Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

November 2000


                                       

Saturday, November 11, 2000:  This is a report of our second day of bird banding for the season, just west of Caddo Lake near Jefferson, Texas.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport led the banding effort.  Other participants included Peggy Harding of Kilgore, Gerald & Sandi Gipson of Longview, Keith Kimmerle of Columbus, Mississippi, and Tom Walker. 

A total of 46 birds were caught.  (New birds: 43.  Retraps: 3)

Weather conditions:  Heavy overcast skies but no precipitation.  The temperature was 41 degrees at 7:00 a.m., 44 by noon, and 48 at 4:00 p.m.  Small breeze from the east.  Approximately 6" of rain had fallen over the preceding 10 day period and the ground was wet.

Time:  Started at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. CST.
Number of Nets: 11

Special Notes:  Our first day of banding for the season was on September 30.  This was our second banding day.

We retrapped a Hermit Thrush that we had banded in January 1999 and retrapped in January 2000.  This
November 11, 2000 retrap makes this the third season we had caught it.

Much of our day's effort concentrated on catching sparrows in a hayfield habitat with very good success:
We retrapped a Savannah Sparrow that we had banded on March 11, plus we banded 10 more.
And we banded:
    3 Vesper Sparrows. This is a new species for us to band at this location.
    2 Henslow's Sparrows, a species that is very hard to find.
    3 LeConte's Sparrows.
    1 juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.

 

Next Banding Dates: Saturday, November 25; and Friday, December 15, 2000 (weather permitting).

 

List of New Birds Banded (Total: 43)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)                    1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)                 1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)          1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)          5
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)                  1
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)              3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)     10
Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)          2
LeConte's Sparrow (Ammospiza leconteii)           3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                  6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)   4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)    1 (juvenile)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)         4
 

List of Retraps (Total: 3)
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses. Retrap dates not including 11-11-2000. 
(AHY = After Hatching Year.  HY = Hatching Year. U = Unknown sex.  M = Male.)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)                 1
1541-85696 (01-09-99 as AHY-U) 01-15-2000

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)      1
1651-44672 (03-11-2000 as AHY-U)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)         1
8081-89135 (09-25-1999 as HY-M) 01-15-2000

 

 

Birds that were seen or heard (Total: 33 species including those banded)
(List compiled by Peggy Harding, Keith Kimmerle, Jim Ingold, and Tom Walker)

Snow Goose (flock flying overhead)
Ibis species
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow

Hermit Thrush
American Robin

Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Carolina Wren

Carolina Chickadee
American Goldfinch
Grasshopper Sparrow

Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
LeConte's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Meadowlark species

 

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Saturday, November 25, 2000:  This is a report of our third day of bird banding for the season, just west of Caddo Lake near Jefferson, Texas.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the banding effort.  Other participants included Peggy Harding of Kilgore, Diane Jones of Marshall, Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Jackie Dempsey of Jefferson, Susan Hughes of Tyler, Paul & Deloris Sellin of Houston, Joe & Kathleen Duncan of Jefferson, and Tom Walker of Jefferson.

A total of 45 birds were caught.  (New birds: 39.  Retraps: 6)

Weather conditions:  Clear sunny skies.  Wind from the north.  The morning began in the lower 40's and it warmed to about 60 by afternoon.  Approximately 3.8" of rain had fallen over the preceding two days.

Time:  Started at 8:30 a.m. and the nets were closed at 3:30 p.m. CST.
Number of Nets: 13

Special Notes:  Much of our day's effort concentrated on catching sparrows in a hayfield habitat with very good success.  East Texas is the winter home to three species of the Ammodramus genus, and we caught each one.  They are secretive and very hard to find.  Grassy weedy fields are their preferred habitat.
    1 Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)  [First one Jim has ever banded];
    5 Henslow's Sparrows (Ammodramus henslowii);
    1 LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii).

 

 

List of New Birds Banded (Total: 39)

Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata)                  2
Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis)    7
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)      1
Henslow's Sparrows (Ammodramus henslowii)        5
LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)         1
Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)                9
White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) 4
Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis)                3
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis)       6
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)             1

 

 

List of Retraps (Total: 6)
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses.  Retrap dates not including 11-25-2000. 
(AHY = After Hatching Year.  HY = Hatching Year. U = Unknown sex.  M = Male.)

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)     1
1651-44710 (11-11-00)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                 1
1521-67967 (11-11-00)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
1541-85776 (11-20-99), other retrap dates: 03-04-00 and 03-22-00
1411-91607 (01-15-00), other retrap dates: 03-04-00

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        2
971-91629  (10-05-96 as HY-F) [Did not look up other recapture dates]
8001-47803 (11-11-00)

 

 

Birds that were seen or heard (Total: 29 species including those banded)
(List compiled by Dorothy Metzler, Peggy Harding, Jim Ingold, and Tom Walker)

 

Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay  (2 banded)
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow  (7 banded, 1 retrap)                 Le Conte's Sparrow photo
Grasshopper Sparrow  (1 banded)                          by Matt White 22-Nov-00
Henslow's Sparrow  (5 banded)                         Copyright 2000.  All rights reserved. 
Le Conte's Sparrow  (1 banded)
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow  (9 banded, 1 retrap)
White-throated Sparrow  (4 banded, 2 retrap)
Dark-eyed Junco  (3 banded)
Northern Cardinal  (6 banded, 2 retrap)
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark  (1 banded)
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

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Photos of our "Ammodramus Sparrow Field" and some of the birds banded on November 25, 2000,
are posted on page 2 of our Caddo Lake Bird Banding Photo Album.

Reports compiled and written by Tom Walker.  This page last updated:  May 21, 2011
Copyright 2000-2005.  All rights reserved. 

 


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