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2017 Ringing Course

News from the Ringing Station

December 2016 news plus year-end totals
A very busy month with 309 birds handled including 121 new birds...

Controls & Recoveries

Recent returns from the BTO include Blackcap, Sedge Warbler & 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
Cetti’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
Mon Jan 02 14:46:52
CVRS 2016 ringing totals: 3903 new birds, 2277 retraps, 6180 in total.
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Mon Jan 02 14:45:21
2016 ringing total for the year: 3903 new birds. Nearly 800 less than 2015. Symptomatic of a poor breeding season this year.
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Mon Dec 19 16:53:41
This weekend's catch totals: 40 new, 56 retraps. 3 new chiffchaff. Also 1 new teal, bringing the total for this autumn to 22.
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Thu Dec 15 14:18:00
A Barn Owl was ringed this morning during winter nest box checks https://t.co/N7IjAeeIZE
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Sun Dec 11 22:07:02
Another thread in the tapestry https://t.co/waN8xHOAVy
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Sun Dec 11 20:55:00
The DNA results are back for the first 3 Siberian Chiffchaff of the autumn. All confirmed as tristis. Thanks… https://t.co/ctEUiD1Zpc
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Sun Dec 11 20:45:20
A morning of habitat management gave everyone an good appetite for the Christmas dinner at the ringing station toda… https://t.co/RdKjX519nv
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Fri Dec 09 09:14:37
Latest recovery news of juv reed bunting ringed Newport, Wales Aug 16, retrapped CVRS Oct 16
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Fri Dec 09 09:12:18
Latest recovery news of Teal ringed CVRS Dec 15, shot near Bayeux, France Oct 16. https://t.co/39ZOd4lMEq
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Tue Dec 06 17:03:06
This evening a water rail and 2 teal were trapped.
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