After a challenging year for birds, our ringing totals were the lowest for six years, but we did ring our 141st new species.
What we have learned from our ringing programme
Ringing and Results Reed Warbler (Roger Emmens)Pullus ringing does give interesting results Toby Spall has been a dedicated nest-finder and pullus-ringer for more years than he cares to remember – you may have read his article in the recent issue of BTO News. But he still finds great pleasure in small rewards from this activity, […]
Ringing and Results Ringing review of 2017 Ringing highlights included 10 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, Nightingale and Tree Pipit, and records for Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff and Goldfinch. The table shows the totals of birds ringed at Rye Meads by species, covering the last two complete calendar years and the grand totals […]
Recent activitiesBlack-tailed Godwits (Jay Ward)From Iceland to Israel – our birds go a long way! One of the best things about ringing, besides the privilege of examining always fascinating and often really lovely birds in the hand, is getting information about their movements. It is after all the main reason for all the hard effort […]
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 […]
Results From Russia to Spain – holiday destinations of our birds The pick of the recoveries and controls notified to us during 2016. Friends of the Group receive full details in the bimonthly Bulletin – take a look here if you are interested in becoming a Friend. The best of our wildfowl movements were from […]
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 […]
Some indications of the origins of our wintering Black-headed Gulls and Chiffchaffs and some controls from our hirundine roost netting
Some recoveries from our Black-headed Gull colony, our celebrity Bearded Tit controlled again, and various warblers in Europe
Teal and Gadwall are two of the commonest ducks which occur at Rye Meads. Ringing recoveries show that the two species show very different strategies when it comes to migration.