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2019 Ringing Course

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June 2019
Another Bumper month despite some awful weather at the start. Thanks goodness for the nest boxes which accounted for about half of the birds ringed...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include 2 Goldfinch ringed on the Calf of Man.

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.
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Bird Ringing Course 2018 - 26th-29th July

CVRS ringing course 2018
This year's ringing course ran over four days 26-29th July 2018. For the first time there were eight participants and the course followed a new format, with four tutors dedicated to supervise two participants each, leading to assessments at the end. Another change was to focus on quality of supervision rather than quantity of birds ringed. Post-course responses reflect that these changes were greatly beneficial to the success of the course. One participant received positive assessment for a training endorsement, two for advancement to 'A' permit and the others all made positive progress towards 'C' permit sooner or later. After the long heatwave the weather chose to close in, with wind and rain on the Saturday – not entirely a bad thing as this provided the opportunity to demonstrate how to monitor the worsening weather and close/furl nets when necessary. Indoor talks on bird handling and the moult cycle were well-received and are now a regular feature of the course.

The preceding weeks of dry weather had reduced the normal abundance of birds in the catching areas. Totals were as follows: ringed 309; retraps 99; total caught/processed 408 of 26 species. The Thursday night hirundine roost catch comprised 63 Swallows and 13 Sand Martins. One adult Swallow had been ringed as a pullus a few miles away at Stowey. Only one Water Rail was caught – this may have been as a result of the plethora of tiny frogs that had just emerged and doubtless distracted adult Water Rails for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other highlights included a retrapped 10 year-old Reed Warbler and opportunities to fit less-common ring-sizes required for a Canada Goose, three Mallard and a Kingfisher.
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2019 Ringing Course - 25th to 28th July
Tue Jul 16 06:45:07
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Sun Jul 14 13:11:40
A CES session this morning 71 birds in total: 37 Reed Warbler topped the numbers, but 2 Les…
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Sat Jul 13 15:54:00
@Gaina_Cee We do run a ringing course for ringers who want to upgrade their permit or get more experience - see the…
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Sat Jul 13 15:44:18
Nest Recording: 42 broods of Reed Warbler ringed so far. Still a few to come over the next week or so, plus a scatt…
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Sun Jul 07 18:43:41
The world of Reed Warblers. Still ringing new adults (with signs of ending breeding), and new juvs that are well ad…
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Wed Jul 03 21:23:32
The annual Canada Goose round-up happened yesterday evening with 85 ringed and 28 recaptured. This long-running rin…
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Wed Jul 03 21:06:44
Nest Recording, and Reed Warblers in particular. 144 nests have been found to date with 20 broods ringed - many ear…
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Sun Jun 30 14:12:29
Juv Chiffs and Blackcaps were prominent in this mornings CES ringing - 13 chiff, 19 B'cap.…
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Sat Jun 22 23:01:50
RT @BirdgirlUK: These amazing children from inner city Bristol watching a bird ringing demo at @CVRSNews at Camp Chew. They were really exc…
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Sat Jun 22 14:46:39
Busy morning with last-chance CES completed for the period and hosting B2N for a ringing demo. Main themes were juv…
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