Painted Bunting photo by Carole Ann Boyd 14-Apr-01
Painted Bunting photo by Carole Ann Boyd 14-Apr-01
Indigo Bunting photo by Carole Ann Boyd 14-Apr-01
Indigo Bunting photo by
Carole Ann Boyd 14-Apr-01

Bird Banding
at Caddo Lake


April 14, 2001





SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the bird-banding effort.  Other participants included Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Peggy Harding of Kilgore, and Tom Walker of Jefferson.  We had a very large number of visitors from Houston, Galveston, Dallas, Arlington, Jefferson, et cetera.  They included:  Carl Votour and Teri Taylor,  John & Cindy Bartos (and their dog, Sonny Boy), Ann Derby, Carole Ann Boyd, Barbara Hudson, Margie Bivens, Tom & Patty Malek, Heather Malek and friend Jimmy, Matt & Kay Dunaway, Billie Nell Mann, and Jim & Connie Robertson.  A total of 54 birds were caught (25 new birds; 19 retraps; 10 unbanded).

Location:  The activities took place just west of Caddo Lake in Marion County on Boots Walker Road (near Jefferson, Texas).

Weather conditions:  Heavy cloudiness.  The morning began with temperatures in the mid-sixties and it had warmed to near 80 by afternoon.Red-eyed Vireo photo by Dorothy Metzler 14-Apr-01

Time:  Started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 4:15 p.m. CDT.

Number of Nets:  Eleven (11)

Special Notes:

We caught our first Red-eyed Vireo (pictured at right).

We retrapped a male Painted Bunting that we had banded a year earlier on April 22, 2000 (pictured below).

We retrapped two White-throated Sparrows that we had banded 3 years earlier in January 1998.

We retrapped a Northern Cardinal that we had banded 3.5 years ago in October 1997.

We retrapped a White-eyed Vireo that we had banded 2 years ago in April 1999.

Hummingbirds are not banded by us.

We were out of bands that are sized for Northern Cardinals.  We had to leave any new catches of that species unbanded.  That size band is on back order with U.S. Fish & Wildlife's banding office in Laurel, Maryland, who is our supplier. 

Banding Summary:  (12 Species)               New   Retraps   Unbanded   Total

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)                    7        7  (5 m, 2 f)
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)                 5       2                   7
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)                 1                           1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)      1                           1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                 1       1                   2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)         1                           1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)            1                           1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 12       8                  20
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)                8          3       11
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)                2                           2
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)                        1                   1
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)                    1
Totals:                                         25      19         10       54

List of Retraps (20):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 04-14-2001.

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
902- 62982 (03-17-2001)

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
2160-80847 (04-03-1999)
1990-28073 (04-22-2000)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
4501-56055 (01-10-1998) 11-20-1998
4501-56057 (01-20-1998) 04-03-1999
1411-91607 (01-15-2000) 03-04-2000, 11-25-2000, 12-20-2000
1521-67869 (11-11-2000)
1521-67871 (11-11-2000) 03-17-2001
1521-67891 (11-25-2000)
1521-67897 (12-20-2000) 03-10-2001
1521-67917 (02-30-2001)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
8031-13201 (10-04-1997)
8081-89136 (09-25-1999) 11-27-1999, 03-03-2000, 04-15-2000, 12-20-2000
8081-89199 (01-22-2000) 04-15-2000; 03-17-2001
8001-47802 (11-11-2000)
8001-47838 (01-06-2001) 02-03-2001
8001-47839 (01-06-2001) 02-03-2001, 03-17-2001
8001-47881 (02-03-2001)
8001-47894 (02-03-2001)

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
1651-44686 (04-22-2000)

Birds that were seen or heard (including banded species)
37 Species Observed  ~ 14-Apr-01
Walker Farm, Marion County, Texas

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk  (flock of 32 kettling about 1:30 p.m.)
Mourning Dove
Painted Bunting photo by Dorothy Metzler 14-Apr-01Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Summer Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

The following two species were observed at this location the next day, Sunday, April 15, 2001.

Wild Turkey  (seen in pasture near edge of woods at 4:00 p.m.)
Chuck-will's-widow (heard at 6:20 a.m. Sunrise was at 6:40 a.m.) 


Report compiled and written by Tom Walker.  Painted Bunting and Indigo Bunting photos at top of page by Carole Ann Boyd, April 14, 2001.  Photos of Red-eyed Vireo and Painted Bunting near bottom of page by Dorothy Metzler, April 14, 2001.

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