Author Archive | Roger

A review of our wintering Chiffchaffs

Recent activitiesBritish Chiffchaff (‘collybita’ race) in Autumn after post-juvenile moult (Roger Emmens)A review of our wintering Chiffchaffs Rye Meads is one of the best places in Hertfordshire for wintering Chiffchaffs, but they are not our breeding birds, so where do they come from? Alan Harris reviews the evidence. Chiffchaffs (Phylloscopus collybita) breeding in Britain normally […]

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RMRG’s very own D-day

Recent activities Saturday 3 June 2017: RMRG’s very own D-day The heroic story of an amphibian operation codenamed E-day involving two vessels and some 300 Black-headed Gulls – a report from the Seamen’s Mess by Brian Milligan Exactly 73 years ago allied commanders were putting the final touches to their plans for the Normandy Landings. […]

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Hail to the Emperor!

Recent activities Hail to the Emperor! At the recent Rye Meads RSPB Fun Day, Site Manager Vicky Buckel produced some Emperor Moth pheremone from the freezer, with startling results, as reported by Roger Emmens. On the afternoon of the recent RSPB Fun Day at Rye Meads, Site Manager Vicky Buckel announced she had some Emperor […]

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Ringing review of 2016

Ringing and Results Ringing review of 2016 Ringing highlights included Pochard, Firecrest, Redstart and a Greenland Wheatear, as well as a rehab Bittern. The table shows the totals of birds ringed at Rye Meads by species, covering the last two complete calendar years and the grand totals for the Group. This is presented in the […]

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Group outing: BTO Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey of Skye

Recent activitiesLooking west from Dunvegan with MaCloed’s Table in the distance after a hard days surveying. Sally HarrisGroup outing: BTO Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey of Skye This time last year, an ‘expedition team’ from Rye Meads Ringing Group took part in a UK-wide survey, on Skye. Alan Harris recalls the trip. Three inches of snow on […]

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