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2017 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

November 2016
A moderately busy month, but one weekend was a wash-out which would have dented the numbers. ...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include Blackcap, Sedge Warbler & Black-headed 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.

CVRS Ringing Course 28th - 31st July 2016

CVRS ringing course 2016
Once again we were pleased to host a summer ringing course, attended by six participants and supported by various members of the ringing station. As usual the emphasis was on reed-bed ringing although we managed to produce some variety in terms of non-passerines including Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard and Water Rail for trainees to ring. The totals of birds ringed/processed are shown below.
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Mute Swan
3
0
3
Canada Goose
1
1
2
Mallard
4
0
4
Water Rail
4
0
4
Black-headed Gull
0
1
1
Kingfisher
2
0
2
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
5
0
5
Swallow
250
4
254
Wren
12
1
13
Dunnock
5
8
13
Robin
9
1
10
Blackbird
3
2
5
Song Thrush
0
1
1
Cettiā€™s Warbler
3
0
3
Sedge Warbler
40
1
41
Reed Warbler
140
116
256
Lesser Whitethroat
2
0
2
Whitethroat
2
0
2
Garden Warbler
0
1
1
Blackcap
12
3
15
Chiffchaff
7
4
11
Willow Warbler
2
0
2
Long-tailed Tit
0
2
2
Blue Tit
10
17
27
Great Tit
2
2
4
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
0
2
Chaffinch
2
3
5
Greenfinch
1
0
1
Bullfinch
3
0
3
Reed Bunting
4
3
7
TOTALS
532
172
704
Whilst some participants came on the course simply to gain more experience we were pleased to be able to endorse two trainees for their applications to gain their C-permits. The weather was kind to us, there was no night-time rave music(!), the food provided was excellent and a good time was had by all.
2017 ringing course
2017 Ringing Course - Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July
Tue Dec 06 17:03:06
This evening a water rail and 2 teal were trapped.
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Tue Dec 06 17:02:21
Also last weekend saw the first house sparrow for the year. Not a common species at CVRS.
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Tue Dec 06 17:01:26
Last weekend's ringing totals: 51 new birds and 76 retraps. New birds included 6 chiffchaff including a prob. Tristis.
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Sun Nov 27 15:06:14
6 goldcrest & a chiff ringed this morning. 3 teal were also ringed and 1 ringed here a fortnight ago was recaptured.
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Sat Nov 26 15:45:05
Winter movement from near or far incl 3 new chiff, 4 g'crest, 3 b'bird, & a robin that was here Jul-Nov '15 and not seen again 'til today.
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Sun Nov 20 13:55:00
>60 goldcrest ringed here since early Oct. 5 individuals recaptured. The 2 recaptures today: 1 ringed in Oct, t'other as a 'juv' in Aug.
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Sat Nov 19 16:24:09
6 chiff, 5 goldcrest, 2 blackbird, 3 moorhen ringed. Interesting recaptures incl a F blue tit ringed as a juv in '10, a moorhen ringed '13.
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Fri Nov 11 15:05:56
Recent ringing incl 4 new & 3 recapture water rail (1 ringed autumn '14). Today was a story of size: a chiff weighing 7g & a crow at 680g.
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Thu Nov 10 19:17:48
@MaxHellicar1 well spotted. The bird pictured is EY55286. Waiting to hear from BTO where it was ringed.
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Thu Nov 10 17:15:29
3 Black-headed Gulls ringed this evening. A bird which is common at the Lake but is rarely caught at CVRS https://t.co/Q3f8OBYoyf
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