The Observation pages contain a synopsis of the more interesting sightings of birds at Rye Meads over the past year.

How we record our birds

The Ringing Group operates to site boundaries which cover most of the RSPB reserve, part of the HMWT reserve, and all of the Thames Water Treatment Works area. We maintain a detailed log of observations every day that the site is manned, to the same standard as the permanent Bird Observatories. When interpreting these records, however, please remember that the Group is an amateur one, and so we are unable to cover the site every day! Observations are passed to the Hertfordshire Bird Recorder, and all rarities have full descriptions taken for scrutiny by the county or national Rare Birds committees as appropriate.

For more detailed information

"Friends" of Rye Meads receive a more detailed report in our Bulletin every two months, and a full species breakdown in our three-yearly Report. Click here for details of how to become a Friend or Member, or to buy a copy of the most recent Report.

  • September – October 2016

    Garganey, Osprey, Raven, a rescued Bittern and the last migrants of Autumn!

  • July-August 2016

    Rounding up pullus ducks in the South Lagoons

    Star waders of the period were two Little Stints which showed well in front of the Draper Hide over the Bank Holiday weekend

  • May-June 2016

    The Sluice - an area of the Works

    Observations May-June 2016: Star bird was the Purple Heron, but which species reached a new site record? Which common birds were noteworthy rare visitors?

  • Mar – Apr 2016

    First Meadow

    Yellow, black and red were themes of the period, with the headlines provided by a long-staying Yellow-browed Warbler.

  • Jan – Feb 2016

    The Ringing Hut in the snow

    Winter warbler wonderland - chiffs, blackcaps, crests galore!

  • Nov – Dec 2015

    A Goosander, Firecrests and... a Brimstone butterfly! Beneficiaries of a record warm December.