May 2010 Banding Activities

May is always the most hectic month for banding in the Concho Valley. The month started out with a bang with the group conducting a banding demonstration for a group at the Hummer House. Then, we traveled to HEB Foundation Camp to conduct a three day educational banding demonstration for 5th and 6th grade students from Ballinger and Bronte. On May 8th and 9th, our group traveled to Twistflower Ranch for a banding survey involving several locations at the ranch. This date corresponded to the weekend that birds were first banded at the ranch last year. A group traveled back to Twistflower on May 29 as a follow-up to this banding effort.  The migration study at the Hummer House continued for the first two weeks of the month and an educational banding demonstration was conducted at the Hummer House for a group from Dallas. Many unusual species were banded during this busy month. Two Golden-cheeked Warblers, a Yellow-throated Warbler and an adult male Red-breasted Grosbeak were banded at HEB Camp. A Western Tanager, a Western Kingbird, Cassin’s Sparrows, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Curved-billed thrashers banded at Twistflower Ranch. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo and three Yellow-headed Blackbirds were banded at the Hummer House.