Bird Banding at Caddo Lake

September 30, 2000

This is a report of our first day of bird banding for the season, on Saturday, September 30, 2000.  Dr. Jim Ingold, ornithologist at LSU-Shreveport, led the banding effort at a location just west of Caddo Lake near Jefferson, Texas.  Other participants included Dorothy Metzler of Longview, Carole Berry of Atlanta, TX, Peggy Harding and Wanda Bosmans of Kilgore, Jason Pike (sophomore at LeTourneau University), Tom Pino (sophomore at East Texas Baptist University), and Tom Walker.

White-eyed Vireo (ad.) photo by Carole Berry 30-Sep-00        White-eyed Vireo (juv.) photo by Carole Berry 30-Sep-00

White-eyed Vireos: adult with pale iris (left); juvenile with dark iris (right).

Photos by Carole Berry of Atlanta, Texas. 

Next banding dates:  Nov 4, 11 & 18.

For reports from the previous season, visit


Saturday, September 30, 2000

A total of  16 birds were caught.  (New birds: 15.  Retrap: 1.  This is low compared to other times.  The birds do not stir around as much in the heat.)

Weather conditions:
Clear skies and warm.  The morning low was in the 50's and the high reached the mid 80's.  No wind.

Time:  Started at 8:20 a.m. and ended at 2:30 p.m. CDT.
Number of Nets: 8

Special Notes:
The area was suffering from a hard drought.  From early July until September 22 there had been no rain.  But, approximately 2.3" of rain did fall the previous weekend. Bird activity seemed suppressed compared to previous fall seasons.

The seed feeders were inactive for the summer.  They began being filled again approximately two weeks earlier.  However, the hummingbird feeders were filled all summer long.

List of New Birds Banded (15):
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)     1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)          3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)         2

List of Retraps (1):
Band number followed by original banding date in parentheses.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
    8001-87784 female (04/22/00)


Birds that were seen or heard (including those banded).

Bird Records  30-Sep-00
Walker Farm,  Marion Co. TX US
24 species

Great Egret (1)
Black Vulture (2)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 ~8:20am)
Broad-winged Hawk (1 ~1:20pm)
Red-tailed Hawk (1 ~10:45am)
Mourning Dove (JIngold: 12 on BootsWalkerRd ~8:15am)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)
Blue Jay
American Crow
White-eyed Vireo (3 banded)
Gray Catbird (1 banded)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (3)
Carolina Wren (3 banded)
Carolina Chickadee
Common Yellowthroat (1 fem. in weeds at pond)
Northern Cardinal (6 banded,1 retrap)
Indigo Bunting (2 banded)



Photos on this page taken by Carole Berry on September 30, 2000.  Report compiled and written by Tom Walker, Friday evening, October 13, 2000 (and updated on Oct 22, 2000). 


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