Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

January 6 & 13, 2001


 

Location: The activities took place just west of Caddo Lake near Jefferson, Texas.

Participants: Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the banding effort.  Other participants included Cub Scouts of America, Pack 209 of Marshall, TX with Patti Agnor leader and Judge Bonnie Leggat as assistant leader. Also participating were Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Peggy Harding of Kilgore, Diane Jones of Jonesville, Gerald & Sandi Gipson of Longview, and Tom Walker of Jefferson.

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I.  SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2001
A total of 86 birds were caught.  (New birds: 75.  Retrap: 11)

Weather conditions:
Clear.  The morning began with the temperature around 28 degrees but by early afternoon it had warmed to near 60.  A small breeze came from the south.  At first there was no wind but as the day progressed wind began to build.

Time:  Started at 9:00 a.m. and the nets were closed as 3:00 p.m. CST.
Number of Nets: 10

Special Notes:
We concentrated on netting birds near feeders and in brushy areas.  We did not place any nets in the hayfield.
We retrapped a White-throated Sparrow that was banded 3 years ago in January 1998.
Northern Cardinals were caught in a disproportionately high number.

Banding Summary:
Species                     New     Retrap    Total
Ruby-crowned Kinglet         1         1        2
Yellow-rumped warbler        1                  1
Fox Sparrow                  4                  4
Song Sparrow                 3         1        4
White-throated Sparrow       8         2       10
Dark-eyed Junco             19         2       21
Northern Cardinal           33         5       38
American Goldfinch           6                  6
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Totals                      75        11       86

 

List of New Birds Banded (75):
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)         1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)       1
Fox Sparrows (Passerella iliaca)                 4
Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)                3
White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) 8
Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis)               19
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis)      33
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)           6

 

 

List of Retraps (11):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 01-06-2001.  (AHY = After Hatching Year.  HY = Hatching Year. -U = Unknown sex.  -M = Male.)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)         1
    2060-89653 (11-11-2000)

Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)                1
    1521-67887 (11-25-2000)

White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2
    1521-67880 (11-25-2000)
    4501-56071 (01-10-1998) 04-15-2000

Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis)                2
    1990-28103 (12-20-2000)
    1990-28104 (12-20-2000)

Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis)       5
    8001-47780 (04-15-2000)
    8001-47803 (11-11-2000)
    8001-4781? (Could not read last number; either banded 11-25-2000 or 12-20-2000)
    8001-47821 (12-20-2000)
    8081-89158 (10-16-1999) 11-20-1999, 03-03-2000

 

 

Birds that were seen or heard (including banded species)
(List compiled by Dorothy Metzler, Diane Jones, Jim Ingold, and Tom Walker)

Species Observed  ~ Jan 6, 2001
Walker Farm, Marion County, TX US
Abbreviations: /b = banded; /r = retrapped; /h = heard only

Double-crested Cormorant   20+
Black Vulture               7
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk             3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker               /h
Blue Jay                          /h
American Crow              49
Fish Crow
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet        2     1/b,1/r
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
American Goldfinch          6     /b
Yellow-rumped Warbler       1     /b
Fox Sparrow                 4     /b
Song Sparrow                4     3/b,1/r
White-throated Sparrow     10     8/b,2/r
Dark-eyed Junco            21     19/b,2/r
Northern Cardinal          38     33/b,5/r
Red-winged Blackbird
Meadowlark species                /h

Individuals banded:        75
Individuals retrapped      11 (banded prior to 06-Jan-01)
Total caught:              86 (second highest number at this location)
Species observed:          28

 

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II.  SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2001
A total of 40 birds were caught.  (New birds: 25.  Retrap: 15)

Weather conditions:
Overcast, cold, and threatening rain.  The morning began in the low 40's and the temperature held steady.  A small breeze came from the south.  Rain began occurring by 12:00 noon.

Time:  Started at 8:30 a.m. and the nets were closed due to rain at 12:00 noon CST.
Number of Nets: 10

Special Notes:
We concentrated on netting birds near feeders and in brushy areas. We did not place any nets in the hayfield.
Dark-eyed Juncos were caught in a disproportionately high number. This is a first time that the number of Juncos caught for banding outnumbered any other species.
One of the caught White-throated Sparrows had its mouth full of millet it had just collected from a feeder.

Banding Summary:
Species                         New     Retrap    Total
Tufted Titmouse                 1                   1
Fox Sparrow                     1                   1
Song Sparrow                    1                   1
White-throated Sparrow          2          2        4
Dark-eyed Junco                 11         8       19
Northern Cardinal               9          5       14
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Totals                          25        15       40

 

List of New Birds Banded (25):
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)              1
Fox Sparrows (Passerella iliaca)                  1
Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)                 1
White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis)                11
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis)        9

 

 

List of Retraps (15):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 01-13-2001.  (AHY = After Hatching Year.  HY = Hatching Year. -U = Unknown sex.  -M = Male.)

White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
    1411-91620 (01-15-2000)
    1521-67900 (01-06-2001)

Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis)                 8
    1990-28103 (12-20-2000) 01-06-2001
    1990-28111 (01-06-2001)
    1990-28115 (01-06-2001)
    1990-28117 (01-06-2001)
    1990-28119 (01-06-2001)
    1990-28126 (01-06-2001)
    1990-28130 (01-06-2001)
    1990-28135 (01-06-2001)

Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis)        5
    8001-47825 (01-06-2001)
    8001-47825 (01-06-2001)
    8001-47845 (01-06-2001)
    8001-47851 (01-06-2001)
    8001-47858 (01-06-2001)

 

Birds that were seen or heard (including banded species)
(List compiled by Dorothy Metzler, Diane Jones, Peggy Harding, Jim Ingold, and Tom Walker)

Species Observed ~ January 13, 2001
Walker Farm, Marion County, TX  US
Abbreviations: /b = banded; /r = retrapped; /h = heard only

Gadwall
Vulture sp. (?)
American Woodcock
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Cedar Waxwing
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Carolina Wren
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse           (1/b)
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
Fox Sparrow               (1/b)
Song Sparrow              (1/b)
White-throated Sparrow    (2/b,2/r)
Dark-eyed Junco           (11/b,8/r)
Northern Cardinal         (9/b,5/r)

Total Species Observed:    20

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Reports compiled and written by Tom Walker [E-mail: twalkercaddolaketx(at)att.net].


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