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CVRS News for April 2015
It was a pretty average April, slightly affected by the sudden change from warm spring weather followed to colder and windy conditions and rain....

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include Sedge Warbler & Chiffchaff.

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
Mon May 25 16:25:28
CES http://t.co/00DLEkiYy5 ringing gave 78 birds. Of interest: a 5yr old reed warbler & blackcap, a F lesser whitethroat with a brood patch.
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Sun May 24 14:17:01
56 juv long-tailed tit ringed so far. Numbers are up from previous few years, & earlier out of the nest by c2 weeks compared to 2013 & 2014.
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Sat May 23 17:32:56
Reed warblers seem to be still arriving - 7 new ringed today, whilst others are feeding chicks - a clutch of 4 ringed today.
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Wed May 20 19:31:13
Nest recording: 117 open cup nests of 17 spp found to date, topping the list - 28 reed warbler. It must be said, not all have fledged young.
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Sun May 17 17:06:59
Bird of the day: male reed warbler ringed at CVRS as a breeding bird in May 2011, retrapped in '13 & '14. That's 5 times to Africa and back.
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Sat May 16 16:48:21
Birds ringed in the nest that successfully fledged and retrapped today: dunnock 25 days after ringing, reed warbler 339 days after ringing.
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