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2018 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

November 2017
A very ‘steady as you go’ sort of month with retraps now in the lead over new birds...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include a Bearded Tit in Kent...
BTO South-West Conference

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 27th - 30th July 2017

CVRS ringing course 2017
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Water Rail
6
3
9
Moorhen
1
0
1
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
2
0
2
Swallow
73
0
73
Wren
12
7
19
Dunnock
10
7
17
Robin
11
10
21
Blackbird
4
0
4
Cetti’s Warbler
4
6
10
Sedge Warbler
57
2
59
Reed Warbler
168
146
314
Whitethroat
1
0
1
Garden Warbler
1
1
2
Blackcap
21
5
26
Chiffchaff
7
0
7
Willow Warbler
4
1
5
Goldcrest
1
0
1
Long-tailed Tit
5
17
22
Coal Tit
3
3
6
Blue Tit
34
30
64
Great Tit
26
10
36
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
2
24
House Sparrow
2
0
2
Chaffinch
3
0
3
Goldfinch
6
0
6
Bullfinch
3
1
4
Reed Bunting
3
1
4
TOTALS
471
252
723
2017 ringing course
2018 Ringing Course - 26th-29th July
Sat Jan 13 12:13:21
Five chiffchaff ringed at Chew Stoke Sewage treatment works this morning.
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Sun Jan 07 13:52:42
A mention should also go to a Reed Bunting ringed here as a juv in Aug 2013, recorded here in Jan 2016 and not seen again until yesterday.
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Sun Jan 07 13:38:22
Weekend Chaffinch - 2 of the 3 recaptured birds were ringed here as juvs in July 15 (and subsequently recaptured he… https://t.co/CGTWa3biWi
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Sun Jan 07 13:29:10
Weekend Goldfinch - as well as newly ringed birds, others were mainly ringed here in the winter & early spring of 1… https://t.co/71ypp2LntP
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Sun Jan 07 09:57:13
2017 ringing totals nearly finalised, but has exceeded 6000 in total, comprising ringed adults, pulli and retraps.
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Sun Jan 07 09:55:42
Yesterday's brambling was the first since 2012. Only 32 ringed at CVRS in all the years. https://t.co/jWuN1MB2yz
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Sat Jan 06 20:10:38
Latest recoveries: Long-tailed tit ringed CVL May 17, retrapped Battlebury Bowl, Wilts, November 17 - 37km.
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Sat Jan 06 20:09:29
Latest recoveries: reed warbler ringed Llangorse, Wales Aug 17, retrapped CVL Sept 17 - 80 km.
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Sat Jan 06 20:08:19
Latest recoveries: chiffchaff ringed CVL 4th Oct 17, retrapped in Studland, Dorset 5 days later - 90km.
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Sat Jan 06 13:10:22
Approaching 100 birds caught this morning, inc reed bunting, goldfinch, redwing, goldcrest, treecreeper, a mallard and lots of tits.
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