The Hummer House is located along the South Concho River corridor which serves as a natural flyway for a large number of passerine and near-passerine species that migrate through west central Texas, thus making the Hummer House a perfect location for bird banding research for more than twenty years. The same habitat that serves as a magnet for these migrants is also prime habitat for a large number of breeding species. The Hummer House has long been noted for its Black-chinned Hummingbirds, but impressive populations of Painted Buntings and several other species live on the ranch each summer. More than 54,000 birds representing 161 species have been banded here, making this site a rich resource for our understanding of the birds of this region.
Current research projects being conducted by www.westtexasavianresearch.org at the ranch include studies of Painted Buntings, Black-chinned Hummingbirds, neo-tropical migrants, and summer resident breeding birds. The ranch holds the national longevity records for both Black-chinned Hummingbirds and Painted Buntings.
Bird banding teams are often present at the ranch and routinely conduct educational activities for students representing public schools, private schools, and student organizations. Birding classes may be scheduled by contacting the Hummer House. These activities are scheduled on a first requested, first scheduled basis.
Click Here for Hummer House Bird Species and Number Banded 1995-2015