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2017 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

January 2017
A relatively quiet month, but lots of Blue and Great Tits...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include Blackcap, Chiffchaff & 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.

CVRS Ringing Course 28th - 31st July 2016

CVRS ringing course 2016
Once again we were pleased to host a summer ringing course, attended by six participants and supported by various members of the ringing station. As usual the emphasis was on reed-bed ringing although we managed to produce some variety in terms of non-passerines including Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard and Water Rail for trainees to ring. The totals of birds ringed/processed are shown below.
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Mute Swan
3
0
3
Canada Goose
1
1
2
Mallard
4
0
4
Water Rail
4
0
4
Black-headed Gull
0
1
1
Kingfisher
2
0
2
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
5
0
5
Swallow
250
4
254
Wren
12
1
13
Dunnock
5
8
13
Robin
9
1
10
Blackbird
3
2
5
Song Thrush
0
1
1
Cettiā€™s Warbler
3
0
3
Sedge Warbler
40
1
41
Reed Warbler
140
116
256
Lesser Whitethroat
2
0
2
Whitethroat
2
0
2
Garden Warbler
0
1
1
Blackcap
12
3
15
Chiffchaff
7
4
11
Willow Warbler
2
0
2
Long-tailed Tit
0
2
2
Blue Tit
10
17
27
Great Tit
2
2
4
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
0
2
Chaffinch
2
3
5
Greenfinch
1
0
1
Bullfinch
3
0
3
Reed Bunting
4
3
7
TOTALS
532
172
704
Whilst some participants came on the course simply to gain more experience we were pleased to be able to endorse two trainees for their applications to gain their C-permits. The weather was kind to us, there was no night-time rave music(!), the food provided was excellent and a good time was had by all.
2017 ringing course
2017 Ringing Course - Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July
Tue Mar 28 15:08:27
150 sand Martin, plus at least 1 house Martin and 1 swallow Herons Green.
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Tue Mar 28 12:05:55
@ProjectSplatter from 11/03/17, Chew Valley Lake. https://t.co/fWy3XYPHbA
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Sat Mar 11 15:25:56
Dead roadkill mink by dam. https://t.co/INs6TXUxad
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Sat Mar 11 15:25:13
Chiffchaff singing CVL dam this afternoon.
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Sat Mar 11 09:54:08
Chiffchaff singing outside Stratford Hide this morning.
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Sat Mar 11 08:13:32
Winter warbler recoveries: blackcap ringed CVL 28/09/15, wintering in Broadoak, Devon 17/12/16.
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Sat Mar 11 08:12:10
Winter warbler recoveries: chiffchaff ringed Gloucestershire 21/08/16, caught CVL 05/11/16 - 52km.
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Tue Mar 07 18:56:41
Another colour ringed BHG at CVL today: white 2ATH white letters on black ring. Pos from Marsh Lane Nature Reserve Coventry @Brewoodringers
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Sat Mar 04 12:11:52
@SiMackie yup looked good for a Finnish ring.
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Sat Mar 04 09:31:33
Six wintering chiffchaff caught so far today. 5 new plus one site-faithful retrap ringed CVRS 20th Jan 2015. https://t.co/BmJJRJHlzQ
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