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# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve June Highlights

**13-6-18**

Lapwing x 2 families: one with 2 recently hatched chicks and one with 3 part grown chicks (all seen from Tyler Hide).

Heronry update: nest 1: one juvenile, nest 2 abandoned, nest 3: two juveniles, nest 4: adult sitting tight.

Monthly Transect

Common buzzard x 1, stock dove x 1, woodpigeon x 21, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 8, swallow x 1, grey wagtail x 1 (alarm calling West Lake), pied wagtail x 2, wren x 42, dunnock x 12, robin x 11, blackbird x 30, song thrush x 6, reed warbler x 5, garden warbler x 10, blackcap x 14, chiffchaff x 6,

goldcrest x 2, long tailed tit x 7, coal tit x 2, blue tit x 42, great tit x 25, nuthatch x 2 (including 1 juvenile by view point over EL), treecreeper x 2, magpie x 10, jackdaw x 17,

carrion crow x 15 (including 12 in the sheep field), starling x 11 (in horses field by West Lake), chaffinch x 6, goldfinch x 2.

**12-6-18**

Sand martin x 5, house martin x 4, swallow x 5, grey wagtail x 2, mistle thrush x 1 (singing opposite Visitor Centre).

**9-6-18**

Sand martin x 5, swallow x 5, swift x 4, nuthatch x 1.

**8-6-18**

Grey wagtail x 1 (over Visitor Centre) and kingfisher seen from Willow Hide flying towards the North Lake).

**6-6-18**

Grey wagtail x 1 (over Visitor Centre).

**5-6-18**

Grey wagtail x 1 (over Visitor Centre).

Lapwing x 1 family with 3 part grown chicks (visible from bench on the way to Sutton Hide overlooking the islands on the East Lake).

**4-6-18**

Grey wagtail x 2 (1 over Visitor Centre and 1 over East Lake).

**1-6-18**

Lapwing x 2 families: one with 3 recently hatched chicks and one with 3 part grown chicks. Little ringed plover x 4, shelduck x 1, sparrowhawk x 1.

**1-6-18**

Grey heron nesting update on North Lake: nest 1 has 3 juveniles on has already fledged, nest two abandoned, nest 3 one 2 young and nest 4 has one adult sitting tight. Lapwing family visible from the bench on the way to Sutton hide including 3 chicks (part grown), red kite x 1 (close to the horses field), whitethroat x 1 (near Tyler Hide), kingfisher x 1 (South West side of the West Lake)

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve May Highlights

**31-5-18**

Kingfisher x 1 (Long Lake).

**30-5-18**

Lapwing x 1 family with 2 young. Grey wagtail x 2 including one carrying food, bullfinch x 2 (no location specified in the book).

**29-5-18**

Mute swan x 3 (all immature), shelduck x 3, reed warbler x 5 (1 at Tyler Hide, 4 at Slingsby Hide),

**28-5-18**

Common sandpiper x 1 (West Lake), little ringed plover x 3, grey wagtail x 2, swift x 5.

**27-5-18**

Dartford Ringing Group set up mist nets in the fishermen’s car park area and down to the goat paddock.

Interesting records of nesting species in this area: garden warbler x 1, blackcap x 3, chiffchaff x 1, dunnock x 3 and 1 fledged juvenile.

**26-5-18**

Common sandpiper x 1, little ringed plover x 4, shelduck x 2, gadwall x 1, kingfisher x 1, mute swan x 1,

lapwing x 7 + chicks reported (though not confirmed), swallow x 4, nuthatch x 2, goldfinch x 2,

great crested grebe x 16 + 1 young, reed bunting x 1.

**23-5-18**

Hobby. Kingfisher x 1 (flew in front of Willow Hide), bullfinch x 2 (calling on the way to Tyler Hide right side of path), sand martin x 4. Heron nest number 1: (2 juveniles left on nest).

**20-5-18** Including Webs count

Mute swan x 1, greylag goose x 25, Canada goose x 79, Egyptian goose x 3, cormorant x 3, grey heron x 3 adult and 3 young on one nest 2 on the other and another nest also occupied, moorhen x 9, coot x 39, great crested grebe x 12 adults and 1 juvenile, little-ringed plover x 4, shelduck x 2, common sandpiper x 1, sparrowhawk x 1 female, common buzzard x 2, swift x 40, song thrush x 7, grey wagtail x 1, reed warbler x 4, garden warbler x 5, blackcap x 14, chiffchaff x 10, jay x 3, bullfinch x 2 (pair). Also highlights from Dartford ringing group trapping near the fishermen’s car park: great spotted woodpecker x 1 (nesting), treecreeper x 1 (nesting).

**7-5-18**

Kingfisher x 1 (Eastern end of Reserve), sand martin x 2, Grey Heron update: nest 1 has 2 juveniles, nest two abandoned, nest 3 one adult on nest and nest 4 only part built with 2 adults by the nest.

**6-5-18**

Kingfisher x 1, reed warbler x 8, shelduck x 4, little ringed plover x 5, grey heron 4^{th} nest being built at the back of the island on North Lake, visible from Carter Hide, bullfinch x 2 (trapped between fishermen’s hut and goat paddock by the Dartford Ringing Group).

**5-5-18**

Shelduck x 2, reed warbler x 6, little ringed plover x 5, little grebe x 1 (summer plumage), chiffchaff x 3, blackcap x 21,

garden warbler x 6, grey wagtail x 1, swallow x 2.

**4-5-18**

Little ringed plover x 2, reed warbler x 1 (singing at Tyler Hide reedbed), and 3 more at Slingsby Hide

**3-5-18**

Grey heron x 4 adults + 4 chicks, lapwing x 6, little ringed plover x 2, house martin x 10, chiffchaff x 6, blackcap x 15,

garden warbler x 4, reed warbler x 4.

**2-5-18**

Grey wagtail x 1.

**1-5-18**

Grey wagtail x 1 (calling behind Visitor Centre), song thrush x 1 (singing in front of Visitor Centre).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve April Highlights

**25-4-18**

Shelduck x 2, little egret x 2, little grebe x 2, little ringed plover x 4, kestrel x 1, red kite x 1 (over East Lake), swift x 11 as well as house martins and sand martins, garden warbler x 4, common buzzard x 5, reed bunting x 1, common sandpiper x 1.

**23-4-18**

Swift x 3 as well as house martins and sand martins (over far end of East Lake).

**21-4-18**

Reed warbler x 1 (Slingsby Hide).

**20-4-18**

Grey heron x 3 (on 3 nests and 2 chicks seen at nest number 1 and @least 1 at nest number 2).

**19-4-18** (including Monthly transect).

Sparrowhawk x 2, common buzzard x 1, pheasant x 2, little ringed plover x 2, lapwing 8, stock dove x 10, woodpigeon x 20, rose-ringed parakeet x 4, green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 1, pied wagtail x 1, wren x 30, dunnock x 1, robin x 20, blackbird x 11, song thrush x 1, blackcap x 25, chiffchaff x 12, willow warbler x 3, goldcrest x 5, long-tailed tit x 10, blue tit x 29, great tit x 13, nuthatch x 1 ( just off reserve WL boundary), treecreeper x 3, jay x 19, magpie x 3, jackdaw x 7, rook x 3, carrion crow x 16, chaffinch x 7, bullfinch x 1.

**18-4-18**

Green sandpiper x 1, little ringed plover x 5, shelduck x 2, grey heron x 3 (on 3 nests and 2 chicks seen at nest number 1).

**17-4-18**

Whooper swan x 1 (at far end of the East Lake).

**16-4-18**

Grey wagtail x 1 (calling behind the Visitor Centre, West Lake).

**15-4-18 Webs count**

Mute swan x 1, greylag goose x 72, Canada goose x 114, Egyptian goose x 4, Cormorant x 4, Grey Heron x 3 (on 3 nests and 1 chick seen at nest number 1), great crested grebe x 20, black-necked grebe x 4 (in summer plumage on the East Lake, Sutton Hide end), little ringed plover x 5, lapwing 15, common snipe x 3, moorhen x 18, coot x 47, lesser black-backed gull x 2, shelduck x 3, Mandarin duck x 1 male, gadwall x 1 male, teal x 14, mallard x 48, tufted duck x 32, sparrowhawk x 1, rook x 10,

green woodpecker x 3, great spotted woodpecker x 2, coal tit x 1, blackcap x 16, chiffchaff x 13, willow warbler x 1, jay x 4, swallow x 12, buzzard x 1.

Also later at 11 a.m. an __osprey__ was being chased by a black headed gull over the East Lake and flew north towards Otford. + Nuthatch just off the reserve west side of West Lake and little grebe x 1 (from Tyler Hide).

**14-4-18**

__Black-necked grebe x 8,__ __whooper swan x 1__, green sandpiper x 1, redshank x 1, greenshank x 1, common snipe x 4,

little ringed plover x 5, little grebe x 1, sand martin x 2, nuthatch x 1, treecreeper x 1, redpoll x 1.

**13-4-18**

Black-necked grebe x 8, __firecrest x 1__ (no location in the book).

**11-4-18 (foggy morning)**

Yellow wagtail x 1 (from Tyler Hide, was there all morning), lapwing x 11, green sandpiper x 1, common snipe x 6,

little ringed plover x 5, reed bunting x 3, little grebe x 1, willow warbler x 2 (including one at cross roads, i.e. near Carter Hide), nuthatch x 1, brambling x 4 (in alders near Tyler Hide), swallow x 2,

mistle thrush x 2 (including one singing opposite Visitor Centre a.m.), swallow x 17, house martin x 2.

**10-4-18**

Swallow x 6, sand martin x 1, house martin x 1, yellow wagtail x 1 being chased by 2 grey wagtails.

**8-4-18 (foggy morning)**

__Common scoter__ x 2 (male and female on the East Lake near Clay Spit and visible from Tyler Hide), common snipe x 11,

little ringed plover x 6, shelduck x 3, grey wagtail x 1, swallow x 8, common buzzard x 1, green sandpiper x 1 (Tyler Hide),

Egyptian goose x 1 chick.

**7-4-18**

Redpoll x 1, nuthatch x 1, red kite x 1 (over the sheep field), reed bunting x 2, swallow x 1, mistle thrush x 2, blackcap x 5, chiffchaff x 7.

Tyler Hide: green sandpiper x 1, , little ringed plover x 5, shelduck x 3, Egyptian goose x 1 chick, common snipe x 6,

West Lake: grey wagtail x 3.

Long Lake: sand martin x 1, swallow x 1, kingfisher x 1

North Lake: 3 pairs of grey herons nesting.

**6-4-18**

Ringed plover x 1, little ringed plover x 2 (from Tyler Hide), chiffchaffs and blackcaps singing, siskin x 3, reed bunting singing at Tyler reedbed. Carried out water rail survey and none responded to the call.

**5-4-18**

Little ringed plover x 2.

**4-4-18**

Little ringed plover x 4, common tern x 1 (East Lake), blackcap x 2, grey heron x 3 (all sitting on nests on the North Lake),

chiffchaff x 4, redwing x 9, swallow x 1.

**3-4-18**

Common tern x 1 (East Lake), siskin x 20, lesser redpoll x 1, redwing x 1.

**2-4-18**

Redshank x 1, little ringed plover x 1, common snipe x 2, sparrowhawk x 2 (male and female), common buzzard x 2,

great crested grebe x 16, gadwall x 4, teal x 20, pochard x 11, wigeon x 8, shoveler x 10, shelduck x 1, lapwing x 9,

common gull x 26, lesser black-backed gull x 3, herring gull x 68, rose-ringed parakeet x 3, chiffchaff x 5, blackcap x 1, coal tit x 1, redwing x 8, grey wagtail x 1 (Tyler Hide), goldfinch x 15, jay x 2, grey heron x 4 (3 nests occupied),

sand martin x 6, swallow x 2 (both seen from Sutton Hide).

**1-4-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1 (from Tyler Hide), chiffchaff x 4, siskin x 30, grey heron x 3 nests occupied, little grebe x 1 (Willow Hide), great crested grebe x 1 on nest and 3 pairs displaying on the East Lake.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve March Highlights

*Lesser spotted woodpecker seen on 9th March, by Jesse Stow.*

**29-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1 (from Tyler Hide), __lesser spotted woodpecker__ x 1 (heard drumming in the goat paddock),

chiffchaff x 7, blackcap x 1 (singing WL), siskin x 15, redwing x 1, coal tit x 1, lapwings displaying in front of Tyler Hide.

Other interesting sightings for the local area, i.e. the sheep field are:

spoonbill circling over and red kite flying south both at 12:10 p.m.

**28-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1, common snipe x 6, chiffchaff x 3, reed bunting x 2.

**27-3-18**

House martin x 15 (East Lake), chiffchaff x 1.

**26-3-18**

Mistle thrush x 1 (opposite visitor centre singing and alarm calling), grey wagtail x 1 (calling over visitor centre), coal tit x 1 (by cottage), redwing x 1, chiffchaff x 2.

**25-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1, common snipe x 6, green woodpecker x 2, little grebe x 2,reed bunting x 2 (1 territory at Slingsby Hide).

**23-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1 (getting summer plumage), reed bunting x 1 (Slingsby Hide), herons nest 1 and 2 both occupied,

treecreeper x 2 (path by goat paddock).

**21-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1, little egret x 1, reed bunting x 1, kestrel x 1, chiffchaff x 3, coal tit x 2 (singing), grey wagtail x 1 (calling over Visitor Centre all afternoon), lapwings displaying in front of Tyler Hide.

**18-3-18**

Mediterranean gull x 1 adult, little gull x 1 adult, black-tailed godwit x 1, redwing x 10, siskin x 30.

Webs count:

Mute swan x 1, greylag goose x 5, Canada goose x 54, Egyptian goose x 4, little grebe x 1, great crested grebe x 27, cormorant x 8, grey heron x 4 (2 nests occupied), moorhen x 13, coot x 57, lapwing x 9, common snipe x 1, black-tailed godwit x 1, shelduck x 1, teal x 39, gadwall x 3, shoveler x 10, pochard x 22, mallard x 30, tufted duck x 74, Mandarin duck x 1 (male), black-headed gull x 471, herring gull x 33, common gull x 41, lesser black-backed gull x 1, great black-backed gull x 1, ring necked parakeet x 3, sparrowhawk x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 4, rook x 6, coal tit x 1, jay x 2, goldfinch x 20, redpoll x 20.

**17-3-18**

Little-ringed plover x 1, grey plover x 1, dunlin x 2, black-tailed godwit x 1 (all seen between 7a.m. and 8a.m.). Little gull x 1 (on East Lake), pintail x 2 (also on East Lake).

**16-3-18**

Reed bunting x 2 (Slingsby Hide).

**14-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1, shelduck x 1, siskin x 25, lesser redpoll x 5, grey heron 1 on each nest, sparrowhawk x 2, Mediterranean gull x 2, adults, fieldfare x 3, redwing x 10.

**10-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 1, bar tailed godwit x 1 (feeding together and seen from Sutton Hide), redshank x 1, Black-necked grebe x 1, shelduck x 1, common snipe x 2, siskin x 10, red kite x 1, redpoll x 5, shoveler x 23.

**9-3-18** (including Monthly transect).

Lesser-spotted woodpecker x 1 female (on the alders on the lake side near Tyler, great spotted woodpecker in the same area too), sparrowhawk x 1, common buzzard x 1, stock dove x 6, woodpigeon x 36, green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 4, wren x 21, dunnock x 7, robin x 33, blackbird x 20, song thrush x 3, redwing x 10, mistle thrush x 5, goldcrest x 3,

long-tailed tit x 13, coal tit x 4, blue tit x 44, great tit x 14, treecreeper x 2, jay x 7, magpie x 5, jackdaw x 12, carrion crow x 25, chaffinch x 14, goldfinch x 12, siskin x 23, lesser redpoll x 7,

rose-ringed parakeet x 10. Long-tailed tit reported nesting in front of Slingsby Hide.

**8-3-18**

Black-tailed godwit x 2, bar tailed godwit x 1, bullfinch x 3.

**7-3-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, black-tailed godwit x 1 (Sutton Hide), common snipe x 15, water rail x 2 (1 outside Tyler Hide and one near Willow Hide).

**4-3-18**

Pintail x 3 (2 males and 1 female), black-tailed godwit x 1, black-necked grebe x 1, red kite x 1 (seen from Willow Hide), water rail x 1 (near Willow Hide), sparrowhawk x 1, common snipe x 7, shelduck x 1, siskin x 90, coal tit x 2, shoveler x 20, great-crested grebe x 22 (some showing courtship display), little grebe x 9, pochard x 31, fieldfare x 100, redwing x 30 on reserve + 60 in the horses field, starling x 20, goldfinch x 21, nuthatch x 1.

**3-3-18**

Pintail x 3 (2 males and 1 female), black-necked grebe x 1, dunlin x 1, shelduck x 1, siskin x 100, fieldfare x 20, redwing x 25, redpoll x 3, sparrowhawk x 1.

**2-3-18**

Pintail x 3, dunlin x 1, black-necked grebe x 1, shedluck x 1.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve February Highlights

**26-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, Brent goose x 1, redpoll x 10, sparrowhawk x 1, siskin x 50,

mistle thrush x 1 (singing in the car park).

**25-2-18**

White-fronted goose x 1, red kite x 1 (no location specified in the book for either).

**26-2-18**

Redpoll x 1 (calling), grey wagtail x 1 (calling) both flew over the visitor centre.

**25-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, little egret x 1, common snipe x 5, shelduck x 1, redpoll x 2, siskin x 5, treecreeper x 1, grey heron x 2 (one on nest 1 and one on nest 2), great-crested grebe (back on Snipe Bog Lake), common buzzard x 2, sparrowhawk x 1, bullfinch x 1. Plus reported: Red kite x 1 and white fronted goose x 1 (no location specified in the log book).

**24-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, goosander x 1 (male), common snipe x 7, redpoll x 5, siskin x 3,

grey heron x 4 (including one on nest 1 and one on nest 2), jay x 5, rook x 1 (Alder Carr),

redwing x 12, coal tit x 1, nuthatch x 1, bullfinch x 1, reed bunting x 1.

**23-2-18** including Monthly Transect.

Black-necked grebe x 1 (East Lake near Clay Spit), common snipe x 4 (visible from Sutton Hide), little egret x 1 (North Lake), grey heron x 5 (including one on nest number 1), sparrowhawk x 2 (Back Lake), common buzzard x 1 (sheep field), stock dove x 2, woodpigeon x 13, green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 1, pied wagtail x 1, wren x 11, dunnock x 5, song thrush x 2, redwing x 30 (including flock behind Slingsby Hide), mistle thrush x 1, goldcrest x 7, long-tailed tit x 20,

coal tit x 3 (including 2 at the Hair Pin), blue tit x 16, great tit x 13, treecreeper x 2, jay x 1, magpie x 6 (including 3 in sheep field), jackdaw x 22 (including 20 in the sheep field and Alder Carr), carrion crow x 19 (one on reserve rest in sheep field), chaffinch x 15, goldfinch x 8, siskin x 60, lesser redpoll x 6 (including 2 on Japanese Larch in garden area and one by the cottage), bullfinch x 3 (including one male all on the way to Tyler Hide). Also great crested grebe pair displaying in front of Sutton Hide.

**21-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, common snipe x 9, shelduck x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 6 (including 2 displaying), grey heron x 3 (including one on nest number 1 and 2 by nest number 2), bullfinch x 2 (calling by cottage).

**20-2-18**

Mistle thrush x 1 and coal tit x 1 (both singing opposite the Visitor Centre), grey wagtail x 1 (flew over the visitor centre).

**18-2-18** including Webs Count.

Greylag goose x 72, Canada goose x 58, Egyptian goose x 8, cormorant x 13, grey heron x 4, black-necked grebe x 1,

great-crested grebe x 23, little grebe x 10, moorhen x 22, coot x 93, lapwing x 21, common snipe x 2, teal x 25, pochard x 9, wigeon x 20, mallard x 44, gadwall x 35, shoveler x 8, Mandarin duck x 2, tufted duck x 77, black-headed gull x 94,

common gull x 60, herring gull x 2, sparrowhawk x 2, common buzzard x 1, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, green woodpecker x 1,

great spotted woodpecker x 6, song thrush x 11, jay x 1, siskin x 115, lesser redpoll x 2, goldfinch x 4, treecreeper x 2.

**17-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, common snipe x 4 (seen from Tyler Hide), siskin x 20, lesser redpoll x 3, mistle thrush x 1, goldfinch x 15, wigeon x 20, shoveler x 10, pochard x 10, **goshawk x 1** (seen from Tyler Hide).

**14-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, shelduck x 1, common snipe x 2, little grebe x 7, Egyptian goose x 8, sparrowhawk x 1, water rail x 1 (Willow Hide), bullfinch x 2 (calling between Visitor centre and goat paddock), mistle thrush x 1 (signing, West Lake not far from entrance gate). Also female mallard sitting on the second heron nest!

**13-2-18**

Bullfinch x 2 (calling between Visitor centre and goat paddock), mistle thrush x 1 (signing ,West Lake).

**12-2-18** Black-necked grebe x 1, little grebe x 6, common snipe x 5, peregrine x 1 (East Lake seen at 16:50), shoveler x 9,

herring gull x 2, bullfinch x 2 (calling between Visitor centre and goat paddock), mistle thrush x 1 (signing West Lake not far from entrance gate).

**11-2-18** Black-necked grebe x 1, little egret x 2, redpoll x 2, siskin x 15, Egyptan goose x 4, chiffchaff x 1,

lesser black-backed gull x 2, reed bunting x 2, shelduck x 1, treecreeper x 2.

**7-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, siskin x 70, redpoll x 4.

**4-2-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1, great crested grebe x 23, little grebe x 3, shoveler x 14, pochard x 4, wigeon x 25, grey heron x 3, common snipe x 5, common gull x 7, herring gull x 26, sparrowhawk x 2, coal tit x 1, siskin x 50, redpoll x 2,

bullfinch x 2 females (one anglers’ car park, one west lake near bridge).

**3-2-18**

Common snipe x 15, red bunting x 5,(Slingsby Hide), wigeon x 26, little egret x 1, redwing x 20, great spotted woodpecker x 2 drumming (fishermen’s car park and Long Lake)

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve January Highlights

**31-1-18** Black-necked grebe x 1, shelduck x 1, common snipe x 27, pied wagtail x 22 (willow Hide), little egret x 1.

**28-1-18** Black-necked grebe x 1 (East Lake near Clay Spit), great-crested grebe x 16, little grebe x 8, red kite x 2, sparrowhawk x 1, common snipe x 30, common gull x 25, wigeon x 25, redwing x 30 (in neighbouring horses field).

**27-1-18** Black-necked grebe x 1 (East Lake near Clay Spit), barn owl (11:45 a.m. far end of East Lake by fields).

**26-1-18** Black-necked grebe x 1 (East Lake near Clay Spit), common snipe x 53, redpoll x 1, coal tit x 1, nuthatch x 1.

**25-1-18** Bullfinch x 2 (2 females and 1 male, close to goat paddock eating buddleia seeds), interesting behaviour: coot and moorhens seen from Tyler Hide feeding on freshly laid droppings from greylag geese.

**23-1-18** Black-necked grebe x 1 (East Lake near Clay Spit), redpoll calling over car park x 3.

**22-1-18** red kite x 1, sparrowhawk x 1. Black-necked grebe x 1, mistle thrush x 1 (singing in the car park area).

**21-1-18** including Webs count

Greylag goose x 93, Canada goose x 123, Egyptian goose x 2, grey heron x 3, cormorant x 18, black-necked grebe x 1,

little grebe x 10, great crested grebe x 18, lapwing x 196, common snipe x 55, moorhen x 19, coot x 85, teal x 37, pochard x 6, shoveler x 5, gadwall x 15, mallard x 71, tufted duck x 116, black headed gull x 115, common gull x 3, herring gull x 68,

great black-backed gull x 15, wigeon x 16, sparrowhawk x 1, mistle thrush x 1, jay x 4, song thrush x 7, reed bunting x 2,

bullfinch x 1 (female), goldfinch x 20, siskin x 50, nuthatch x 1.

Also a record of a male goosander flying east.

**20-1-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1 (EL near Clay Spit), little grebe x 9, water rail x 1 (rear of Willow Hide), common snipe x 62 (flushed by female sparrowhawk), siskin x 75, redpoll x 3, redwing x 4, goldcrest x 10.

**19-1-18**

Common snipe x 40 (seen from Tyler Hide).

**17-1-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1 (East Lake near Clay Spit), common snipe x 49, tawny owl x 1 (heard from the car park).

**16-1-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1 (EL near Clay Spit), mistle thrush x 1 (singing in the car park area).

**14-1-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1 (EL near Clay Spit).

**12-1-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1 (West Lake), Water rail x 1 (Willow Hide area), mistle thrush x 1 (singing in the car park area).

**10-1-18**

Black-necked grebe x 1 (near Clay Spit), shelduck x 1, little egret x 1, common snipe x 37, wigeon x 22, Egyptian goose x 9, little grebe x 10.

Monthly transect also on this date: Sparrowhawk x 1 (calling in the Alder Carr Wood), water rail x 1 (calling at the western end of the Long Lake), stock dove x 4, woodpigeon x 20, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, great-spotted woodpecker x 1, wren x 18, dunnock x 5, robin x 30, blackbird x 11, song thrush x 4, redwing x 6, mistle thrush x 1 (singing in the car park), goldcrest x 2, long-tailed tit x 2 (on the feeders by Grebe Hide), blue tit x 35, great tit x 18, treecreeper x 2, jay x 1, magpie x 5, jackdaw x 82 (of which 45 were in the sheep field), carrion crow x 76 (of which 40 were in the sheep field), chaffinch x 13, goldfinch x 4, siskin x 25, lesser redpoll x 1 (calling in flight behind Slingsby Hide), bullfinch x 2 (calling by warden’s cottage), reed bunting x 1 (heard calling from Slingsby Hide).

**6-1-18**

Water rail x 1 (Willow Hide area), lapwing x 128, shelduck x 1, great black-backed gull x 24, little grebe x 6, Egyptian goose x 4, bullfinch x 1 (fishermen’s car park), common snipe x 28, mistle thrush x 2, siskin x 30.

**5-1-18**

Common snipe x 25, sparrowhawk x 1, mistle thrush x 1 (singing in the car park).

**3-1-18**

Common snipe x 50, siskin x 30, redpoll x 2, goldfinch x 4, long-tailed tit x 10, treecreeper x 1, collared dove x 5,

common buzzard x 1, reed bunting x 10, little grebe x 7, wigeon x 14, great black-backed gull x 2, water rail x 1 (Slingsby Hide), Mandarin duck x 2, shoveler x 17.

**1-1-18**

Goosander x 1 (female on the East Lake), common snipe x 71, wigeon x 13, pochard x 54, shoveler x 20, Mandarin duck x 2,

grey heron x 4, little egret x 1, little grebe x 5, great-crested grebe x 24, common gull x 18, water rail x 1 (Snipe Bog Lake),

siskin x 40, lapwing x 243, herring gull x 23.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve December Highlights

**31-12-17**

Mistle thrush x 2, barnacle goose x 1, common snipe x 55, great black-backed gull x 16.

**30-12-17**

Little egret x 9 (at roost on the North Lake), jackdaws x 200 roosting near Long Lake and x 1000 roosting near Willow Hide,

water rail x 1 (near Willow Hide), sparrowhawk x 1.

**27-12-17**

Peregrine x 1, flushed all the birds visible from Tyler Hide including 26 common snipe.

**25-12-17**

Red kite x 2 (over the East Lake), sparrowhawk x 1, jay x 6, wigeon 14, grey heron x 4, little grebe x 7, common snipe x 38,

siskin x 70, lesser redpoll x 13.

**24-12-17**

Little grebe x 4, little egret x 3, common snipe x 50, water rail x 1, bullfinch x 2 (pair), siskin x 3, chiffchaff x 1, sparrowhawk x 1.

**23-12-17**

Common snipe x 54, bullfinch x 1, siskin x 110, lesser redpoll x 1, goldfinch x 30, reed bunting x 8, peregrine x 1 female eating prey on the ground near willow hide, redwing x 8, __barnacle goose x 1__.

**21-12-17**

Little egret x 10 (at roost), common snipe x 21, kingfisher x 1, bullfinch x 1, siskin x 60, lesser redpoll x 5, goldcrest x 4, sparrowhawk x 1.

**20-12-17**

There was an addition of these records for this date

Common snipe x 62, water rail x 1, redpoll x 2, siskin x 20, wigeon x 5.

**20-12-17**

Reed bunting x 73 (left roost between 6:45 and 8:15 at Slingsby Hide), common snipe x 48 (seen from Tyler Hide).

**17-12-17**

Little egret x 10, common snipe x 25, teal x 57, lesser redpoll x 1, siskin x 20, nuthatch x 1.

From Tyler hide a sparrowhaw was seen predating a common snipe from one of the islands.

**16-12-17**

Common snipe x 19, Egyptian goose x 10, sparrowhawk x 3, little grebe x 6, greenfinch x 1,

reed bunting x 1, song thrush x 4, green woodpecker x 1.

**15-12-17**

Common snipe x 12 (seen from Tyler Hide).

**13-12-17**

Water rail x 1, grey wagtail x 1, nuthatch x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 4,

peregrine x 1 (flew over the Long Lake at 12p.m.), redwing x 20, mistle thrush x 6, bullfinch x 2, redpoll x 2, siskin x 5, goldfinch x 5, reed bunting x 2.

Also seen from the gate into the sheep field and therefore not strictly on the reserve: Merlin x 1(female), kestrel x 1, red kite x 1, sparrowhawk x 1.

**10-12-17 Webs Count**

Mute swan x 3, Canada goose x 5, greylag goose x 180, grey heron x 5, cormorant x 44, little egret x 8, moorhen x 17, coot x 106, little grebe x 6, great-crested grebe x 18, teal x 32, gadwall x 6, shoveler x 20, pochard x 25, mallard x 84, Mandarin duck x 3, tufted duck x 72, lapwing x 213, common snipe x 8, black-headed gull x 33, common gull x 10, great-black backed gull x 4,

herring gull x 53, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, song thrush x 2, goldcrest x 2, chiffchaff x 2, goldfinch x 6, siskin x 70, jay x 5,

nuthatch x 1 and coal tit x 1 (both on the feeders by Grebe Hide).

**9-12-17 Monthly transect**

Sparrowhawk x 1, water rail x 1 (seen from Kingfisher Hide), stock dove x 3, woodpigeon x 9, rose-ringed parakeet x 2,

great-spotted woodpecker x 3, grey wagtail x 1 (calling by the pump house on the West Lake), pied wagtail x 1, wren x 18,

dunnock x 6, robin x 23, blackbird x 18, song thrush x 5, redwing x 3 (near Slingsby Hide), goldcrest x 5, long-tailed tit x 30,

coal tit x 3, blue tit x 27, great tit x 17, treecreeper x 3, jay x 3, magpie x 6, jackdaw x 5, carrion crow x 19 (including 12 in the sheep field), chaffinch x 9, goldfinch x 32, siskin x 39, lesser redpoll x 4 (including one showing well past willow hide),

bullfinch x 2 (calling near Willow Hide), reed bunting x 1 (calling at Slingsby Hide), nuthatch x 1 (on the feeders by Grebe Hide),

little egret x 9, little grebe x 8, common snipe x 6.

**8-12-17**

common snipe x 5, mistle thrush x 2 in horses field, common buzzard x 1 (over the East Lake).

**3-12-17**

Reed bunting x 42 (7a.m-8a.m.left roost seen from Slingsby Hide), jackdaw x 1200 (left roost at 7:05 a.m. from School Wood), crows and jackdaws x 150 (left roost at Alder Carr at 7:25 a.m.), cormorant x 54 (passed Slingsby Hide from roost on East Lake),

common snipe x 5, **Bewick swan** x 9 (6 Adults and 3 juveniles, on the East Lake near clay spit between 8:05 and 8:15 not seen again later in the day), shoveler x 30, redwing x 3, little grebe x 7, little egret x 8 (West Lake), bullfinch x 2 (near Warden’s cottage, calling).

**2-12-17**

Wigeon x 16, pochard x 72, little grebe x 6, Egyptian goose x 14, common snipe x 4, siskin x 6, redpoll x 2, reed bunting x 3, bullfinch x 1, song thrush x 4, little egrets x 9, chiffchaff x 2, water rail x 1 (called from reedy area past Willow Hide going down the main track).

*Susanna Clerici*

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve November highlights

**30-11-17**

Bullfinch x 1 (female near the visitor centre).

**26-11-17**

Woodcock x 1 (flushed no location indicated in the log book).

**25-11-17**

Little egret x 9 (West Lake), pochard x 41, shoveler x 22, little grebe x 3, common snipe x 3, cormorant x 51, wigeon x 2,

black- headed gull x 600, siskin x 8, water rail x 1 (location not indicated in the log book), rose-ringed parakeet x 4,

Mandarin duck x 6, reed bunting x 1, redwing x 10.

**22-11-17** including monthly transect (A very windy day)

Little egret x 4 (West Lake), water rail x 1 (seen at Slingsby Hide), stock dove x 1, woodpigeon x 7,

green woodpecker x 1, great spotted woodpecker x 3, pied wagtail x 1, wren x 5, dunnock x 1, robin x 20, blackbird x 8, song thrush x 2, redwing x 4, goldcrest x 4, long-tailed tit x 30, blue tit x 24, great tit x 7, treecreeper x 1, magpie x 4, jackdaw x 27, carrion crow x 17, chaffinch x 5, goldfinch x 4, siskin x 4.

**21-11-17**

Grey wagtail x 1 (calling by pump station, West Lake).

**19-11-17** including Webs count

Mute swan x 2, greylag goose x 28, Canada goose x 15, Egyptian goose x 2, grey heron x 4, little egret x 4, cormorant x 13, moorhen x 22, coot x 113, lapwing x 182, common snipe x 1, mallard x 136, gadwall x 15,

tufted duck x 69, pochard x 34, shoveler x 19, Mandarin duck x 9, teal x 26, water rail x 1 (location not written in the book), great black-backed gull x 1, common gull x 15, herring gull x 15, black headed gull x 276,

great crested grebe x 15, little grebe x 6, sparrowhawk x 3 (1 male and 2 females), rose-ringed parakeet x 7,

song thrush x 3, jay x 7, chiffchaff x 1, siskin x 10, nuthatch x 1, jackdaw x 700 and rooks x 16 (left roost @ 6:45 a.m.).

**16-11-17**

Water rail x 1 (Slingsby Hide), common snipe x 1 (Tyler Hide).

**12-11-17**

Goosander x 1 female (East Lake).

**4-11-17**

Water rail x 1 (calling at Long Lake), peregrine x 1.

**29-10-17**

Redpoll x 3, siskin x 5, redwing x 3, all near the goat paddock. Also grey wagtail x 1.

**28-10-17**

Water rail x 1, wigeon x 2 (male and female), all seen from Willow Hide.

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve October highlights

**22-10-17**

Little grebe x 2, swallow x 1, house martin x 1, gadwall x 12, shoveler x 4, little egret x 2, wigeon x 1, grey wagtail x 1, green sandpiper x 1 (seen from Tyler Hide).

**20-10-17**

Kingfisher x 1 (seen from Tyler Hide), also greylag/Canada goose hybrid x 2.

**14-10-17**

Peregrine x 1, sparrowhawk x 1, kingfisher x 1, little grebe x 3, nuthatch x 1, siskin x 1, redwing x 1.

**13-10-17 Monthly Transect**

Stock dove x 1, woodpigeon x 5, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, great-spotted woodpecker x 2, grey wagtail x 1 (calling flew from cow field into alder carr),

pied wagtail x 4, wren x 15, dunnock x 1, robin x 24, song thrush x 5, redwing x 4, chiffchaff x 4 (including one feeding on the roof of Willow Hide), goldcrest x 13, long-tailed tit x 9, coal tit x 1 (calling in the car park), blue tit x 21, great tit x 12, treecreeper x 2, magpie x 5, jackdaw x 15,

carrion crow x 14, chaffinch x 1, siskin x 8 (seen near the North Lake and Willow Hide), lesser redpoll x 3 (flying over the goat paddock), bullfinch x 2 (calling on the way to Carter Hide).

**9-10-17**

Nuthatch x 1 (calling in the car park area).

**8-10-17 (including Webs count)**

Mute swan x 4, greylag goose x 249, Canada goose x 158, Egyptian goose x 14, grey heron x 5, little egret x 1, little grebe x 2, great-crested grebe x 16 adults and 2 young, moorhen x 21, coot x 92, lapwing x 51, common snipe x 2, teal x 36, gadwall x 10, pochard x 10, mallard x 123, shoveler x 4,

tufted duck x 68, Mandarin duck x 15, kingfisher x 1, black-headed gull x 70, great spotted woodpecker x 3, green woodpecker x 2, jay x 7,

rose-ringed parakeet x 28, chiffchaff x 1, long-tailed tit x 20, coal tit x 1, mistle thrush x 1.

**7-10-17**

Green sandpiper x 1, common snipe x 1, kingfisher x 1, jackdaw x 100, little grebe x 3, redwing x 8 (over carpark), siskin x 1.

**4-10-17**

Siskin x 1 (over visitor centre calling).

**1-10-17**

Blackcap x 2 (male and female in the carpark area), house martin x 5. green sandpiper x 2(seen from Tyler Hide), water rail x 1 (heard from Willow Hide).

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve September highlights

30-9-17

Green sandpiper x 1.

27-9-17 Monthly transect.

Siskin x 1 (heard over fishermen’s carpark), green sandpiper x 1 (seen from Tyler Hide), sparrowhawk x 1, woodpigeon x 9, rose-ringed parakeet x 9, green woodpecker x 2, great-spotted woodpecker x 2, grey wagtail x 1 (West Lake inlet), wren x 15, dunnock x 4, robin x 38, blackbird x 3, song thrush x 1, chiffchaff x 7, goldcrest x 7, long-tailed tit x 13, blue tit x 13, great tit x 12, treecreeper x 3, jay x 1, magpie x 10, jackdaw x 20,

carrion crow x 33 ( including 24 in adjacent field), starling x 56 (all in adjacent field including 8 flying over the reserve), chaffinch x 2,

kingfisher x 1 (Willow Hide).

24-9-17

Common snipe x 3, green sandpiper x 1, little grebe x 2, wigeon x 1, nuthatch x 1, coal tit x 1.

23-9-17

Common snipe x 2, teal x 18, Mandarin duck x 2 (in trees eating acorns and those that dropped in the lake were being eaten by mallards!), nuthatch x 1, coal tit x 1, little egret x 1.

22-9-17

Great white egret x 1 (flying over East Lake and later see from Tyler Hide).

20-9-17

Green sandpiper x 1, dunlin x 1, wigeon x 1, pochard x 4, little grebe x 2, kingfisher x 3, gadwall x 3, nuthatch x 1 (calling in the car park), shoveler x 3, swallow x 4, house martin x 60, buzzard x 1.

18-9-17

Lapwing x 50, green sandpiper x 2, dunlin x 1.

17-9-17

Common snipe x 4, dunlin x 1, common sandpiper x 1, green sandpiper x 1, Egyptian goose x 14, gadwall x 1, wigeon x 1, shoveler x 3, pochard x 4,

linnet x 1.

16-9-17

Little grebe x 2, pochard x 3, shoveler x 2, kingfisher x 2, common sandpiper x 1, green sandpiper x 1, dunlin x 1, swallow x 30, house martin x 60,

buzzard x 1, pied wagtail x 6, sand martin x 30, little egret x 1.

12-9-17

Common buzzard x 3 (soaring high in the sky over the East Lake and calling).

10-9-17 Includes Webs count

Mute swan x 4, greylag goose x 335, Canada goose x 233, Egyptian goose x 2, grey heron x 3, little egret x 2, cormorant x 10, lapwing x 65, green sandpiper x 2, kingfisher x 2, moorhen x 19, coot x 111, great-crested grebe x 13 adults and 4 juveniles, teal x 17, mallard x 54, tufted duck x 45,

pochard x 1, Mandarin duck x 2, gadwall x 2, black-headed gull x 35, herring gull x 4, hobby x 1, common buzzard x 1, rose-ringed parakeet x 3,

swallow x 14, house martin x 2, coal tit x 1, chiffchaff x 12, nuthatch x 2, jay x 5.

9-9-17

Common sandpiper x 1, reed warbler x 1, blackcap x 2, little egret x 1, house martin x 20, swallow x 20, swift x 1.

6-9-17

Greenshank x 2, Common sandpiper x 2, green sandpiper x 1, little egret x 1, bullfinch x 1, sand martins and house martins also recorded.

3-9-17

Common sandpiper x 3, green sandpiper x 1, common snipe x 1 (from Tyler Hide), whinchat x 1 (from Tyler Hide), bullfinch x 1.

2-9-17

Common sandpiper x 2, green sandpiper x 1, kingfisher x 4, little grebe x 1.

31-8-17

Common sandpiper x 2 and Yellow wagtail x 7 (2 adults and 5 juveniles) all seen from Tyler Hide.

*Susanna Clerici*

# Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve August 2017 Highlights

29-8-17

**Nuthatch** x 1 (calling behind the visitor centre).

27-8-17

**Osprey** x 1 (on the East Lake but flew west at 9:30 a.m.), **green sandpiper** x 1, **grey wagtail** x 1, **little grebe** x 1, **kingfisher** x 2.

26-8-17

**Osprey** x 1 and **marsh harrier** x 1 (late afternoon from Tyler Hide).

24-8-17

**Kingfisher** x 2 (Carter Hide and Willow Hide).

23-8-17

**Green sandpiper** x 1, **teal** x 5, **pochard** x 2 (females), **shoveler** x 2, **sand martin** x 40, **house martin** x 10, **swift** x 1, **kestrel** x 1, **swallow** x 5, **nuthatch** x 1, **chiffchaff** x 23, **garden warbler** x 1, **bullfinch** x 1.

23-8-17

**Kingfisher** x 1 juvenile (Carter Hide).

22-8-17

**Sand martin** x 3 (2 Adult and 1 juvenile).

21-8-17

**Nuthatch** x 1 (calling opposite the Visitor Centre).

20-8-17

**Common sandpiper** x 1, **wigeon** x 1 (both from Tyler Hide ), **kingfishe**r x 3 (North Lake).

19-8-17

**Sand martin** x 2, **swallow** x 10, **house martin** x 6, **nuthatch** x 1, **chiffchaff** x 17, **blackcap** x 2, **mistle thrush** x 1, **bullfinch** x 1.

16-8-17

**Green sandpiper** x 3, **common sandpiper** x 2, **little egret** x 2, **whitethroat** x 2 (including 1 juvenile), **gadwall** x 4, **teal** x 5, **shoveler** x 2, **pochard** x 3, **kingfisher** x 1, **sparrohawk** x 3.

14-8-17

**Coal tit** x 1 (singing opposite Visitor Centre), willow warbler x 1.

13-8-17 Webs count

**Mute swan** x 4, **greylag goose** x 268, **Canada goose** x 86, **Egyptian goose** x 2, **grey heron** x 5, **cormorant** x 6, **coot** x 128, **moorhen** x 24, **lapwing** x 67, **green sandpiper** x 1, **kingfisher** x 2 (1 adult and 1 juvenile), **mallard** x 53, **shoveler** x 3, **teal** x 7, **pochard** x 2, **Mandarin duck** x 1, **tufted duck** x 88,

**black-headed gull** x 29, **herring gull** x 2, **sparrowhawk** x 2, **common buzzard** x 4,** rose-ringed parakeet** x 4, **great-spotted woodpecker** x 4,

**green woodpecker** x 3,** nuthatch** x 2, **coal tit** x 1, **swift** x 5, **swallow** x 5, **willow warbler** x 1, **blackcap** x 6, **chiffchaff** x 10, **reed warbler** x 4, **whitethroat** x 1, Dartford Ringing Group caught: **bullfinch** x 2 (young birds), **garden warbler** x 1.

12-8-17

**Hobby** x 1.

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.