WTSparrow_03Nov01.jpg (18915 bytes)Northern Cardinal 03-Nov-01; photo by True Mann.Bird Banding
at Caddo Lake

 

November 2001

 

 


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White-throated Sparrow (above left) and Northern Cardinal (above right) photos by True Mann.


 

Saturday, November 3, 2001 -- Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the bird-banding activity.  Other participants included Dorothy and Bob Metzler of Longview, True Mann of Longview, Susan Hughes of Tyler, Donald Brillhart of Woodlawn, Texas, and Tom Walker of Jefferson.

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

Weather conditions: Clear skies prevailed most of the day.  The morning temperature was in the 60's and the high was near 80.

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

Number of Nets: 11

Special Notes: There were three retraps, all of which were banded earlier this fall.

During mid-afternoon, we explored the pasture nearby and saw Meadowlarks and Henslow's, Le Conte's, and Vesper Sparrows.  We were simply investigating whether the grass sparrows had returned, so we did not put the nets up.  When we band again, we do intend to place nets up in that field.

Next Banding Date:  Saturday, November 17.

Banding Summary:

Species (8)                                     New   Retraps   Unbanded   Total

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)                         1                   1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)                 1                   1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)         3                           3
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)                1                           1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)                 1                           1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)        1                           1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2                           2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)        4       1                   5
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Totals:                                         12       3                  15

 

 

List of Retraps (3):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses.

 

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
1990-28217 (10-20-01)

 

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
1521-68018 (09-29-01)

 

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
1781-80010 (10-20-01)


 

White-eyed Vireo 03-Nov-01 photo by Tom Walker

White-eyed Vireo photo by Tom Walker

Birds that were seen or heard (including banded species)
24 Species Observed  ~ 03-Nov-01
Walker Family Farm, Marion County, TX US

 

Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo (1 retrap)
American Crow
Fish Crow (6 flyover)
Carolina Chickadee (at feeders)
Carolina Wren (1 retrap)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3 banded)
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush (1 banded)
Brown Thrasher (1 banded)
Orange-crowned Warbler (1 banded)
Vesper Sparrow (flushed from field)
Henslow's Sparrow (flushed from field)
Le Conte's Sparrow (flushed from field)
Song Sparrow (heard only, in brush at edge of field)
White-throated Sparrow (2 banded)
Dark-eyed Junco (along entrance drive)
Northern Cardinal (4 banded; 1 retrap)
Meadowlark species -- probably Eastern (9 flushed from field)
American Goldfinch

 

 

White-eyed Vireo 03-Nov-01 photo by Tom Walker

Hermit Thrush 03-Nov-01 photo by Tom Walker

Orange-crowned Warbler 03-Nov-01 photo by Tom Walker

White-eyed Vireo
photo by Tom Walker

Hermit Thrush
photo by Tom Walker

Orange-crowned Warbler
photo by Tom Walker

 

 

White-eyed Vireo photo by True Mann 03-Nov-01 Hermit Thrush photo by True Mann 03-Nov-01
White-eyed Vireo
photo by True Mann
Hermit Thrush
photo by True Mann

 

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WingChord_17Nov01_TW.jpg (55768 bytes)Song Sparrow photo by Tom Walker 17-Nov-01.

November 17, 2001

 

 


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Saturday, November 17, 2001 -- Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the bird-banding activity.  Other participants included Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Peggy Harding of Kilgore, Jason Pike and David Ringer of LeTourneau University in Longview, Diane Jones of Jonesville, Jack & Mary Jane Sanders of Karnack, Paul Fortune of Karnack and his granddaughter, Hannah, Susan Hughes of Tyler, Donald Brillhart of Woodlawn, Texas, Tom Walker of Jefferson, and 16 visitors from the Dallas area who are in Texas Parks & Wildlife's Master Naturalist Program.  From Arlington: Kevin Hannon and Bonnie Bradshaw.  From Farmers Branch: Aline Schwob.  From Plano: Sandra Michael.  From Irving: Sara Beckelman.  From Ft. Worth: Jeff Quayle.  And from Dallas:  Pamela Ice, Cleave & Marian Buchanan, Kathey Roberts, Susan Roberts, Linda Sharp, Mary Frances & Orrin Stevens, Dana Wilson, and the group's fearless leader, Jean Miller.  We hope they all will come again!

 

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

Weather conditions: Clear skies prevailed most of the day with intermittent cloud cover.  The morning temperature was in the 50's and the high was in the mid 70's.

Time: Started at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m.  The main net locations were active until about 2:30 p.m., then we established nets in a field for the rest of the afternoon.

Number of Nets: 13

Special Notes:  We retrapped a White-throated Sparrow that was banded on January 10, 1998, retrapped it the following season on October 20, 1998, and in a third season on April 14, 2001.  This migratory bird spends its summers in the Canadian boreal forests, and we have now trapped it in four separate migratory seasons.

We retrapped four Savannah Sparrows.  Three of them were banded in last year's season.  The fourth was banded two seasons ago on March 11, 2000.  This is a migratory bird that prefers grassy habitats.

We banded our first Downy Woodpecker for this location.

Next Banding Date:  Tuesday, December 18 (unless it rains, whereupon we will band Wednesday, Dec 19, or if it rains then Thursday, December 20, and so forth).  The idea is to be flexible in adjusting to the weather.

Banding Summary:

Species (11)                                     New   Retraps   Unbanded   Total

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)             1                           1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)                    2                           2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)                          1                   1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)          1       2                   3
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)             1                           1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)          3                           3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)      8       4                  12
LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)          4                           4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)                  4                           4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)   5       1                   6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)         5                           5
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Totals                                           34       8                  42

List of Retraps (8):
White-throated Sparrow photo by Tom Walker 17-Nov-01. (Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses)

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
1990-28217 (10-20-01) 11-03-01

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
2 escaped; one from hand and one from net before band number could be read

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
4501-56055 (01-10-98) 10-20-98, 04-14-01

Ruby-crowned Kinglet photo by Tom Walker 17-Nov-01.Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
1651-44673 (03-11-00)

1651-44704 (11-11-00)

1651-44715 (11-25-00)

1651-44726 (12-20-00)
 

Birds that were seen or heard (including banded species)
Downy Woodpecker photo by Diane Jones 17-Nov-01.
 28 Species Observed  ~ 17-Nov-01
Walker Family Farm, Marion County, TX US

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Snow Geese (100+ overhead)
Accipiter species (Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk)
Buteo species (probably Red-tailed Hawk)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (1 banded)
Northern Flicker (heard only)
Le Conte's Sparrow photo by Tom Walker 17-Nov-01.Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo (1 retrap)
Blue Jay (2 banded)
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren (1 banded)
Winter Wren (1 banded)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3 banded)
American Robin
Eastern Towhee (heard only)
Savannah Sparrow photo by Tom Walker 17-Nov-01.Savannah Sparrow (8 banded, 4 retraps)
Le Conte's Sparrow (4 banded)
Fox Sparrow (heard only)
Song Sparrow (4 banded)
White-throated Sparrow (5 banded, 1 retrap)
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal (5 banded)
American Goldfinch (heard only)

Total Species Observed:  28

 

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Reports compiled and written by Tom Walker.  White-throated Sparrow (top left) and Northern Cardinal (top right) photos by True Mann.  Downy Woodpecker photo by Diane Jones.  Photos used with permission.  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 .

 

 


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