Delbert Tarter has been keeping records of bird banding on the Hummer Ranch since 1995. This is a quote from his latest report ending with May 31, 2011. "Nearly a thousand birds have been banded on Dan Brown’s Ranch near Christoval this year, 2011.  Only one banding session took place in January and none in February.  Hummingbirds were banded by Fred Bassett on a two-day visit in early May and by Kelly and Donna Bryan on another visit to the Ranch, about mid-May.  Four new Ranch species were banded;  Gray Catbird, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, and Worm-eating Warbler.   The record for the Magnolia Warbler is the first for the Concho Valley since before 1980.  That brings the total number of species banded on the Ranch to 141, which is excellent since no water fowl (except two Wood Ducks and two Gadwall) and no shorebirds and waders have been banded.  Most expected sparrow species have been banded, but not in great numbers except for Chipping, Lark and migrating Clay-colored Sparrows.  Some late-departing Lincoln’s Sparrows have been present into late May this year.  The number of Summer Tanagers banded still seems to be very large every year.  Painted Buntings and Black-chinned Hummingbirds are still the main attraction around the Ranch yard and near the spring.  Black-chinned Hummingbirds still lead the list of most banded species.  Yellow-rumped Warblers are still the most banded warbler species, with Audubon’s and Myrtle running neck-and-neck in abundance.  Orange-crowned Warblers and Nashville Warblers are closing the gap, though."