Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

April 15 & 22, 2000


This is a report of our bird banding effort just west of Caddo Lake near Jefferson, Texas for the Saturdays of April 15 & 22.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the banding effort.  Other participants included Dorothy Metzler, Diane Jones, and Tom Walker.

Next Bird Banding Dates:  We have begun our seasonal break from bird banding for the summer. We will resume banding again in the fall.

Visitors:  Several visitors came on April 15 and/or 22 to watch and help with the banding.  They included: 

Deb Brown and Tamara Franks from Bryan, Dr. Carole Ann Boyd and Barbara Hudson from Dallas,

Tommy and Cheryl Turner from Sour Lake (near Beaumont),

John and Cindy Bartos from Houston,

Matt and Kay Dunaway from Galveston,

Mike Walker (Game Warden for Marion County),

and Kenneth Hill from New Boston.

Kentucky Warbler photo by Dr. Carole Ann Boyd

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I.  Saturday, April 15, 2000

A total of 41 birds were caught.  (New birds: 25.  Retraps: 16)

Weather conditions:
It was overcast with low clouds for most of the morning, but the sky cleared by early afternoon.  The morning low was in the 50's and the high reached into the 70's.

Time:  Started at 8:30 a.m. and ended 3:00 p.m. CST.

Number of Nets: 9

Special Notes:
We caught our first Orchard Oriole (male) on April 15, and on the afternoon of April 22 we caught two more, a male and a female, simultaneously.

On April 15 we sighted a Tree Swallow, a bird that migrates through the area on its way north.  This is the first Tree Swallow we have sighted at this location.

Also, a Dark-eyed Junco was sighted on April 15.  This late straggler should have migrated north earlier.  The rest of that population was long gone.

A White-throated Sparrow banded two seasons ago (11-22-97)was retrapped.

List of New Birds Banded (25):

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)                 2

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)                 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)      1

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)              2

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  7

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)            1

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        5

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)                5

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)                 1

List of Retraps (16):

Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 
04-15-2000.   (* Did not go back and check for previous retraps.)

Tufted Titmouse (Parus bicolor)                  1

     1541-85767 (10-02-99)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 11

     *4501-56046 (11-22-97)

     1411-91604 (12-11-99)

     1411-91619 (01-15-2000) 03-11-2000

     1411-91621 (01-15-2000) 03-04-2000

     1411-91637 (01-22-2000)

     1521-67811 (03-04-2000)

     1521-67823 (03-04-2000)

     1521-67833 (03-11-2000) 03-25-2000

     1541-85782 (11-20-99) 12-26-99; 1-22-2000; 03-04-2000

     1541-85785 (11-20-99) 11-27-99; 12-11-99; 01-15-2000

     1541-85795 (11-27-99) 01-22-2000

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        4

     8001-47771 (03-11-2000)

     8081-89136 (09-25-99) 11-27-99; 03-04-2000

     8081-89180 (11-27-99)

     8081-89199 (01-22-2000)

Birds that were seen or heard (excluding those banded) on Saturday, April 15, 2000.
(List compiled by Dorothy Metzler, Jim Ingold, Diane Jones, and Tom Walker.)

1.  Birds at Tom Walker's home:

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Tree Swallow (Iridoprocne bicolor)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Carolina Chickadee (Parus carolinensis)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

2.  Other Birds Observed Along Caddo Lake:

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
Northern Parula (Parula americana)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

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II.  Saturday, April 22, 2000  (Easter Weekend)

A total of 42 birds were caught.  (New birds: 28.  Retraps: 14)

Weather conditions:
The sky was clear in the morning until mid-afternoon when a high overcast began to blanket the sky.  (The overcast conditions were a precursor to violent storms that were to occur the following day with several tornadoes in the area.)  The morning low was a crisp 46, but the high reached into the low 70's by mid-afternoon.

Time:  Started at 8:00 a.m. and ended 3:00 p.m. CST.

Number of Nets: 10

Special Notes:
A Kentucky Warbler and a male Painted Bunting were new species for us to catch.  Also, we caught two more Orchard Orioles (a male and female) simultaneously in the same net in the afternoon.

Three Lincoln Sparrows were caught.  We never before caught so many in one day, and this specie migrates north for the summer, so it should be leaving soon.

The number of Northern Cardinals that we caught is dramatically down to 3.  We speculate they are hitting the fields and spending less time around the feeders.

We retrapped 3 White-throated Sparrows that we had banded two years ago.

List of New Birds Banded (28):
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)                 1
Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus)            1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)         1
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)            4
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)          3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  5
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        2
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)                8
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)                1
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)                 2

List of Retraps (14):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including
04-22-2000.   (* Did not go back and check for previous retraps.)

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)                 3
    1990-28069 (04-15-2000)
    1990-28070 (04-15-2000)
    2160-80847 (04-03-1999)

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)              1
    1651-44675 (04-15-2000)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  9
     *4501-56071 (01-10-98)
     *4501-56125 (02-14-98)
     1411-91615 (01-15-2000) 03-04-2000
     1411-91633 (01-22-2000) 03-04-2000
     1521-67821 (03-04-2000)
     1521-67834 (03-11-2000)
     1541-85631 (03-14-98) 12-26-98
     1541-85699 (01-09-99) 04-03-99, 01-15-2000
     1541-85776(11-20-99) 03-04-2000

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        1
     8081-89134 (09-25-99) 01-15-2000

Birds that were seen or heard (excluding those banded) on Saturday, April 22, 2000.
(List compiled by Jim Ingold, Diane Jones, and Tom Walker.)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
Blue Grosbeak (Guiraca caerulea)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

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Report compiled and written by Tom Walker.

Kentucky Warbler photo on this page taken by Dr. Carole Ann Boyd on April 22, 2000.

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