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March 2017
A fairly quiet month with a couple of days of scrub clearance reducing the number of ringing days...

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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
Cetti’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
Sat Apr 22 09:55:41
First Garden Warbler of the year was this interesting, pollen encrusted individual. https://t.co/1StIZe1A8k
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Sat Apr 15 06:20:47
Yesterday's redstart https://t.co/SUsqzp5L4S
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Fri Apr 14 14:12:12
1 male Redstart ringed this morning
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Tue Apr 11 07:32:58
RT @CVRSNews: Egyptian goose with 2 chicks at CVL sailing club
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Mon Apr 10 15:33:54
Egyptian goose with 2 chicks at CVL sailing club
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Sun Apr 09 10:51:30
19 birds captured today, including the first sedge warbler for the year, and a retrap reed warbler from 2015
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Sat Apr 08 13:30:45
Work day at CVRS today. Put finishing touches to the tern raft (once @CraigerUK500 worked out how to use the oars!)… https://t.co/9M4nBPcqs9
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Fri Apr 07 12:29:49
Another Reed Warbler ringed this morning. The second of the year.
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Sun Apr 02 11:23:56
18 new birds ringed today inc. 6 chiffchaff, 2 blackcap, 1 willow warbler. 2 retrap blackcap from 2014.
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Sun Apr 02 07:48:01
First Willow Warbler of the year https://t.co/tHPNLQwLXx
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