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2018 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

September 2017
As expected for the end of summer, catches have been low, due to most species having departed on migration. Thank goodness for a late run of Chiffchaffs...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include black-headed gull and swallow...

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 27th - 30th July 2017

CVRS ringing course 2017
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Water Rail
6
3
9
Moorhen
1
0
1
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
2
0
2
Swallow
73
0
73
Wren
12
7
19
Dunnock
10
7
17
Robin
11
10
21
Blackbird
4
0
4
Cettiā€™s Warbler
4
6
10
Sedge Warbler
57
2
59
Reed Warbler
168
146
314
Whitethroat
1
0
1
Garden Warbler
1
1
2
Blackcap
21
5
26
Chiffchaff
7
0
7
Willow Warbler
4
1
5
Goldcrest
1
0
1
Long-tailed Tit
5
17
22
Coal Tit
3
3
6
Blue Tit
34
30
64
Great Tit
26
10
36
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
2
24
House Sparrow
2
0
2
Chaffinch
3
0
3
Goldfinch
6
0
6
Bullfinch
3
1
4
Reed Bunting
3
1
4
TOTALS
471
252
723
2017 ringing course
2018 Ringing Course - TBA
Sun Oct 15 11:51:34
@CraigerUK500 Get that tape lure going
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Sat Oct 14 11:13:20
9 new chiffchaff ringed this morning. All looked to be ssp. Collybita. But time and @docmartin2mc will say. https://t.co/VT5JKz7JGL
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Sat Oct 14 06:50:34
@tiffins11 Also, worth checking out BTO Young Bird Observatory Volunteer Fund. £200 potentially available to help visit bird obs.
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Sat Oct 14 06:49:39
@tiffins11 Dear Tiffany, you are always welcome to visit CVRS any weekend to come and do some ringing.
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Sat Sep 30 12:50:20
Possibly the last 3 reed warblers of the year caught today. All 3 carrying lots of fat ready for migration. Fat score 7 out of 8 point scale
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Sat Sep 30 12:43:50
RT @CraigerUK500: @JulianThomas19 Lots of Chiffs still coming through at CVL. 28 ringed this morning
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Sun Sep 24 16:39:51
Chiffchaff was by far the most common species captured this weekend, with over 30 new birds.
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Sat Sep 09 17:49:06
This Kingfisher, a 1st year male, was the pick of the bunch from this morning's ringing. https://t.co/DCsUO7gJ3p
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Thu Sep 07 07:29:08
Firecrest captured at CVRS this morning. https://t.co/Di9scJ8G4o
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Tue Sep 05 08:49:29
@CraigerUK500 welcome home :)
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