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2017 Ringing Course

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January 2017
The mainly fine (if cold) weather during the month meant that we had some good catches, thanks to the feeding stations...

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 Feb 27 19:45:03
25 yr old Black-headed gull ringed as a chick in Veno, DENMARK, June 1991!! Present CVL last week. 937 km from hatc… https://t.co/5WPenBePwg
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Mon Feb 27 19:27:40
@SiMackie @CVLbirding ring number 648991. No colour ring.
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Mon Feb 27 19:26:15
@SiMackie 5HE is a different Danish bird, ringed near Copenhagen in 2015.
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Mon Feb 27 15:14:41
25 years old Danish black headed gull at CVL. 7 more years to break current BTO record of 32 years for the species.
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Mon Feb 27 15:12:10
25 yr old Black-headed gull ringed as a chick in Veno, DENMARK, June 1991!! Present CVL last week. 937 km from hatching place
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Thu Feb 23 19:58:49
Another Danish ringed black headed gull at CVL today (Herriots Bridge).
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Tue Feb 21 19:35:08
@Wildwood_photos @tiger8lotus did either of you manage to get the full ring number from the Med gull? I managed to get the end (9?)9.606
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Mon Feb 20 19:23:57
@Wildwood_photos perfect. According to google maps it would take us nearly 10 days to walk it :). https://t.co/3svsLo9LTI
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Mon Feb 20 18:58:42
@Wildwood_photos fantastic news. Could you send us the metal ring number and precise ringing locations for our records?
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Sat Feb 18 19:50:01
RT @pilning: CVL pm Cattle Egret HB found by Chris Craig, 3 Meds (poorly ad dam, ad near spl and 2w HB), ad YL Gull dam, C Scoter dam, ring…
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