goose x 76, Egyptian goose x 10 adults and 1 young, cormorant x 4, moorhen x 14, coot x 41, mallard x 32, tufted duck x 26, great-crested grebe x 16, lapwing x 12, little ringed plover x 4, common sandpiper x 5, kingfisher x 2, herring gull x 15, lesser black-backed gull x 5, greenshank x 1, sparrowhawk x 2, swift x 2, grey wagtail x 1, whitethroat x 1, reed warbler x 4, garden warbler x 8, jay x 3, treecreeper x 2 adults feeding young, hobby x 2.

7-5-16

Common buzzard x 6, stock dove x 11 (of which 10 were in the sheep field), woodpigeon x 15, rose ringed parakeet x 1, swift x 12, kingfisher x 1, green woodpecker x 2, great-spotted woodpecker x 1, grey wagtail x 2, wren x 49, dunnock x 7, robin x 43, blackbird x 12, song thrush x 6, mistle thrush x 3, reed warbler x 5, garden warbler x 10, blackcap x 31, chiffchaff x 16, goldcrest x 1, long-tailed tit x 5, blue tit x 21, great tit x 10, treecreeper x 4, jay x 1, magpie x 5, jackdaw x 2 on Reserve and 33 in the sheep field, carrion crow x 3 on the reserve and 7 in the sheep field, starling x 11 (sheep field), chaffinch x 8, bullfinch x 2, reed bunting x 2, cuckoo x 1 (between Long Lake and Willow Hide, seen and heard).

5 and 6-5-16

Spotted flycatcher x 2 (reported near Sutton Hide).

4-5-16

Lesser spotted woodpecker x 1 ( drumming and seen at the SE corner of the West Lake), great crested grebe (pair with newly hatched chicks seen from Tyler Hide).

2-5-16

Lesser spotted woodpecker x 1 (heard drumming in the garden/car park area).

1-5-16

Wood warbler x 1 (singing rear of West Lake), common sandpiper x 1, dunlin x 1, greenshank x 1, little ringed plover x 4, lesser whitethroat (Slingsby Hide), whitethroat x 1 (rear of West Lake), reed bunting x 2, heron on nest with 2 chicks, lesser spotted woodpecker x 2 (1 calling and drumming rear of West Lake + another 1 calling at the same time towards the road).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve April 2016 Highlights

29-4-16

**Wood warbler x 1, **dunlin x 1, common sandpiper x 1, green sandpiper x 1, nuthatch x 1 (from Grebe Hide), house martin x 175, sand martin x 26, swallow x 38, swift x 2, willow warbler x 1 (Nina’s pond).

27-4-16

Garganey x 2, dunlin x 1, common sandpiper x 1, willow warbler x 1, garden warbler x 4, reed bunting x 2, grey heron on nest with young (North Lake), little egret x 3, **wood warbler** (singing, adjacent and viewable from Darent Valley footpath please observe private land signs, roughly behind the West Lake), hobby x 1 (East Lake),

13-4-16

Garganey x 2, little -ringed plover x 2, reed bunting x 5, bullfinch x 3 (1 male and 2 female near the cottage), willow warbler x 1.

11-4-16

Arctic tern x 4, little grebe x 1.

10-4-16 (including Webs count)

Mute swan x 6, greylag goose x 86, Canada goose x 100, Egyptian goose x 6 adults+ 5 chicks, teal x 6, shelduck x 2, mallard x 46, tufted duck x 60, shoveler x 1 male, garganey x 2 (pair), grey heron x 4 (including one on nest), cormorant x 5, little egret x 1, moorhen x 20, coot x 51, great-crested grebe x 16 (including 2 on nests), lapwing x 9, little-ringed plover x 3, kingfisher x 1, lesser black-backed gull x 6, herring gull x 45, green woodpecker x 3, great-spotted woodpecker x 3, common buzzard x 2, jay x 5, chiffchaff x 20, willow warbler x 2, blackcap x 23, common snipe x 2.

9-4-16

Garganey x 2, little -ringed plover x 4, common snipe x 1.

8-4-16

Willow warbler x 4, grey wagtail x 2 (pair feeding on the roof of the visitor centre), whitethroat x 1 (reported at Slingsby Hide) and Merlin reported flying over. Also noticed robin already feeding young.

Little grebe x 2, kingfisher x 1 (from Slingsby Hide).

6-4-16

Willow warbler x 3 (one in the car park area, one around the West Lake and one at Sutton Hide), swallow x 6, house martin x 3, sand martin x 2

3-4-16

Garganey x 2 (a pair seen from Tyler Hide).

2-4-16

Garganey x 2 (a pair seen from Tyler Hide), little-ringed plover x 3, water rail x 1, grey wagtail x 2.

1-4-16

Garganey x 2 (a pair seen from Tyler Hide), little-ringed plover (at the same location), redwing x 6, chiffchaff x 12, grey wagtail x 1.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Highlights March 2016

25-3-26

Little grebe x 1, grey heron on nest (North Lake), gadwall x 2, pochard x 1, Egytian goose x 7, sparrowhawk x 2, common buzzard x 2, grey wagtail x 2 (male and female feeding on visitor centre roof), redwing x 15, siskin x 1 (Nina’s pond), chiffchaff x 8, dunnock x 10, goldcrest x 9, reed bunting x 4.

22-3-16

Water rail x 1 ( seen from Willow Hide looking left at the island), grey wagtail x 2 (male and female feeding on visitor center roof).

20-3-16

Lesser spotted woodpecker (in trees by car park).

16-3-16

Avocet x 1, little gull x 1 (non-breeding plumage on East Lake with the black-headed gulls).

13-3-16 including Webs Count

Mute swan x 2, greylag goose x 9, Canada goose x 68, Egyptian goose x 6, mallard x 41, teal x 8, shoveler x 4, tufted duck x 57, grey heron x 3, cormorant x 2, moorhen x 23, coot x 57, great-crested grebe x 13, little grebe x 1, lapwing x 10, redshank x 1, kingfisher x 1, common gull x 31, herring gull x 20, black-headed gull x 110, great black-backed gull x 1, lesser black-backed gull x 1, common buzzard x 1, sparrowhawk x 2 (male and female), great spotted woodpecker x 6, green woodpecker x 2, siskin x 20, reed bunting x 3, song thrush x 10, grey wagtail x 1, jay x 2.

11-3-16

Woodcock x 1 (eastern end of reserve), common buzzard x 1, stock dove x 1, woodpigeon x 22, kingfisher x 2 (one near Tyler hide the other on clay spit), green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 4, pied wagtail x 1, wren x 39, dunnock x 11, robin x 44, blackbird x 12, song thrush x 3, redwing x 8, mistle thrush x 1, chiffchaff x 2 (singing), goldcrest x 22 ( many doing sub-song), long-tailed tit x 11, blue tit x 20, great tit x 23, treecreeper x 8, jay x 1, magpie x 6, jackdaw x 22, carrion crow x 20, chaffinch x 22, goldfinch x 24, siskin x 3, bullfinch x 2 males (one singing at Nina’s pond).

8-3-16

Nuthatch x 1, grey wagtail x 1.

5-3-16

Common snipe x 20, bullfinch x 2, coal tit x 1, siskin x 2.

4-3-16

Goosander x 1.

3-3-16

Chiffchaff x 2, water rail x 1 (Slingsby Hide), long-tailed tit x 2 nests being built!

2-3-16

Common snipe x 10, gadwall x 18, shoveler x 13, little egret x 1, siskin x 10, redwing x 45, reed bunting x 2, pied wagtail x 2, water rail x 1.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve February 2016 Highlights

24-2-2016

**Mediterranean gull** x 2 adults.

21-2-2016

**Goosander** x 2 (pair).

17-2-2016

Little egret x 2, heron x 1 on nest (but flew off), shelduck x 1 male (East Lake), common buzzard x 1, kingfisher x 1, redwing x 40.

16-2-2016

**Lesser redpoll** x 4 (in the trees at the Slingsby Hide reed bed).

14-2-2016

**Tawny owl** x 1 (calling at back of car park), common buzzard x 2.

13-2-2016

Little egret x 1, **goosander** x 2 (pair), gadwall x 1, Egyptian goose x 4, common snipe x 2, **water rail** x 1 (Slinsby Hide), tawny owl x 1 (calling from conifer at rear of car park), sparrowhawk x 1, siskin x 20, redwing x 15, fieldfare x 11, goldfinch x 18, reed bunting x 3 (including one at the feeders).

11-2-2016 Monthly Transect

Goosander x 3 (1 male & 2 red heads), sparrowhawk x 1 (male), stock dove x 2, woodpigeon x 3, kingfisher x 1, green woodpecker x 1, great-spotted woodpecker x 2, pied wagtail x 1, wren x 22, dunnock x 10, robin x 43, blackbird x 30, song thrush x 6, redwing x 20, mistle thrush x 2, chiffchaff x 1 (calling near Slingsby Hide), goldcrest x 6, long-tailed tit x 27, coal tit x 2, blue tit x 42, great tit x 30, nuthatch x 1 (past Nina’s Pond, by the West Lake by the laid hedge), treecreeper x 10, jay x 4, magpie x 12, jackdaw x 21, carrion crow x 17, chaffinch x 18, goldfinch x 3, siskin x 19, bullfinch x 1 (male feeding on willow buds at Eastern end of the reserve, reed bunting x 5 (Slingsby Hide).

10-2-2016

Little egret x 3, pochard x 3, gadwall x 6, Egyptian goose x 4, common snipe x 2, water rail x 1 (Slingsby Hide), sparrowhawk x 1, mistle thrush x 2, bullfinch x 2.

7-2-2016

Little egret x 1, goosander x 2, shoveler x 6, pochard x 3, common snipe x 2, water rail x 1 (Slinsby Hide), kingfisher x 2, reed bunting x 18.

6-2-2016

Little egret x 11 at roost, goosander x 3 ( 1 male and 2 females), pochard x 3, redpoll x 1, siskin x 35, redwing x 10, chiffchaff x 1.

3-2-2016

Little grebe x 2, goosander x 3, water rail x 1 (Slingsby Hide), common snipe x 5, kingfisher x 1, redwing x 13, mistle thrush x 4, reed bunting x 2.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve December 2015 highlights

21-12-15

Bullfinch x 1 male (calling between warden’s bungalow and the West Lake), kingfisher x 1 (West Lake).

20-12-15

Little egret x 9 (at roost), shelduck x 1, shoveler x 14, wigeon x 3, kingfisher x 2, common buzzard x 1, kestrel x 1, common snipe x 15, goldcrest x 8, siskin x 30.

19-12-15

Jackdaw x 1000 left roost at 7:10 a.m., little egret x 9 (at roost), common snipe x 10, common gull x 92, great-black bakced gull x 92, little grebe x 5, siskin x 1, kingfisher x 3, great crested grebe x 25, mistle thrush x 2, lapwing x 250.

16-12-15

**Woodcock x 1**, redwing x 29, coal tit x 2, chiffchaff x 2, siskin x 32.

13-12-15 (including Webs Count)

Greylag goose x 220, Canada goose x 155, Egyptian goose x 2, little egret x 10 (at roost), grey heron x 3, cormorant x 12, little grebe x 4, great crested grebe x 18, moorhen x 25, coot x 118, lapwing x 228, common snipe x 11, kingfisher x 2, teal x 87, shoveler x 8, pochard x 33, gadwall x 37, wigeon x 2, mallard x 68, tufted duck x 91, water rail x 1, great black-baked gull x 9, black headed gull x 127, herring gull x 14, common gull x 11, rose ringed parakeet x 3, song thrush x 5, siskin x 11, goldcrest x 9, jay x 2, chiffchaff x 2.

12-12-15

Redwing x 27, chiffchaff x 3, siskin x 25.

10-12-15

Bullfinch x 1 (calling on the way to Tyler Hide).

9-12-15

Wigeon x 16, gadwall x 22, teal x 110, mallard x 41, shoveler x 14, pochard x 11, tufted duck x 98, common buzzard x 1 (over the horses field), sparrowhawk x 1, kestrel x 1, moorhen x 13, coot x 93, lapwing x 125, common snipe x 18, kingfisher x 5, goldcrest x 3, siskin x 3, bullfinch x 2, coal tit x 2, redwing (small flock near the carpark).

8-12-15

Bullfinch x 1 (calling on the way to Tyler Hide).

5-12-15

Lapwing x 230, common snipe x 2, kingfisher x 1, song thrush x 2, mistle thrush x 3, fieldfare x 3,

chiffchaff x 1, goldcrest x 6, **firecrest x 1** (by the visitor centre), long tailed tit x 10, coal tit x 2, siskin x 1,

bullfinch x 1. Little egrets x 11 (going to roost on the North Lake after sunset).

2-12-15

Little grebe x 3, sparrowhawk x 2 (males), lapwing x 195, common snipe x 5, kingfisher x 5, redwing x 2, goldcrest x 3, siskin x 30.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve December 2015 highlights

21-12-15

Bullfinch x 1 male (calling between warden’s bungalow and the West Lake), kingfisher x 1 (West Lake).

20-12-15

Little egret x 9 (at roost), shelduck x 1, shoveler x 14, wigeon x 3, kingfisher x 2, common buzzard x 1, kestrel x 1, common snipe x 15, goldcrest x 8, siskin x 30.

19-12-15

Jackdaw x 1000 left roost at 7:10 a.m., little egret x 9 (at roost), common snipe x 10, common gull x 92, great-black bakced gull x 92, little grebe x 5, siskin x 1, kingfisher x 3, great crested grebe x 25, mistle thrush x 2, lapwing x 250.

16-12-15

**Woodcock x 1**, redwing x 29, coal tit x 2, chiffchaff x 2, siskin x 32.

13-12-15 (including Webs Count)

Greylag goose x 220, Canada goose x 155, Egyptian goose x 2, little egret x 10 (at roost), grey heron x 3, cormorant x 12, little grebe x 4, great crested grebe x 18, moorhen x 25, coot x 118, lapwing x 228, common snipe x 11, kingfisher x 2, teal x 87, shoveler x 8, pochard x 33, gadwall x 37, wigeon x 2, mallard x 68, tufted duck x 91, water rail x 1, great black-baked gull x 9, black headed gull x 127, herring gull x 14, common gull x 11, rose ringed parakeet x 3, song thrush x 5, siskin x 11, goldcrest x 9, jay x 2, chiffchaff x 2.

12-12-15

Redwing x 27, chiffchaff x 3, siskin x 25.

10-12-15

Bullfinch x 1 (calling on the way to Tyler Hide).

9-12-15

Wigeon x 16, gadwall x 22, teal x 110, mallard x 41, shoveler x 14, pochard x 11, tufted duck x 98, common buzzard x 1 (over the horses field), sparrowhawk x 1, kestrel x 1, moorhen x 13, coot x 93, lapwing x 125, common snipe x 18, kingfisher x 5, goldcrest x 3, siskin x 3, bullfinch x 2, coal tit x 2, redwing (small flock near the carpark).

8-12-15

Bullfinch x 1 (calling on the way to Tyler Hide).

5-12-15

Lapwing x 230, common snipe x 2, kingfisher x 1, song thrush x 2, mistle thrush x 3, fieldfare x 3,

chiffchaff x 1, goldcrest x 6, **firecrest x 1** (by the visitor centre), long tailed tit x 10, coal tit x 2, siskin x 1,

bullfinch x 1. Little egrets x 11 (going to roost on the North Lake after sunset).

2-12-15

Little grebe x 3, sparrowhawk x 2 (males), lapwing x 195, common snipe x 5, kingfisher x 5, redwing x 2, goldcrest x 3, siskin x 30.