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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • From Iceland to Israel – our birds go a long way!

    Black-tailed Godwits

    Here are some of the more informative bird movements to and from Rye Meads reported in the past year as identified by ringing, covering eight countries and two continents!