June 2010 Banding Activities

June is also a hectic month for banding in the Concho Valley. One day of banding took place at Twistflower Ranch where Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, and an Indigo Bunting were banded. Two separate banding efforts took place at the Hummer House including the Big Day gathering of banders from across the state and nation. Banders at the Big Day have typically concentrated on banding Black-chinned Hummingbirds.  Following this Big Day, some Concho Valley Banders undertook three days of banding at the Chandler Ranch which is south and west of the Concho Valley.  Birds such as the Black-capped Vireo, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Brown-crested Flycatchers were banded. A Couch’s Kingbird which would be an unusual bird for any area outside the Rio Grande Valley was  also banded. Some Concho Valley Banders took part in a second day of banding Black-chinned Hummingbirds and training with Bob and Martha Sargent.