San Antonio Master Naturalists
On Saturday, May 14th, we were at the Hummer House to present a banding demonstration for a group of Master Naturalists from San Antonio. Although the number of birds banded on this day was not large, they were a diverse and interesting mix of summer resident and migrant birds. We banded six migrant warbler species including our first Black and White Warbler in several years. On my second net run at the spring, I was surprised to net an adult male Magnolia Warbler. This is the first banding record of this species in the Concho Valley. We also recaptured a Gray Catbird that we first banded at that location earlier in the month. The banding of the Magnolia Warbler brings the species banded at the Hummer House to a total of one hundred and forty. Our congratulations to Dan and Cathy Brown for their bird conservation efforts at the ranch that allow so many beautiful and notable birds to be welcomed by the habitat there.