Greenfinch - adult male

Controls are birds ringed elsewhere which we subsequently catch at Rye Meads. We control a lot fewer birds than we get recoveries from those that we ring, but it is always exciting to catch a bird with a strange ring, especially if that ring is from a foreign ringing scheme.

The details can sometimes take a while to come through to us, but here are some of the more interesting Controls whose ringing details have been notified to the Group.

  • July – August 2019

    July - August 2019

    Bumper numbers of small birds, a long-staying Marsh Harrier, and our first Little Owl for five years.

  • Ringing Review of 2018

    Ringing Review of 2018

    After a challenging year for birds, our ringing totals were the lowest for six years, but we did ring our 141st new species.

  • May – June 2019

    May - June 2019

    A good period for waders, from small to very large, and encouraging numbers of warblers.

  • One in a (quarter) million…

    One in a (quarter) million...

    On Saturday 13 July 2019 the Rye Meads Ringing Group (RMRG) reached an amazing milestone. Read on to find out more details.

  • March – April 2019

    March - April 2019

    This period saw the first record of our 228th species, a Cattle Egret, and the second record of Common Crane.

  • January – February 2019

    January - February 2019

    In sharp contrast to last year the final week of February included some lovely warm spring days; sadly, the birds found were largely unexciting.