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2016 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

August 2016
Another busy month at the ringing station with just under 900 birds of 28 species handled...

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.

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
Sun Sep 25 12:26:52
More chiffs today - 10 ringed. Other new birds incl 2 Cetti's, 1 sedge, 1 blackcap and 2 reed bunting. Not a lot to note with recaptures.
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Sat Sep 24 20:03:07
One teal and one mallard ringed this evening.
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Sat Sep 24 12:29:25
Still some reed warbler around - 2 recorded today. To date, the last that was definitely hatched here was recaptured on 04 Sept.
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Sat Sep 24 12:23:03
Chiffchaff: 12 ringed plus a recapture - this bird was ringed here in June 2015 as a juv and has not been seen until today.
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Sun Sep 18 13:08:32
17 chiff ringed & 3 recently ringed recaptures. Others ringed incl 5 reed, 3 sedge & 1 Cetti's warbler. 3333 birds ringed to date this year.
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Sat Sep 17 13:22:30
Sedge warbler: 2 ringed & 1 recapture (ringed here 2 weeks ago - this bird has noticeably been fattening up in preparation for migration).
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Sun Sep 11 14:34:37
7 chiff ringed & 1 recapture of a bird ringed a couple of weeks ago. Also 16 reed warbler & 6 sedge ringed - no recaptures of ringed birds.
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Sun Sep 11 10:19:53
A soprano pipistrelle found its way into the ringing hut over night. Thanks to @blagdonbirds for coming to rescue it https://t.co/ie5BPoTmGf
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Sun Sep 04 13:16:14
Numbers today incl: 12 chiff, 10 sedge, 6 reed warbler. Two of the sedge warbler were recently ringed here - hanging around b4 moving on.
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Sun Sep 04 13:01:37
Nest recording: 12th & 13th stock dove nestling ringed. There are 2 other broods on the go (+ another nest that cant be reached to confirm).
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