Description species

KOS LogoAll records of rare and scarce species submitted to the Society are considered by the KOS Rarity Panel before being accepted for publication in the Kent Bird Report.

A list of species requiring descriptions is listed below.

Additionally national rarities are considered by the British Bird Rarities Committee. A list of species considered by this committee, along with details on how to submit a record to the committee can be found here

Records should be sent to the appropriate Area Recorder  using the form that can be downloaded here.  If the record is being submitted as a photograph, it would be helpful if the observer could complete this form to support the record.

Species requiring supporting evidence, considered by the Kent Rarity Panel are listed here:

White Stork

Blyth’s Reed warbler

Red flanked Bluetail

Black winged Stilt

Great Shearwater

Cory’s Shearwater

Wilson’s Petrel

Black-crowned Night Heron

Purple Heron

Storm Petrel

American Wigeon

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Surf Scoter

White-tailed Eagle

Black Kite

Rough-legged Buzzard

Red-footed Falcon


Spotted Crake


Stone Curlew

American Golden Plover

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Red-necked Phalarope

Ring-billed Gull

Iceland Gull

White-winged Black Tern

Roseate Tern

Black Guillemot

Alpine Swift

Short-toed Lark

Richard’s Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-rumped Swallow



Greenish Warbler

Dusky Warbler

Radde’s Warbler

Marsh Warbler

Icterine Warbler

Melodious Warbler

Subalpine Warbler

Barred Warbler

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Woodchat Shrike

Rose-coloured Starling

Scarlet Rosefinch

Arctic Redpoll

Cirl Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Little Bunting

In addition descriptions should be submitted for rare subspecies such as Black Brant,

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Kumlein’s Gull, Grey-headed Wagtail, Northern Long-
tailed Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff