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.
Click Here for Hummer House Bird Species and Number Banded 1995-2015