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2015 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

CVRS News for December 2014...and for the Year
Provisional figures for 2014 show that we handled around 7257 birds, with 4874 new ringed birds and 2373 retraps.

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include a Garden Warbler & Great black-backed gull.

Chew Valley Ringing Station

is located in North Somerset just north of the Mendip hills on the southwest shore of Chew Valley Lake and on the A368 road midway between Bath and Weston-super-Mare, between the villages of Bishop Sutton and West Harptree.
Ringing started at Chew Valley Lake in 1963 and the first report was produced by the Mendip Ringing Group covering the years 1962-63. Our ringing area is mainly reed bed with some scrub. Between April and September we normally catch good numbers of Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers and a varying number of other species such as Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler plus the normal residents which now include Cetti's Warbler. We get a good passage of migrants and there is plenty of chance to see stages of moult. We also attempt to catch hirundines at roost.
If you wish to enquire about membership or have any other query please email us at cvrsringing@fsmail.net in the first instance for details.

Chew Valley Ringing Station's Ringing Course 7 - 10 August 2014

CVRS ringing course 2014
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Water Rail
8
3
11
Great Black-backed Gull
0
1
1
Sand Martin
4
0
4
Swallow
37
0
37
Wren
4
5
9
Dunnock
7
6
13
Robin
8
5
13
Blackbird
8
3
11
Song Thrush
3
1
4
Sedge Warbler
26
2
28
Reed Warbler
85
43
128
Whitethroat
3
0
3
Garden Warbler
1
1
2
Blackcap
10
5
15
Chiffchaff
12
5
17
Willow Warbler
5
0
5
Long-tailed Tit
1
0
1
Blue Tit
20
51
71
Great Tit
6
30
36
Chaffinch
4
1
5
Greenfinch
26
13
39
Bullfinch
1
3
4
Reed Bunting
0
2
2
Totals
273
180
453
2012 ringing course
2015 Ringing Course - Dates TBA
Sun Jan 25 13:24:54
2 chiffchaff, 1 coot & 1 tufted duck ringed. Retraps include a lingering chiffchaff & a female reed bunting ringed here in March 2014.
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Fri Jan 23 09:04:16
RT @CVLbirding: @CVRSNews Found a Danish-ringed BH Gull dead at CVL a few years ago which was 24 years old :-O
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Fri Jan 23 08:59:03
12 year old Polish black headed gull 1248km from home. If it has spent every winter at CVL, it would have travelled over 27,000km so far.
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Fri Jan 23 08:56:28
Black headed gull FN45053. Ringed Recz, Poland as nestling 26.6.2002. At CVL 05.01.2015. 12 years old!
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Wed Jan 21 17:45:31
Black headed gull S7602 ringed Latvia 56,57N:24,7E 20/04/2009, at CVL 14/12/2014. 5yrs 7m, 1834km.
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Tue Jan 20 16:40:41
Long term CVRS survivors retrapped today: a blue tit hatched in 2007, a robin hatched in 2010, and also a bullfinch hatched in 2012.
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