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Usually a fairly quiet month, this January proved to be an exception. The amazing record of a Reed Warbler on the 30th...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include Starling & 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.

Chew Valley Ringing Station's Ringing Course 7 - 10 August 2014

CVRS ringing course 2014
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Water Rail
8
3
11
Great Black-backed Gull
0
1
1
Sand Martin
4
0
4
Swallow
37
0
37
Wren
4
5
9
Dunnock
7
6
13
Robin
8
5
13
Blackbird
8
3
11
Song Thrush
3
1
4
Sedge Warbler
26
2
28
Reed Warbler
85
43
128
Whitethroat
3
0
3
Garden Warbler
1
1
2
Blackcap
10
5
15
Chiffchaff
12
5
17
Willow Warbler
5
0
5
Long-tailed Tit
1
0
1
Blue Tit
20
51
71
Great Tit
6
30
36
Chaffinch
4
1
5
Greenfinch
26
13
39
Bullfinch
1
3
4
Reed Bunting
0
2
2
Totals
273
180
453
2015 ringing course
2015 Ringing Course - Thursday afternoon 30th July to Sunday afternoon 2nd August 2015
Sun Mar 01 13:42:41
A new redwing was aged as an adult (meaning it hatched from its egg in 2013 or earlier) - as were the other 5 we have ringed since 21 Feb.
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Sat Feb 28 14:12:47
12 reed bunting in total this morning - 1 ringed in 2011. Also 1 redwing, 4 chaffinch. A jay ringed 2013 was retrapped (also in 2014).
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Fri Feb 27 16:39:24
6 goldcrest, 2 chiff, 2 redwing, 1 cetti's warbler were newly ringed today. Retraps incl 2 wren ringed in 2013 & a water rail from 2012.
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Fri Feb 27 12:30:14
Siberian chiffchaff caught this morning at CVRS http://t.co/a6KhG8EyYC
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Thu Feb 26 13:03:48
Another link to the Baltic: starling ringed at roost at CVRS Dec 2011 found dead near Tallin Estonia in May 2014 (via BTO recoveries).
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Sun Feb 22 13:34:38
6 more retrap reed buntings this morning - none of which were caught yesterday. One of these was ringed in the nest at CVRS during May 2013.
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