Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

March 10, 17& 31, 2001


 

 

Bewick's Wren photo by Dorothy Metzler 31-Mar-01
Bewick's Wren
photo by Dorothy Metzler, March 31, 2001

 

This is a report of our bird banding efforts for March 10, 17 & 31, 2001.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the activity.  Other participants included Cyndie Browning of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dorothy Metzler of Longview; Diane Jones of Jonesville; Peggy Harding of Kilgore; and Tom Walker of Jefferson. Visitors included Mike & Rebecca Lovell of Longview, Bruce Dedman of Ore City, John O' Connor and his daughter Colleen of Galveston, and Dr. Al Boggess and family from Texas A&M University - College Station.

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2001
A total of 92 birds were caught.  (New birds: 38.  Retraps: 39.  Unbanded: 15.)

Weather conditions:
Clear.  The morning began with temperatures in the mid-thirties and light frost, but by early afternoon it had warmed to the lower 60's.

Time:  Started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Number of Nets:  Twelve (12)

Special Notes:
We were out of bands that are sized for Northern Cardinals.  We had to leave any new ones unbanded.

We retrapped a female cardinal that was banded in 1996, which was its hatching year.  And we retrapped a male cardinal that was banded in 1997, which was its hatching year.

 

 

Banding Summary:

Species                                         New   Retraps   Unbanded   Total

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)                   1       0          0        1
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)        2       0          0        2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)             0       1          0        1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)         0       1          0        1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                 1       0          0        1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)            6       1          0        7
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)                  0       2          0        2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                 8       1          0        9
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 17       6          0       23
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)                 3      12          0       15
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        0      15         15       30
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Totals                                          38      39         15       92

 

 

List of Retraps (39):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 03-10-2001.
HY=Hatching Year; F=Female; M=Male.

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
1521-67911 (01-13-01)

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
1541-85705 (01-16-1999) 04-03-1999, 09-25-1999, 11-20-99

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
1900-28058 (03-11-2000)

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
8001-47849 (01-06-2001)
8081-89172 (11-20-1999)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
1521-67887 (11-25-2000)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
1411-91620 (01-05-2000)
1411-91645 (01-22-2000)
1521-67897 (12-20-2000)
1521-67921 (02-03-2001)
1541-85667 (10-31-1998) (No other retraps before 03-10-2001)
1541-85785 (11-29-1999) 11-27-1999, 12-11-1999, 01-15-2000, 04-15-2000

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1990-28118 (01-06-2001)
1990-28139 (01-13-2001)
1990-28141 (01-13-2001)
1990-28142 (01-13-2001)
1990-28147 (01-13-2001)
1990-28149 (02-03-2001)
1990-28154 (02-03-2001)
1990-28161 (02-03-2001)
1990-28165 (02-03-2001)
1990-28169 (02-03-2001)
1990-28171 (02-03-2001)
1990-28172 (02-03-2001)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
971-91651 (11-16-1996 HY-F)
8001-47784 (04-22-2000)
8001-47806 (11-12-2000)
8001-47813 (12-20-2000)
8001-4782(?) (01-06-2001)
8001-47823 (01-06-2001)
8001-47835 (01-06-2001)
8001-47845 (01-06-2001)
8001-47859 (01-13-2001)
8001-47862 (01-13-2001)
8001-47878 (02-03-2001)
8001-47887 (02-03-2001)
8031-13239 (10-18-1997 HY-M)
8081-89134 (09-25-1999) 01-15-2000, 04-22-2000
8081-89166 (11-20-1999) 11-27-1999

 

 

Birds that were seen or heard (37 species observed, including banded species):
Abbreviations:  /b = banded; /r = retrapped; /h = heard only

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk         /h
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl                  /h
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker         /h
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay                   1/b
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee         2/b
Tufted Titmouse                  1/r
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren                    1/r
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher             1/b
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow           6/b   1/r
Field Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Le Conte's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow                      2/r
Song Sparrow               8/b   1/r
White-throated Sparrow    17/b   6/r
Dark-eyed Junco            3/b  12/r
Northern Cardinal               15/r
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

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SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2001

A total of 79 birds were caught.  (New birds: 24.  Retraps: 42.  Unbanded: 13.)

Black & white Warbler photo by Dorothy Metzler March 2001 Black & white Warbler photo by Dorothy Metzler March 2001

Jim Ingold banded this Black-and-white Warbler on March 17, 2001, at Tom Walker's farm.
Photos by Dorothy Metzler.  Click on pictures for larger, sharper view.

Weather conditions:
Heavy cloudiness.  The morning began with temperatures in the lower forties and by afternoon it had warmed to the mid-fifties.

Time:  Started at 7:45 a.m. and ended at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Number of Nets:  Eleven (11)

Special Notes:
We were out of bands that are sized for Fox Sparrows and Northern Cardinals.  We had to leave new ones unbanded.
We caught and banded our first Black-and-white Warbler.  And, for the first time, we observed a Northern Harrier at this location.  We retrapped two White-throated Sparrows that were banded in Spring 1998.

 

 

Banding Summary:

Species                                         New   Retraps   Unbanded   Total

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)    1       0          0        1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)                   1       0          0        1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)             2       0          0        2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)         1       0          0        1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                 2       0          0        2
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)        1       0          0        1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)            4       0          0        4
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)                 2       1          0        3
Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)         2       1          0        3
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)                  0       0          1        1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                 0       2          0        2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6      10          0       16
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)                 2      13          0       15
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        0      15         12       27
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Totals                                          24      42         13       79

 

 

List of Retraps (42):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 03-17-2001.

Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)
1990-28106 (12-20-2000)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
2160-80880 (12-11-99) 3-3-2000, 12-20-2000

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
1521-67888 (11-25-2000)
1521-67965 (03-10-2001)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
1521-67835 (03-11-2000)
1521-67843 (03-11-2000)
1521-67871 (11-11-2000)
1521-67900 (01-06 2001)
1521-67909 (01-06 2001)
1521-67921 (02-03-2001)
1521-67973 (03-10-2001)
1521-67979 (03-10-2001)
1541-85631 (03-14-1998) 12-26-1998, 04-22-2000
4501-56140 (02-14-1998) 11-28-1998, 12-26-1998, 12-20-2000

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1990-28103 (12-20-2000)
1990-28118 (01-06 2001)
1990-28119 (01-06 2001)
1990-28136 (01-06 2001)
1990-28138 (01-13-2001)
1990-28139 (01-13-2001)
1990-28141 (01-13-2001)
1990-28142 (01-13-2001)
1990-28143 (01-13-2001)
1990-28144 (01-13-2001)
1990-28145 (01-13-2001)
1990-28165 (02-03-2001)
1990-28169 (02-03-2001)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
8001-47762 (03-04-2000)
8001-47813 (12-20-2000)
8001-47829 (01-06 2001)
8001-47838 (01-06 2001)
8001-47839 (01-06 2001)
8001-47856 (01-06 2001)
8001-47877 (02-03 2001)
8001-47880 (02-03 2001)
8001-47885 (02-03 2001)
8001-47889 (02-03 2001)
8001-47896 (02-03 2001)
8081-89088 (11-21-1998)
8081-89177 (11-20-1999)
8081-8917? (11-20 or 11-27 1999)
8081-89199 (01-22-2000) 

 

 

Birds that were seen or heard (40 species observed, including banded species):
Abbreviations: /b = banded; /r = retrapped; /h = heard only

 

Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier

Bewick's Wren photo by Dorothy Metzler 31-Mar-01
This was the third Bewick's Wren
banded at our regular banding site.
Photo by Dorothy Metzler
March 31, 2001

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   1/b
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay                   1/b
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse            2/b
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird       1/b
Brown Thrasher             2/b
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler    1/b
Chipping Sparrow           4/b
Field Sparrow              2/b   1/r
Savannah Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow          2/b   1/r
Le Conte's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow                     2/r
White-throated Sparrow     6/b  10/r
Dark-eyed Junco            2/b  13/r
Northern Cardinal               15/r
Red-winged Blackbird
Meadowlark species
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

 

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March 31, 2001, Banding Report


 

Red-winged Blackbird photo by Dorothy Metzler 31-Mar-01        Brown-headed Cowbird photo by Dorothy Metzler 31-Mar-01        Brown-headed Cowbird photo by Dorothy Metzler 31-Mar-01        Brown-headed Cowbird photo by Dorothy Metzler 31-Mar-01

The female Red-winged Blackbird (left) shows its inconspicuous colors; and the three 
photos to the right show the lustrous iridescent plumage of a male Brown-headed Cowbird.
Photos above by Dorothy Metzler.

Click on thumbnail pictures to view full-size photos. 


This is a report of our bird banding effort for Saturday, March 31, 2001.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the activity.  Other participants included Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Diane Jones of Jonesville, Gerald & Sandi Gipson of Longview and son Mitch, Mike & Rebecca Lovell of Longview, and Tom Walker of Jefferson.

Weather conditions:
Clear in the morning with increasing clouds.  The morning began with temperatures in the mid-forties and it had warmed to the mid-sixties by afternoon.  Wind was from the south.

Time:  Started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Number of Nets:  Eleven (11)

Special Notes:
We were out of bands that are sized for Northern Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Brown-headed Cowbirds.  We had to leave any new catches of those species unbanded.  That size band is on back order with U.S. Fish & Wildlife's banding office in Laurel, Maryland, who is our supplier.

We retrapped a White-throated Sparrow that was banded October 18, 1997, which was its hatching year.  This was its first time to be retrapped since then.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are back for the summer.  We caught three, but we do not band hummingbirds.

We caught our third Bewick's Wren for this location, since we began banding here in 1996.

The number of Dark-eyed Juncos that we caught was dramatically down from two weeks earlier.  They are winter migrants that are heading back north for the summer.
 

Banding Summary:

A total of 38 birds were caught  (New birds: 11  Retraps: 14  Unbanded: 13)

Species                                         New   Retraps   Unbanded   Total

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)                    3        3
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)              1                           1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                         1                   1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)            2                  1        3
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)                 2       1                   3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                         1                   1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4       4                   8
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)                 2       2                   4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)                5          6       11
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)                          2        2
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)                               1        1
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Totals:                                         11      14         13       38

 

 

List of Retraps (Total: 14)
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 03-31-2001.

Brown Thrasher
902-62974 (11-11-2000)

 

 

Field Sparrow
1990-28188 (03-17-2001)

Song Sparrow
1521-67968 (03-10-2001)

White-throated Sparrow
1521-67902 (01-06-2001)
1521-67982 (03-10-2001)
1541-85782 (11-20-1999) 04-15-2000
4501-56020 (10-18-1997 as a HY bird)

Dark-eyed Junco
1990-28154 (02-03-2001) 03-10-2001
1990-28180 (03-10-2001)

Northern Cardinal
8001-47836 (01-06-2001)
8001-4786? (01-13-2001 or 02-03-2001)
8001-47878 (02-03-2001) 03-10-2001
8001-47883 (02-03-2001)

 

 

Birds that were seen or heard (43 species observed, including banded species) 

Turkey Vulture
Wood Duck
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

 

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