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2016 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

April 2016
We were dogged by highish winds and low tempratures but most migrants seem to be trickling through. 186 birds (of 23 species) were handled...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include Reed Warbler & Mallard.

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.

2015 ringing course - 30th July to 2nd August

CVRS ringing course 2015
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Mallard
2
0
2
Water Rail
5
2
7
Woodpigeon
1
0
1
Kingfisher
1
0
1
Sand Martin
1
0
1
Swallow
33
0
33
Wren
5
7
12
Dunnock
6
5
11
Robin
3
3
6
Blackbird
1
0
1
Song Thrush
2
0
2
Cettiā€™s Warbler
1
2
3
Sedge Warbler
29
2
31
Reed Warbler
158
115
273
Lesser Whitethroat
1
0
1
Whitethroat
1
0
1
Garden Warbler
2
1
3
Blackcap
9
2
11
Chiffchaff
4
2
6
Willow Warbler
2
0
2
Goldcrest
1
0
1
Blue Tit
15
62
77
Great Tit
3
16
19
Treecreeper
2
1
3
Chaffinch
6
3
9
Greenfinch
27
7
34
Bullfinch
0
1
1
TOTALS
321
231
552
2016 ringing course
2016 Ringing Course - Thursday 28th July to Sunday 31st July
Mon May 23 17:05:12
Nest recording: over the past couple of days or so, the first reed warblers have hatched, whilst others are just starting to build nests.
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Wed May 18 07:36:54
A garden warbler ringed on Sunday with primary coverts 4 & 5 white. The other wing was the same. https://t.co/46bGaUFGFi
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Sun May 15 14:30:35
Reed warbler thru the generations: one ringed here in the nest last summer has returned to breed, for another this is their 6th summer here.
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Sat May 14 16:44:07
Nest recording: although a few reed warblers have full clutches, most are either just starting to build or sorting out their territories.
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Sat May 14 16:41:12
22 reed warbler - juvs from '15, adults from '11, '13, '14. Also, garden warbler ringed here in '15 & a chiff ringed here as a juv in '14.
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Sun May 08 16:08:53
CES today https://t.co/j528jRkABl produced 78 reed warbler, 18 sedge (incl 1 french ringed bird), 10 cetti's, 9 blackcap, 7 reed bunting.
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Sat May 07 16:38:08
Nest recording: the 'first for the year at CVRS' reed warbler nest with eggs was found this morning.
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Sat May 07 16:33:31
16 reed warbler processed today - 9 of which were ringed here in '14 or '15. 5 sedge, 3 garden warbler, 1 lesser whitethroat & 1 chiff too.
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Sun May 01 14:31:14
1st garden warbler of the year, a lesser whitethroat, blackcap & sedge warbler ringed. Most are probably on the way to breeding territories.
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Sat Apr 30 18:20:03
Nest recording: warblers with nests... both chiffchaff & blackcap nests with eggs and a reed warbler has started to build.
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