April 2010 Banding Activities

The banding always begins in earnest during the month of April with the return of many nesting and migrating birds to the Concho Valley. The migration study at the Hummer House is in full swing during this month. Four migration study efforts were conducted during this month along with two efforts that involved educational banding demonstrations for groups at the Hummer House.  The most unusual bird netted during this month was a female Wood Duck that somehow managed to get tangled in a net designed for songbirds. Vesper Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Brewer’s Blackbird, Vermilion Flycatchers, and a Swainson’s Hawk were unusual birds banded during the month.