Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

December 10, 2016





Saturday, December 10, 2016:  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the bird-banding activities.  Other participants and visitors included our host Tom Walker; Mike Weber of Jefferson; Roger Geiger of Avinger; Pete Wright of Marshall; Keith & Lorraine Cherry of Atlanta, Texas; Mickie Moore of Jefferson; Pam Watts of Jefferson; Floyd & Ellen Anderson of Marshall; Diane Jones of Jonesville; Linda Richtsmeier of Marshall; and Ron Munden of Marshall.


Weather Conditions:  The low temperature was 31 F and the high was 48 F.  The sky was overcast for most of the day except for a brief period of sunshine in late morning.  A light breeze was from the southeast. 

Number of Nets:  Eleven (11)


Time:  We started setting up nets at 8:15 a.m. and all nets were closed by 3:30 p.m.  


Next Banding Date:  Watch our bird-banding home page or check with Tom Walker for the latest information [E-mail: twalkercaddolake(at)gmail(dot)com]. 



BANDING SUMMARY: (9 species)                        New     Retrap    Total

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)    1         0         1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)         1         0         1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)         6         1         7

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)                2         0         2

Gray Catbird (Dumatella carolinensis)            1         0         1

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                 1         0         1

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)            2         0         2

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 13         2        15

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)       14         2        16


Totals                                          41         5        46



HISTORY OF RETRAPS (3 species; 5 individuals):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses.


Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2380-19784 (01-23-2016)


White-throated Sparrow

2551-29990 (01-19-2013) 12-28-2013, 04-19-2014

2661-38747 (2-28-2015) 04-104-2015


Northern Cardinal

2701-04161 (10-03-2015)

2701-04224 (01-23-2016)



Birds that were seen or heard (including banded species):  24 Species Observed
~ Walker Farm, Marion County, Texas

Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
American Woodcock
Great Horned Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe


Blue Jay
American Crow 
Fish Crow

Carolina Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird


Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch





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