In sharp contrast to last year the final week of February included some lovely warm spring days; sadly, the birds found were largely unexciting.
How did winter mortality, poor migrant return, and difficult breeding conditions affect the species we saw in 2018? Not as you might think!
It was very quiet during this period, with the highlights being Marsh Tit and Water Pipit. Even the everyday birds seemed to be scarcer than usual for the time of year.
When you go to do a ringing session, you never know what you might encounter. And sometimes it isn't just birds - sometimes it's reptiles!
A report on the ringing of our latest brood of Tawny Owls at Rye Meads, from the owl box beside the Scrape
We monitor and maintain more than eighty nestboxes of various types. National Nestbox Week is a good time to share details of how we look after ours.
Our second Great White Egret enlivened what otherwise continued a quiet year with below par numbers.
Drag netting can be hard work, but it's the best way to catch one of our most enigmatic waders - the secretive Jack Snipe.
A period dominated by heat and drought resulted in few birds, and very disappointing migration numbers. Best bird was our fourth Little Tern, and the first at this time of year.
Spoonbill, Black Tern, two Starts and a Chat, and record counts of Mute Swan and Hobby were the highlights of May and June at Rye Meads.