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 2018

    Rounding up pullus ducks in the South Lagoons

    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.

  • May – June 2018

    The Sluice - an area of the Works

    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.

  • March – April 2018

    First Meadow

    Lots of legs in the news this period, with Great White Egret, Avocets, both Godwits, Curlew and Spotted Redshank visiting!

  • January – February 2018

    The Ringing Hut in the snow

    A very quiet winter period, with only a site record count of Red Kites and a ‘tristis’ type Chiffchaff particularly notable.

  • Pullus ringing does give interesting results

    Reed Warbler

    Toby Spall has long been a dedicated nest-finder and pullus-ringer - 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, as he explains here.

  • November – December 2017

    From Whoopers to Hawfinches, with the spice of more detailed counts of our everyday birds, the early winter period was not without its interest!