Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

February 3, 2001

 


 

 

Saturday, February 3, 2001.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the bird-banding efforts.  Other participants included Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Diane Jones of Jonesville, Becky Philen of Atlanta, TX, and Tom Walker of Jefferson. Visitors included Jim Robertson of Jefferson, and Helen Hogle of Jefferson and her grandson, Adam.

 

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

Weather conditions:  Clear.  The morning began with temperatures in the mid-twenties but by early afternoon it had warmed to near 60.  There was some wind.

 

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


Number of Nets:  From 8:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. we had 11 nets open in our usual places.  Then we closed the first nets at 3:00 p.m. and repositioned 4 nets to the hayfield to catch the grassland birds until 4:00 p.m.

Special Notes:  A total of 98 birds were caught (64 new birds; 34 retraps).  Most of the birds were caught in nets near seed feeders.  Early in the day we caught a Pine Siskin, which is a new bird for our banding effort.  We retrapped a White-throated Sparrow that we had banded three years ago.

The hayfield was mowed over a week earlier in preparation for the planting of pine seedlings, and we discovered the mowing had greatly affected the habitat in that we received a poor response, for we caught only 3 sparrows (a Savannah, a LeConte's and a Henslow's).  This is way down in numbers compared to prior times.  The Henslow's Sparrow that we caught in the hayfield was a retrap, originally banded on November 25, 2000.

In mid-afternoon it was discovered a Sharp-shinned Hawk was picking off song birds at the feeders.

Banding Summary:  (15 Species)                    New            Retrap          Total

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)                                   1               1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)                             2               2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)                         1               1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)                 1                               1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)     1                               1
Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)                         1               1
LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)         1                               1
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)                  2               1               3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                 2               1               3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  5               5              10
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)                14              10              24
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)       25              12              37
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)       1                               1
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)                    1                               1
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)          11                              11
___________________________________________________________________________________
Totals                                          64              34              98

 

 

List of Retraps (9 species, 34 individuals):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses.  Retrap dates not including 02-03-2001.

Blue Jay
902-62972 (11-11-2000)

Tufted Titmouse
1411-91618 (01-15-2000)
1521-67911 (01-13-2001)

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

Henslow's Sparrow
1990-28097 (11-25-2000) 12-20-2000

Song Sparrow
1521-67895 (12-20-2000)

Fox Sparrow
8001-47844 (01-06-2001)

White-throated Sparrow
1521-67881 (11-25-2000)
1521-67900 (01-06-2001) 01-13-2001
1521-67912 (01-13-2001)
1541-85776 (11-20-1999) 03-03-2000, 04-22-2000, 11-25-2000
4501-56137 (02-14-1998) 11-20-1999

Dark-eyed Junco
1990-28111 (01-06-2001) 01-13-2001
1990-28112 (01-06-2001)
1990-28114 (01-06-2001)
1990-28126 (01-06-2001) 01-13-2001
1990-28128 (01-06-2001)
1990-28138 (01-13-2001)
1990-28139 (01-13-2001)
1990-28143 (01-13-2001)
1990-28144 (01-13-2001)
1990-28145 (01-13-2001)

Northern Cardinal
8001-47769 (03-04-2000)
8001-47814 (12-20-2000)
8001-47816 (12-20-2000)
8001-47829 (01-06-2001)
8001-47830 (01-06-2001)
8001-47838 (01-06-2001)
8001-47839 (01-06-2001)
8001-47855 (01-06-2001)
8001-47860 (01-13-2001)
8001-47862 (01-13-2001)
8001-47864 (01-13-2001)
8081-89163 (10-16-1999)
 

Birds that were seen or heard (33 species observed including banded species)
Walker Farm, Marion County, Texas
Abbreviations: /b = banded; /r = retrapped; /h = heard only

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barred Owl                            /h
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay                         1/r
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse                  2/r
Carolina Wren                    1/r
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird           1/b
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee                        /h
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow           1/b
Henslow's Sparrow                1/r
Le Conte's Sparrow         1/b
Fox Sparrow                2/b,  1/r
Song Sparrow               2/b,  1/r
White-throated Sparrow     5/b,  5/r
Dark-eyed Junco           14/b, 10/r
Northern Cardinal         25/b, 12/r
Red-winged Blackbird       1/b
meadowlark species
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin                1/b
American Goldfinch        11/b

***************************************************************************************

Photos of Feb. 3, 2001 birds are posted on page 3 of our Photo Album,
including Pine Siskin; Henslow's, Le Conte's and Savannah Sparrows.

***************************************************************************************

Report by Tom Walker.  Copyright 2001-2005.  All rights reserved.  All material on this Web site is intended only for the personal information, education, and enjoyment of visitors to this Web site and may not be reproduced or published elsewhere without permission of the respective author or photographer.  Page last updated:  May 21, 2011 .


[ Home ]   [ About Caddo Lake ]   [ Finding Birds ]   [ Bird Lists ]   [ Bird Banding ]   [ Links ]


 

 

Hit Counter