Southern Colour Ringing Group


Thursday evening we wing tagged a brood of three Red Kites for Barry Trevis and also spent the rest of the evening with him ringing a brood of three Buzzards. This kicked off our weekend of Raptor Ringing with a number of SCRG members attending and ringing Kite and Buzzard for the first time. Saturday our climber Richard Fenna came over and climbed four nests for us ringing two broods of Red Kite and two broods of Buzzard. Unfortunately one Buzzard nest with three young was too high up in a very thin Ash and we were unable to reach it. The other really good element was Dave Dutton was able to come over and wing tag the Buzzards with his project registered wing tags. An excellent day with everyone working hard to achieve the final outcome. Whilst relays were undertaken to ring the various nests the crow trap was operated in the back field resulting in 3 Jackdaws and 10 Rooks also ringed during the day. Below are a range of photos from the day.

PHOTO 2019 06 15 12 35 5515 June Buzzard and BillyBuzzard wing tag 4PHOTO 2019 06 15 12 36 22

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 6 6

Excellent news from David Tomlinson in Suffolk today where 4F was photographed over his garden. This is our first Kite away from Hertfordshire despite one being sighted near Luton however the codes on the Luton bird were not able to be read as it was soaring too high.

4F was ringed from a spring trap in August last year as a young bird so could have wandered some distance before capture in Hertfordshire. Many thanks to David Tomlinson who photographed the bird and noticed the tag on downloading the pictures.

Red Kite ringed 2018 August 006 copy

4F at ringing in August 2018

Suffolk Sighting

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Photgraphs of 4F on 31st March 2019 in Suffolk taken by David Tomlinson

Map and deatils at:

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 0 0

Red Kite ringed 2018 August 006 copy  Red Kite ringed 2018 August 005 copy

Two Red Kites today one new bird (wing tagged 4F) and one retrap bird (1F) which was one of the pulli ringed back in June. Great to prove fledging from one of our nests. Thanks to Shaun Harvey for the photos

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 1 1


The Southern Colour Ringing Group rings Red Kite and Buzzard pulli (young in the nest) and traps full grown birds using large spring traps baited with carrion at a site in North Hertfordshire.

Nests are climbed up to by a contract climber and young removed to ring. We also fit coloured wing tags with various year codes allocated to us by the national co-ordinator which allows the birds to be relocated without needing to be recaptured. There are many more bird-watchers looking for colour-marked birds, so this greatly improves our chances of understanding the movements of the birds we are studying. Currently we are fitting Yellow tags with Black letters to Kites and Black tags with White letters to Buzzards. 

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Ringing totals

2016 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 7 0

2017 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 2 0

2018 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 5 5

2019 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 6 6

Grand totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 20 11

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