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2015 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

October summary
Another excellent month during which we handled 322 birds (153 new, 169 retraps). The star of the month was a Yellow-browed Warbler: a brilliant bird to see in the hand!...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include a Garden Warbler & Great black-backed 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.

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
2012 ringing course
2015 Ringing Course - Dates TBA
Sun Nov 23 15:35:21
New birds: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Mallard, 1 Moorhen. Blue & Great Tits, & a Robin retrapped.
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Sat Nov 22 14:54:41
Modest numbers today. eg, new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Blue Tit. Retraps: 2 Water Rail and 1 Cetti's Warbler.
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Sun Nov 16 19:17:25
Today was a work day so no birds ringed but plenty of willow scrub cleared from the reedbed and a new net ride created
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Sat Nov 15 16:19:48
Busy time ringing today, with 9 new Chiffchaff worth a mention, as well as the first Redwing and Meadow Pipit of the autumn.
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Sun Nov 09 16:12:35
Last bird ringed today was a 1st calendar year male Sparrowhawk, looking to take advantage of the Greenfinches.
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Sun Nov 09 16:05:01
Examples of birds ringed as juvenile and retrapped today. Cetti's Warbler & Treecreeper both ringed July 2014, Water Rail ringed July 2012.
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